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These cards will be sent to troops stationed overseas during the holiday season.
Lauren Deaver organized this project with her fellow players through Crestwood Church in Lumberton, TX.
Three former BPCC softball players have received conference awards for their play during the 2009 season.
Lindsey Randall has been named the Gulf South Conference West Player of the Year. Randall is the starting shortstop for the University of Arkansas – Monticello. Randall played softball at BPCC from 2005-2007.
Randall had an outstanding season on both offense and defense. At the plate, Randall had a batting average of .381 (10th-GSC) with eight homeruns and 35 RBI. In the field, Randall recorded 88 putouts and added 121 assists at the shortstop position. The senior was in the league’s Top 10 in runs scored (51), hits (74) and total bases (120). She also tied for the conference lead in doubles with 18.
Randall’s UAM coach, Alvy Early, thinks very highly of his talented shortstop. “I truly believe that it would be hard to find anyone who plays as hard as Lindsey does in every single pitch of every single game,” Early commented. “She is a fierce competitor on the field as well as a great team leader.”
Randall’s BPCC coach, Ashley Grisham, is also proud of her former standout. “This is an incredible accomplishment and we are so excited for Lindsey.”
Two other former Lady Cavaliers were named to the 2009 All-GSC First Team.
Amy Mardis, Randall’s teammate at the University of Arkansas – Monticello, was named to the All-GSC West First Team. Mardis was selected as the catcher for the First Team.
Shannon Miles was named to the East Division First Team for the GSC. Miles is a first baseman for the University of West Florida. While at BPCC, Miles received All-American honors in 2007.
Coach Grisham is very proud of the accomplishments of these former Cavaliers.
May 11, 2009
The Bossier Parish Community College Coach Ashley Grisham and the Cavalier softball team is proud to announce that two members of the team were named to the Region XIV Second Team. Erica Gunter and Ashley Fair received this honor.
Sophomore Erica Gunter had a very good season with BPCC and was the team’s starting shortstop. She had a batting average of .413 and had a .754 slugging average. Erica stole 11 bases in 16 attempts and had 29 RBIs. She led the team in batting average and had 11 homeruns. She also scored 34 times. Erica will continue her collegiate career at University of Arkansas – Monticello.
Ashley Fair has been a stand out catcher for the past two seasons at BPCC. Ashley threw out 16 of 29 base runners who tried to steal on her this season. She led the team in homeruns with 15 and had a batting average of .304. Ashley had 40 RBIs and scored 36 times. She will also finish her career at University of Arkansas – Monticello.
She and Erica will be missed as offensive power houses on this team and we wish them the best of luck in their futures.
May 11, 2009
Bossier City, LA – The BPCC Lady Cavaliers dropped to Region XIV games to Alvin Community College Monday afternoon.
Game one was controlled by Alvin from the start. Alvin took a lead in the first inning and did not give up the lead. Alvin won the game 5-3. Ashley Fair went 2-3 and hit a 3-run home run in the fifth inning to drive in BPCC’s only runs on the game. Brittney Naron (2-4) and Regina Salvatore (2-3) each added a double to the Cavalier offense. LeEthel Guillory earned the loss for the Cavaliers.
The Cavalier bats pounded out eight hits in the second game but could not convert them to runs. Alvin claimed another win in the second game with a 4-1 final. LeEthal Guillory drove in the only run for the Cavaliers. Alvin scored 4 runs on nine hits. Danielle Jones earned the loss for the Lady Cavaliers.
March 30, 2009
Bossier City, LA – The Lady Cavaliers were able to split a double header with #19 Galveston College Sunday afternoon. This moves the Lady Cavaliers’ record to 17-11.
Galveston College jumped out to an early lead in game one by scoring two runs in the first inning. The Lady Cavaliers fought back and tied the game at two in the fourth inning. Galveston held the Lady Cavaliers to zero runs for the remainder of the game and scored three runs in the final two innings. Galveston won the game 5-2. Danielle Jones earned the loss for the Lady Cavaliers.
Game two was filled with late inning heroics by the Lady Cavaliers. Galveston began game two just as they had game one. Galveston scored a run in the first inning to take the early lead. Defense was the name of the game as neither team scored again for six innings. In the bottom of the seventh, Amber Futch hit a homerun to send the game into extra innings. This proved to be the spark that the Lady Cavaliers needed to get the win. In the bottom of the 10th, Erica Gunter hit a 3-run homerun to push the Lady Cavaliers to victory. Danielle Jones earned the win for the Lady Cavaliers.
Danielle Jones pitched 16.33 innings for the Lady Cavaliers. On the day, she struck out 11 Galveston batters and surrendered 5 base on balls. Her record is now 8-7.
March 29, 2009
Written by Jerry Byrd, Bossier Press Tribune
When the Bossier Parish Community College softball team dropped a 3-2 decision to Angelina Junior College in the first half of a doubleheader at Lufkin, TX., Saturday, the Lady Cavs were 0-3 in conference play.
