Debby Day never set out to be a trailblazer. She wasn’t trying to prove anybody wrong or show anyone up. Day just wanted to keep playing softball at a high level. It just so happened that required joining a men’s fast-pitch league.
Following a 13-day training camp, Cal Lutheran assistant softball coach Sam Fischer was chosen to represent the United States of America as part of the National softball team as announced in late June.
After totaling its most wins in a season since 2009, Cal Lutheran had seven of its softball players honored by the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) for their academic achievements. Seniors Katelyn Downing, Kelly Lockwood, Stephanie Martello, Kayla Sakamoto along with juniors Kaity Carter, Liz Mertel and Ryanna Morua were all named to the SCIAC Softball All-Academic team.
The softball season for the Regals came to a close in late April, but Sam Fischer has been hard at work fine tuning her own game. The 2012 Loyola Marymount University graduate and first year assistant coach at Cal Lutheran was invited to the USA National Team tryouts from June 8-20.
Much praise is focused on athletic success during the day-to-day operations of Cal Lutheran athletics, but on Saturday, May 10, 160 student-athletes were recognized, honored and inducted into the CLU Scholar Athlete Society at the 11th annual induction ceremony in the Gilbert Arena.
After collecting its most wins in a single season in five years, two players from Cal Lutheran’s softball team were selected as SCIAC announced by the league office Friday morning. The Regals selections were Stephanie Martello and Blake Lewis, who both were named Second Team All-SCIAC.
On the final day of the 2014 SCIAC softball regular season, Cal Lutheran honored five seniors, but the outcomes were not memorable ones for the Regals as Chapman churned out a sweep, handing CLU five inning 8-0 and 3-1 losses to conclude the campaign.
Blake Lewis had three hits including a double and Shonna Christianson pitched a complete game, striking out three but it wasn’t enough as Cal Lutheran fell 3-0 and 12-2 in a doubleheader against Whittier Saturday afternoon.
Cal Lutheran got homeruns from Andrea Brackpool and Blake Lewis but Claremont-Mudd-Scripps swept the Regals 9-1 (five innings) and 10-7 Friday afternoon. Brackpool and Lewis combined for two homeruns, two doubles and three RBIs in game two but the Regals committed four errors and gave up seven unearned runs in the loss.