Neli Casares-Maher’s quiet leadership and return from injury boosts Syracuse’s lineup

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In the top of the eighth inning against Louisville on March 17, Head Coach Shannon Doepking challenged her shortstop, Neli Casares-Maher.“Do you want this at-bat?” Doepking asked after walking up to her.Casares-Maher accepted: “I want it.”Before that interaction, Doepking said she would sub the shortstop out in extra innings with the Cardinals and Orange tied at two. At the time, Casares-Maher was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. But Doepking listened to the sophomore, who stepped into the box and hit the fourth pitch off the left field wall for a leadoff double. Hannah Dossett doubled in Caseras-Maher later in the inning and the Orange won 4-2.Casares-Maher is one of the quieter players in the Syracuse locker room, multiple players said, but those three words — “I want it” — represent her “lead by example” attitude toward softball.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe shortshop has missed 14 games in 2019, and Syracuse has scrambled its defense and lineup to replace her. Within a week of her return to the middle of SU’s lineup on April 19, Casares-Maher hit two home runs in a win over Binghamton last Tuesday. The Orange’s offense scored just nine runs in the four games prior to her return, but has rebounded to average more than six runs per game with the shortstop.Amy Nakamura | Senior Design Editor“She doesn’t say much,” Doepking said on March 20. “It’s hard to get her kind of get a read on where she’s at. Somebody with her caliber of athleticism, she’s super competitive … she’s uber-talented.”At a national softball tournament two weeks before coming to Syracuse, Casares-Maher collided with three other players in the infield and broke her foot.It was the first of multiple injuries that would set Casares-Maher back. In her freshman year at SU, she missed 19 games from a strained quad. Entering 2019, Casares-Maher played the first 26 games of the season before straining her calf against Boston College on March 23.Growing up in Orange, California, no one in her family played softball. Her closest older sibling, 28-year-old Tiffany, played soccer. Casares-Maher tried to join in, but soccer wasn’t for her — Casares-Maher preferred softball. Her parents didn’t know much about softball, but they signed her up for a co-ed league, and Casares-Maher started when she was five years old.“This little quiet girl who idolized her older siblings wanted to have her own identity,” her mother Sharon said.Unlike central New York, where former SU head coach Mike Bosch once said there are about “three good months” of softball, California regards softball as a year-round sport. Her tee ball team practiced once a week, but Casares-Maher constantly asked her parents to go to the field and practice. Her parents would spend time in the outfield, shagging balls as Casares-Maher hit them.Casares-Maher attended Mater Dei High School in California, a few miles from her home. As a freshman, Sharon said that Casares-Maher was under five feet tall. She was “skinny, tiny, little,” yet she finished high school with a .460 batting average.When the time came to find a college, Casares-Maher looked at schools exclusively on the east coast.“I wanted a new experience,” Casares-Maher said. “Coming here to this program brought something completely new, but there aren’t that many big adjustments.”Before coming to Syracuse, Casares-Maher and her mother, father, step-father and sister rented an RV to drive across the country. After dropping Casares-Maher off at SU, they planned to spend multiple weeks touring the country. Instead, they went straight home and Sharon cried the entire trip home.When Casares-Maher joined Syracuse alongside second baseman Gabby Teran, Syracuse started two freshman infielders. With Sammy Fernandez at shortstop, Casares-Maher spent most of her healthy time last season at third base. In 31 games last season, she hit .241 and had just six extra-base hits.Now under Doepking, in Casares-Maher’s second season, Casares-Maher has started 34 games, with a .284 average and a .930 OPS, second-highest of regular players. Only Alexis Kaiser has more home runs (6) than Casares-Maher’s five.“I’m not sure we’ve done anything,” Doepking said of how SU improved Casares-Maher. “You’ve just been able to see what she is capable of doing when she’s healthy.”When Casares-Maher missed 19 games this season, senior Alicia Hansen slotted in at shortstop. Now that Casares-Maher is healthy, she’s reclaimed her spot in the middle of the infield.Said Hansen: “Neli is hands down the best infielder I have ever seen in my life.” Comments Published on April 29, 2019 at 9:55 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected]last_img read more

