Friday, May 8, 2009


Since the A's are the worst team in baseball right now, and Manny Ramirez is embarrassing, I thought it might be good to hear about these two high school softball players who both appeared in this week's Sports Illustrated.

Exhibit A: Sammy Albanese

Sammy, a junior righthander at the Castilleja School [Palo Alto, CA], threw six no-hitters among 10 shutouts in the first 12 games she pitched this season; four of the no-hitters were perfect games. Through Sunday she had a 12-0 record, an 0.00 ERA and 214 strikeouts in 82 innings, including 37 in a 14-inning, 3-2 victory. She was also batting .486 with 18 RBIs.

Exhibit B: Rachele Rico

Check out the next Jennie Finch Patrick Schuster, the Florida high school pitcher who threw four straight no-hitters, had a nice run last month. But Rachele Fico has been on a better one for four years. The softball ace at Masuk High in Monroe, Conn., threw the 24th perfect game of her career last week, a national record. Her career ERA in 93 games is 0.06. Find videos of the LSU-bound star at

Here's a video:

You know, when they say someone is lobbing softballs, I don't think that means what they think that means.


Jan Toepfer said...

excuse me but the A's are NOT the worst team in MLB- the Washington Nationals, and the Cleveland Indians have worse records. Humph-Mom

Laura Toepfer said...

I didn't see the Nationals! I don't know about Cleveland, though. They have more wins than the A's. I know the percentages say Cleveland is worse, but it's mighty close.

Coffee Maker said...

Hopefully Schuster didn't throw out his arm trying to live up to the hype -- that can be a temptation for high schoolers especially