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Lopez to Soar with the Eagles!

2017 Mitty senior, Lauren Lopez knew she wanted to find a great school to pursue an accounting degree while also playing collegiate softball. All of those things finally led her to join the Sting last fall. Even though she was a little behind in the recruiting game, Lauren's hard work on and off the field and her diligent following of "The Sting Process" paid off.

Her determination and good grades in school allowed her to end the fall season with 2 different college opportunities to choose from. After visiting both schools, weighing all the factors, and talking to her family, Lauren chose to be an Eagle at Concordia University Irvine.

Concordia has a beautiful campus along with the top notch academic program. On top of that, the softball team was NAIA National Champions in 2013 and have since moved to the NCAA-DII PacWest Conference. Lauren will join former Mitty teammate and Sting Alum, current freshman McKinsey Thorpe at Concordia.

Congrats Lauren!

2017 Kaylie Lowery is heading North

Kaylie Lowery, a 2017 senior at Live Oak High School, has committed to play softball at Whitworth University, in Spokane WA. She’s going from the Sting 18 Gold team to be a Pirate! Kaylie’s stellar grades paid off and match great with Whitworth’s high academic standards.

Lowery is as comfortable in camo with a hunting rifle as she is with a softball bat on the field. The beautiful Pacific Northwest seemed like a natural fit for Kaylie, the outdoors fanatic. The surrounding area of Whitworth has a similar look and feel as Tahoe.

Not only is Whitworth a top academic school, their softball team is coming off a conference championship and Head Coach, Cristal Brown received Coach of the Year honors. In that same 2015-16 year, the NFCA announced that the Pirates posted the 3rd best GPA in the entire NCAA DIII Conference. This included 14 players on the Easton Scholar-Athletics list.

Kaylie is looking forward to all of the competition next fall both in the classroom and on the field.


Way to go Kaylie! Congratulations!

Congratulations Sting Alumni Jaz Jackson and Valerie Arioto for making the 2017 USA Women's National Team

Congratulations to Cal current and former players Jaz Jackson and Val Arioto for making the 2017 USA Women's National Team.  They are amongst the best softball players in the USA and will be representing our nation.  We are very proud of both of you!!! 

Be sure to check out the USA Softball Women's National Team compete at the Pan American Games / WBSC World Championship Qualifier in Flordia. They will be playing to qualify for the 2018 WBSC Women's World Championship that will be held in China, Japan and the 2019 Pan American Games to held in Lima, Peru.

For more updates on the USA Softball WNT, be sure to check out

Keala Brown truly commits to Fresno State

Keala Brown will head to Fresno State next fall. Keala's story is very interesting and yet not that unusual in the softball world. Last summer she verbally committed to then Fresno State head coach Trisha Ford. Not long after that, Coach Ford headed to ASU and Fresno State started looking for a new coach. Some players might re-open their recruiting process but not Keala. She was truly committed to Fresno State and she honored that commitment, with patience, through the entire process until new head coach Linda Garza was named a few weeks later. Now Keala had to impress the FSU coaching staff all over again. Of course she did that too and of course they were impressed.

Keala is a huge Fresno State fan as well. "I chose Fresno because of its fan support. The historic softball program is important to the university. I love their softball coaches, their unbelievable  stadium, and the fact that it's close to home will allow me to look up in the stands and see my family supporting me. One of my favorite parts is that it's a real college town and all of the little girls that attend softball games look up to and admire the Fresno State players. Many of the softball alumni are still season ticket holders too," says Keala.

Go Keala and Go FSU Bulldogs!

Brittany Prock will be Knighted in Connecticut

Brittany Prock knew she wanted to leave California for college in order to, as she says, "experience life on her own." She focused her massive letter writing and email campaign on the East Coast. There were initially about 10 schools that showed interest. One school even made an offer after just seeing her video.  She skipped most of the camps until she had researched more and narrowed her list down to the final four. At the end of this past summer, Brittany and her family made the whirlwind trip east to visit Felician College (NJ), Emerson College (MA), St. Thomas Aquinas College (NY), and the University of Bridgeport, in Connecticut. All four schools were interested but to be a Bridgeport Purple Knight was her final choice.

