Archive for June, 2010

Alissa Haber Breaks RBI Record – now at 19

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

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USA Over Canada in playoff round

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

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Playoffs underway…………………..

USA 16 – Canada 1 (5 innings)

Eight Now Headed for Playoffs at Women’s ISF World Championships

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

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CARACAS, VENEZUELA — Eights are definitely wild at this point of the International Softball Federation’s XII Women’s World Championship being played here.

The final eight round robin games played today helped determine the order of finish for the eight teams that have advanced to the playoffs while eight teams are now finished playing. Eight games will take place over the next two days, setting up the two biggest ones on Friday (July 2), when the gold, silver, and bronze medalists will all be crowned.

And what a grand finish to round robin play it was.

Yaicey Sojo smacked a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence with two outs and two runners on in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Venezuela a 5-2 win over China. In the bottom of the first inning Sojo had hit a solo home run that just stayed fair down the left field line.

Following that hit for the 1-0 lead, the home team didn’t record another hit until the bottom of the sixth inning, with that too coming off the bat of the 23-year old outfielder, meaning that (in four at-bats) she finished with all three of her team’s hits.

China tied the score at one in the top of the third inning when Lifang Zhang singled to left field to drive in Min Xu who had stolen second then third base on consecutive pitches.

The visitors took a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth on a Jia Guo sacrifice fly that scored Yuan Wang but pitcher Mariangee Bogado held China at bay, scattering five hits for a complete-game victory.

Lu Wei pitched the first two-and-two-thirds innings for China before being relieved by Lan Wang, who took the loss.

Other drama today included a Great Britain-Argentina game that took two extra innings to decide.

The teams were scoreless after regulation (seven innings) and the score stayed that way after eight.

Argentina got on the board in the top of the ninth when Agustina Godoy’s ground ball in the infield was mishandled by second baseplayer Sarah Jones, preventing her from getting a throw home, which allowed a run to score while Godoy was thrown out at first.

But in the bottom of the ninth Caley Roberts singled to shallow left field to score Naomi Jones. With Argentina pitcher Carla Villalva not paying attention, Jones ended up at second base. That set the stage for Kristi Yoshizawa, who lined a 1-1 pitch to right field to bring home the winning run.

Stacie Townsend again started in the circle for Great Britain and picked up the win by going the full nine innings, allowing just one hit. Villalva took the loss, having relieved starter Virginia Sciuto, who was pitching in the women’s world championship at the age of just 17 years old.

Chinese Taipei and Cuba came dangerously close to a similar extra innings affair. The two teams were scoreless after six innings when Taipei finally got on the board in the top of the seventh inning with what would prove to be the game’s only run despite the fact that they banged out nine hits.

Pitcher Chung Hui Lin went the distance to pick up the win. Anislei Lopez Gutierrez went two-and-two-thirds innings for Cuba with Yusmeri Pacheco Ysalgue handling the rest of the pitching duties.

The day had begun with Japan solidifying their perfect round robin record via a 10-0 triumph over South Africa. Eri Yamada went 3-for-3 at the plate and Satoko Mabuchi and Maki Tanigawa each hit a home run as the winners totaled eleven hits in a game shortened (four innings) by the ISF run-ahead rule.

Japan scored at least one run in each inning and pitchers Emi Segawa and Emi Matsuoka combined on a three-hitter and five strikeouts.

Meanwhile, Australia was blanking Botswana by the same score. Seven different players had at least one hit in what was also a four-inning game. The winners got big second (five runs) and fourth (four) innings. Pitchers Kaia Parnaby and Karina Cannon combined on a two strikeout, no walks, two-hitter while Botswana used three different pitchers.

Keeping pace with Japan, Team USA also finished round robin play unbeaten thanks to a 9-0 decision over the Czech Republic today. The five-inning game saw winning pitcher Eileen Canney hold the Czechs to just two hits while striking out seven and issuing no walks. Nine different USA players had one hit each including Andrea Duran and Jennie Finch, who both homered.

