Petaluma, Arizona softball star Sam Banister to headline camp

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
Petaluma’s Sam Banister, a former softball star at the University of Arizona, will be the headline instructor at the All-Pro Fastpitch Camp at Prince Park in Petaluma from April 8-9.
Banister will be joined by former Arizona teammate, Taryne Mowatt, the Most Outstanding Player of the 2007 Women’s College World Series, and former Petaluma teammate Sadie Dolcini, a two-time all-conference pick at St. Mary’s College.
The camp is for players ages 7-18 and will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. It will include instructional stations covering baserunning, hitting, pitching as well as infield and outfield play. There will team instruction, games and contests. Lunch will be provided. The cost of the camp is $175 per camper. Group and team discounts are available. For more information or to register, call 410-472-3500 or visit
Banister played for the Akron Racers of National Pro Fastpitch this past season after helping lead Arizona to two national championships while playing multiple infield positions and serving as a designated player.  As a senior last year, she earned all-Pac-10 honors. She hit .305 with a career-high 16 home runs, including two in the NCAA Tournament regionals.
Mowatt recently signed with the Akron Racers. At the 2007 WCWS, she led Arizona to the national title by throwing eight complete games and tossing 60 innings while throwing 1,035 pitches over a seven-day span.  She captured a pair of ESPY Awards that year (female athlete of the year and college female athlete of the year) and set single-season Arizona records for innings pitched (370), strikeouts (522) and victories (42). She ranks second on Arizona’s career list with 1,267 strikeout.
Dolcini, a catcher and designated player, hit a team-high .310 as a senior in 2009. At Petaluma High, she helped lead the Trojans to two North Coast Section titles.