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NPF Draftee Update 5/7 – Valerie Arioto


Arioto, Ziegenhirt Visit Sheldon High School (4/30)

“Senior utility Valerie Arioto and junior catcher Lindsey Ziegenhirt spent their Monday morning connecting with Ziegenhirt’s roots with a trip to Sheldon High School in the Sacramento Valley, where Lindsey’s mother Laura Ziegenhirt teaches. The elder Ziegenhirt’s classes have been collecting toiletries for Arioto‘s community service project and voting for Val daily for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

“All season, Arioto and her Golden Bears have been collecting unopened toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner and body wash to donate to a local women’s shelter. Ziegenhirt challenged her students to bring in items and the Huskies collected over 900 items in just one week.

‘”Lindsey and I had a great time meeting the kids at Sheldon High!” Arioto said. “They are an awesome group! They were so enthusiastic about giving back!”

“Since fan balloting counts a third of the voting results for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award – with the remaining two thirds determined by NCAA Division I coaches and national media members – Laura Ziegenhirt’s two microbiology and one honors biology classes have been voting for Val.”


Arioto Merits Tom Hansen Pac-12 Medal (5/4)

“After a storied career that is hopefully far from over, California softball utility Valerie Arioto earned herself one of the most coveted awards in the Pac-12 – the Tom Hansen Pac-12 Conference Medal – which is given to the top male and female senior student-athletes at each member institution.

‘”This award is really a reflection of all of the support and guidance I have received from my family, friends, coaches and staff at Berkeley,” Arioto said. “It’s an opportunity for me to say thank you to everyone!”’

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Vs. Oregon State, May 4, 5, and 6

Game 1, 5/4: Oregon State 1, Cal 9

Game 2, 5/5: Oregon State 2, Cal 4

Game 3, 5/6: Oregon State 1, Cal 4

Arioto, 5/4-6:

Batting: AB-8;R-3;H-2;RBI-1;BB-3;SO-0;PO-19;A-1;LOB-0

Pitching: IP-2.0;H-3;R-0;ER-0;BB-1;SO-2;WP-0;BK-0;HBP-0;IBB-0;AB-9;BF-10;FO-1;GO-3;NP-40


Game 1:

Echavarria and Reid scored when Valerie Arioto lined to center, when it was dropped at the fence.”

Game 2:

“The Golden Bears got solo shots from Valerie Arioto and Breana Kostreba while Victoria Jones and Jace Williams accounted for the other two RBI.

Arioto – who notched her 21st homer of the season before even stepping foot in the circle – pitched the first two innings, in which she struck out two and allowed three hits.”


About USSSA Florida Pride:

The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.

About NPF:

National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.

About USSSA:

The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit Also be sure to visit for the latest USSSA News!

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