Brittany says, " Bridgeport has a beautiful campus, not too small and not too big, and the softball field is right next to the ocean. It was really important to me to go somewhere that I felt wasn't too small of a school, and the campus is quite big for the small number of students. In the end, I chose Bridgeport because I will receive a good education while continuing to play softball. When I arrive at Bridgeport next fall, I am planning on majoring in either journalism or marketing, and minoring in the other. Go Knights!"

Congrats Brittany! We all wish you the best.

Kacey Zobac is headed to Bear Territory!

STING TRIVIA: What does Valley Christian High sophomore, Kacey Zobac, have in common with Vanessa Alvarez, Jazmyn Jackson, and Danielle Bowers? ANSWER: All four played for Sting; All four were named WCAL Player of the year in high school (Kacey last year as a freshman) and…like the three current University of California Golden Bears, Kacey will follow them to Strawberry Canyon in the fall of 2019.

Kacey’s number one priority in choosing a college was education. She visited other schools such as UCSB and Oregon. When the offer to play at Cal came from legendary Coach Diane Ninemire, Kacey jumped at a chance to study biology at the prestigious University of California at Berkeley. Her softball skills and very high academics are a perfect match.

Kacey says, “I love the strong academic aspect of CAL because I want to have a career in veterinary medicine. I also am excited that I will be close to my family. I think I would really miss them if I went far away for college."

Go Kacey Zobac! Go Bears!

Lauren Hendrickson Takes her Business to USD

The University of San Diego will welcome Lauren Hendrickson in the fall of 2018. The Valley Christian High junior plans to study business at USD. It helps that the school has been named one of the Top 50 best business schools for the 8 years by Bloomberg and Business Week. And... it doesn't hurt that the beach is also only about 20 minutes from the campus, depending on traffic.

Lauren was primarily focused on USD as she attended multiple camps there over the years. Of course she did her due diligence to  make a couple stops to check out other schools in So-Cal, Nevada and Oregon along the way. It was the whole USD environment that kept her coming back. That's also why she eagerly accepted the offer from Coach Mac to play USD softball.

Lauren loves that the USD Toreros softball team competes in the Western Athletic Conference but also challenges themselves to play other top teams outside their conference including nationally ranked DI programs like ASU and Cal. Lauren follows Sting's own Frankie Perales to call the Torero Softball Complex home. In case you're still wondering...A Torero (to-re-ro) is the Spanish word for a bullfighter.

Ole' and Congratulations Lauren!

Seawolves run with Julie Davis

Sonoma State University will have a new Sting player on their roster next year. Julie Davis, a senior at Homestead High, will be heading North next fall. The speedy, lefty, slapper will translate her athletic ability to academics as she plans to study kinesiology

For college and softball, it’s not surprising that Julie wanted to stay in the same state she was named 2nd Team All State. She seriously considered CSUEB and USD but ultimately it came down to two offers and to Julie, she was destined to be a Seawolf. "It feels like home when I go there. I think Sonoma is a great fit for me," says Julie

We know Sonoma State will love Julie patrolling their outfield and stealing extra bases. The Sting is most proud to have Julie's amazing attitude continue to represent us there. She will also join current Seawolf and Sting Alum, 2015 Lindsey Calcany Blair.

Good Luck Julie!

Wulff will transform into a Mustang

Cal Poly will be the new home for Sarah Wulff next year. Although it's less than 20 miles from her Atascadero home, she seriously looked at schools a little further away. Sarah's academics and athletics also drew the attention of schools like UC Davis, MIT, Stanford and CSUN (Cal State U-Northridge).

Coming off an torn ACL knee injury early in her junior year, Sarah worked hard to rehab and be ready for the rigorous 18 Gold summer softball schedule. By late July at the Champions Cup, the finalists were Cal Poly & CSUN both intently studying Sarah on the field. After back-to-back visits to both campuses, Sarah made the choice to become a Mustang.

Sarah says, "Cal Poly is the perfect fit for me on all levels. It has an excellent Kinesiology Department, an amazing and experienced coaching staff, and a very competitive softball program.

FUN FACT: Sarah is a very accomplished tennis player too. At a recent HS tennis tournament at Cal Poly, her future college coaches came out to cheer her on! How cool is that?

Congratulations Sarah!

