Softball - Girls Varsity
O'Connell caps softball season by winning 21st state championship
Arlington Sun Gazette (Inside NOVA), May 21, 2016
Giaquinto leads O'Connell to softball title
Arlington Catholic Herald, May 13, 2016
Olivia Giaquinto comes up clutch for O'Connell in marathon WCAC softball final
Washington Post, May 11, 2016
Knights reclaim WCAC title in marathon game
InsideNOVA, May 12, 2016
O'Connell right-hander hurls a perfect game within 19 innings
InsideNOVA, May 12, 2016
18 innings: O'Connell-Ryken were tied when play was suspended
InsideNOVA, May 11, 2016
Softball Team Captures State Title
Posted May 20, 2015
Orndorff Coaches 700th Win at DJO
Posted May 5, 2015
Q&A with Coach Tommy Orndorff
Posted Apr. 28, 2015
Down 3-0, O'Connell rallies in the seventh to win going away
Inside NOVA, Apr. 26, 2015
Nine run rally lifts #2 O'Connell past #3 Lake Braddock
Washington Post, Apr. 25, 2015
Pitching staff gives O'Connell softball chance to be special
The Connection, Apr. 14, 2015
Coach Orndorff inducted into National Softball Hall of Fame
Posted Nov. 14, 2014
O'Connell defeats Paul VI for third consecutive state title
Washington Post, May 19, 2014
O'Connell caps season by winning another state softball crown
Arlington Sun Gazette, May 18, 2014
Former O'Connell pitcher and current Missouri pitcher, Tori Finucane '13, is finalist for NCAA freshman award
Kansas City Star, May 8, 2014
O'CONNELL SOFTBALL PROGRAM
The mission of the Bishop O’Connell High School softball program is to provide each and every player with a positive softball experience and, in doing so, promoting her confidence, self-esteem and positive life skills that will serve her well throughout her life.
The program prides itself in “playing the game the right way, playing the game for the right reasons,” with an emphasis on “being the best that you can be” in an environment which stresses discipline, self-discipline, teamwork and sportsmanship - both on and off the playing field.
O’Connell’s tradition in softball is beyond compare, recognized by many as the premiere scholastic program in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area the past 25 years and, more often than not, gaining national recognition for its accomplishments year-in and year-out.
And, for good reason! Over the past 23 years, Bishop O’Connell has won the Catholic League championship 16 times and captured the Virginia Independent Schools State title 14 of the past 15 years.
The numbers speak for themselves, see By The Numbers.
Coach Tommy Orndorff has been recognized as one of the game’s all-time greats in the sport of fastpitch softball, being inducted into the ASA/USA National Softball Hall of Fame in 2014 in Reno, NV – and, in doing so, becoming only the second Junior Olympic travel coach ever to be inducted into the prestigious National Softball Hall of Fame.
At the Junior Olympic (JO) level, Coach Orndorff and his Shamrocks established a tradition of excellence in the sport of fastpitch softball that’s hard to match. Since their first national appearance in 1977, the Shamrocks have been a force in the JO world, qualifying for 25 ASA/USA National Championships and finishing in the top 10 on nine different occasions.
In the early years of the Shamrock organization, not many East Coast teams were able to compete on the national scene, but once Coach Orndorff co-founded the Shamrock organization, that completely changed. In their 25 appearances at the ASA/USA National Championships, the Shamrocks earned a total of eight Top Five finishes, including a runner-up finish at the 2003 18-and-Under Gold. In 2005, they earned the ultimate title in JO Championship play as the 18U Gold National Champions.He stepped aside in 2010 after 39 years at the helm of the 18-and-Under Shamrocks, compiling an overall won-loss record of 1,578-371.
Scholastically, his nationally recognized Bishop O’Connell High School fastpitch softball team has also thrived under his tutelage and leadership. His Knights own 21 State championships in 23 years competing at the State level besides claiming top honors in the Catholic League 22 times in his 31 years heading up the program. His teams’ winning percentage during his tenure is almost .900 with an overall won-loss record of 728-86.
Coach Orndorff has also been inducted into the Better Sports Club of Arlington’s Hall of Fame (2006) and the Greater Washington, D.C. Fastpitch Softball Hall of Fame (2009) for his teams’ accomplishments in the sport of fastpitch softball.
Pictured above: Coach Orndorff represents O'Connell Softball even when he runs into former Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera while on vacation in Providenciales/Turks & Caicos at Bugaloo's.