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Spotlight 2018-02-17T11:09:12+00:00

When Plans Change

By Maren Angus Taylor Kowalski grew up on the ball field. Her dad, PJ, volunteered at Chet Waggoner Little League in South Bend, Indiana, and from the day he signed her up for t-ball they shared a love for softball. PJ continued volunteering for Little League after his daughter stopped playing there but their bond with the sport continued. She [...]

June 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Sun Devil Softball: Built Ford Tough

By Maren Angus For three seasons, Arizona State softball was stuck. Stuck in the shadow of previous National Championship teams, success of former coaches and stuck with new coaches who couldn’t fulfill promises. In two seasons as head coach, Trisha Ford has taken a program from the shadows of years before to the forefront and she’s done it her way. [...]

June 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Pack Shines for UCLA on Softball’s Biggest Stage

By Maren Angus Taylor Pack has patiently waited for her turn to star on softball’s biggest stage. In a winner’s bracket game against Florida on Friday night in Oklahoma City, the stage was hers and the spotlight was hot. She stepped into the box for her second at-bat against Kelly Barnhill and knew what pitch she wanted to hit. “I [...]

June 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Dreams Come True for Sun Devils

By Tom Blodgett The emotion of the moment was clear in the glistening eyes of Arizona State senior pitcher Breanna Macha. Tears didn’t roll, but they appeared to be at hand. “Marisa (Stankiewicz) and I, I took her to second base (at ASU’s Farrington Stadium), and we were just like reflecting,” Macha said while sitting next to the senior second [...]

May 27th, 2018|0 Comments

No Longer Transfers and Freshmen, This is Arizona State Softball

By Tom Blodgett When Arizona State entered the 2018 season, not much was thought of the Sun Devils. Sure, they had some transfers coming in, and it looked like second-year coach Trish Ford was bringing the program along after it fell off its two national-championships pedestal under Clint Myers. But the Sun Devils looked like a second-division Pac-12 team, one [...]

May 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Elana Meyers Taylor Talks Bobsled, Super Regionals and WCWS

Elana Meyers Taylor begged her parents to sign her up for softball. They finally gave in when she was nine years old. Photo submitted Her love for softball resulted in her being the first athlete recruited to play at George Washington University. She was a two-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team, two-time Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year, [...]

May 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Starting or Relieving, McQuillin Leads Arizona Softball

By Tom Callahan Junior Taylor McQuillin has grown quite a bit over the course of the 2018 Arizona softball season, and thanks to her that season will extend at least one more weekend. The left-handed hurler not only started two of Arizona’s three wins on the weekend at the NCAA Regional tournament in Tucson, but was called upon just four [...]

May 21st, 2018|1 Comment

NDSU’s Sertic Embraces the Pressure

By Tom Callahan It’s inevitable. In the course of any season a team will encounter close games. Pitchers will face jams. And in those situations is when Senior North Dakota State Bison pitcher Jacquelyn Sertic is having the most fun. “Every game is different. I really enjoy playing tight games.” Sertic’s smile grew bigger on her face. “Those are the [...]

May 19th, 2018|0 Comments

A Little More Summer(time)

By Maren Angus Publisher When the University of Louisiana’s Summer Ellyson steps up to the rubber, she takes a deep breath and continues singing whatever song was playing over the speakers to begin the inning. It’s how she remains calm in high-pressure situations. “I just go out there and have fun,” said Ellyson. “I try not to stress about it. [...]

April 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Ducks Hoping Experience Finally Pays Off

EDITORS NOTE: This story was written prior to No. 4 Oregon's 5-0 win No. Oklahoma on Thursday. By Tom Blodgett Contributing Writer Don’t let Oklahoma fool you – winning an NCAA softball championship is difficult under the best of circumstances. Perhaps the best case in point: Oregon. The Ducks quickly became a national power when coach Mike White arrived for [...]

April 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Overcome With Emotion, Mississippi State Keeps Fighting

By Maren Angus Publisher Vann Stuedeman didn’t hold back after Mississippi State swept Ole Miss on Sunday. She paused, apologized for what was about to happen and then her eyes filled up with tears. It wasn’t the first time the head coach had let her emotions out this season, but in that moment, the tears needed to fall. Of course [...]

