Monday, September 22, 2014

News & Tidbits - 9-22-14

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Lots of newsworthy headlines and stories this week... I've elected to compile them all with little blurbs in this one, single article.

- Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso joined the ranks of the very best of the best of folks associated with Bishop Montgomery High School, as she was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. The 2013 National Championship-winning coach has a 901-281-2 record in twenty years at OU. A 2012 NFCA Hall of Famer, Gasso played for Bishop Montgomery for all four years of high school.

- ProSwings, on the Justin's World "recommended" list and run by former NPF player Stephanie Best has expanded in more ways than one, according to recent social media posts and a statement from Best herself. Not only is the company adding a pitching-centered instructor to the staff, but they are also expanding to include a full-on baseball division within the company. Former South Carolina pitcher Audrey Broyles will handle the instruction of pitchers under the ProSwings label, while Greg Smith, an Embry Riddle (NAIA) product and former professional player & collegiate coach, is the head of the new baseball division. Best says "[Smith] will be playing a huge role in launching the baseball side of things... He's young, driven, and motivated, so I'm excited and hopeful to see what he can add to ProSwings”.

- Former Georgia and Mississippi State hurler & current Akron Racer Alison Owen had her high school jersey retired this past week. Owen, a product of East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg, Georgia, was the first softball player to have her number, #4, adorn the outfield fence of the school’s softball field. Something I did not know that was mentioned in an article about the jersey retirement was that, as a high school senior, Owen led her team in home runs.

- Pennsylvania Rebellion rookie catcher Mandy Ogle launched her line of t-shirts this week. You can find them all, featuring her personal logo, here.

- Former Boston U assistant coach & current Arizona State graduate manager Suzie Rzegocki was inducted into her own high school’s hall of fame yesterday. Lemont High School in Illinois inducted their 2007 graduate as part of a three-person 2014 class. Rzegocki, who went onto a four-year career at Purdue after high school, is the first athlete in the past decade to be inducted into the school’s HOF. Rzegocki holds many Lemont school records in the pitching department, including wins, ERA, no-hitters, shutouts, complete games, and strikeouts.

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