Former UC San Diego softball standouts will hit the diamond starting Wednesday to play for Staff Israel on the Maccabiah Video games.
Staff Israel additionally will take part within the Ladies’s European Championships, starting July 23 in Saint Boi, Spain, not removed from Barcelona.
“Simply to be surrounded by the sport every single day has been good,” mentioned Maddy Lewis, a three-time all-conference choice at UCSD who graduated in 2019. “I’ve positively gotten in rather a lot higher form, transferring in methods I hadn’t been in two years.”
Lewis tried out for the Israeli workforce in December. When she takes the sector subsequent week, she gained’t be the one former Triton – her teammates embody Robyn Wampler. The 2021 graduate made the Israeli workforce final 12 months.
“There’s something about with the ability to signify a rustic that makes you recognize it a bit of extra,” Lewis mentioned.
Staff Israel is coached by one other UCSD alum, Nikki Palmer, UC Riverside’s head coach. Final 12 months, the 2007 grad led Israel to a fourth-place end on the European Championship in Italy.
Lewis has discovered to juggle the obligations of a full-time job whereas coaching. After working as a social media and group supervisor for San Marcos-based sports activities expertise firm Blast Movement, Lewis can typically be seen on the UCSD campus within the night.
“I’m getting in as many swings as I can to verify I get reps with out being in a workforce setting,” she defined. She additionally credit her former coach, Patti Gerckens with hitting her grounders after UCSD’s practices.
Lewis was a four-year starter for the Tritons, and instantly made an influence when she turned a finalist for a nationwide coaches group’s Freshman of the Yr honors.
She was named the California Collegiate Athletic Affiliation (CCAA) Freshman of the Yr and obtained Division II Convention Commissioner’s Affiliation (CAA) All-West Area First Staff honors.
Lewis went on to earn three CCAA First Staff awards and 4 CCAA All-Tutorial picks.
In her senior season, Lewis additionally led the Tritons to a West Area title and this system’s first journey to the Division II Softball Championship since 2012.
The opening ceremonies for the twenty first Maccabiah Video games – postponed to 2022 by COVID – happen Thursday at Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium, the day after softball pool play begins in close by Gezer.