Julia Lucas commits to St. Martin’s University

All it took was watching one game last summer and the St. Martin’s University coaching staff was sold on Julia Lucas. Her hustle, strong bat, and incredible (loud) spirit immediately impressed the coaches. Within a few days, the senior catcher from Archbishop Mitty High was on a plane bound for Lacey, WA to check out the school. The rest, they say, is history.

“I chose Saint Martin's because I felt right at home the minute I walked on campus. The campus is 250 acres and engulfed in trees and nature. It's peaceful vibe and beautiful softball field grabbed my attention and I fell in love right away. I can see myself living out the next four years at Saint Martin’s,” says Julia.

The future Criminal Justice major went to a lot of elite camps and a couple visits including USD, Cal Baptist, Emory and Sonoma State. Julia is in her fifth full year with the Sting after moving here from Southern California.

Go get em’ Jules!

UC Davis will be the new home for 2017 Rebecca Ortiz

Becca Ortiz, a senior at Mitty High School, will be playing softball and attending UC Davis next fall. UC Davis has always been by far, her first choice even though she did visit other schools and camps throughout California. UC Davis has a great science curriculum including Biomedical Engineering in which Becca plans to study. Everyone knows that Biomedical Engineering (BME) is the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes (e.g. diagnostic or therapeutic). Right? Well...Becca knows. Becca is always in search of the best menudo around so maybe she'll learn to cook it at Davis!

Becca is in her tenth year as a loyal San Jose Sting player. (YES 10!) Along the way, she has had a great prep career as well including multiple CCS Championships. Her achievements on the field and in the classroom certainly have prepared Becca for the rigorous college schedule in front of her.

All of us in her Sting family wish Becca well in her dreams and aspirations. Congrats!

Isabella Malvini fashions her way to Academy of the Arts!

Bella Malvini has a passion for fashion. Fashion Marketing that is. That's why she has accepted an opportunity to play softball and attend the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Bella explored schools from coast to coast including New York, Rhode Island and Oregon but made her decision to stay in the Bay Area for the next four years.

Bella says, "My favorite part about ArtU is their welcoming environment and focus on the individual success of all their students. As soon as I met the team and toured the campus, I knew it was the perfect fit for me. They academically challenge their students by teaching them as though they are in a working environment, and I feel this is vital in pursuing the industry I will be going into."

The six-year San Jose Sting veteran will graduate from Willow Glen High this June.

Good luck Bella!

Sara Gayer commits to Whitworth University

Sara Gayer, now in her third year with the Sting, has verbally committed to play softball and attend Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. Whitworth is a private, academically oriented school that plays softball in the Northwest Conference. Sara is a senior at Leigh High School and will graduate in 2017.

The Whitworth Pirates are coming off back-to-back NWC titles and their head coach, Cristal Brown, was also named NWC Coach of the Year in 2016. Coach Brown remarked about Sara's commitment, "We are so thrilled! She is going to be a great addition. We just love her personality on top of her ability. She is going to have a great experience while receiving a top notch education."

Sara had a tough choice to make as she also recently visited and received an offer from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She loved both schools, all of the coaches and the beautiful surrounding areas in both states. After starting softball at only five years old, Sara thought seriously on the decision of where to continue her career in college.

After a couple days of studying the pros and cons of both schools, Sara made her final decision ultimately because she felt she would just fit better and would continue to help build the Whitworth program.


Congratulations Sara!

Korie Thomas chooses UC Santa Barbara to play for the Gauchos

Congratulations to the Thomas Family for Korie's recent acceptance to play for UCSB.  Korie has been attending multiple camps there and fell in love with the school, coaches and players.  Korie had ASU and Cal interested in her as well which made her decision that much more difficult but ultimately decided amongst her family that UCSB was the right choice.  Congratulations Korie!!!

Lu Walljasper to become a Cornhusker, verbally commits to Nebraska

Lindsey "Lu" Walljasper has chosen the Nebraska Cornhuskers to play softball.  Lu and her entire family including Allie (who drove from LSU to Nebraska to surprise her) along with Kit Perales all were there for the announcement.  It was not an easy decision as LSU was also interested in Lu and she could have spent her freshman year with Allie but Lu wanted to make a name for herself and be close to all her Walljasper Family in Iowa!

Congratulations to the entire Walljasper Family and especially Lu for her awesome accomplishment!

