Softball Signs California Pitcher

By Doug Fitzgerald published April 13, 2007

COLORADO SPRINGS -- University of Colorado at Colorado Springs head coach Scott Peterson announced Friday that pitcher Rebecca Saldecke had signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Mountain Lions next season.

Saldecke, a 6-foot right-hander from San Bernardino, Calif., is 10-5 with a 1.41 ERA while competing in the San Andreas League of California's Southern Section. Her Cajon High School team has been ranked as high as No. 18 nationally. She has struck out 87 in 84 innings while walking only 12 and allowing 72 hits.

"Bekki is a big-game pitcher who rises to the occasion of a challenge," said Cajon coach Jerry Tivey. "Unlike any of the other great pitchers to come through Cajon, she was able to lead a team to the pinnacle of Southern California softball success, that elusive (California Interscholastic Federation) Championship."

The transition to college softball likely won't be intimidating for Saldecke considering the high level of competition she already faces in high school. On April 6, she faced Valencia, the No. 1-ranked program in the nation, which has seven players already signed by NCAA Division I programs. Cajon lost 4-3, but only one of the runs scored on Saldecke was earned.

"The competition she sees in high school softball is quite challenging," said Peterson. "She is certainly one of the best pitchers in Southern California, which has been the hotbed of softball for the past 25 years."

Saldecke has 36 career shutouts and passed the 500-strikeout milestone earlier this season.

Among the awards earned by Saldecke are:
All-CIF 2005, 2006; All-San Andreas League 2004, 2005, 2006; Cal-Hi Sports All-State 2005, 2006; Cajon Defensive MVP 2005; Best of the West All-Tournament 2004, 2005; Cal-Hi Sports All-State Nominee 2004, 2005, 2006; San Bernardino Sun All-County 2005, 2006; NFCA All-West Region 2005, 2006; CHS Junior Athlete of the Year 2006; Riverside Press-Enterprise All-County 2004, 2005, 2006; CHS Sophomore Athlete of the Year 2005

"The NFCA All-West Region Award is huge," said Peterson. "With the young pitchers we already have in place, we have really deepened our staff with the signing of Rebecca Saldecke."

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