Monday, November 21, 2011

Jordan Sandrini Commits To Siena

Courtesy of The Lewis Co. Chronicle

Jordan Sandrini of Adna, WA has verbally committed to play softball at Siena College beginning with the 2013 season.

If the name sounds familiar, it should. Jordan is of course the sister of Saints' star pitcher/outfielder/designated player Jessika-Jo Sandrini. But don't get the idea that she was recruited by Siena because of that fact --- Jordan is a great player in her own right. The two time All-Washington State First Teamer is an outstanding shortstop, who can also play third base. She hit .370 with 24 RBIs in '11, and like her sister, led Adna High School to a state championship. Also like her sister, she is very athletic; an all-star volleyball player and basketball player as well. Jordan plays travel ball with the Northwest (formerly Washington) Sidewinders.

I think it goes without saying that Siena coach Bill Lajeunesse is thrilled with this signing. Certainly Jordan was interested in reuniting with her sister on the field, but again, Siena did not sign her for J-J's sake. But it sure was a great fringe benefit of the previous Sandrini signing!

Congratulations Jordan!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Brenda Santana Signs With Canisius

Brenda Santana of Los Angeles, CA has signed a National Letter Of Intent to play softball at Canisius College beginning with the 2013 season.

A first baseman at Banning High School in Los Angeles, Brenda swings a powerful bat, boasting a .909 slugging percentage in 2011 to go along with a .455 average as the Pilots' cleanup hitter. An outstanding fielding first baseman who commits few errors, she can also play at third. An All-City Section honoree, Brenda also plays travel ball with the Mizuno Pride Gold.

Congratulations Brenda!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sydney Dimon Signs With Iona

Another player from the great Notre Dame High School (Elmira, NY) team will be joining the MAAC.

Sydney Dimon of Elmira, NY will sign a National Letter Of Intent today, becoming a member of the Iona Gaels beginning with the 2013 season. Sydney is a catcher and third baseman for the New York State champions. She had a fabulous 2011 season, hitting .568 with a lofty slugging percentage of .966. She drove home 38 runs in 26 games, with an impressive 18 doubles to her credit. She was named an All-New York State player for her efforts. Sydney is an outstanding defensive player as well, at both positions. She has a very strong arm, and works well with her pitchers. At third base, she uses her good speed to snag bunts. In 2011 she was perfect in the field, committing no errors. Sydney plays travel ball with the Conklin Raiders Gold, the only New York State team to make it to the ASA Nationals last season.

Congratulations Sydney!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Taylor August Commits To Fairfield

Courtesy of The Independent

Taylor August of Howell, NJ has verbally committed to play softball at Fairfield University beginning with the 2013 season.

The Stags have landed a gem from perhaps the top high school softball program in the state of New Jersey. Taylor August is a third baseman for the top ranked St. John Vianney High Lancers, a team that finished 29-1 in 2011 while winning division, county, conference, section and state (second consecutive) championships. And Taylor was a big part of their successes.
The Non-Public School First Teamer is a powerful hitter who can go deep often, and hit for average. However, she also is held in high regard as a pitcher for her travel team, the Morris County Belles Gold, so Fairfield may have a double threat coming in.

Congratulations Taylor!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Nicole Cheek Commits To Marist

Nicole Cheek of Simi Valley, CA has verbally committed to play softball at Marist College beginning with the 2013 season.

Nicole is a speedy outfielder for the two time Marmonte League Champion Simi Valley High Pioneers. An All-League performer, she is an all round threat, at the plate and on the bases. Thrown out stealing only once in her high school career, Nicole led the team and league in triples in 2011. A lefty batter, she can slap or hit for power. She is also an outstanding outfielder, committing no errors in '11, and only one in the past two seasons. Nicole is also a member of the powerful OC Batbusters Gold travel club.

Congratulations Nicole!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Canisius 2012 Softball Schedule

The Golden Griffins will play a 55 game schedule in 2012, beginning on February 10 at the East Carolina Pirate Classic in Greenville, NC. They will then play tournaments at UMBC, and a pair at the South Florida series of tournaments. At the end of March, they will play a doubleheader inside at the Carrier Dome, with games against host Syracuse and Colgate. Their home opener is scheduled for April 3 against Detroit Mercy; they will begin MAAC play on April 7 when they host Siena.