PHOENIX (AP) — She’s not as nervous facing major league hitters the second time around. Justine Siegal just wants people to know that girls who love baseball can achieve their dreams and become involved in the game at the highest level….
‘There was a foul tip in there,’ said former Cal pitcher Doug Nickle, leading the effort to get the sport reinstated. ‘All we asked for is another pitch.’
By all accounts, they will get that pitch.
Nickle and his group will meet with athletic director Sandy Barbour and other university officials this week to discuss what needs to happen for Cal baseball to return.
‘Conversations between key people on campus and Cal baseball supporters are ongoing,’ UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said. ‘Now we focus on the future and the possible reinstatement of Cal baseball if and when sufficient funds are raised to support the team’s expenses…
Indians Manager Manny Acta described her work as ‘pretty impressive.’
‘It was wonderful to have her pitch for us because she’s from Cleveland,’ Acta said. ‘I believe her dad and grandfather still have season tickets. It’s multigenerational. For her to do this with our ball club was very special.’
Raised in Cleveland, where she began playing baseball at 5, a young Siegal would lie in bed at night dreaming of a career in professional baseball, and of one day taking the field as a member of the Indians…
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Justine Siegal talks to the media after pitching for the Cleveland Indians on February 21, 2011 in Goodyear, Arizona. GETTY IMAGES/Norm Hall:
Last week, the University of California at Berkeley announced that it will restore three varsity teams it eliminated last fall: women’s gymnastics and lacrosse and men’s rugby. It will not, however, restore men’s baseball and gymnastics. This Solomonic solution would very likely have been worse without Title IX, the federal law that bans gender discrimination in education…
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|Phoenix Cup 2010 Dual Squad – North America and China Long Zhu – Players and Info|
About the North American Liberty Belles:
The North American Liberty Belles is a women’s baseball tournament team that includes players from the United States and Canada. Its players participate in various women’s baseball leagues and women’s baseball teams in North America, including other women’s baseball tournament teams. Some of its members also play in men’s baseball leagues and in men’s/coed baseball competitions. The varying levels of experience of the Belles include youth baseball and softball, high school baseball and softball, adult recreational and elite level baseball and softball, collegiate baseball, collegiate softball, professional softball, and women’s national team baseball. Some of the players also have coaching and instructing experience in baseball and softball, and some are women’s baseball organizers and promoters. The North American Liberty Belles originally was created for the 2009 Hong Kong Phoenix Cup Women’s International Baseball Tournament and continues to play as a tournament team in other competitions in addition to the annual Hong Kong Phoenix Cups. This year, we are glad to have the girls from the Shenzhen Lung Zhu High School join us in the tournament.
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About the China Long Zhu Players:
Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Pearl School Description:
Pearl School was established in 2006 to do a public junior high schools, located in Nanshan District, Shenzhen Tong Lang foot of the mountains and beautiful environment. Shenzhen, only one school of international standard baseball stadium. Baseball, softball is the features of the school project, only one school, the school set up a women’s softball team each year to participate in national competitions, and have achieved good results. School softball team in 2009 to participate in youth softball games, Guangdong Province, won the third place
Preliminary notes from Shawna Macurio, Principal, North American Liberty Belles:
There are 6 of us from the States and Canada going (5 of our core Belles players and a gal from the D.C. Thunder). We will combine with 6 gals from the Long Zhu school in Shenzhen, which is next to Hong Kong in mainland China. They play both fastpitch and baseball and have been training almost everyday for the past 2 years. We will have 2 of our coaches there (Rocky Ostrom and Philipe Yan), and Long Zhu will also have 2 coaches there.
I heard there will be 7 teams there counting us. There will be 2 from Korea this year…