Diamond Holland to become a CAL Golden Bear!

Diamond Holland (2020 Grad) has realized her dream and found her FIT - she verbally committed to Cal and will join other Sting alumni who proudly wear the blue and gold.  

Sting College Commitments

*newest commitments in BOLD

Class of 2020

  • Diamond Holland, CAL Berkeley, verbal commitment

Class of 2019

  • Korie Thomas, UC Santa Barbara, verbal commitment
  • Kacey Zobac, CAL Berkeley, verbal commitment 

Class of 2018

  • Lauren Hendrickson, Univ of San Diego, verbal commitment
  • Lu Walljasper, Nebraska, verbal commitment

Class of 2017

  • Kaylie Lowery, Whitworth University, verbal commitment
  • Sara Gayer, Whitworth University, verbal commitment
  • Rebecca Ortiz, UC Davis, verbal commitment
  • Julie Davis, Sonoma State, verbal commitment
  • Julia Lucas, St. Martin's, verbal commitment
  • Bella Malvini, Academy of Art University, verbal commitment
  • Brittany Prock, University of Bridgeport, verbal commitment
  • Sarah Wulff, Cal Poly, verbal commitment
  • Keala Brown, Fresno State, verbal commitment

Class of 2016

  • Mackenzie Drake, San Jose State University
  • Kayla Rooney, CSU Monterey Bay
  • McKinsey Thorpe, Concordia
  • Erika Yeager, University of Rhode Island
  • Raeann Young, Northwest Nazarene University
  • Amber Yumen, San Jose City College
  • Liliana Resendez, San Jose City College
  • Elizabeth "Lizzy"Beutter, UC San Diego 
  • Kelcey Carrasco, Michigan State 
  • Lindsey Goubeaux, Oregon State
  • Taylor Klauser, Colorado School of Mines
  • Alexis Lindsey, University of South Carolina 
  • Jacqui Prober, UCLA 
  • Katie Wingrove, San Jose City College  

​    Class of 2015

  • Danielle Bowers - CAL
  • Lindsey Calcany-Blair - Sonoma State 
  • Maddie Carlson - SJCC
  • Alexis Corini - UPenn
  • Lauren Cymrot - University of San Diego  
  • Alyssa Gonzalez - George Fox University 
  • Adriana Ibarra - San Jose State 
  • Maddie Kim - West Point 
  • Andrea "Sug" Lopez - SJCC 
  • Morgan Martinelli - Dartmouth
  • Mackenzie Murphy - Williams
  • Jennifer Ng - University of Redlands
  • Megan Nordin - Cal Poly SLO 
  • Amanda Ogata - Kenyon College 
  • Bre Sabala - Cal State East Bay 
  • Desiree Severance - Drexel 
  • Lorena "Lo" Ukanwa - Amherst 
  • Caitlin Weisner - UCSD
  • Noa Yakir - Cal Poly SLO 
  • Lauren Castro - Canisius College


    Class of 2014

  • Lexi Belligan - UCCS (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)
  • Kelsey Borello- University San Diego
  • Chelsea Convissar- Cal Poly SLO
  • Rebecca Faulkner - UC Riverside
  • Holly Geranen- Colgate
  • Kaitlyn "Kat" Guevara - CSU Monterey Bay
  • Jaz Jackson - CAL
  • Mari Kawano - UH Hilo
  • Ally Kido - Amherst
  • Amanda 'Mandy" Lee - MIT
  • Nina Mandracchia - Columbia
  • Sabrina Miller - Notre Dame de Namur
  • Franchesca "Frankie" Perales- University San Diego
  • Emily Raspo- Ole Miss
  • Allison "Allie" Walljasper - LSU


    Class of 2013

  • Annie Aldrete- University of Tennessee
  • Dana Bouquet- University of Notre Dame
  • Catherine "Cat" Callaway- Harvard
  • Maddy Casto - CSU Monterey Bay
  • Ashley Chestnut- UC San Diego
  • Kristen Clark- UCSB
  • Courtney Cuzick- UPenn
  • RaeAnn Garza- Ohlone College
  • Claire Klausner- Princeton
  • Kaylana Mah - Simpson University
  • Shawna McDonough- Cal Poly SLO
  • Mia Monopoli - San Jose State
  • Kiersten Nordin- Cal Poly SLO
  • Breana Reyes- CSU San Marcos
  • Andrea Reynolds- UC Davis
  • Megan Sabbatini- University of San Diego
  • Lauryn "Lo" Saunders - UC Davis
  • Courtney Tyler- Cal Poly SLO
  • Hannah Yeager- NC State


