Friday, October 19, 2012

Ali VanGiesen Commits To Niagara

Courtesy of the Auburn Citizen

Ali VanGiesen of Auburn, NY has verbally committed to play softball at Niagara University beginning in the 2014 season.

Ellie Chan keeps on stockpiling great young pitchers; this time it's Ali VanGiesen, a strikeout pitcher who also can hit. Ali pitches for Auburn High School, where in 2012 she compiled a 16-3 record, to go along with a 1.26 ERA. For her career, Ali has struck out 436 batters; last season she hit double digit Ks in nine games, including a 16 strikeout performance. But Ali is also a great at the plate, hitting .600 last season. She's a good runner too, stealing 14 bases in 2012. She plays her travel ball with the Battery Lightning Gold.

 Congratulations Ali!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bridget Hogan Commits To Niagara

Purple Eagles add to impressive young staff
Bridget Hogan of Boston, NY has verbally committed to play softball at Niagara University beginning in the 2014 season.

New Niagara coach Ellie Chan continues to build her version of the Purple Eagles with an emphasis on strong pitching. Today she received a commitment from All-New York State first teamer Bridget Hogan. Bridget is in her senior year at Hamburg High School, after having led the Bulldogs to their first ever New York State championship appearance this past season. She was dominant in the circle, posting a 17-1 record with a miniscule 0.28 ERA. She has a full array of pitches, striking out 211 batters in 123 innings. She showed great control, walking only 15. Bridget can hit also, batting .423 in '12 with 13 extra base hits and a slugging percentage of over .600. She plays travel ball with Team Mizuno Gold, the 2012 ASA Eastern National champions.

Congratulations Bridget!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Samantha Sharkey Commits To Canisius

Newest Golden Griffin Sam Sharkey
Samantha Sharkey of Fort Lauderdale, FL has verbally committed to play softball at Canisius College beginning in the 2014 season.

 Another south Florida girl is headed north; this time it's Sam Sharkey, a shortstop and outfielder at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, one of Florida's top high school programs. Sam has been an All-Broward County selection three times (the same county where Fairfield's Sammi Ruffolo played). She plays travel ball with the Gold Coast Hurricane, who this past summer played in the ASA Nationals, where Sam hit .375. She has also played for the Fort Lauderdale Lightning.

 Congratulations Sammy!