Softball Signs Six for 2002 Season.
Jan. 29, 2001
California head softball coach Diane Ninemire announced today the signing of six outstanding prep softball players to National Letters of Intent to play at Cal beginning with the 2002 season. Of the six signees, four are position players and two are pitchers. They include Leslie Eldredge, a 5-4 outfielder from Kahului, HI (Baldwin High School), Kelly Anderson, 5-9 pitcher/first baseman from Woodland, CA (Woodland High School), LeAnna Hoglen, a 5-8 outfielder/infielder from Loomis, CA (Del Oro High School), Jessica Pamanian, a 5-4 infielder from Milpitas, CA (Milpitas High School), Cassie Bobrow, a 5-9 pitcher from Burlingame, CA (Sacred Heart Prep) and Chelsea Spencer, a 5-4 infielder from San Leandro, CA (Arroyo High School).
'We are very pleased with our fall class,' said Ninemire. 'Every player has the ability to come in next season and make an immediate impact on this team.'
Eldredge led her team to a third-place state finish in Hawaii in 2000, as well as earning all-conference and all-state honors in the same season. She batted over .400 at the 18-and-under ASA Nationals in 1999, as a pick-up player for the Orange County Batbusters.
'Leslie is a talented hitter and brings a triple-threat to our line-up,' said Ninemire. 'She is an outstanding outfielder who will fill the holes left due to graduation.'
Anderson, one of two Cal signees from the 18-and-under California Breeze, brings versatility to the Bears. According to Ninemire, Anderson will not only add depth to the pitching staff, but also brings a solid glove to first base. She earned Cal-Hi All-State honors in 2000, as well as being named Woodland HS team MVP in 1999 and 2000.
'Kelly is an outstanding pitcher with a variety of pitches,' said Ninemire. 'She also brings a punch to the offense with a powerful bat.'
A summer-league teammate of Anderson's, Hoglen can play either the outfield or the infield. At Del Oro HS, she was selected to the Cal-Hi All-State Team in 2000 and was a three-time first-team All-Sierra Foothill League, as well as leading her high school team to three-consecutive league championships.
'LeAnna possesses great speed and can cover a lot of area on defense,' said Ninemire. 'She plays the short game well, but also has the ability to play the long game.'
According to Ninemire, Pamanian plays mostly second base or shortstop, but can also make the transition to the outfield if necessary. She helped lead the West Bay Nuggets (18-and-under) to a fifth-place finish at the ASA Nationals in 2000.
'Jessica plays an outstanding second base,' said Ninemire. 'She is fast on the bases and handles the bat very well.'
Bobrow's father, Hal, is a Cal Alum and summer league coach to Pamanian, Spencer and his daughter of the West Bay Nuggets. In 2000, Bobrow went 24-4 with a 0.37 ERA, earning first-team all-state honors.
'Cassie is a great pitcher with a variety of pitches,' said Ninemire. 'She too will add great depth to the staff next season.'
Spencer rounds out the trio or signees from the West Bay Nuggets. She was a three-time all-league shortstop at Arroyo HS. In 2000, Spencer, not only earned all-league honors, but was named the league Player of the Year as well.
'Chelsea is one of the best shortstops to come out of this area,' said Ninemire. 'She is quick and has soft hands. She appears to be a leadoff candidate and can add power to the line-up.'