Aug. 24, 2006
BERKELEY - Three players with California ties, plus head coach Diane Ninemire, will be participating at the Women's Fast Pitch World Championship in Beijing, China, Aug. 27-Sept. 5. The top five teams from the tournament will qualify for the 2008 Olympics, also to be held in Beijing.
Former Golden Bear third baseman Vicky Galindo is in her second year as a member of Team USA. At Cal, she was a first-team All-American, helping the Bears to a pair of NCAA runner-up finishes. Galindo, who batted .342 with 19 stolen bases as a senior in 2005, served as an undergraduate assistant coach at Cal this past spring.
Ninemire continues to serve as an assistant coach of Greek softball team after helping the squad at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. The Greek roster includes two Bears in former left fielder Lindsay James and current infielder Chloe Kloezeman, who will be a junior at Cal next year.
A second-team All-Pac-10 choice last season when she hit a team-high .380, James also played for the Greeks at the Athens Games. Kloezeman, another Greek Olympian in '04, batted .185 in 37 appearances for the Bears in 2006 after transferring from the University of Mississippi.
The U.S. has been placed in Pool A with Canada, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Korea, Great Britain and China. The Americans open play Sunday, Aug. 27 vs. Italy, before facing Korea Aug. 28.
Greece is in Pool B with Australia, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Botswana and Columbia. The Greeks meet Australia on the opening day of the tournament.
Round-robin pool action continues through Sept. 2, with the medal rounds starting Sept. 3. The final is set for Sept. 5.
For complete coverage, visit the World Championship website at www.2006softball.org.