     Class of 2012

  • Vanessa Alvarez - UC Berkeley
  • Chiara Biagini - Santa Clara University
  • Kayla Bose - Princeton
  • Keiki Carlos- University of Hawaii-Manoa
  • Jessica Chaulklin - Weber State
  • Gretchen Diekman- UC Davis
  • Tasi Docktor- University of Toledo
  • Casey Lester- LaSalle University
  • Maureen "Mo" Duddy - Marist College
  • Amanda Llerena- Sonoma State
  • Alex Pingree- UCSB
  • Ariana Wassmer- Cal State Northridge 



San Jose Sting 18 G Gron

18G Gron takes 5th place at prestigious USA/ASA JO cup

The San Jose Sting 18G - Gron team traveled to Georgia to compete in the prestigious USA/ASA Junior Olympic cup. Along with 32 other elite softball teams from around the country, San Jose Sting 18G - Gron battled heat, humidity, rain delays and highly competitive softball teams to take an impressive 5th place finish. 
The USA Softball JO Cup serves as a National Team identification opportunity for athletes wishing to compete in front of members of the WNTSC. With the possibility of softball and baseball returning to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, this tournament annually serves as an identification tournament for the USA Softball National Team Program.

Congratulations 18G - Gron and an outstanding tournament finish!

We're BACK!! Softball added to the 2020 Olympics!!!

OKLAHOMA CITY – The hopes and dreams of millions of softball athletes across the globe have been answered today as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted today to approve the addition of five new sports to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today.  The decision, which comes after the IOC met in Rio de Janeiro, was made possible after the groundbreaking Olympic Agenda 2020, which provides flexibility for the future of the Olympic Movement to encourage innovation in the Olympic program.  In addition to softball/baseball, other sports that will be added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are karate, skateboard, sports climbing and surfing.
“What a truly great day for the sports of softball and baseball,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress.  “For softball and baseball to be added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games program is a dream come true for many athletes across the world.  USA Softball is proud to be the National Governing Body for the sport of softball and will continue to work diligently every day to promote our great sport of softball on the world stage.”
Softball and baseball’s global reach, loyal fan-base and positioning across many of the biggest sports markets, including Japan, offers a unique opportunity to further spread and elevate the Olympic brand.  The decision today further highlights the growing global appeal of the two sports, particularly among young people and women.  In Japan, softball/baseball have remained atop the landscape and a central part of the culture for more than 70 years.  Other factors considered in the sports package include the impact on gender equality, the youth appeal of the sports and the legacy value of adding them to the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Softball spent four “quads” as an Olympic sport debuting in the 1996 Atlanta Games with the final Olympic softball competitions taking place in Beijing in 2008. Softball and baseball were ousted from the 2012 Olympics following a vote from the IOC in 2005 in which softball, needing a simple majority of votes (53), received just 52.  Despite its exclusion from the Olympics for the past eight years, international softball has become increasingly competitive as a record 30 nations competed in last month’s 2016 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada and a record-breaking 12 nations competed at the World Cup of Softball XI in Oklahoma City, Okla.  This was also highly showcased during the USA vs Japan All-Star Series in Tokyo and Sendai, Japan, where members of the USA Softball Women’s National Team squared off against Japan in a three-game series.  A record-breaking 31,448 fans attended Stage One of the series at the Tokyo Dome, while an additional 3,000 fans attended the final two stages at Shellcom Sendai.
“Thank you to the IOC and the WBSC for this tremendous honor for not only our sport, but our athletes and the millions of young girls who dream of one day being an Olympian,” said USA Softball Women’s National Team athlete Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.).  “This means so much to not only our USA Softball Women’s National Team program, but to millions of girls across the world.  Even if I’m not there, knowing that softball athletes will get to compete on the highest stage against the best competition in the world is amazing.”
In four Olympic Games appearances, the USA Softball Women's National Team claimed three Gold Medals and one Silver Medal finish while setting numerous international records and are one of only two women's sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three-consecutive Gold Medals.  In 2012, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Lisa Fernandez and the 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team were honored for their accolades with induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.  Members of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team set 18 Olympic records in Athens.  Among the team records set were the most hits (73), highest team batting average (.343) and highest slugging percentage (.559). Fernandez set the individual record for batting average with .545 while Crystl Bustos’ 10 RBI and five home runs were also records.
This decision comes just 10 days after the USA Softball Women’s National Team claimed their first WBSC Women’s World Championship title since 2010 after defeating Japan 7-3 in the Gold Medal finale.  As a team, the U.S. finished the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Championship with a .436 team batting average, 19 home runs, 80 RBI and outscored opponents 83-10.  The pitching staff was lights out, allowing just eight earned runs for a 1.19 ERA.
For more information on the USA Softball National Teams, visit  

