By Katie Cortez / Staff Writer
Fourteen former Viking softball players took the field in an alumni game at LAC on Saturday, Nov. 23. Players from as far back as 1998 were able to relive old memories and past games as they battled against former other Viking players.
Former Viking player from 2003-2004 Jessie Petzolt said, “It feels great. It’s just like old times.” Although the game was off to a late start, present and past Vikings gathered in the outfield with enthusiasm as current head coach Melissa Angel introduced the alumni one by one.
Other familiar faces were present; former coach of 10 years, Shelley McCall, and former assistant coach Jack Hutchinson also joined to play in this friendly game. Alumna Julie Mejia, who played in 2001-2002, Mondaye Bernal, 2000-2001 and McCall offered words of wisdom to the current team before taking the field for the friendly slow-pitch game.
Both teams had a players from the current Viking softball team to even out the roster. The game lasted seven innings and by the bottom of the 4th, the home team on the first base side was up 7-2. The score was 7-3 at the top of the 7th inning, when Viking alumna and 2001-2002 left-fielder, Jill Calhoun hit an earth-shattering 3-run home run, solidifying the home team’s win at 10-3.
The former players who participated in the event were;
1998-2000: Kim Fisdule
2000-2001: Tracy Bramsco
2000-2002: Mondaye Bernard Jill Calhoun and Jackie Sepulveda
2000-2003: Yvette Gonzalez
2001-2002: Jand Julia Mejia
2002-2003: Neishell Williams
2003-2004: Jessi Petzolt
2008-2009: Rose Vargas
2006-2009: Jennifer Gonzalez and Vanessa Samudio
2007-2010: Raelene Saldana
2009-2011: Molly McDougall