But the tide turned in the next game.
The Lady Cavs, who more than doubled Angelina in base hits (12-5) in the 3-2 loss, won the second game 5-4, and then swept a doubleheader from Northeast Texas Community College at Meadowview Park Sunday to even their conference record at 3-3.
Overall, the Lady Davs are 16-10 going into a Tuesday doubleheader with Trinity Valley at Athens, TX.
Charday Wilson was three-for-four with two runs and Erica Gunter was three-for-three with a run batted in for BPCC in the first game Saturday. Madison Roncketto was two-for-three with a double.
Brittney Chreene, Danielle Jones and Leethel Guillory combined to pitch BPCC to a 5-4 victory in the second game as Chreene allowed five hits, three runs and one walk in three innings.
Jones pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing two hits and striking out one batter. Guillory was the winning pitcher, allowing three hits, one run and no walks. She struck out two batters.
Erica Gunter led the Lady Cavs’ 10-hit attack with two doubles and her ninth home run of the season in four trips to the plate.
Ashley Fair had only one hit, but it was a two-run home run in the fifth inning, her tenth homer of the season.
Guillory was two-for-two and drove in one run.
Sunday, Guillory pitched BPCC to an 8-1 victory over Northeast Texas in the first game as she allowed seven hits and one walk, and struck out nine batters.
Ashley Fair was two-for-four with a grand slam home run in the fourth inning, her 11th homer of the season, while Erica Gunter was two-for-three and Madison Roncketto was two-for-four, both scoring two runs.
Danielle Jones pitched a three-hitter in the second game as Gunter was two-for-three with a triple. Fair and Amber Futch both hit doubles for BPCC.
Jones struck out four batters and walked three.
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Ashley Fair is a sophomore who has signed with University of Arkansas-Monticello on a full scholarship. Ashley played high school softball at Huntington High School in Shreveport, LA, under Coach Richard Larry. This is the fourth player to start their college career at BPCC from Huntington. Amy Coleman, Lindsey Randall and Jessica Spurgeon also played at BPCC. Ashley is our starting catcher and she has caught 19 of the first 20 games- she has 8 homers thus far this season and leads the Texas Region 14 in homeruns. She also ranks as #10 in the nation in homeruns www.NJCAA.org.
“Ashley is an outstanding worker and she has contributed so much the last two seasons here at BPCC. She is by far one of the best catchers we have ever had at BPCC. The way she plays reminds me a lot of Amy Procell, an outstanding catcher for BPCC back in 2003-2005. Ashley Fair has a great arm and her blocking skills exceed anyone in our conference. She has 6 stolen bases given up and has thrown out 8 runners. She usually averages throwing out about 60% of potential base stealers. She could very well be a top conference player this season, and if she continues to produce as she is now, she will be a shoe in for All-Region selection. Ashley has 24 hits in the 20 games we have played as well as 22 RBIs. She has 4 doubles and 8 homeruns and is second in batting average only to Erica Gunter. Ashley has a .358 batting average and Erica has a .444 batting average. Combined Ashley and Erica have 15 homers together in the 20 games. Fair will continue her education with Erica at UAM and will be a major offensive threat for the Lady Cotton Blossoms in the fall. UAM is fortunate to have signed these two offensive powerhouses. “
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March 17, 2009
Bossier City, LA - The Lady Cavaliers split two games with LSU-E on March 3, 2009.
The Lady Cavaliers won game one 1-0 in a classic pitchers' duel. Danielle Jones went the distance on the mound for the Lady Cavaliers earning the victory. Brittney Naron drove in the lone run for the Lady Cavaliers as they took the win.
Game two was a much different game. The Bengals from LSU-E were able to out hit the Lady Cavaliers and won the game 15-8. Erica Gunter hit a home run for the Lady Cavaliers in the loss. The Bengals were able to take an early lead in the game and held on as the Lady Cavaliers fought to keep it close. Brittany Chreene earned the loss for BPCC.
March 10, 2009
Written by Jerry Byrd, Bossier Press Tribune
Bossier Parish Community College swept a softball doubleheader with Holmes Community College at Goodman, MS., Saturday for the 300th victory in Coach Ashley Grisham’s 11 seasons as head coach.
The Lady Cavs won the first game 3-1 in seven innings and won the second game 7-3 in seven innings, boosting their season record to 11-7 and Grisham’s career record to 300-231-8.
Danielle Jones was the winning pitcher in the first game. Jones, 5-3 for the season, allowed two hits and two walks in seven innings, and struck out four batters.
Erica Gunter was three-for-three and scored two runs. Charday Wilson was two-for-three and drove in two runs.
Brittney Chreene was the winning pitcher in Grishsam’s 300th victory. She allowed four hits in five innings, evening her record at 2-2. LeEthel Guillory pitched the last two innings.
Ashley Fair was two-for-four with a solo home run and two-run home run, giving her a team-leading season total of eight homers. Erica Gunter had a two-run single for the Lady Cavs.
