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Post by Richard P. Dodg » Thu, 05 Aug 1999 04:00:00

       Eagles, Thunder Rebound

       Staff Writer

       The Chattanooga Eagles snapped a four-game slide for local teams
in the Amateur Softball Association's 18-under Gold
       fastpitch national tournament, and they did so in grand fasion.

       Cynthia Polk and Peyton Rhodes teamed on a five-inning one-hitter
and seven Eagles contributed two hits apiece in an 8-0
       victory over the Michigan Invasion in the next-to-last set of
games at Montague Park on Tuesday.

       Each team in the tournament has a game remaining in pool play,
which concludes this afternoon. All teams shift to Warner Park
       for the double-elimination tournament starting at 6 p.m.

       The Chattanooga Mustangs opened the tournament with a loss to the
defending champion Gordon Panthers on Monday night,
       then lost 3-0 to the Phoenix Destiny in an afternoon game Tuesday
at Warner Park.

       The Eagles and the Tennessee Thunder, a team comprised of local
girls and some from the mid-state area, lost their openers by
       the same score and in the same manner -- giving up a run in the
bottom of the seventh inning.

       The California Belles beat the Thunder and the Northwest Outlaws
from Washington defeated the Eagles, each 5-4. With the
       bases loaded after an intentional walk, a pop-fly single provided
the Eagles' downfall.

       "I honestly felt like we shouldn't have lost this morning,"
Eagles coach Frank Reed said. "We were tied 1-1, then gave up three
       runs in one bad inning. You just can't make mistakes in a
tournament like this. Everybody out here can play, or they wouldn't
       be here.

       "Our girls just have to get a little bit more motivated. There
are going to be a lot of 2-1 teams in pool play that are not going to
       get a great seed."

       Polk, who had gone 2-for-3 with a double in the loss, combined
with Rhodes for nine strikeouts and two walks in the victory.

       Kelly Fox, Kristen Bell, Ryanne Harper, Dana Reed, Amanda
Woodall, Holly Speiser and Lacey Gardner had two hits apiece
       for the Eagles. Fox, who had two RBIs, Bell and Harper each
doubled. Reed also had two RBIs and Woodall scored three

       The Thunder bounced back and closed out the day's play with a 3-0
victory over the Polar Crush.

       "I thought we played pretty well," Thunder coach Brent Bass said.
"I think we had the first-game jitters. The four early runs we
       gave up hurt us, but we came back and hit the ball and tied it

       "We're swinging the bat a lot better now. If we continue to swing
the bat and keep getting the pitching we're getting, we should
       be able to compete with most anybody."

       Jennifer Wright, who walked one and struck out nine, pitched six
innings of three-hit ball and earned the victory for the
       Thunder. Erin Wright pitched a perfect seventh, striking out one.

       Jackie McClain had an RBI double and Hillary Gipson and Ashley
Denton had RBI singles. McClain and Gipson each was

       Gold Star Players: Goerl and Sorensen

       Staff Reports

       The Orange County, Calif., Batbusters came within an out of
pitching back-to-back no-hitters Tuesday at Warner Park in the
       Amateur Softball Association's 18-under Gold fastpitch national

       The Batbusters' Keira Goerl and Dana Sorensen were among the
athletes with top performances in their first day of action.

       The Batbusters beat the Phoenix Li'l Saints 3-0 behind a
no-hitter from Goerl, who a day earlier was honored as a Louisville
       Slugger High School All-American by the National Fastpitch
Coaches Association in a luncheon at the Chattanooga Choo
       Choo's Holiday Inn. The 'Busters then defeated the Indiana Heat
7-0, when Sorensen retired the first two batters in the seventh
       inning before her no-hitter was broken up.

       Each walked one batter and struck out 12. Sorensen also hit one.

       Pool play resumes at Warner and Montague parks this morning at 9
and concludes with games beginning at 1 p.m. Teams then
       will be seeded, a draw will be held and the double-elimination
format will begin at 6 p.m.