From Softball To Scholar - Cal Bear Jaz Jackson plans for her future

Jazmyn Jackson has always had a plan for what’s next.

This time though, as she sat in the back of a lecture hall listening to fellow students and advisors discuss various majors and options, Jackson found herself questioning the blueprint she’d laid before herself. Yes, the goal was always to apply and be accepted into the prestigious Haas School of Business. But plans often change, and what if the route she’d meticulously crafted wasn’t necessarily the straightest path to her desired destination?

Then again, what if it was?

As the tears welled up and the questions swirled in her head, the softball player inside the Cal sophomore resurfaced. She had a plan and knew what to expect, and in much the same way as she takes in and applies a scouting report, Jackson pulled herself together, left the lecture hall and looked forward to the possibilities that existed should she get accepted for the final two years of her undergraduate career.

Fast forward to Feb. 19, 2016, and the Marriott Mission Valley Hotel in San Diego, Calif. Having beaten South Dakota and No. 18-ranked Kentucky in the same day, the Bears returned to their hotel to rest, visit with family and prepare for two more games the next day. Unbeknownst to most of the team, Jackson was still on edge. She had one more challenge to confront, and it had nothing to do with an opposing pitcher or a fly ball.

The email came informing her she was in. The No. 2-ranked undergraduate business program in the country wanted Jazmyn Jackson. She told her parents, told her friends and took a deep sigh of relief as her plan came back into focus.

“I see how hard she works,” said Jackson’s best friend and teammate Annie Aldrete. “She comes home at 10 at night and she’s been at tutoring for calculus and statistics and all these business classes. Business is hard in general, let alone at Berkeley and at Haas. It’s such a big accomplishment. We’re student-athletes and we know what it takes to get good grades, but when you get into a prestigious school like that, it’s a whole different story. I cried. I was so proud of her.”

Business school is the next adventure for a student-athlete who has already accomplished more than most will ever hope to in a four-year college career. Named to the 2016 U.S. Women’s National Team, Jackson spent the summer of 2015 as one of the best players on the U.S. Junior National Team. She made an immediate impact in Berkeley as a freshman for the Bears, hitting .446 and finishing the year as a top-10 finalist for the NFCA Division I Freshman of the Year Award.

Those who know her understand that getting into Haas is another step on Jackson’s list of life goals. That fact is especially evident with one look at her day planner, a color-coded, carefully plotted description of everything she needs to accomplish in a given week. To line up everything she needs to get done, she pores over the neatly arranged lines to make sure she is in the right place at the right time.

That attention to detail has brought Jackson plenty of success already, both on the field and in the classroom.

“She takes everything very seriously and she puts just as much time into her schoolwork as her softball,” Cal head coach Diane Ninemire said. “She’s a very well-balanced individual. It’s not just one or the other, and I think that’s why she selected Cal. She understood the importance of having to have both things going for her in order to go to Cal. And then, to be accepted into the Haas School of Business, ranked No. 2 in the country, she’s not going to back down from any challenges that are put in front of her.”

Jackson and Aldrete have known each other since they were about 12 years old. Both Northern California natives, the duo journeyed to Southern California to play on travel teams and connected through a mutual friend, Fatima Larios. Aldrete, who is a year older than Jackson, eventually left to play at Tennessee and Jackson came to Berkeley.

