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Slammers Win AFA National Championship

Decatur, IL

July 24, 2005  

 Top Row:
Abby Gross, Angie Grabczak, Bob Zivic (head coach), Carole Holtz, Alli Kennewell, Kirk Piehl (coach), Erin Lafayette, Kate Steele, Dave Wilson (coach)

Bottom Row:
Erin Kavanaugh, Leslie Klemansky, Kendra Powers, Kelsey Anderson, Ali Arnold, Kate Bradley
NOT SHOWN: Brittany Dehler who pitched Saturday defeating CIGS Rebels 7 - 3



Kelsey Anderson Awarded Game Ball
July 24, 2005


SLAMMERS SWEEP AFA WOMEN'S DIVISION NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AT DECATUR.

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AFA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RECAP: Slammers 2, Bloomington Lady Hearts 1

After being sent into the loser's bracket by the Slammers in a 4-1 pitching gem by Ali Arnold,
the tough Lady Heart squad beat CRIBITS and had yet another chance at beating the Slammers. If they lost they would go home, but if they won they would force the Slammers to play back to back games in the 100 degree heat.

AFA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RECAP Slammers 2, Bloomington Lady Hearts 1

The Lady Heart's leadoff batter (Gaither) doubled on the first pitch of the game by Slammer starter Erin Lafayette and scored on a single by cleanup hitter (McGlaughlin). This one run margin remained as Lafayette and the Lady Heart hurler Stanley locked into a scoreless duel until the top of the 7th inning when the Slammer's had their last at bat.

Kate Steele opened the 7th by lining a double to right center. After one out Kate Bradley singled to left and took second on the throw to the plate with Steele holding at third. With Carole Holtz now running for Bradley, Alli Kennewell worked a two out walk loading the bases bringing up firstbaseman Kelsey Anderson. On a 1-1 pitch Kelsey drove a line drive single over the second baseman driving in the tying and lead run. Anderson was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double, but not before giving the Slammers a 2-1 lead.

In the Lady Heart's last at bat Lafayette retired the first batter then gave up a single. Ali Arnold was then called on to preserve the victory and promptly retired the last two batters.

For her clutch two out game winning hit Kelsey Anderson was awarded the championship game ball.

Many thanks to all the new (and old) Slammers who came together as a team and made this a most memorable weekend of softball. And special thanks to Casey Clutch who could not play due to injury yet came to Decatur and cheered on her team.

Finally, a tribute to Slammer pitchers Erin Lafayette, Ali Arnold, and Brittany Dehler who dominated in the Slammer undefeated weekend.


                         2005 TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Decatur
June 4 - 5
                E Peoria Lady Rage 3 - Slammers 1
                Slammers 2 - St. Louis saints 0
                Slammers 12 - Heatwave 0
                St Louis Saints 5 - Slammers 4 ( extra inning )
                E Peoria Lady Rage 3 - Slammers 2

Bloomington / Normal
June 11 - 12
                Lady Hearts 3 - Slammers 0
                Slammers 6 - Pekin Lettes 0
                Slammers 13 - IL Lightning 0
                Slammers 10 - Rebels 3
                St.Louis Saints 8 - Slammers 4
                Slammers 7 - IL Lightning 0

Elgin Classic
July 9 - 10
                Slammers 2 - Oak Lawn Ice 0
                Vixons   2 - Slammers 0
                Slammers 1 - Mean Machine 0
                Slammers 6 - Pekin Lettes 1
                Bashers 2 - Slammers 0

IL ASA STATE TOURNEY DECATUR
July 16-17
                Offspeed 2 - Slammers 1
                Slammers 9 - Pekin Lettes 0
                Lady Rage 2 - Slammers 1 (Int'l Tiebreaker)

AFA NATIONALS DECATUR
July 22 - 24, 2005
                Slammers 2 - IL Alleycats 1
                Slammers 8 - CIGS Rebels 3
                Slammers 9 - Vixens 0
                Slammers 4 - Bloomington Lady Hearts 1
                Slammers 2 - Bloomington Lady Hearts 1 (Championship)


INDIANA SLAMMERS 2005 WOMEN'S MAJOR DIVISION ROSTER

    NAME             SCHOOL                     HOMETOWN
#11 Kelsey Anderson---Indiana State University---Zionsville, IL

#3 Ali Arnold------University of Iowa--------Bloomington, IL
#4 Kate Bradley----University of Illinois----Bloomington. IL
#32 Casey Clutch----- University of Evansville-_--Anderson, IN
#06 Brittany Dehler---Bradley University-------Bishop Hill, IL
#10 Angela Grabczak------------ IPFW--------------Hobart, IN
#30 Abby Gross---------------- Ball State --------Lafayette, IN
#7 Carole Holtz------------Bethel College--------Merrillville, IN
#57 Erin Kardash--------- St. Joseph’s College----Chesterton, IN
#18 Emily Kavanaugh-------St. Francis University---Greenwood, IN
#63 Erin Kavanaugh--------St. Francis University---Greenwood, IN
#18 Alli Kennewell-----University of Missouri-----Dallas, Texas
#12 Leslie Klemansky---University of Evansville---- DeSoto,Kansas
#22 Erin Lafayette----- University of Dayton-----Zionsville, IN
#6 Karenmarie Pena---Western Illinois University--East Moline, IL
#9 Kendra Power----- University of Missouri-----Kansas City, MO
#25 Kim Richards---- Indiana University--------- Indianapolis, IN
#57 Katy Steele------Eastern Illinois University--Brownsburg, IN
#99 Becky Wilson------ South Suburban College----Homewood,IL
#8 Jessica Wilson---St. Xavier University-------Munster, IN
#21 Erin Zeller---- Western Illinois University--Schaumburg, IL
                           
                     2005 PLAYERS Photos and Bios



Casey Clutch - Pitcher/Infield- Evansville Purple Aces
Casey Clutch 2005
Casey Clutch, P, Evansville
Returning full time player. Joined the Slammers in 2003. Split time between the mound and infield. Faced 90 batters with 37 strikeouts, 3 base on balls and a 1.33 ERA. Ended the 2003 season with a team high batting average of .405. Casey is a dominant pitcher who is blessed with the ability rip the seams off the ball at the plate.

