Johanna is a female right handed baseball pitcher, born in Aguadilla, PR on October 29, currently living in Avon, Ma. Started to play baseball at Isabela, PR Little League at the age of 5 where she played till she was 16 years old all in boy’s teams. Named pitcher of the year 6 times, and also made several All-Star Games and All Star Teams in that frame. Stopped playing baseball at 16th because it was difficult for her to get a boys team to sign her to play. She kept on playing softball when she got to college playing as a short-stop and as a first base but did not pitched. On 2008 the 1st Womens Amateur Baseball League was created, and Johanna pitched on the League from 2008-2010 with the Arecibo Lobas and the Roosevelt Cangrejeras. Won three national titles in her three years of participation.
Named the MVP player on two occasions. Pitched 18 games and finished undefeated with a perfect record of 18-0 in her five years of participation. Member of the Puerto Rico National Team that won Silver on the 1st Panamerican Tournament Held on Venezuela on 2009. Was the first pitcher from Puerto Rico to start and win a game internationally when she defeated in the first game the Venezuela squad. She left the game winning on the 5th inning on the final medal game, but Puerto Rico lost the game to Venezuela, she finish the tournament with 1-0. Member of the Puerto Rico National Team that won Gold on the 4th Cuban Olympic Games celebrated on Cuba on 2010, she finish the tournament with 1-0 and 1 save.
Also member of the 1st Puerto Rico Womens National Team that participated in the World Cup held on Venezuela on 2010, she lost her first game as Womens baseball pitcher against Cuba and then won against Netherlands, finish the tournament with 1-1. On 2012 she started to practice at the Dirt Dawg Sports Facility in Canton, MA in order to prepare for the 2014 Team USA Tryouts she made it to the Top 40 on the nation. Johanna, graduated from Inter-American University in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico with a Bachelor’s Degree on Criminal Justice on 2014 where she finished studying the last two years when she moved to USA doing on line classes. She is actually playing with Lobas de Arecibo womens baseball team in PR where she goes and play several times on the season. Also is the assistant-coach for her husband Alex Santiago on the 11's AAU Team, 12's Team and 16u Showcase Dirt Dawg Teams.
Awards and Recognitions
· 2009 MVP Lobas de Arecibo and (2) League Championships (2008-2009)
· 2009 Selected by the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee as the Women's Baseball Player of the Year.
· 2009 Nominated in Puerto Rico to ASES Sports Award as Female Athlete of the Year.
· 2009 Inter-American University in Aguadilla, PR Selected Female Athlete of the Year.
· 2009 Recognized in her hometown Aguadilla, PR as Female Athlete of the Year.
· 2010 Womens League Championship with Roosevelt Crabbers.
· 2014 Invited to USA Womens National Team Tryouts in North Carolina and California.
· 2015 Played on the Boston Mens League as a pitcher for the Boston Cardinals.
Dirt Dawg Sports Management
The management team at DDS has a combined track record of over 50 years of successful business management. During these years members of the management team have covered the gamut from managing Fortune 500 companies to Entrepreneurial startups.
On the baseball side of the business, the management team consists of a combined 75+ years of playing-managing-coaching at all levels of the game. Members of the team have played at the professional level; and managed at professional, college, Legion, Babe Ruth and all youth levels of the game. We have and continue to sit on various youth baseball boards in the surrounding communities, from President to T-Ball Director.
It is this mix of business and baseball knowledge, focused on the customer experience, which is the cornerstone of our business.
While we are most recognized for our AAU and Club teams that is only a small portion of what we are about. We are first and foremost a training facility. We embrace all levels of the game and aim to work with every local community program to partner with to help raise the level of skill and make the experience better for all players and families. Additionally, our goal is to provide players the opportunity to work on their games to maximize their playing experience. If players look to play at a higher level, whatever that level might be, we are the right facility. Our personal goal is to create a fun family experience that can prosper into a prolonged family enjoyment of the game. If together we are able to add a few years to the Softball Family experience our goal has been achieved , be it youth ball –high school ball –college ball or beyond.
Dirt Dawgs Head Coach since 2013 – 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U
Coaching Experience – 12+ years – Softball, Basketball, Baseball – ages 5-18
Teams – Club (ASA/USA, PONY, USSSA), AAU, Travel (HGSSL), Town
Certifications – NCAA Certified Coach, ACE, PCA
Coaching Philosophy – teach and develop progression in all areas including humility, respect, integrity, attitude, communications, competitiveness, passion, compassion, and skills. “Be a better human being each day and compete at the highest level you can.”
Personal – Married with 4 children
Interests – Coaching, Music, Technology, Fitness, Humor
Education – BSEE, MBA - URI
Softball instructor at Dirt Dawgs for five years.
Head Coach U18 AAU Dirt Dawgs Girl Softball
Conducts Dirt Dawg Softball Clinics.
Director for Town of Milton Summer Softball Clinics
Director of Milton Girls Softball K- Program – Instructional Clinics
16 year Softball Coach Milton Girls Softball, U14, U16
*Division III First Team All-Star by the New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association (NEISCA), * ECAC 1st team, * The Commonwealth Coast Conference 1st team all conference, * National Fast pitch Coaches association (NFCA), * ESPN The Magazine College Division District 1 Academic All-America Second Team, * Curry College Female Athlete of the Year 2009, * Hold record for school in Homeruns, * Most recently Alysia has coached Mass FORCE summer 2012, And before you ask her…she is 5’11” and her nickname is Al.
DIRT DAWG SPORTS
"Practice Hard Win Easy"
Players who take lessons with Kevin realize immediately his passion for the sport and his extensive knowledge of the mechanics of hitting. Kevin studies in detail each movement of professional and college players on video then breaks down the mechanics to be able to teach players the proper body position to maximize strength and hitting angles. At Dirt Dawgs Kevin taught all instructors his method of hitting instruction so all of our instructors work together to build on the mechanics of hitting for all athletes. Kevin has helped many players, from several communities to become some of the most feared hitters in the region on the baseball and softball diamonds. Kevin has gained the respect of those associated with professional, collegiate, amateur and youth baseball programs. Kevin has committed his life to youth baseball and softball. His passion is clear as you see him working through a lesson or attending students games in and around the state. Experience Includes College Showcases – Nationwide Major Prospect Clinics in Puerto Rico for the past 8 years Hitting Clinics – Professional,College, High School and Youth Levels US-Puerto Rico-Domincan Republic
Hillary is a 2014 Rivier University graduate with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Social Work. Hillary works as a Therapeutic Mentor for South Shore Mental Health in Quincy.
Hillary brings her experience of over 12 years of pitching and 10 years of pitching with the late UCONN pitching coach Peter Looney. Hillary was the four year starting pitcher for Cardinal Spellman High School where she pitched a perfect game and helped lead her team to four Catholic Central League Titles. Hillary was named Team Captain, Team MVP, and was named to the 2010 Enterprise All-Scholastic team. She continued on to be the starting pitcher for Rivier University in Nashua NH where she led her team to both GNAC and ECAC tournaments, had 6 shutouts and received the coaches award in 2011.
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