In the spring of 2015, Jackson’s life plan took another turn. Larios passed away, and those who knew her well were left to grieve a friend taken far too soon. Aldrete made the decision to move closer to home, and when she selected Cal as her landing spot, both she and Jackson knew where to turn to get through what remains a difficult time.

“It means so much that she’s back,” Jackson said. “When we see something, we’ll say ‘hey, do you want to talk.’ We don’t really have a common area, so we’ll go to each other’s rooms. The other night, I went to her room and we just talked, ate candy, did our hair. A lot of it is us being so in our own worlds that we don’t have any release, so I think a big thing for us is knocking on the other person’s door and saying ‘hey, can we talk?’”

On the diamond, Jackson will join the National Team this summer as one of 16 players to represent the United States in international competition. She’ll be one of the youngest players on a team that includes former Cal star Valerie Arioto.

Having just completed her sophomore season, Jackson will play over the summer and return to Berkeley with the added load of business school to shoulder during her junior and senior years.

No one doubts she can handle it.

“She’s hard enough on herself with her expectations that, as long as she can stay within herself and not try to do too much, that will be her biggest challenge,” Ninemire said. “Every time you win another accolade or get named to another team, the pressure kind of grows and mounts on players. Some people embrace it and some people kind of melt. Hopefully, she’ll be the one that will embrace it and continue to grow, accept the challenge and keep working hard to get to the next place.”

In the meantime, Jackson continues to plan for the future. She’s interested in working to become a general manager of a sports franchise or perhaps an agent in sports or entertainment. Making connections in both sports and business will take on added importance as she moves through her time at Berkeley.

And she’ll continue to organize her thoughts in her planner, color coding and plotting for what comes next in a plan that has served her well so far.

“My priorities are God, family, school and softball, so school is before softball. That’s a huge thing for me,” Jackson said. “I’m really excited to get started in Haas and excited to start getting stuff done there and learning about business. I see myself growing in that way, making connections, things like that. Softball-wise, I’ve still got a lot to learn. Being on the National Team, all the girls are older than me, which is awesome. I learn something new every day here (in Berkeley), I can only imagine how much I’m going to learn this summer. I’m excited to get better.”

Triple Crown Sports features the San Jose Sting on their website

Here is a recent article written by Thomas Hoffman of Triple Crown Sports:

Every little kid growing up dreams big. No matter the sport, no matter the goal, no matter the subject, we’ve all dreamed about accomplishing something bigger. For Bob Perales of the San Jose Sting, his dream is helping his young players accomplish theirs. Perales joined the Sting organization in 2000 when his daughter needed a place to showcase her fastpitch softball abilities. Staying with her all the way from 12u to 18u gold, Perales soaked up a breadth of knowledge about the fastpitch community and the ever complicated process of recruiting.

“It’s changed a lot since we started this thing,” said Perales, who now spends most of his time with the Sting’s 14u teams. “The ages that these girls are being looked at continues to decline, and I want to be there every step of the way so these girls have the best chance at accomplishing their ultimate goals.”As Perales made the adaptation to the ever-changing world of recruiting, he also made changes in the way that he prepares his players, utilizing Edufii, a computerized application that allows Perales to keep up with his players from long distances.“This app has really changed the game for me,” said Perales. “Now, I can see what my players are working on while they’re at home. It allows us to practice, even when we can’t meet.”

It’s not just Perales that is taking note of the changing landscape of cloud-based instruction — softball’s nationally known instructional quartet, The Packaged Deal, also makes use of the 21st century innovation. Not only can the Sting check on what their coach has to say, but they call also hear and watch from some of the game’s biggest names.

His modifications in coaching have translated into a great amount of success for the Sting. Last season, at Triple Crown’s TC/USA Nationals in Reno, NV, the Sting rode a wave of momentum right into the championship game of the 16u division. Narrowly taken down by the Oklahoma Exclusive, 6-5, the Sting and their skipper still look back on that moment as the highlight of their summer season.“It was an experience I’ll never forget,” said Lindsey Walljasper, who pitched for Perales in the championship game. “Although it wasn’t the outcome that we wanted, I am very proud of what my team and I accomplished.”“That was a huge moment for us,” Perales said. “Not only was it a great experience for us as a team, but I think it was easily our best tournament of the year.”“It was exciting to have the opportunity to play at the University of Nevada-Reno,” said Sarah Wulff, a former player of Perales. “Playing in the championship game was an unforgettable experience.”