Hometown/Previous School: Anderson, Ind. (Frankton)
Class: Senior
Position: P

2004: Pitched a career high 18 victories on the season...ranked seventh in the MVC with a 1.69 ERA...threw a one-hit shutout versus Maine and another versus SMS...recorded wins against Ball State and Middle Tennessee State on March 14 to clinch the UE Tournament title...posted a shutout against Creighton in game two of a double header after earning the save in game one.

2003: Compiled a 1.80 ERA on her way to an overall record of 12-9...recorded four shutouts, including back to back shutouts versus Southeast Missouri State and Yale...also hit .143, driving in six runs and collecting one homerun...ranked third for a season in saves (3).

2002: Chosen to compete in the USA Softball National Team Camp in September at Chula Vista, Cal...ranked fifth in the MVC in wins (15) and seventh in ERA (2.00) as a freshman...won four straight MVC starts late in the season...shut out three MVC teams, including Wichita State on a 1-hitter...went 3-for-3 at the plate against Indiana State 4/28...drove in two runs in three different games.

High School: Two-time first team all-state pitcher...64-16 with 0.35 ERA and 900 Ks (fifth in Indiana history) in 522 innings...pitched three perfect games and 10 no-hitters.

Personal: Casey Robin Clutch...born February 21, 1983 in Noblesville, Ind...daughter of John and Dee Ann Clutch...enjoys weightlifting and bike riding...majoring in exercise science with minors in sports medicine, sports psychology, sports studies, and a coaching endorsement.

Why UE? “Small campus, but D-I athletics.”


Angela Grabczak - Outfield - Purdue U at Fort Wayne ( IPFW )
Angie Grabczak03
Angie Grabczak
Returning full time player out with injury 2004. Was with the Slammers from 1994-1996 and rejoined the team in 2003. Angie batted .276 in the 2003 season. Another Slammers power hitter, has great speed, and was team leader in RBI's. Used primarily at the shortstop position in 2003. Angie will return “home” to the outfield for the 2004 season.

Erin Kardash - Outfield - St Joseph's College
Erin Kardash
Erin Kardash
Returning full time player 2005. Currently having a stellar 2005 season at St Jo where she is tied for second in RBI's. Joined the Slammers in 2002. Batted .275 in the 2003 season. Came through with timely hits all season. Erin played a solid defense committing only 3 errors all season.

Jessica Wilson - Pitcher - St Xavier University
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Jessica Wilson
Returning full time player. Just completed a dominating 2005 season at St Xavier as the anchor of the pitching staff posting a 21-7 record with a 1.49 ERA. Joined the Slammers in 1997. Faced 200 batters in the 2003 season with 53 strikeouts, 11 base on balls, and a 2.82 ERA. As a pitcher Jess has great control and location. She has the keen ability to study batters and pitch to their weakness.

Erin Lafayette, Dayton Fliers, P
Erin Lafayette
Erin Lafayette, P
Class: Freshman
Hometown: Zionsville, IN
High School: Zionsville
Height: 5-6
Position: P
Birthdate: 10/22/1985
Bats/Throws: R/R

Freshmen (2005)...Appeared in 15 games and started nine...Pitched four complete games and had one save finishing her rookie season with a 5-6 record...Pitched 77.1 innings while striking out 39...Was second on the team in innings pitched, strikeouts, strikeouts looking and games started...Earned her fist collegiate win against Youngstown State...Pitched her first career complete game shutout against Butler while allowing only four hits and striking out four.

High School...First Team All-State, Indiana All-Star Team, All-Conference, Indianapolis Super Team, Metro North Player of the Year, All-Metro North, and Team MVP...Graduated with virtually all single game, season and career pitching records at Zionsville High School...When she left High School, she ranked third all time in the state of Indiana for strike-outs in a game (24) and fourth in career strikeouts (916)....A National Honor Society member, she graduated suma cum laude.

Personal...Undecided on a major...Born October 22, 1985...Parents are Cindi and Jim LaFayette...Has three younger siblings, Lauren, Brian and Katelyn.


Sunday, May 1
Kendra Power, Missouri Tigers, 3B
Kendra Power
Kendra Power, 3B
Class: Junior
Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.
High School: Park Hill HS
Position: IF/OF
Birthdate: 08/30/1983


Outlook: Known for her quick reactions on defense, junior Kendra Power is aggressive on the bases and versatile at the plate.

"Over the past year, Kendra has really grown in the mental aspect of her game," Head Coach Ty Singleton said. "Kendra made a strong statement at third base in the fall and I think she will provide a real threat to our opponents this season."

2004: In 109 at bats, Power recorded the team's second highest number of doubles (eight). Once on base, the speedy sophomore managed to steal eight bags on 10 attempts for the third highest stolen base percentage (.800) and second highest total stolen bases. In one of her strongest games at the plate, Power pounded her final double of the season on May 2 at home against Texas Tech. Power finished the game with two hits in two at-bats, scoring two runs and stealing one base. Power went yard twice on the season, blasting her first homerun on Feb. 14 against Santa Clara and second against Kansas on April 7. Helping advance the Tigers to their first Big 12 Softball Conference Championship game since 1997, Power had one of Missouri's five hits in the 13-inning win against Oklahoma in the semifinals May 15 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Power made her 36th start of the season at third base against Oklahoma on May 15 in the Big 12 Championship semifinal game. Batting behind Kathy Masterson, the two recorded back-to-back singles to left field to get in scoring position and score Missouri's first two runs of the game. Playing in the NCAA Regional tournament in Los Angeles, Power had one hit against Louisville on May 20.