Ernst says physical barrier not needed along some areas of border

first_imgWASHINGTON — Republican Senator Joni Ernst says now that there’s divided government in Washington, it’s up to President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders to find a border security solution that ends the partial government shutdown.“I would tend to agree that not all areas of our border needs a physical barrier if those are adequately patrolled by Border Patrol agents, if we have the technology to monitor those areas without having a physical barrier and can adequately respond in a timely manner to illegal border crossings,” Ernst said Thursday during a conference call with Iowa reporters.But Ernst indicated some areas of the border can only be secured with “a barrier of some form.” She said capturing terrorists, drug smugglers, gun runners and human traffickers along the border is a national security priority.“And by having a physical barrier in some of those places, we can shape the way the traffic is flowing, the foot traffic,” she told reporters.Ernst said she learned in the military that barriers on a battlefield funnel people into areas where they can be apprehended. Ernst indicated she would not support a deal that only funds more agents and more surveillance along the border, because a wall or fencing is necessary in some areas. The “smartest way to move,” according to Ernst, is to have Border Patrol agents and the Department of Homeland Security map things out.“I do think it needs to be a comprehensive plan that allows us to make smart choices on how we spend our dollars on the border,” Ernst said.About 25 percent of the federal government has been shut down since December 22nd. President Trump has repeatedly said he will not agree to reopen the government until congress approves $5.7 billion for a border wall.last_img read more

TUC, FITUG, Opposition to address May Day rally

first_img– as wreath-laying ceremony commences Labour Week observancesThe Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG); the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the Government will address Tuesday’s Labour Day, while the joint representatives of the Unions will this morning take part in a wreath-laying exercise at the monument of Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow in the compound of the Parliament Building.Critchlow is widely seen as the father of trade unionism in Guyana, having championed workers’ rights in the 20th century.“The honouring of this outstanding Guyanese labour leader will see tributes to his exceptional work in the course of his trade union career and his advocacy and active involvement in securing rights and higher pay for stevedores and other workers,” the bodies disclosed.In the joint press statement by the Unions, it was also noted that today’s exercise will be the first of several observances to mark Labour Week.Acknowledging the “increased pressures” that working-class persons are facing, the bodies observed that they would continue support of the initiatives taken to move the sugar industry forward.To this end, GTUC and FITUG said that the organisations were engaged in discussions on submitting three nominees to sit on the Trade Union Recognition and Certification Board (TURCB), a body which has been inactive for the last several months. FITUG and GTUC added that Government has been written urging Guyana’s participation in the International Labour Organisation (ILO) International Labour Conference at which the country has not been represented for the past three years.The bodies renewed their commitment to advocating for unity and cooperation in the trade union movement, and contended that this must be “diligently pursued”.“It is hoped that the united work and actions by the FITUG and the GTUC on common issues will lead to the realisation of betterment for our working class and which will certainly benefit the country as a whole. In the immediate period approaching this year’s Labour Day celebrations, the two bodies conducted a joint seminar under the auspices of the ILO on April 24, 2018. The seminar, held at the Critchlow Labour College, focused on “Green Jobs, Just Transition and Decent Work”, the press statement pointed out.On Tuesday, May, 1, 2018, the two federations will join with stakeholders and march through the city; the march will begin at Parade Ground and culminate in a rally at the National Park.last_img read more


first_imgSCORES of families in the Conwal area just outside Letterkenny have had their power reurned after three hours in darkness.ESB emergency crews arrived in the area to carry out repairs just minutes after the outage.It’s thought damage may have been caused to overhead cables during a lightening storm in the early hours of this morning, but that the power only failed in the past hour. A reader told us “The power came back on just after 10.30pm. Luckily we had candles and torches.“The worst thing is not knowing when the power was going to come back. It was very difficult to find out from anybody.”© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comBREAKING NEWS: ELECTRICITY RETURNED TO SCORES OF HOMES AFTER POWER FAILURE was last modified: November 25th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Co DonegalconwalESBletterkennypower cutlast_img read more

JumpStarts holiday fundraiser in full swing

first_imgNo related posts. It’s a difficult truth: If you know English in Costa Rica, you get farther in life. In theory, the nation’s grade schools require students to study English, to help them become competitive in later years. But according to some estimates, as many as 45 percent of these schools have no English teachers at all, leaving behind a quarter of students. Not surprisingly, the school systems most lacking are based in rural and underserved communities.This holiday season, the JumpStart Costa Rica program is running an ambitious fundraising campaign. Created by the Costa Rica Multilinguë Foundation (CRML), JumpStart has proven true to its name: The program started in 2012 with only 23 students, yet after a successful pilot period, JumpStart now expects to serve 600 students from 30 communities. Their goal for 2014 is to provide additional training to 35 public school teachers, which should directly benefit up to 5,000 students.The month-long camps are designed to give seventh-grade students a crash-course in English grammar and vocabulary, as well as a broader academic curriculum, including math, science, technology and engineering. Four-hour sessions take place daily, and education is largely “project-based.” Most teachers are volunteers from the United States, many of them enrolled in the Peace Corps.At the moment, JumpStart is funded entirely by donors. Donation levels begin at $25 (equivalent to a textbook and writing materials), and continue to $200 (by “adopting a jumpstarter,” donors receive photos and updates) and even $4,000 (full tuition for 20 students for a four-week camp). For more information, visit: Facebook Commentslast_img read more