New Zealand won their first game of the tournament and their last game of the event by winning 3-0 today over the Dominican Republic. The White Sox took the victory despite the two teams having just four hits each. Two of New Zealand’s hits were doubles, however. All of the scoring came in the top of the first inning and pitchers Megan Farrel and Michal Tangaroa combined for seven strikeouts while losing pitcher Melissa Penna tossed a complete game, striking out three and walking just one.

This evening Canada solidified the second seed in Pool A by defeating the Netherlands, 6-1. Despite a fifth inning Solange Starrenburg home run off of winning pitcher Ashley Lanz, the Dutch didn’t have their hitting shoes on tonight, registering just two other hits the whole game.

Three different Netherlands pitchers couldn’t shut down the Canadians, who got a home run of their own, off the bat of Sheena Lawrick. Her team was up 6-0 when the game was only two innings old.

The playoffs begin tomorrow with the following games (times local to Caracas):

1 pm Japan vs. Venezuela
3 pm USA vs. Canada
5 pm Chinese Taipei vs. China
7 pm Australia vs. Netherlands

For more information contact: Bruce Wawrzyniak at BruceW (at)

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Holoien, Newton turn Twins into contenders for fastpitch nationals

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

From the Victoria Star/Daily Gleaner

The Fredericton Coors Light Twins have officially joined the ranks of contenders by adding Dean Holoien and Bryan Newton to anchor their pitching staff at this summer’s Canadian senior men’s fastpitch nationals in Charlottetown.

If someone argues that Holoien, at 41, is “getting up there” in age, you can counter-point with the fact he was MVP at the ISC world championship as recently as last August. Newton has earned a reputation as a reliable workhorse and top seven or eight pitcher in the country. The addition of Newton was announced earlier.

But Newton alone wasn’t enough. No team can ride one arm all week – taxing weeks (often with rain delays or sweltering heat to contend with) where the eventual champion has to play up to 10 games to win it all.

So, in the ‘Go Big or Stay Home’ category, the Twins are bringing in Holoien – one of the most recognizable names in the game over the last two decades.

Holoien has been a member of four Canadian senior championship teams. In 2004, in fact, he pitched a no-hitter in the gold-medal final as the Saskatoon Aspen Black Sox beat the Vancouver Grey Sox 1-0 in St. Croix, N.S. Oh, yes, he also drove in the game’s only run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Holoien was on the Canadian national team from 1992 to 2009. He was phased out this year as part of a youth movement, but there’s no question he’s still an elite-level pitcher and – just as important at this level – hitter.

He brings the Twins instant credibility and respect. He helps team officials convince potential sponsors “Hey, look at us, we’re serious about taking a run at this. You can be a part of this and benefit from the exposure.”

Alas, Holoien also brings added pressure for Fredericton to produce.

In past nationals, many Fredericton entries were easily dismissed. Teams could afford to save their ace for a bigger opponent, using their third-best pitcher to hand the N.B. reps a loss.

Now Holoien and Newton might have to go head-to-head with the likes of Todd Martin, Sean Whitten and Frank Cox – well-established guns of the game.

So even the one-two punch of Holoien and Newton doesn’t guarantee the Twins success, but at least they’re now part of the contender conversation.

Duluth wins tourney title

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Duluth wins tourney title

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The Duluth men’s fastpitch team captured the Duluth Fastpitch Classic on Sunday with a 13-2 victory over the Boulevard of St. Paul in the finals.

Duluth went 4-1 over the weekend, opening with a 10-7 victory over Kakabeka Falls, Ontario, as Brett Klosowski earned the win, but then fell 6-4 to Pub 500 of Mankato, Minn.

On Sunday, Duluth beat Kakabeka 5-4 and Pub 500 7-6 to advance to the title game. Bud Joyce picked up the three wins on Sunday, while Rob Anderson went 10-for-19 to lead Duluth offensively.

Jamey Mills and Anthony Smith both went 8-for-16, while Nate Knutson was 8-for-18.

Stadium Lanes of Duluth took third by going 2-2.