2003: Freshman Kendra Power started 25 of the 29 games she appeared in, holding a .246 batting average, with two doubles, one home run and nine RBI. Stealing six bases on 10 attempts, Power managed a .914 fielding percentage for the 2003 season. In her first game as a Tiger, Power went 1-for-2 with one RBI, one run scored and one stolen base against Chattanooga on Feb. 7. Scoring two runs against Kentucky on Feb. 14, Power was 1-for-2 later going 2-for-3 with a double and a homerun and three RBI against New Mexico State on Feb. 22. Making a start in center field against Oklahoma State on April 12, Power had a hit in each of the two games against UMKC on April 15 and two hits in each of the two games of the doubleheader with Kansas on April 21. Against Baylor at the Big 12 Conference Tournament on May 2, Power had a two-run double and scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning. During the summer of 2002, Power was a member of the "KC Peppers" summer traveling team that finished in the top 16 at the ASA Gold Nationals.

Park Hill High School: A member of the Park Hill team, Power helped her team to a fourth place finish at the Missouri state championships her senior year (2002) receiving first team All-Conference honors as well as first team all-district and first team all-state. Throughout her four years at Park Hill, Power played shortstop under head coach John Orlowski, taking honorable mention all-district honors as a freshman and both all-district and all-conference honors her remaining three years as a Trojan (2000-02).

Personal: Kendra Power was born Aug. 30, 1983, in Johnson County, Kan., to parents Kevin Power and Kathy Rockitt. Kendra has three sisters, Amanda (20), Ember (16) and Summer (11) and two brothers, Ethan (7) and Blaine (3). Power is a communication major.


Allison Kennewell, Missouri Tigers,SS
Allison Kennewell Decatur 05
Allison Kennewell, infield
Class:Sophomore
Hometown: Eden Prarie, MN
High School: Eden Prarie
Position: infield
Birthdate: 09/06/1985

Outlook: A solid contendor for middle infield action, Alli Kennewell (pronounced KEN-uh-well) enters the season as an experienced veteran on the Tiger team.

"Alli has the tools and skills necessary to be a powerful player," Head Coach Ty Singleton said. "She has great soft fielding hands and commanding strength at the plate. When she puts it all together she can be a true threat to any opponent."

2004: The only Tiger to record two three RBI games, Kennewell tallied the second most RBI on the team with 21. In her 46 game starts and 137 plate appearances, Kennewell scored 16 runs and tallied 27 hits. Kennewell helped Missouri to two wins on the season with game-winning home runs against No. 20 Baylor on April 17 and No. 13 Nebraska on May 9. Kennewell tripled against Portland State March 23, helping Missouri to an 8-0 shutout of the Vikings. Kennewell's fifth and final two-hit game of the year came in Missouri's second game against Texas Tech on May 2. Competing in Missouri's exciting 13-inning game against Oklahoma in the semifinals of the Big 12 Championships May 15, Kennewell had a single to left field for one of five Missouri hits on the game. Kennewell's final contribution to the team came May 21, against Mississippi Valley State in Missouri's second and final game of the NCAA Regional tournament in Los Angeles. In her third at-bat of the game, Kennewell blasted a double, driving in two RBI with her hit to right center. In 48 games at second base, Kennewell racked up 86 putouts, including three games with seven putouts, two of which were back-to-back (2/6 UTC, 2/7 Florida and 3/2, Oklahoma City). With a good hitting eye, Kennewell walked 16 times, the most of any member of the Tiger team.

Eden Prairie High School: Coached by Rob Garry at Eden Prairie High School, in Eden Prairie, Minn., Kennewell was a member of the state champion softball team her junior year (2002), and was an integral part of her team that won the sectional championships her senior year (2003). Kennewell was an All- Conference, All-State and All-Section selection for three consecutive years (2001-02-03) and was named to the All-State Tournament team as a senior. The three time Golden Glove Award winner, Kennewell earned four letters in high school. A member of the National Honor Society, Kennewell graduated in the top-10 percent of her class receiving the Laurel Scholar Award for outstanding academic and athletic achievements. Kennewell was a member of the Minnesota Peppers softball club team.

Personal: Born Sept. 6, 1985, to parents Phil and Terry Kennewell in Hayward, Calif., Allison has two sisters, Kristin, (22), and Lauren, (15), and one brother Matt, (11). Kennewell is a psychology major.



Abby Gross, Ball State, C
Abby Gross Ball State
Abby Gross, Catcher
Abby Gross

Catcher/Third Base
Fr./Fr.
R/R
West Lafayette, Ind. (Harrison)


Ball State
A BSU Presidential Scholarship recipient . . . majoring in marketing.

High School
Coached by Becky Potratz at Harrison . . . four-year letterwinner . . . earned all-conference, all-area and all-state accolades as a senior . . . named to the Hoosier All-Star North Team . . . selected as her team's Most Valuable Player her junior and senior seasons . . . a three-time recipient of all-conference and all-area honors . . . a second-team all-state pick her junior year . . . helped her team to conference titles her freshman and sophomore seasons . . . played with the ASA Indiana Magic and helped the team to state championships in 2000 and 2002 plus a trio of runner-up finishes . . . earned three letters in basketball and two in soccer . . . all-area and all-conference in soccer after logging a school record 8.5 shutouts as a senior . . . totalled a school-record 10.5 shutouts in her career . . . senior season co-MVP . . . named Most Improved Player in basketball her junior season.

Personal
Daughter of Roy and Dawn Gross . . . has two sisters, Brooke and Sarah . . . born Nov. 30, 1985, in Lafayette, Ind. . . . full name is Abby Marie Gross.