Wulff has been loyal to the Sting since joining the organization, but the fundamentals of softball aren’t the only tools she’s picked up from Perales.“I originally joined the Sting because the organization had an excellent reputation,” said Wullf."But what stands out significantly from my time with the Sting is respect. I have learned respect for my coaches because of their commitment and willingness to accept nothing but the best that we have to offer. I have learned respect for the players because softball is a team sport and every player holds value and is an essential component to the team’s synergy and productivity. I have learned respect for my family because they have sacrificed so much to provide this rare opportunity and have been my biggest supporters through it all. Respect is what Coach Bob and his staff have taught me and it is applicable in all areas of life.”

This month, Perales and his new batch of 14u talent will make their way to Hemet, California for the 2016 Zoom Into June event. The Sting are no strangers to Triple Crown softball events as Perales recollects contending in TC tournaments for well over 10 years.“I remember when it was just Tony Rico that ran that tournament by himself,” said Perales. “Ever since Triple Crown and Krista (Crawford) have stepped in, they have rolled out the red carpet for us.“They have done everything to get us in front of the big coaches and playing on the main fields and we certainly haven’t forgotten it. There are a lot of new ventures out there and a lot of teams are jumping ship to go play in newer tournaments, but we wanted to stick with an organization that has always taken care of us. I’ve always said that we will go where my girls can get the best exposure. Zoom Into June is a tournament that attracts the best competition and the best college coaches.” Perales and the Sting have showcased their prodigious play over the past decade-plus, but for Perales, it’s always been about the double play. No, not your garden variety 6-4-3 inning ending, get-you-out-of- trouble double play. He’s more interested in getting his players to realize their dreams and then doing everything he can to help accomplish them.

“As in softball and in life,” says Perales. “I tell my girls it’s nice to get the double play, but you have to get the first out.”While Wulff and Walljasper are on the homestretch of turning their own double plays, Perales has a new crop of youthful talent just trying to get their first out; Zoom Into June marks an early step in that process.Judging from the success and development from his current Sting players, don’t expect anything less from the new regime.As Walljasper puts it, “Once you put that San Jose Sting uniform on, there’s no going back.”

Photos from NLI signing day 2015 and 2016

Taylor Klauser, Colorado School of Mines

Mackenzie Drake, San Jose State softball

Alexis Lindsey - University of South Carolina

Lizzy Beutter - UC San Diego

Eleni Spirakis - Santa Clara University

Jacqui Prober (2nd from right) and Jenna Crawford (on end, right side)

Larger than Life!

The Sting family was deeply saddened to learn of Bob Randall's unexpected passing on Friday, March 4th. His daughter, Dani played for the Sting and as a former Sting coach, Bob left his mark and then some on our organization and all of softball. How to describe Bob.....

- Passionate
- All in
- Fiercely loyal and devoted  
- Generous
- Loving
- Hilarious

I could go on and on, he's that memorable of a man. Once you met Bob Randall, you never forgot him! His smile and laugh were contagious and his bear hugs were legendary. He loved the game of softball and gave his all to the players fortunate enough to have played for him. Our heartfelt condolences, prayers and love go out to the Randall family. Larger than life? Absolutely!

Julie being presented with a plaque by Sydney (#9) and the Sting team, after winning a breast cancer awareness tourney Fall 2014

Gone too soon

It is with a heavy heart that the Sting family shares that we have lost one of our biggest fans and supporters,  Julie Loeffler. Julie passed away on February 20th after a courageous battle with cancer over the past few years. Julie was a shining example of bravery, toughness, courage and love for the game!

Julie's daughter, Sydney has been with the Sting family since Fall 2014 and Julie loved watching her play! Please keep Sydney, her brother Kyle and her father, Larry (Julie's husband) in your thoughts and prayers. 

Also, a site has been created by a Loeffler family friend for donations for the family in this time of need:


Julie Loeffler's love of the game started way back, here is her high school team photo from 1988 (Julie is seated - bottom right)

Sydney and her Sting team playing in a breast cancer awareness tournament in honor of Julie, Fall 2015

Just some of the colleges featuring San Jose Sting players past, present and future!








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