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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Freshman Rachel Brown of the Harvard
softball team has been named the 2009 Ivy League Rookie of the Year. She and
fellow first-team honoree Jennifer Francis were among six Crimson players
recognized with the release of the All-Ivy League teams Thursday afternoon.
Brown was one of two first-team All-Ivy League pitchers selected, while
Francis was one of three outfielders chosen. Sophomore Emily Henderson was a
second-team All-Ivy outfield selection, while senior catcher Hayley Bock, junior
third baseman Melissa Schellberg and sophomore second baseman Ellen Macadam
earned All-Ivy honorable mention.
A record-breaking season made Brown the third Harvard player and second in
the last three years to earn selection as Ivy Rookie of the Year, joining Lauren
Murphy in 2007 and Deborah Abeles '00 in 1997. The Crimson's other five
selections were all repeat picks. Schellberg garnered honorable mention for the
third straight season. Henderson made the All-Ivy League first team a year ago,
while Bock, Francis and Macadam were all second-team honorees.
Brown posted a 16-7 record and struck out a school-record 211 batters this
season. She threw a pair of one-hitters and three two-hitters and reached
double-digits in strikeouts on 10 occasions. She was the tournament most
valuable player at both the Miken Classic and Highlander Classic. Brown ranks
ninth nationally with 9.8 strikeouts per game and 10th with four saves.
The San Diego native tied for third on Harvard's single-season wins list, and
her earned-run average of 1.49 was the fifth lowest for a season in program
history. After one season, Brown already ranks seventh on the Crimson's career
strikeouts list and is tied for 12th on the program's all-time wins list.
Francis led the Crimson with a .311 overall batting average and 24 runs
batted in but saved her best for Ivy League play. The junior rightfielder hit
.368 against league foes, good for ninth in the Ancient Eight, and also led the
Crimson with a .579 slugging percentage and .455 on-base percentage in league
play. She started all 44 of Harvard's games, hit three home runs and scored 20
runs. She moved into sixth on Harvard's career RBI list (75) and eighth on the
career home runs list (12).
Henderson led the Ivy League in stolen bases for the second straight season,
with 15 overall and nine in Ivy play. She was the Crimson's second-leading Ivy
hitter, batting .328 and scoring a team-best 14 runs in league games. Overall,
she started 39 games and tied for second on the squad with 24 runs. Her 15
steals tied her for eighth on Harvard's single-season list and moved her up to
third in program history with 43 career steals.
Bock had a dominant final season behind the plate, throwing out 15 runners
attempting to steal, one off the school single-season record. The team
co-captain also picked off five baserunners, limited Ivy opponents to 10
attempted steals and did not commit an error. She finished her career as the
school record-holder in runners caught stealing (36) and times hit by pitch
(29). She shared the team lead with four home runs to finish tied for ninth
all-time at Harvard in home runs (11) and RBI (66).
Macadam was the Crimson's leading run-scorer with 25 and its third-leading
hitter with a .288 average. She also stole nine bases and laid down a team-high
eight sacrifice bunts. She started 43 games, mostly at second base, and
committed just two errors in 165 chances for a .988 fielding percentage.
Schellberg played in all 44 games, starting 42 at third base. She tied for
second on the team with 23 RBI and continued to thrive as a standout defensive
third baseman and clutch hitter. Schellberg posted a .932 fielding percentage at
the hot corner and struck out just six times in 131 plate appearances to rank as
the 29th-toughest player in the country to strike out.