Kim Richards,OF, Indiana Univ
Kim Richards IU
Kim Richards,OF
25 - Kim Richards
5-8 • Shortstop/Outfield • B-T: R-R
Sophomore/Sophomore
Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central


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Sophomore Year (2005)
Only Hoosier to start all 54 games on the year playing every single contest as the center fielder • Finished the season at .234 with a homer, five RBI and a team-high 22 runs scored, 12 stolen bases and 11 doubles • Led IU with 167 at-bats and second on the team with 53 total bases and 39 hits • Tied for second on the Hoosiers with eight multi-hit games • Was 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored against Southern at the Tiger Classic on 2/18 • Posted a 3-for-3 performance with a double and a stolen base against Drake at the Holiday Inn-Select Tulsa Festival on 2/25 • Was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored against Oklahoma on 3/15 • Recorded a 3-for-4 game against Michigan State on 4/2 • Her lone home run on 4/17 at Illinois was a leadoff shot, the first for the Hoosiers in two years • Was the recipient of the Cream and Crimson's Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree

Freshman Year (2004)
One of the top offensive players on the team, playing in all 63 contests with 62 starts • Hit .283 with three home runs, 20 RBI and 20 runs scored • Second on the team in runs scored and stolen bases (9-of-13) • Also top five on the Hoosiers in doubles, triples, home runs, RBI and slugging percentage • Was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored against Indiana State on Mar. 24 • Ended the year on a four-game hitting streak that saw her finish the season 6-for her last 12 with a home run, one RBI and two runs scored against conference foes Ohio State and Purdue

Prep
Played four years of varsity softball at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana • Was a two time all-state and three-time Indianapolis Star Super Team selection • Was a four- year all-conference and three-year all-county selection • Named Marion County Player of the Year in 2003 • Holds the Indiana state record for most defensive putouts in a season and is the all-time career hits leader at Warren Central • Finished her high school career in the top ten in batting average, RBI, doubles and triples • A member of the 2003 Indiana 18U ASA State Championship team • Also a four-year starter in volleyball and basketball.


Slammers Welcome Erin Zeller, C, Western IL
Erin ZellerWestIL
Erin Zeller,C
Position: C
Year: So.
Hometown: Schaumburg, Ill. (Conant)
Height: 5-10

Bio: At Western Illinois
Freshman • 2004 Started in 55 of 57 games...hit .196 with six home runs (fourth-best on the team) and 20 RBI...posted a .988 fielding percentage and threw out 15 baserunners...had a .346 slugging percentage and hit .240 (12-of-50) with runners in scoring position.

High School
Played volleyball, basketball and softball, earning nine total varsity letters...a team captain her junior and senior seasons in softball...named all-conference and all-area her final three seasons...an honor roll student.


Carole Holtz, OF, Bethel College
Carole Holtz Decatur 05
Carole Holtz, OF, Bethel College
New Full Time Slammer 2005. Graduated from Merrillville High School in 2000 playing softball all four years. Then went to Bethel playing all four years and was captain of the softball team in 2003 and 2004. Bethel was conference champs in 2002, 2003, and 2004. Playing in 53 games Carole batted .340 with 4 home runs and 27 RBI's in her final year 2004. She currently teaches math to 8th graders in Elkhart, IN.


Leslie Klemansky, OF
Leslie Klemansky
Leslie Klemansky, OF
An outfielder with plenty of speed and bunting ability will be a big asset to the 2005 Slammers. A contact hitter with only 5 strike outs all year Leslie finished her first college season with a .280 BA and a fielding percent of .963. She earned honorable mention for her outfield play and is also versitile and can be used behind the plate or even fill in at second or short.

Leslie was an all conference basketball player and softball player in highschool as well as a four year honor roll student. Her basketball team won the state title in her soph year and she was elected captain of her senior yr softball team. She captained all three of her summer teams which included the KC Impact, KC Roadrunners, and the MO Blast. In 2004 she was voted MVP.

Leslie has completed her first year at Kansas City Kansas Community College and majors in Physical Education. She is on the dean's honor roll with a GPA of 3.6.and this fall will be transfering to Division one Evansville University on a softball scholarship.

Great job Leslie and welcome to the Indiana Slammers!


Saturday, June 4
Kari Martin,OF
Kari has played ball for 15 years. She joined the military after attending a year at St. Joseph’s College and played on the Air Force Women’s team in Texas and Hawaii. She was in the Air Force for 6 years. Currently Kari is continuing her education online with Hawaii Pacific University. She works for Olthof Homes in St. John, IN and has organized and coaches a slow-pitch coed team with the other employees.


Karenmarie Pena, P, Western IL University
Karenmarie Pena
Karenmarie Pena, West IL
Position: P
Year: Sr.
Hometown: East Moline, Ill. (Alleman)
Height: 5-10

Bio: At Western Illinois
2004 • Junior
Mid-Con All-Conference Second Team selection...four-time Mid-Con Pitcher of the Week...posted a 20-16 record with 25 complete games and eight shutouts in 238.1 innings...struck out 174 and held opponents to a .220 batting average while posting a 2.06 ERA...recorded one save...appeared in 42 games, starting 35...posted three straight shutouts from March 27-April 2...shut out Valparaiso twice on May 8, allowing just six hits and then shut out Robert Morris in her next start on May 11.

At Santa Fe CC
Played two seasons at SFCC in Gainesville, Fla....a two-time Mid-Florida Conference player...named team MVP as a freshman...finished the 2003 season with an 11-8 record, 1.36 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 128.1 innings of work...held batters to a .162 average and had 10 shutouts...completed 18 games, while starting 20 on the mound....helped team to a 36-17-1 record and a 19-9 mark in conference play.

High School
Broke numerous records...set the national record with 38 strikeouts in a 22-inning game...struck out 31 in a 14-inning game...an all-state performer three years and a four-time All-Western Big Six pick...helped Alleman win the state championship in sophomore season and finished second in senior campaign.


