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Monday, June 23, 2014

Jackie Riley Commits To St. Peter's

Jacqueline Riley of South Amboy, New Jersey has verbally committed to play softball at St. Peter's University beginning in the 2016 season.

Jackie Riley is a pitcher who just completed her junior season at Cardinal McCarrick high school in New Jersey. Jackie is a very hard thrower, averaging around two strikeouts per inning. She holds the school record for strikeouts per game, with 21 in a seven inning game this past season. Jackie isn't just a fast ball thrower; she has a full arsenal of pitches and displays great control, walking only 15 batters in 111 innings during her junior season. Her career ERA is currently 1.34, and has improved with each season. Jackie is also accomplished in the batter's box, she has hit over .400 for her career, and can hit for power and extra bases. She plays travel ball for the Central Jersey Lightning Gold.

Congratulations Jackie!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

MAAC Recruit Update: Angelina McGuire, Fairfield Stags

Angelina McGuire recently completed her softball career at Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township, New Jersey, leading her team to the North New Jersey state final. Angelina, an outfielder, already had impressive career statistics, but saw her offensive numbers skyrocket during her senior season making her one of the top hitters in New Jersey. She hit .485 with nine home runs. Most impressive was her 63 RBIs, averaging almost two per game. She finished with a slugging percentage of .950, and scored 41 runs. She is also excellent in the field, committing only two errors in her last three seasons. For this she was named to the All-New Jersey first team, and the NFCA's All-East Region first team.

Angelina plays travel ball with the New Jersey Heist, and will join Fairfield in the fall.

MAAC Recruit Update: Toni Nino, Rider Broncs

Toni Nino recently completed a very successful season at Silverado high school in Victorville, California, helping lead the Hawks to the Desert Sky League championship, and a berth in the CIF Southern Section playoffs where the team made it to the quarterfinals. Toni was named to the Desert Sky first team after hitting .515 and leading the team with 52 runs scored. The speedy outfielder/infielder also led the Hawks in stolen bases, stealing a perfect 47 bases in 47 attempts, this in just 27 games.

Toni is projected by coach Carroll to play in the outfield at Rider, and probably will eventually be the Broncs' leadoff hitter. Toni will play travel ball with the SoCal Wicked before joining Rider in the fall.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

MAAC Recruit Update: Erika Mackie, Canisius Golden Griffins

Erika Mackie recently ended her high school career with a heartbreaking extra innings loss in the Pennsylvania State tournament, but her 2014 season led the Holy Cross Crusaders of Scranton, PA to their most successful season in school history. With Erika a dominant force in the circle, the Crusaders won their first ever district title, and made their first ever appearance in States. Erika continued her annual statistical rise this year with a brilliant season, finishing with a 17-2 record. She had a miniscule ERA of 0.80, while striking out 150 batters. She rarely walks a batter, and tossed 10 one-hitters this season.

Erika will play travel ball with the TC Tremors this summer before joining the Golden Griffins in the fall.

Photo: Scranton Times-Tribune


Sunday, June 15, 2014

MAAC Recruit Update: Jessica Harkness, Iona Gaels

Iona Gaels' recruit Jessica Harkness just completed a difficult senior season at Foran high school in Milford, Connecticut. What made it difficult for Jess was a couple of injuries that plagued her throughout the season. She missed ten games, and then tried to battle through for the remainder of the year, leading her team into the second round of the State tournament. Very often she did not have her full arsenal of pitches working for her, but was brilliant in the opening round of States, tossing a no-hitter while striking out 18 batters. For the season, she struck out 119 batters in 70 innings pitched. She was never at full strength, but toughed it out for her team which showed her great dedication apart from her great skills.

Jess will play travel ball this summer for the Connecticut Charmers Gold before joining the Iona Gaels in the fall.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

MAAC ECAC All-Stars

The Eastern College Athletic Conference has released it's annual softball all-star team. The following MAAC players were honored:

First Team

Kristen Filicia, Fairfield Stags
Eileen McCann, Iona Gaels

Second Team

Kristen Turner, Iona Gaels
Taylor Kuzma, Marist Red Foxes

Full list here