Maddy’s — and Bob Otto’s Photos from California Classic

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

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(Photo not by Maddy Flanagan or Bob Otto)

This past June 19th and 20th I went down to San Diego to shoot the first annual California Classic Tournament hosted by he California A’s (Dave Weldin & Greg Hicks) and the California Silverhawks (Christopher McGhee). The tournament was held in a beautiful new facility: Sportsplex, USA, in Santee and the weather, as is common in lovely San Diego, was absolutely perfect. No less perfect, for me, was being able to finally meet, after many years of quiet admiration, a photographer that in fastpitch circles needs no introduction: Bob Otto. I have been a fan of Bob since I first discovered fastpitch and always strived to copy his great work. So it was indeed an honor, for a few brief hours to share the fields with Bob under the sunny skies of San Diego. You can see Bob’s photos HERE and you can also browse mine by clicking HERE.

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Just to be sure you don’t miss those photos:

California Classic at Bob Otto’s site, Otto in Focus.

California Classic at Maddy’s Photos.

Editor’s note: Bob Otto and Maddy Flanagan span more than a decade of fastball photos at Fastpitchwest. Bob was previously the official ISC photographer in the 1990’s (before I even knew Maddy). Bob was kind enough to provide his photos to Fastpitchwest for posting when we got the website off the ground in 1998. Bob’s work served as a model for Maddy, and other fastball photographers. Their passion for photography, and the sport of fastball is Southern California’s blessing.

2010 California Classic Champions, the California A’s
(photo by Maddy Flanagan)

Women’s ISF World Championships Website

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

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Recap of USA Women’s Final Pool Play game

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

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CARACAS, Venezuela – A three-run double by Alissa Haber (Newark, Calif.) and an inside the park homerun by Jennie Finch (La Mirada, Calif.) paved the way for USA Softball to defeat the Czech Republic, 9-0, in the final pool play game of the ISF Women’s Softball World Championship in Caracas, Venezuela. The U.S. will open medal rounds Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., a game that may be webcast at with an opponent to be determined by Tuesday’s remaining games.

Eileen Canney (Paradise Valley, Calif.) made her second World Championship start after making her first start against New Zealand. Canney allowed the first two batters to reach off back-to-back bunts. However a groundout and two strikeouts swinging kept the runners stranded.

Two extra base hits off the bats of Haber and Finch accounted for six RBI, a piece, in the first inning. With the bases loaded, Haber hit her seventh extra base hit of the tournament with a double to left field, to allow the runs to score. Scoring on the play were Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif.) and Caitlin Lowe (Tustin, Calif.) who singled and Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) who walked. With two runners on, Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif.) on a walk and Ashley Charters (Beaverton, Ore.), Finch unleashed a ball that looked like it was over but hit the wall and fell into play. By the time the ball hit the ground, Finch was rounding third and heading home for three RBI and an in the park homerun.

Andrea Duran (Selma, Calif.) led off the third inning with a long ball to give USA Softball an 7-0 advantage. The team tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning for their 9-0 victory. Watley led off with a double and scored off a Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) single. Mendoza would go on to score the final run of the game when Tammy Williams (Osceola, Mo.) singled to second base.

Canney finished the game with eight strikeouts while allowing two hits.

Haber is leading the team with a .750 batting average, 12 hits, six doubles and 16 RBI. With her 16 RBI and games still left on the schedule, she is now tied with Mendoza who hit 16 RBI in the 2006 World Championships.

The United States is 8-0 with Canada in World Championship play. Canada has only scored two runs on the U.S., one in 1986 and one in the inaugural meeting in 1970. The last loss against Canada was last year at the 2009 Pan American Qualifier, a 1-3 loss in pool play. The United States came back to defeat Canada with their own 3-1 victory to take home the title.

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2010 Women’s ISF World Championships – Live TV from Venezuela

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

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Editor’s note:
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From the VZ website:(Google Translation)
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Women’s World Softball Caracas 2010

Venezuela fell 0-2 to the Japanese Olympic champion

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China defeated Venezuela 5-2 with strong homer Sojo(Sports News)
On Thursday the women’s team in Venezuela face the winner of the clash between China and Taipei, China

Caracas, June 30 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela came out today by the narrow gate at the start of the second round of the XII Women’s World Softball Championship after falling 0-2 to the selection of Japan, Beijing Olympic champion-2008.