Erin Kavanaugh OF, St Francis
Erin Kavanaugh St Francis
Erin Kavanaugh OF, St Francis
Class: Junior
Position: OF
Bats/Throws: Right/Left
Height: 5'4"
Hometown: Greenwood, IN
High School: Roncalli
Major: Secondary Education - English
College Notes: Hit .310 last season with 32 RBI's. 2005 team captain.
Prep/Club Notes: Helped team to 2001 IHSAA State Championship. Named to All-Metro South Second Team. Team captain. Played soccer, volleyball and basketball.
Coach Bolyn Says: "Erin is one of the best athletes I have ever seen and her arm is very deadly from anywhere in the outfield."


Emily Kavanaugh OF, St Francis
Emily Kavanaugh St Francis
Emily Kavanaugh OF, St Francis
Class: Junior
Position: OF
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Height: 5'4"
Hometown: Greenwood, IN
High School: Roncalli
Major: Nursing
College Notes: 2005 Team Captain, Hit .409 last season with 17 doubles.
Prep/Club Notes: Helped team to 2001 state title. Metro-South All Star in 2002. Lettered in soccer (2).
Coach Bolyn Says: "Emily is one of the hardest workers on the team! She has great leadership features on and off the field."

   


Slammers Welcome Katy Steele, Infielder Eastern IL University
Katy Steele E IL
Katy Steele, Eastern IL
Note: Katy will join the team for last two tournaments in 2005. She will replace veteran Slammer Erin Kardash who will be moving to Florida to begin her teaching career.


CHARLESTON, IL- Eastern Illinois softball's Katy Steele (Brownsburg, IN/Brownsburg) started every game in 2005 and was among the team leaders in hitting all season. Meanwhile, she also excelled in the classroom and Thursday was honored for her all-around excellence as a student-athlete by being named Second Team Academic All-District V.

The Academic All-District teams are sponsored by ESPN The Magazine and selected by members of the Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). District V encompasses universities based in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as Manitoba and Ontario. To qualify for the ballot, a student-athlete must hold at least sophomore status, carry a minimum 3.2 grade-point average and be key contributor to his or her team.

Steele posted career-highs in hits, runs, doubles and batting average this season. She led the Panther offensive attack the first half of the campaign, hitting safely in 15 of EIU's first 18 games. During that stretch she posted a seven-game hitting streak, collecting multiple hits in five consecutive contests. She finished the season second on the team in batting average (.290), hits (45), runs scored (20) and walks (15).

Steele led the squad with 13 multi-hit games. She finished the Indiana State Wolfe Sycamore Classic 10-for-19 with a double, home run, three RBI and three runs scored. Her best Ohio Valley Conference series was against Morehead Statein which she went 7-for-11 with three doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. She was also named to the Bank of Hawaii All-Tournament Team.

Steele hit two home runs, including a go-ahead two-run shot in the eighth inning of EIU's rubber-game victory at Austin Peay. She batted leadoff in 30 of the EIU's 47 games and after playing center field early, settled in at second base for much of the conference season.

"Katy's a premier student-athlete," EIU head coach Lloydene Searle said. "She was an exemplary performer all season on the field and in the classroom. Offensively and defensively she was among the team leaders and her examples and positive outlook were great all season."

A communication studies major who carries a 3.59 GPA, Steele is one of only four sophomores named to the District V teams this year. She is one of 13 letter-winner slated to return for the 2006 season.



Friday, July 8
Slammers Welcome Bradley Brave Hurler Brittany Dehler
Brittany Dehler
Brittany Dehler, LHP
Courtesy: Bradley University
Release: 06/10/2005


Overview:
A strong left-handed hurler, she is the only returning pitcher for the Braves after earning a career-best 10 victories last season ... She is expected to challenge for the top spot in Bradley’s rotation and is the only pitcher on the Braves roster with any collegiate experience ... Ranks ninth in school history with 62 appearances and her 44 starts are 10th best in program history ... Also ranks eighth all-time at Bradley with 183 career strikeouts.

2004 Season (Sophomore):
Led the team in shutouts (5), while ranking second in ERA, wins, innings pitched and strikeouts ... Limited foes to a .244 batting average in 30 appearances ... Owned a team-best 2.65 ERA in conference play, while going 5-6 against league foes ... After an 0-3 start to the season, picked up the win in seven consecutive decisions to stand at 7-3 at one point ... Posted consecutive shutouts in conference play, blanking Indiana State and Northern Iowa ... Struck out a season-high eight batters twice, picking up wins against Illinois State and Evansville.

2003 Season (Freshman):
Emerged as the Braves top pitcher, leading the team in ERA (2.62), wins (7), starts (23) and innings pitched (155) ... Fanned 96 batters and posted a 7-17 record ... Held opponents to a team-best .257 batting average ... Picked up first career win with a 6-0 blanking of Manhattan ... Earned second career shutout with an eight-inning effort against Illinois State ... Struck out 10 batters in a 3-2 loss to Southwest Missouri State ... Notched two saves.

High School:
A four-year letterwinner in basketball and softball, she also earned one letter in both volleyball and track ... Named MVP of the softball team all four years at Galva High School ... Earned second-team all-state honors as a sophomore and third-team all-state honors as a junior and senior ... Posted a 10-5 record with a .11 ERA and had 243 strikeouts with three no-hitters as a junior ... Entered her senior season with 13 career no-hitters ... Softball coach at Galva High School was Jackie Clucas ... Played for coach Dave Breiby and her father Fred Dehler of the Milan Aces.

Personal:
The daughter of Fred and Brenda Dehler, Brittany was born Dec. 27, 1983 in Galesburg, Ill. ... Majoring in nursing ... Has one younger sister, Kelsi ... Member of the Braves Scholarship Society ... Has been named to the Bradley Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in three of her five semesters at BU.