The Crimson finished 27-17 and 12-8 in the Ivy League to finish second in the
Ivy League North Division. Harvard won the Miken Classic and Highlander Classic
championships during its non-league season.
year San Diego Div 2 Scripps Ranch High letterwinner
2007 198 K's in 100 innings
K's CIF season record
5th in career CIF strike outs
Union Tribune Athlete of the week
Union Tribune Athlete of the month
Union Tribune Academic Team captain
26-3, 3rd most season wins in CIF history
2008 Torrey Pines tournament MVP
1st Team All-conference
2006 (16U ASA) with San Diego Renegades 5-1 record, 5th place finish
Nationals 2007 (18U ASA Gold) with So Cal Breakers 2-0 with 1 save, 13th
San Diego Renegades Did not qualify
2009 So Cal
Breakers. Qualified in Portland, 48th at ASA Gold Nationals
San Diego Union Articles
Ranch senior sets strikeout record
Scripps Ranch senior Rachel Brown set a San Diego Section softball
record for strikeouts in a season yesterday in the Falcons' 6-0 win
over host Christian.
Brown fanned 10, giving her 350 strikeouts for the year to top the mark
of 347 set by Christian's Sarah Dawson in 1993.
mother, Roma Dawson, the coach at Christian, gave Brown a hug when play
was halted after the record-breaking strikeout.
was pretty emotional,” Scripps Ranch coach Mary Jo Griswold said.
Brown tied the record by fanning the first batter in the bottom of the
sixth, she struck out the side.
absolutely dominated the next two batters,” Griswold said. “She took it
to the next level when she got close to the record.
strength is her consistency. She's averaging two K's an inning. She
never falls behind a batter. She's amazing.”
who will play at Harvard next season, is 23-2 for third-ranked Scripps
the epitome of a student-athlete,” Griswold said. “She's really
mastered her craft. She's a thrill to watch.”
strikeout record falls to Scripps Ranch's Brown
Scripps Ranch pitcher Rachel Brown (right)
is congratulated by teammates after breaking
the CIF-SDS single season strikeout record
set by Christian's Sarah Dawson in 1993.
(Photo by Jeanne Royce)
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EL CAJON (5-6-08) — One of the oldest records listed on the fastpitch
pages of the CIF-San Diego Section record book was broken Monday (May
5). And ironically, the feat was broken at the on-campus field at
Christian High School.
Eastern League contest, Scripps Ranch senior Rachel Brown set a
single-season section record with 350 strikeouts, leading the
3rd-ranked Falcons over the host Patriots, 6-0.
Harvard-bound hurler struck out 10 batters to surpass the milestone,
eclipsing the 1993 mark of 347 set by Christian's SARAH DAWSON, who
went on to became the 1997 MVP of the women's pro league for the old
Orlando Wahoos, and is now an NCAA Division I head coach for Louisiana
to wish her congratulations," said Patriots coach ROMA DAWSON (Sarah's
mother), who gave Brown a hug as the contest was briefly halted to
acknowledge the accomplishment. "She keeps batters off-balance so well."
finished with a 1-hit shutout, the lone hit being a clean basehit by
MONIQUE ELLIOTT on a ball hit over the head of the Falcons third
baseman in the 5th inning. Otherwise, Brown kept Christian batters on
their heels with a variety of pitches.
has a riser and a drop, then a curve which she spots on the outside
really well," said Roma Dawson. "And, of course, she has a fastball --
Rachel just has an assortment of pitches to go with to keep batters off
Dawson was known as a strict power pitcher by firing the ball past
batters at the prep, collegiate and professional levels.
college career, Dawson amassed a record of 120-56 while registering 151
complete games, 1,242.1 innings pitched, 1,280 strikeouts and 74 career
complete games, innings pitched, strikeouts and career shutouts all
rank in the top 10 in NCAA Division I history while her 120 career wins
rank No. 6 entering the 2008 season. And in 1997 during her senior
season at UL-Monroe, Dawson earned a spot on the Louisville Slugger
NCAA Division I All-America first team.
tied then broke the record in the 6th, when she fanned the side in
knew she was close -- that's when she took it to the next level," said
Scripps Ranch coach Mary Jo Griswold. "Her focus is simply amazing."
preserved her shutout in the 7th after Christian placed two runners in
PLUM walked with one out, then a throwing error on a grounder by ALLIE
SCOTT placed two runners aboard, both advancing on a sacrifice bunt by
RICKI GENTRY. However, Brown escaped when a line drive by KARA
CARTWRIGHT was caught by the Falcons third baseman to end the contest.