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Post by lostma.. » Fri, 06 Aug 1999 04:00:00

Apparently the Chattanooga Times also has a column titled ASA Notebook
with recaps of games each day.  But they do not post this at their
website.  Perhaps enough e-mails from RSS'ers would convince them it
would be worthwhile to post it along with the other articles they are


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Post by lostma.. » Fri, 06 Aug 1999 04:00:00

This item appeared in The Times & Free Press on Sunday, August 1, 1999.

     ASA Gold Show Here Has U.S. World Stars

     Staff Writer

     The downtown complexes of Warner and Montague parks will be filled
with some of the best fastpitch talent the
     country has to offer when the Amateur Softball Association brings
its 18-under Gold national tournament to the
     city this week. JaimeClark The ASA governs national tournaments for
A Division teams in five youth age groups
     ranging from 10-under to 18-under, as well as regional
championships for B Division counterparts. The Gold
     division was designed for the elite teams in the upper age group.

     "These 64 teams will represent the best of the best in team and
individual play," Chattanooga's ASA
     commissioner, Dwayne Hale, said. "There will be players here who
have already played a year of college ball on
     the highest level of NCAA competition, including many who could go
on to become Olympians.

     "You'll see the coaches you have heard about and the faces you have
seen on television in the NCAA World
     Series here. This should be quite a show."

     The talent playing here will include the Orange County Batbusters'
Jaime Clark -- the shortstop on the U.S. Junior
     World team. Clark, who is headed to the University of Washington,
is batting about .475 for the Batbusters and
     leads them in runs batted in, according to coach Gary Haning.

     "She's a great shortstop," said Haning, who has coached since 1983
and guided five teams to ASA national titles,
     with one of those plus two second-place finishes coming in
Chattanooga. "She's very, very quick for her size and
     she's got a very good arm.

     "She about judges it an insult when she doesn't catch a ball hit
between third base and second base. She thinks if
     it's hit there she's supposed to catch it. She's nearly 6 feet tall
and dives all over the place for the ball."

     Other Batbusters bound for the collegiate level are Lacy Hauxhurst
(Michigan State), Monique Mejia (UCLA)
     and Dana Sorensen (Stanford). The rest are younger, including
pitcher Keira Goerl, who will be a senior in high
     school this year but is already the subject of intense recruiting
by the nation's top college teams.

     Also here will be some of Clark's teammates on the U.S. Junior
World team, including Leneah Manuma, a
     power-hitting first baseman for the Southern California
Firecrackers. She has signed with the University of
     Arizona. If speed is your preference, watch the Southern California
Athletics' Natasha Watley, who will play at
     UCLA next year.

     "She hits left-handed and basically anytime she hits the ball on
the ground it's going to be a bang-bang play at first
     base," Haning said. "She's also a very good shortstop."

     Other top-notch pitchers who will be competing here this week
include Marissa Young of USA Athletics, also
     from the Southern California region. She is headed for the
University of Michigan.

     Catherine Osterman of the Katy, Texas, Cruisers is only 16.

     "She's just about as good at that age as I've seen in my life,"
Haning said. "She's an exceptional young pitcher."

     Play begins Monday night with the traditional opening game between
the defending champion, the Gordon
     Panthers from California, and a host team -- in this case the
Chattanooga Mustangs. The game at 8 p.m. at Jim
     Frost Stadium will be preceded by opening ceremonies there at 7.

     The other locally based teams in the field are the Chattanooga
Eagles and the Tennessee Thunder.

     The tournament will begin with three pool games for each team,
followed by a double-elimination path to the
     championship. Action is scheduled to begin at 9 each morning,
Tuesday through next Sunday. The final is set for
     Sunday afternoon at 1.

     Tournament passes may be purchased for $30. They are $15 for senior
citizens and children 12 and under. Daily
     admission is $10 and $5.

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