Thursday, July 14
Big Ten Star Ali Arnold Joins Slammers for Final Two Tournaments
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Ali Arnold (click photo)
College: University of Iowa

Class: Junior

Hometown: Bloomington, Illinois

High School: Normal Community

Position: Pitcher

2004 as a Sophomore... Started 32 games and compiled a 17-10 record... recorded a 1.50 ERA with 200 2/3 innings pitched... had a 3-3 record in Big Ten play with a 1.40 ERA... fourth on the team with a .282 batting average... hit .346 in Big Ten play... went 3-for-3 with a home run and five RBIs against Arizona State (Feb. 21); while pitching a 5-inning shutout... her two home runs came in back-to-back games at the Arizona State Tournament, against Illinois State (Feb. 20) and Arizona State (Feb. 21).

2003 as a Freshman... Started 25 games with six shutouts... compiled a 14-6... has a 3/1 strikeout to walk ratio... had a 4-2 record with a 1.24 ERA in Big Ten play... 2-for-2 as a pinch hitter in the Big Ten Tournament... recorded a .375 batting average in 16 at bats... knocked in five runs on six hits... picked up first collegiate win against Georgia State (Feb. 23).

High School... 2002 Chicago Tribune First Team All-State... three-time Big 12 first team all-Conference selection... three-time Normal Community High School MVP... 2002 Pantagraph All-Star MVP... set school records in season and career ERA, along with strikeouts in a season and career... gave up only two earned runs between her junior and senior seasons, where she was a combined 51-3... struck out 350 as a senior and 352 as a junior... third team all-American at the 2001 Women's Open... led her Normal Community High School team to the 2001 Illinois AAA State Championship... runner-up as a senior... also lettered in volleyball... three-time all-Big 12 Scholar Athlete.

Personal... Bats/Throws - Right/Right... Major - Communications... Parents - Graham and Debra Arnold... Born - April 4, 1984... High School - Normal Community... High School coach - Tom Finch.


Arnold's Career Pitching Statistics

Year   GS CG IP    H   R ER SO BB WP W L   ERA
2003   25 10 152.1 125 38 32 93 34 9 14 6 1.47
2004   32 14 200.2 149 56 43 167 52 14 17 10 1.50
Career 57 24 352.3 274 94 75 260 86 23 31 16 1.49

Arnold's Career Batting/Fielding Statistics

Year    G AB R H 2B 3B HR SO BB SB RBI AVG PO   A E   FLD%
2003    32 16 0 6 2 0 0 1 1 0 5 .375 3 51 1 .982
2004    41 85 7 24 6 0 2 22 5 0 12 .282 5 58 6 .910
Career 73 101 7 30 8 0 2 23 6 0 17 .297 8 106 7 .942






Saturday, July 23
ISU Freshman Standout Kelsey Anderson Joins 2005 Slammers
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Kelsey Anderson, Inf, ISU

High School – Two time All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference selection at Zionsville (Ind.) High School … Was an All-Metro North Indianapolis first team selection twice … Named to the Indianapolis Star Super Team her senior season … Was a third-team all-state selection … Paced her team in batting average and RBI twice … Earned Offensive Player of the Year honors her senior season upon recording five home runs and posting a .415 batting average … Recorded a career .337 batting average and 29 extra base hits … Played for coach Amy DePuy … Also was Most Valuable Player on soccer team.


Personal – Born Kelsey Nicole Anderson on October 3, 1985 to Brenda and Craig Anderson … Father played baseball at Rend Lake College while sister Teresa was a softballer at Delta State … Open preference major.




Decatur Team Photo
Team Decatur June 4-5, 2005
Decatur June 4-5,2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       TOP L-R:   C. Holtz, L. Klemansky, C. Clutch, A. Kennewall, K. Richards, B. Wilson
BOTTOM :   A. Gross, E. Lafayette, K. Power, E. Kardash



Sunday, June 5
Missouri Saints Win Re-match in Extra Innings 5-4
After the Saints took an early 1-0 lead the Slammers scored two in the bottom of the 2nd inning when Clutch doubled home Becky Wilson (BB) and Erin Lafayette (FC).The Saints tied the score in the 5th then took the lead in the 6th on a HR by third baseman Bruck.

It started to appear another Slammer victory was emerging when, with two out in the bottom of the 6th, Clutch again got the big hit and drove in 2 runs to give the slammers a 4-3 lead going into the top of the 7th. But the Saints again tied the score on a sac fly then went on to win the game with a 2 out rbi single in the 8th inning.

Clutch pitched the first 6 innings for the Slammers as well as contributing 2 doubles, a single and 4 RBI's at the plate. Leftfielder Carole Holtz had a single and double and was on base in all 4 of her plate appearances. Slammer runs were scored by Wilson, Power, and 2 by Erin Lafayette.Lafayette relieved Clutch in the 7th and took the loss.


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Carole Holtz, LF
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Sunday, June 5
East Peoria Lady Rage Wins Elimination Game 3 -2

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allison Kennewell, SS 

The tough Lady Rage team once again came out on top by scoring the winning run on a triple and sac fly in the bottom of the 7th inning. Slammer rightfielder Kari Martin, in her Slammer debut plate appearance, gave the Slammers the early lead with a 2 out rbi single in the 2nd inning. Her hit up the middle scored Carole Holtz who had singled and advanced to 2nd on a walk to Becky Wilson.

The Rage took a 2-1 lead scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the second. The score remained 2-1 until the Slammer 6th when shortstop Ali Kennewell led off with a double, advanced to 3rd on a FC by Erin Kardash, and scored on a sac fly by Holtz. A triple and sac fly by the Rage in the bottom of the 7th gave the Rage the 3-2 victory and ended the tournament for the Slammers. Erin Lafayette went the distance giving up only 7 hits to the hard hitting Rage.

The eventual tournament champs were the Lady Hearts from Bloomington,IL. This was an amazing tournament performance by the Slammers who were playing together as a team for the first time. We would especially like to thank Kari Martin for driving down on Sunday as the emergency fill-in for injured outfielder Leslie Klemansky.