Ranch (25-3-2) remains in a first-place deadlock with Patrick Henry,
which should stand after the teams split the season series. Christian
(10-12) can clinch fourth place in the Eastern League with a road
victory Wednesday against 5th-place Morse to complete the regular season
Union Tribune Athlete of
University recruit, Brown went 2-0-1 in four games in the Cougar
Classic. The senior struck out 54 in 23 innings, allowing three hits
and no runs. Brown struck out 19 in a win over San Pasqual.
Tribune Player of the month
about dominant. Brown, who will attend Harvard, compiled a 10-0 record
last month with a 0.00 ERA. In 77 innings, the senior surrendered just
15 hits while striking out 161 as Scripps Ranch put together a 12-1-2
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pitcher thrives in home's softball environment
SPECIAL TO THE
8:40 p.m. April
Scripps Ranch pitcher Rachel Brown, who will attend Harvard in the
fall, is 14-1 for the No. 3-ranked Falcons.
CONTRERAS / Union-Tribune
Brown feels at home on a softball field, but her family appears to have
taken that literally.
senior pitcher for Scripps Ranch High, lives in a house that's a
scoreboard and sunflower seeds away from becoming her favorite place in
the world. Her father, Craig Brown, built a pitching circle in the back
yard, complete with lights in case Rachel's bullpen sessions extend
into the night.
became necessary a couple of years ago when the upstairs hallway was no
longer suitable for fastballs. After Rachel and younger sister Meredith
put dents in the wall, Craig felt it best to practice outside.
downstairs hallway converts into a batting cage, with softballs
shooting into a netted garage.
grateful that her parents have helped nourish her softball career, even
if it's meant a little remodeling.
dad has always been there for me,” Brown said of her longtime
batterymate. “Having my dad catch me all these years has been huge.”
14-1 this season with an ERA just above zero. She tossed a no-hitter
Friday, striking out 18 in Scripps Ranch's 14-0 win over Serra.
coach Mary Jo Griswold attributes Brown's success to her ability to
throw four pitches for strikes, including a nasty riser.
Brown's motor going is a list, printed on a small piece of paper.
At the top
are the words “perfect game,” something she's still trying to achieve.
Next, it's “no-hitter,” which she's thrown a few times. From there, it
goes to one-hitter, shutout, a win and, in black letters, confidence.
Brown makes sure she never loses her poise in the circle.
pitches tougher when runners are on base. That's when she bears down,”
Griswold said. “I see her take complete control. She gets the ball back
and immediately throws, disrupting the timing of the batter.”
(16-2-2), ranked third in the San Diego Section, look up to Brown not
only as a team captain, but as the “team mom,” a title they bestowed on
her. They respect her sense of responsibility as well as her
organization skills, which she learned from a fifth-grade teacher.
Brown counts her day planner as one of her friends and won't leave home
“If I were
to have a daughter, I'd want her to be like Rachel,” Falcons senior
center fielder Jackie Nguyen said.
fall, Brown will be attending Harvard. The native San Diegan will
experience four seasons for the first time, thanks not only to her
softball talent but a 4.33 GPA.
“Academically, (Harvard) stands on its own, but on my recruiting trip
it was beautiful and right near Boston,” Brown said. “I thought it
would be interesting to have a complete change, with East Coast versus
West Coast, and experience weather. I just love the atmosphere and I
can see myself fitting in there.”
will miss home, though. After all, Harvard might frown on turning a
dorm hallway into a bullpen.
Season strikeouts 400 1st in
SD CIF (Previous record 347, set in 1993)
Career strikeouts 738 8th in SD CIF
Shutouts in a season 19, 4th in SD CIF
Wins in a season 26, 3rd in SD CIF
Consecutive shutouts 8, 8th in SD CIF
Player of the Week
Brietbard Player of the Month
UT Academic Team Captain
Eastern League 1st Team
Eastern League Pitcher of the Year
2 first team
2 Pitcher of the Year