Despite more than a simple connecting Asian women (three for two), the team failed to score burgundy in Caracas Independence Stadium pitcher Mika Someya, who walked all the way with seven strikeouts.

Las niponas scored twice in the lower fourth chapter, which combined a hit, a walk, a hit and two errors, one mental.

The splitter also launched Host Mariangee Bogado complete.

The match concluded with more than five thousand people fell short of expectations, considering the quality of the pitchers.

Someya had defeated in qualifying a strong ninth in Canada and Taipei, while Bogado won four of the six victories in Venezuela.

At the conclusion of the match, the manager of the Venezuelan team, Kim Wright, said he was proud of the local softball. “The girls have shown they are up to any opponent,” he said.

Tomorrow (Thursday) Japan is measured with the winner of Wednesday’s game between the U.S. and Canada.

For its part, Venezuela will face the winner of the clash between China and Chinese Taipei in the third game today.

The other game of the second phase of the XII World Championships Women’s Softball Australia-star in the Netherlands (Holland), on Wednesday night.

(PL / VTV)

Canada’s Women Still Alive at ISF

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

ISF Worlds – Playoffs 1

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

From Al’s Fastball Twitter:

Team Canada defeats the Netherlands 6-1 to finish 2nd place in Pool A. Canada-USA playoff game tomorrow @ 3:30pm EDT!!

(Caracas, Venezuela) After finishing second place in Pool A with a 6-1 record, Team Canada took on the difficult task of facing the United States (7-0) in the second of four crossover games on Wednesday. Canada, who showed plenty of offence in the round-robin portion of the tournament, was unable to get much going against USA pitcher Monica Abbott, and the American bats took advantage of Canada’s pitching for a convincing 16-1 win.

As the first place team in Pool B, the United States chose to bat first, and they jumped all over Canadian starting pitcher Jenna Caira (Toronto, ON). The first three American hitters all reached to load the bases, before cleanup hitter Alissa Haber hit a double down the third base line to clear the bases. After Haber came in to score on a single by Ashley Charters to increase the lead to 4-0 with no outs, the red and white made a pitching change to Ashley Lanz (Winnipeg, MB) who looked solid in two starts in round-robin play. However, the first batter Lanz faced hit a comebacker that hit the pitcher in the hand, taking her out of the game. Tina Andreana (Oakville, ON) came to the pitcher’s circle next, and after giving up a walk to load the bases once again, she forced a fly out to left field and Melanie Matthews (Surrey, BC) was able to throw out the runner tagging from third at home to get out of the first inning.

After holding the Americans hitless in the second, Andreana ran into trouble in the third, walking two of the first three hitters and later allowing a bunt single to load the bases with two outs. Natasha Watley then hit a ground-rule double to the gap in right-center field to bring two runners in to score, increasing the lead to 6-0. After another walk loaded the bases once again, Jessica Mendoza drove a single to right field to plate two more runners.

Canada chipped away at the big lead in the bottom of the third by scoring one run. Heather Ebert (Rosthern, SK) was able to get Canada’s first hit of the game, driving a pitch up the middle into centerfield. Evelyne Pare (Ile-Perrot, QC) then moved her into scoring position with a slap out to third, and Melanie Matthews delivered a clutch two-out single to center to bring Ebert in to score.

However, the Americans went right back to work in the fourth, as Kaitlin Cochrane ripped a triple down the first base line, and Ashley Charters walked to start the inning. Charters moved up to second by tagging up on fly ball to the catcher behind the plate, and the next hitter grounded a fielder’s choice to Jenn Yee (North Delta, BC) at second, who made a nice play to cut the runner down at the plate for the second out. Watley then placed a perfect slap to shortstop for an RBI infield single, increasing the lead to 9-1.

The United States did not let up in the fifth, as they quickly got two runners on base with singles before Cochran hit an RBI single through the right side of the infield. Charters followed that up with an RBI single of her own to left field, and Jennie Finch blasted a three-run homerun to center. A walk and a double put runners on second and third, and with two outs, Jessica Mendoza drove both of them in to score with a single to center to round out the scoring.