                   Kari Martin, OF



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Casey Clutch
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Saturday, June 4
Casey Clutch Shuts Out Missouri Saints 2-0
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A sparkling defensive gem by 3rd baseman Kendra Power and a first inning two out double by Abby Gross (C) scoring Kim Richards (CF) who had singled was all Casey Clutch needed as she shutout the tough Missouri Saints on 4 hits. The Slammers added an insurance run in the 5th inning when Becky Wilson (1B) reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, and scored on a solid base hit by Kendra Power.

Kendra's spectacular unassisted diving tagout at the plate of a Saints runner trying to score from 3rd snuffed out the Saints only threat when they loaded the bases in the 2nd inning.


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Kendra Power, 3B
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Saturday, June 4
Slammers douse Heatwave 12-0
In the first elimination game the Slammers pounded out 14 hits as Erin Lafayette shut out the Heatwave on one hit. Kim Richards and Abby Gross each scored 3 times and were a combined 5 for 6 at the plate. Kendra Power, Ali Kennewell, and Lafayette added 2 hits apiece.

The Heatwave pitcher (Herina) had control problems hitting 5 Slammer batters.


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Kim Richards, 3 hits, 3 R
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Saturday, June 4
Slammers Lose First Pool Game 3-1 To Lady Rage. Centerfielder Klemansky Injured.
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Erin Lafayette, P
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With Erin Lafayette on the mound, the Slammers took a quick lead in the first inning when Clutch walked, advanced to 3rd on a FC and WP, then scored on a fielding error by the Rage 3rd basemman. Lafayette held the Rage hitless until a leadoff hit in the 4th inning and 2 errors tied the score. Then in the 5th hard hitting Rage right fielder Cutie Taylor pulled a homer over the left field fence to score the go ahead run. After the Rage scored another unearned run in the 6th the pool game time limit ended the game before the Slammers could come to bat in the 7th.

Line score   Lafayette: IP-6, R-3, ER-1, H-6, SO-1, BB-2, SO-1


In a pregame mishap Slammer starting centerfielder and leadoff batter Leslie Klemansky twisted her knee and will be out for several weeks. Leslie will be entering Div One Evansville University on a softball scholarship this fall.


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Leslie Klemansky, OF
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Ali Kennewell Makes Play at Bloomington
Sunday, June 12
Slammers Crush Ball at Bloomington, but Pitching Injuries Cut Tournament Short after 7-0 Win Over IL Lightning
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It's a Wrap For Casey

Bloomington / Normal Results:
June 11 - 12

Lady Hearts 3 - Slammers 0

Slammers 6 - Pekin Lettes 0
Slammers 13 - IL Lightning 0
Slammers 10 - Rebels 3
St.Louis Saints 8 - Slammers 4
Slammers 7 - IL Lightning 0










Slammers 0 vs Lady Hearts 3 – June 11, 2005


In their 1st pool play game at Bloomington-Normal, Slammers suffered a shut-out by the Bloomington Lady Hearts. Heart’s pitchers Shannon Nicholson and Holly Walden (7th) combined for the shut-out giving up only 2 hits – a 1st inning lead-off single by Slammers 3rd baseman, Kendra Power and a second inning 2-out infield single by 2nd baseman Erin Kardash. The Slammer’s had 2 more baserunners when Erin Zeller had a lead-off walk in the 2nd and Anige Grabezak reached first on an error in the 5th. Slammer’s pitcher Erin Lafayette pitched a complete game yielding 7 hits, 2 walks, and 3 earned runs. Erin struck out 3 Hearts.


Slammers 6 vs Pekin Lettes 0 – June 11, 2005


The Slammers bounced back in their 2nd pool game to shut-out the Pekin Lettes with strong offense earning 4 of their 6 runs on 14 hits. Slammer’s pitcher Jessica Wilson struck out the side in the 1st inning setting the tone for the game. .Leading the offense with 3 hits each were Abby Gross going 3 for 4 with a double, a lead-off triple in the 5th, 1 rbi and 1 run scored and Kendra Power going 3 for 5, scoring 2 runs.   Kim Richards and Alli Kenewell were both 2 for 3 with Richards scoring 1 run and Kennewell legging out a left field triple in the 7th, and Erin Kardash went 2 for 4 with 1 run scored. Jessica Sanforth and Erin Zeller each had 1 hit, while Sanforth scored the Slammer’s last run in the 5th. Wilson pitched the complete game striking out 7 Lettes and allowing 5 hits. The Lettes threatened in the 5th with runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out, but an unassisted force play by 3rd baseman Power and a called strikeout ended their offense.


Slammers 13 vs IL Lightning 0 – June 11, 2005


Slammers shut-out the IL Lightning and erupted for 10 runs in the 7th inning. Each Slammer batter had at least 1 hit.   Angie Grabczak, Kim Richards, and Alli Kennewell each had 3 hits, and Kendra Power, Erin Zeller, and Jessica Sanforth each had 2 hits, with Sanforth getting 2 triples in the 7th inning. Erin Lafayette, Abby Gross, and Erin Kardash each had 1 hit. Sanforth had 4 rbi’s and Richards had 3 rbi’s. Lafayette pitched the complete game shut-out allowing 4 hits and no walks.


Rebels 3 vs Slammers 10 - June 11, 2005


The Slammers scattered their 10 runs across 5 innings with 12 hits. Both Abby Gross and Jessica Sanforth had 3 hits and Kendra Power had 2 hits. The other 4 hits were by Erin Kardash, Alli Kennewell, Angie Grabczak, and Erin Zeller. Kennewell had a triple to right field in the 3rd inning scoring Zeller from 1st.   With 2 rbi’s each were Gross, Power, and Zeller. Shortstop Kennewell left the game in the 5th inning after turning her ankle at the turf transition while catching a fly ball. Jessica Wilson was the starting and winning pitcher, with Erin Lafayette relieving her in the 5th and final inning. Wilson gave up 3 hits in the 3rd inning and 2 hits in the 4th inning.