April 17th, 2018|0 Comments

SoCal Family Finally Travels To SEC Country

By Maren Angus Publisher Joe and Rosie Cantillo have seen all three of their daughters leave their home in Southern California to play college softball across the county in the Southeastern Conference. Joe and Rosie also have never seen their daughters play a home game in the SEC. Their eldest, Chelsea, played at Georgia (2005-09) and Taylor (“RT”) played at [...]

April 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Coach Hirai Gambles On Cathcart; Paying Big Dividends For Seattle

By Ed Strong Contributing Writer Seattle University Softball has a new single-season home run queen by a wide margin. There’s 13 more games to go in the regular season. Sophomore first baseman Madison Cathcart is the driving force behind the best DI season ever for the Redhawks (24-16, 2-1 WAC). She’s tied for the national lead with 17 homers and [...]

April 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Emotional Trip For Cancer-Stricken Lady Vols Fan

By Rhiannon Potkey Contributing Writer Parked on the outfield grass surveying the scene from her wheelchair, Dawn Bowser was overcome with emotion. Cancer had robbed Bowser of many things over the last few months, but she wouldn't let it take away this experience. Bowser watched as her daughter and nieces interacted with the Tennessee softball team, their eyes widening as [...]

April 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Former Washington Softball Standout Anchors Down with VU Baseball

By Maren Angus Publisher The last time Casey Stangel was in a dugout opposite the Florida Gators, she was in Oklahoma City.  She was wearing Washington across her chest, she was starting in left field and she was playing in the Women’s College World Series. This weekend, Stangel will once again be opposite the Florida Gators but she won’t be [...]

March 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Lipscomb’s Turner, Family Thankful For Team’s Support

By Maren Angus Publisher Caitlin Turner hadn’t played in a game for Lipscomb University in over a week. Instead, she was by her younger brother’s side at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. On March 18, Ty Turner was in an ATV accident in their hometown of Greenbrier, Tenn.  He was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical and was still in intensive [...]

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Healthy Again, ASU’s Juarez Blanks No. 1 Huskies Twice In 3 Days

By Tom Blodgett Photos courtesy Sun Devil Athletics If softball fans feel liked they missed something by not being that familiar with Arizona State left-hander Giselle Juarez – or “G,” as she goes by – they’re not alone. “She’s a good pitcher,” Washington coach Heather Tarr said. “(We had) not much information off her. We didn’t face her much last [...]

March 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

An Open Letter To Jacksonville State During Your Tornado Recovery

Dear Jacksonville State Softball, One ominous day back in April of 2006, in the Middle Tennessee area, the sky turned dark and everything had a green tint to it. It was weird. Seconds later, there was a siren and we took cover in the hallway. The doors flew open, our ears popped and it sounded like a freight train was [...]

March 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Lady Vol All-American Trades Batter’s Box For Announcer’s Booth

By Rhiannon Potkey Contributing Writer Madison Shipman pulled into the parking lot at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium, just like she's done countless times over the last eight years. Only this time Shipman wasn't coming as a player or a coach. She was arriving as a member of the media, and the new role required some navigational help. "I actually had [...]

March 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Oregon Roommates HR Contest Drives Ducks Success

By Maren Angus Publisher When Oregon’s Director of Operations Jessica Kirby paired roommates together for the opening weekend of 2018, she didn’t think the results from one room would produce massive numbers. When senior Gwen Svekis and sophomore Shannon Rhodes got their room assignment for the Kajikawa Classic last weekend, they didn’t think anything of it.  Hitting home runs in [...]

February 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Freshman Alo Looking To Lead Sooners Back To WCWS

By Maren Angus Publisher Oklahoma University head coach Patty Gasso was asked about the possibility of a three-peat following the 2017 Women’s College World Series. She laughed it off. Oklahoma entered this season ranked No.1 and after five games at the Grand Canyon Kickoff Tournament in Phoenix, the No. 1 rank is still intact. The Sooners lost one senior [...]

February 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Arizona Natives Make Tennessee A Family Affair

By Maren Angus Publisher University of Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly graduated from Arizona State in 1973 and was beaming with joy after his squad defeated No. 19/23 ASU Thursday night at Farrington Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. But the connection between the programs runs even deeper than that and it was a postgame team photo that united the past with [...]

February 9th, 2018|0 Comments