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:
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