Ozanne seeks to continue power streak at plate in Mary Nutter Classic

first_img Published on February 19, 2015 at 12:06 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Corinne Ozanne steps into the batters’ box right foot first, and settles into her wide, powerful stance. She grips her orange and white bat and raises it back behind her right ear, awaiting the pitch.Chances are, if she hits the ball, she’s going to leave the box with a flipped bat and a home run.Ozanne has homered in one out of every four at-bats this season for Syracuse (4-6) and leads the Orange with seven homers on the season. Her power anchors the SU lineup from the three spot, and her 11 RBIs, 1.103 slugging percentage and eight walks lead the team. Ozanne, a junior, is already fifth on SU’s all-time home run list.The infielder will look to continue her power-hitting ways this weekend when Syracuse travels to Cathedral City, California for five games in the Mary Nutter Classic.“When I see her up in the box, I can’t see a weakness,” SU head coach Leigh Ross said, “and that’s scary for defenses and for pitchers. She looks so confident and calm, you just don’t know where to go.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen she’s at the plate, Ozanne always employs a wide stance and holds her hands high.In the past, she said she struggled to keep her stance consistent but worked on it in the fall. Now, she doesn’t take a stride, which aids in her timing.“Balance, torque from your back leg,” Ozanne said of her stance’s benefits. “That’s more strength, more generation of power that you have.”She holds her hands close to her right ear, saying it’s where she feels more comfortable.When assistant coach Matt Nandin joined the team last year, he worked with Ozanne on loading up with her hands as the pitch is thrown, so she can more easily recognize pitches and stay on plane. Before, she tried to load up too quickly, he said.“She’s very consistent and gets the ball on the fat part of the bat very consistently,” Nandin said. “And with her strength, when she does that, she has a good chance to hit a home run.”Ozanne’s increased ability to tell balls from strikes is valuable for a hitter feared by pitchers. Opponents often pitch around her, as evidenced by her team-leading walk total. When they do give her a pitch to hit, it’s rarely a good one.To offset that, Ozanne tries to control the flow of her at-bats. She won’t step into the box until she sees the pitcher is ready to throw, she said.“It’s a good confidence booster for myself that I know that people are or possibly could be afraid to pitch to me,” Ozanne said. “I like competition.”This season, there isn’t a pitch over the plate she doesn’t like.Ozanne said she used to struggle hitting inside pitches, but worked at it during the fall and even hit two home runs off inside pitches last weekend.Her home run attire stays consistent, just like her stance. She walks to the plate wearing batting gloves, an elbow guard and a thumb guard while carrying a 34-inch, 25-ounce Easton bat covered in pine tar.“Sticky,” Ozanne said of how she likes her bat. “To a point where I can hold it in my hand so like I’m Spiderman or something because it doesn’t come off my hand.”When she clocks a dinger, she said she tends to take a simple jog around the bases. But when she wants to, she’ll “pimp a home run” with a bat flip and a hop out of the batters’ box.Ironically, the power hitter wishes she hit fewer homers. She wants to lower her slugging percentage, which she views as unreliable, by hitting more singles and doubles.For now, she’s just fine with being on pace for 38 round trippers.“It will feel real good when I break some records,” she said. “It’s cool to know that I have the ability to do that but I’m not going to dwell on it. Commentslast_img read more

Wichita man charged with 7 felonies after domestic disturbance in Wellington

first_imgMichael Billington, Jr.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A Wichita man has been charged with seven felonies and two misdemeanors in Sumner County District Court for an alleged domestic disturbance in Wellington on July 28, 2015.Michael Billington, Jr., born in 1977, of Wichita has been charged with kidnapping, a level 3 felony; aggravated assault, a level 7 felony; aggravated battery, a level 7 felony; aggravated burglary, a level 5 felony; attempted rape, a level 3 felony; violation of protective order, a misdemeanor; interference with law enforcement, a level 9 felony; criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor; and criminal threat, a level 9 felony.According to the criminal complaint filed through the Sumner County Attorney’s office, Billington is accused of entering a house on North B in Wellington for which a Temporary Order of Protection had been issued against him which ordered him to stay away from the alleged victim, her residence and place of business for which she works.The complaint said, after Billington first entered the house without permission, he then allegedly entered the bathroom without permission for which the woman had just taken a shower. Allegedly, despite her attempt to hold the door shut and prevent him from getting in, he successfully entered the bathroom.He then allegedly locked the bathroom door to keep the alleged victim inside, and made a sexual threat to her. He then allegedly exposed himself and grabbed the woman and tried to force her to have sexual intercourse with him.According to the complaint, the woman was able to fight him off. He then pushed her into the wall and punched a hole in the wall with his fist. He then tore a nearby towel bar off the wall and made verbal commands.Billington is then accused of striking the alleged victim using the torn off towel bar.When Wellington police officers arrived while the alleged assault was in progress, Billington is accused of resisting arrest. According to the complaint, after Billington was arrested and handcuffed, he verbally threatened one of the WPD officers with his life.Billington is currently detained in Sumner County jail.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… Commenting Disabled Further commenting on this page has been disabled by the blog admin. You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +8 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 260 weeks ago Due to the sensitive nature of this story, we will be disabling comments. Report Reply 0 replies · active 260 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

