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!


Anonymous said...

coach hanover is definitely stocking up on pitchers! I believe she will be joining former teammate Maldonado who also played for the battery gold.

Anonymous said...

Since I live in the NE section of the U.S. I am trying to pass some time while waiting for Hurricane Sandy to pass. To all that are in Sandy's path my thoughts & prayers are with you!
Now for softball.... Niagara is loading up on pitching & the competition for pitching time in the next few years will be interesting to watch. The Van Giesen girl may also get a look at 2nd or 3rd base. Niagara will have to fill those positions in 2014 when the ladies playing there now graduate after this season.
The Purple Eagles will be a very intiguing team to watch this season with a new coach & a new attitude. If a pitcher can step up & perform well along with the Bryson girl they will definitely be a team that will be competitive & attract attention. The position players are very capable of scoring runs & playing defense but can't be asked to score 7 or 8 runs every game. Good pitching is a must for any team to be a conference title contender. Work hard & good luck Purple Eagles! Swagger ladies Swagger :)

WNY Softball said...

I just got home from the spending the evening in the "remnants" of Sandy. Lovely girl Sandy (not). I can't complain, Western New York is on the outer limit of the cone.

I think all of the new, young pitchers are versatile, which could make for an interesting lineup.

I wonder what Niagara Field looks like tonight?! Probably better than Iona's field. Or St. Peter's, or Rider's or Fairfield. Hope everyone is safe and sound.

As for Sandy...beat it!!