November 24, 1998
BERKELEY - The Cal softball team concluded the fall signing period with the addition of six recruits to the roster, head coach Diane Ninemire announced Tuesday. Joining the squad for the 2000 season will be catcher Courtney Scott (Fresno, CA/Clovis HS), infielder Mikella Pedretti (Merced, CA/Golden Valley HS), first baseman Veronica Nelson (San Leandro, CA/Bishop O'Dowd HS), pitcher Jennifer Deering (Salinas, CA/North Salinas HS), Eryn Manahan (Santa Ana, CA/Foothill HS) and infielder Kristi Robles (Morgan Hill, CA/Live Oak HS).
Scott, who played shortstop in high school but will concentrate at catcher for the Bears, is a three-time all-league performer. As sophomore in 1997, she batted .424 and tied a section record with 53 hits on the season. Pedretti can play second base, third base and shortstop. A first team all-conference player last year, she batted .329 and led her team with 16 RBI and eight stolen bases.
Nelson is a three-time first team all-league and all-county player. In 1996, she was named Co-MVP while leading her summer team to the Under-16 national title. She was also named a second team All-American at the Women's A Major nationals in '97. An outstanding student, Nelson is a life member in both the California Scholarship Federation and the National Honor Society.
Deering was a first team all-state player last spring. As a sophomore in 1997, she was 15-4 with a 0.46 ERA. Manahan was first team all-league and first team All-Southern Section player last spring. Also a strong student, she has been listed on Who's Who Among American High School Students for the last two years.
Robles has been a two-sport start at Live Oak HS, excelling at both basketball and softball. In basketball, she averaged 25.3 ppg and 14.7 rpg last season on her way to earning league MVP honors. As a softball player, she batted .466 with 28 RBI and 16 steals in 32 games last season.