When Grisham took over the coaching reins in 1999, BPCC had no victories in the previous season and only two victories (both over Wiley College) in the two-year history of the school’s softball program.
Her first two teams set school records with a 12-35-1 record in 1999 and a 19-26-1 record in 2000.
Her third team was 34-15-2, and the only losing season since then was a 25-26 campaign in 2003. In their last four seasons, the Lady Cavs’ win totals have ranged from 28 last season to 40 (twice, in 2005 and 2007).
Monday, BPCC swept two games from Hinds, winning the first 11-3 and the second 3-2.
Jones was the winning pitcher in the first game, improving her season record to 6-3 as she allowed seven hits and three walks, and struck out five batters. Gunter hit her seventh home run of the season and Fair was three-for-five.
Guillory got the decision in the second game, allowing seven hits and two walks. Maddison Roncketto led the BPCC hitters as she was two-for-four with two runs.
Now 13-7, BPCC hosts Navarro College on March 14.
March 10, 2009
Ft. Worth, TX - The Lady Cavalier Softball (3-3) team saw both sides of the winners/losers side of the coin this past weekend.
On Friday, the Cavaliers took on Allen County (TX) Community College and #8 Crowder College (MO). The Cavaliers beat Allen County 10-3 in the first game. Leethel Guillory picked up the win by striking out 8 and scattering 5 hits.
Danielle Jones picked up the win over eighth ranked Crowder College in the second game of the day. The game also saw a Cavalier first as 4 different Cavaliers hit homeruns in the third inning. The Lady Cavs got solo shots by Erica Gunter, Ashley Fair and Brittney Naron, and a two-run homer by Amber Futch. The Lady Cavs won 7-4.
Saturday turned out to be a very different day for the Lady Cavs. The cold weather silenced the Cavalier bats as they dropped game 1 15-1 to Vernon (TX) Community College and had a lead slip away in a 7-6 loss to Connors State College (OK).
February 14, 2009
As the spring 09 semester begins, the changing temperatures mean that it is time to head out to the diamond to watch the Lady Cavaliers take on some of the best softball teams in the region. After finishing the 08 season 28-24-2 and having a successful fall campaign, the Lady Cavaliers are poised for another great season.
For more insight into how the season will turn out, I caught up with Head Coach Ashley Grisham. She explained her expectations for the upcoming season:
“I am looking forward to a great season with the 17 kids I have on the BPCC Softball Team. We have good pitching, good hitters and should compete well against the teams in our conference. The majority of these kids are athletic and came out of winning high school programs so that helps as well. We will have a very tough conference with 32 games and my goal for this team is to win 21 of those games and finish 21-11 overall. This would place us in the top 3 or 4 out of the 12 teams. The top 8 teams will go to the regional tournament.”
We also spoke about post season goals with this year’s squad. Coach Grisham responded, “Once you make it to the regional tournament, if you win that tourney, you automatically go to the Junior College World Series. Obviously, that would and has always been my ultimate goal; however, I have other goals which I want to reach each and every season.”
Coach Grisham quickly followed that statement with her other expectations for her athletes. Grisham holds her athletes to a high standard on and off of the field.
“First off, I want the kids to be successful in the classroom and have confidence about their studies when they leave here. There is life after softball so I stress the importance of academics. Academics will affect what their future holds softball-wise when they leave BPCC and for the rest of their lives as well. I take pride in knowing that 90% of my players move on to 4 year colleges and universities to pursue a degree as well as continue their softball career. I feel it is part of my job to help guide these kids and help them as they endeavor to reach higher, not only academically, but athletically. All four of our sophomores will go on to play at a higher level and are all receiving scholarships to the 4 year institutions they chose. It is very important for me to see my players move on and succeed at the next level. I encourage my kids to always work hard, be honest, be respectful on and off the field, and think like a winner.”
Coach Grisham is also an advocate for including young people in athletics. She believes that athletics is more than a win-loss record. “This sport I coach can help mold young kids into the respectable citizens they strive to be one day. Athletics teaches discipline, emotional control, dedication, respect, work ethic, and goal building. I would not be half the person I am today if it weren't for playing sports in high school and college. For me, this job is about more than winning. If all I based my success on was winning, I would be unfulfilled each season. Ultimately, you get beat, and that is hard to swallow; however, you can still have success even when you get beat. My philosophy has always been to help kids, to see them grow as players and people, to watch them learn about life and learn how to take authority and say, “Yes, Ma’am.” At the end of the day, I am about helping these kids win softball games, but along with that comes many life lessons-- lessons that they may never get anywhere else, so I feel it is my job to teach them! I love this job; I love this sport.”
As you can see, Coach Grisham is ready for the season. We finished up by talking about how she enjoyed coaching at BPCC. “BPCC has been a blessing to me because I wake up each day excited about my job and what I get to do! You can’t put a price tag on that.”
Good luck, Lady Cavs!
January 28, 2009