North West man remanded on armed robbery charges

first_imgA North West District (NWD) man was on Tuesday remanded to prison when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Thirty-one-year-old Marlon Carter was slapped with two robbery charges. The Police stated that on September 10, 2019, at Five Star Backdam, NWD, Region One (Barima-Waini), while being armed with a gun, Carter attempted to rob Zamal Poliah.The second charge stated that on August 24, 2019, at Five Star Backdam, he robbed Kumar Nandkumar of 58.3 pennyweight of raw gold valued $900,000.According to Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield, on the day in question, Poliah was in the company of four workers on an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) heading back to camp when they were stopped by the defendant, who was armed with a gun.The defendant then instructed them to lie on the ground and hand over their valuables; when the men failed to comply, the defendant poured gasoline on them and attempted to set them alight.It was then the men tackled the defendant and disarmed him. The matter was reported.In relation to the second matter, the Prosecutor told the court that the victim was at a shop when the defendant approached him from behind and dealt him two lashes to his head with a gun and relieved him of the raw gold.The matter was reported and upon investigation, the defendant was arrested and charged.The Prosecutor objected to bail being granted on the grounds of the serious nature of the offences and the penalties they attract.The defendant is set to make his next court appearance on November 4, 2019 at the Matthews Ridge Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

Verdict in second Jairo Mora trial expected Tuesday

first_imgGANDOCA, Limón — The sun has not yet risen in the secluded Caribbean town of Gandoca, in southern Costa Rica, but the roosters are already crowing. Despite the hour, the birds’ cries don’t disturb the members of the Mora family, who have been stirring in their small, three-room bungalow since 3 a.m.Fernanda Sandoval, the family’s matriarch, emerges into the kitchen fully dressed as two of her daughters put together a hasty breakfast. Her husband, Rafael Mora, places small loafs of bread into bags for the day’s journey.Since January, this before-dawn ritual has become the daily norm for Fernanda and Rafael as they struggle to make daily appearances at the courthouse in the city of Limón. The trip takes three hours by bus, and these days the two rarely see their home during daylight.Rafael has been unable to care for his crops, the family’s main source of income, and Fernanda worries about leaving her aging mother alone. But it is more than a legal obligation that keeps Fernanda and Rafael going back to Limón; these court proceedings may be their last chance to see their son’s killers put behind bars.Jairo Mora, Fernanda and Rafael’s 26-year-old son, was killed on Limón’s Moín Beach in 2013 while working as a sea turtle monitor. Since that day, the Moras have stood by as police investigated the case. They sat by as activists and the media invaded their lives, and watched hopefully as police arrested seven alleged poachers suspected of the crime.Then, last January, they sat helplessly in the courtroom as most of the prosecution’s evidence was ruled inadmissible at trial. When the panel of judges returned a not-guilty verdict, Fernanda and Rafael hurried, crying, from the courthouse.This second trial, set to conclude Tuesday, is the prosecution’s last chance to try the original defendants. If the suspects are acquitted this time around, they will go free.Guilty or not-guilty, the decision will mark the end of a three-year saga that has captivated people across the globe. In Costa Rica, Jairo Mora has become a household name. His likeness has been incorporated into murals and graffiti, and environmental groups use his photo to promote turtle conservation programs.In court each day, in front of the cameras, it is this image of their son — Jairo the martyr, the turtle guardian — that his parents cannot escape.“What we want is justice,” Fernanda said, “but no one has a heart of steel to keep remembering every detail of this every day.”Those who live in the tiny town of Gandoca, where there is no cell service and only one home has Internet, people remember a different Jairo than the one shown on TV. Though he is now depicted as a lone, fearless defender of sea turtles, Jairo was just one of a group of children from Gandoca trained by the conservation group Widecast to care for turtles in the small wildlife refuge on the town’s coastline.Ten other boys around Jairo’s age wound up working for Widecast, and some still work with turtle conservation programs. On weekends they come back to help on the family farms, just like Jairo did. These frontline turtle defenders go unnoticed, just as Jairo did before his death.Regardless of the court’s decision, Rafael and Fernanda will return home Tuesday night unburdened by another court appearance. But beyond the remote pastures of Gandoca, the verdict’s ramifications will linger.“All that Rafael and Fernanda ask is that this crime not go unpunished,” Rodrigo Arias, the Mora family lawyer, pleaded during the trial’s final days. “It is our desire, that of all Costa Ricans, that this crime not go unpunished.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Victim testifies in Jairo Mora murder retrial Judges from first Jairo Mora murder trial under investigation Court hears testimony from key witnesses in the Jairo Mora murder trial Video of turtle torture highlights common practice in Costa Ricalast_img read more