St. Louis Saints 8 vs Slammers 4 on June 12, 2005


Slammers managed to turn 5 hits into 4 earned runs, but that was not enough against the Saints who pounded out 13 hits to score 8 runs. The Slammers scored 3 runs in the 6th which started with a lead-off walk by pitcher Erin Lafayette. With 1 out, Kim Richards hit a double to left field scoring Lafayette. Abby Gross followed with a double of her own with Richards holding up at 3rd. Jessica Sanforth earned the 3rd successive hit of the inning with a single to left center scoring Richards and Gross. Sanforth also had a double in the 1st inning to score Gross who had singled. Lafayette took the loss.



Slammers 7 vs IL Lightning 0 on June 12, 2005


With the day’s roster down to 9 players, Slammers shut-out IL Lightning and then called it “quits” for the rest of the day due to lack of healthy pitchers to relieve Erin Lafayette who pitched 2 completed games. Slammers scored 7 runs with 12 hits. Alli Kennewell legged out an “in the park” home run that would have been out of the park if the fence was regulation. Abby Gross and Angie Grabczak both hit triples. Two hits a piece were Erin Kardash, Erin Lafayette, and Alli Kennewell. Kim Richards earned 2 rbi’s. With throwing hand hurting, 1st baseman Casey Clutch even managed a hit to score right fielder Jessica Wilson – the other injured Slammer pitcher. Lightning threatened to score in the 2nd with runners on 2nd and 3rd with only 1 out, but Lafayette sent the next 2 batters to the dugout when the umpire caught them looking at their 3rd strikes.




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Erin Lafayette

Saturday, July 9
SLAMMER PITCHING SHINES AT ELGIN CLASSIC. CASEY CLUTCH INJURED. GROSS AND ZELLER GET BIG HITS.
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Casey Will Be Back
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With a little more offensive support Slammer pitchers Erin Lafayette and KarenMarie Pena might very well have been undefeated after posting a collective 1.66 ERA over 30 innings. Lafayette posted 2 shutouts over the Oak Lawn Ice and Mean Machine while Pena beat Pekin Lettes 6 -1 and allowed only 2 runs in a loss to the Vixons. Catcher Abby Gross continued her hot hitting with a .461 tournament avg that included a double, triple, and home run. Erin Zeller also had some big hits including two triples and a home run.

Our best wishes go out to pitcher/firstbaseman Casey Clutch who dislocated her shoulder diving into 3rd base in the next to last game of the tournament. Though her season is over we hope

she mends quickly and is back in the line-up next year when we play international teams at Champions Cup in California. In an effort to raise money for this trip the Slammers are considering charging Casey mileage for ambulance trips to the hospital.

Also, we cannot forget to say Bon Voyage to veteran Slammer and St. Joseph College standout

Erin Kardash who now embarks on her teaching career in Florida. In her final Slammer at bat at the Elgin Classic Erin finished in style with a solid base hit up the middle against one of the tougher pitchers around, Jennifer Mackson from GVS. In similar fashion, in her final college plate appearance at St Jo, Erin smacked the only home run of her college career!



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Elgin Classic July 9-10, 2005
Sunday, July 10
Front Row L-R:

Leslie Klemansky, Abby Gross, Ali Arnold, Kelsey Anderson, Erin Lafayette, Emily Kavanaugh, Erin Kavanaugh


Back Row L-R:


Karenmarie Pena, Erin Zeller, Alli Kennewell, Kim Richards, Katy Steele, Angela Grabczak, Jess Sanforth, Carole Holtz.


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Elgin Classic June 9-10, 2005
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Illinois ASA State Women's Major Decauter, IL July 16-17, 2005
Saturday, July 16
GREAT PITCHING NOT ENOUGH AT IL ASA STATE TOURNEY. AFA NATIONALS NEXT WEEK AT DECATUR.
Game summaries & photos from this tourney will be posted at earliest opportunity


IL ASA STATE TOURNEY DECATUR

July 16-17
                Offspeed 2 - Slammers 1
                Slammers 9 - Pekin Lettes 0
                Lady Rage 2 - Slammers 1 (Int'l Tiebreaker)



Saturday, April 16
Brittany Dehler No Hits Evansville Purple Aces

Friday, May 6
Emily Kavanaugh Makes All MCC Conference

Thursday, May 12
Pena Named Mid-Con Pitcher of The Year

Thursday, May 12
Katy Steele Earns Academic All-District Honor

Monday, May 16
Erin Zeller Placed On All Mid Con Tourney Team
Slammer catcher Erin Zeller (W. IL) was selected along with former Slammer player Blair Branson to the All Mid Con Tourney team.


Sunday, May 29
Junior Pitcher and Veteran Slammer Jessica Wilson named All Area after Terrific Season at St. Xavier.

Jessica Wilson throws perfect game vs, Purdue- North Central

New Slammer catcher Abby Gross heroics result in double header victory for Ball State.

Sunday, May 29
Kim Richards wins Big Ten Honors at Indiana

Monday, April 18
IU Shortstop Kim Richards profiled in Hoosier news

Sunday, March 27
Casey Clutch Strikes out 9 as Evansville defeats Drake in Missouri Valley matchup.

Senior Spotlight: Casey Clutch Evansville Purple Aces

Saturday, May 28
Erin Zeller Selected All Mid-Con Tournament as Western IL Captures Second Place

Sunday, August 21
Slammer AFA Championship Makes News

Champions


INDIANA SLAMMERS - Indiana's Premier Women's Fastpitch Team
INDIANA SLAMMERS - Indiana's Premier Women's Fastpitch Team


 
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