Welcome to Cal Nuggets Softball.
Haley Woods has decided to connect all the dots of her softball career and form her own organization - the Cal Nuggets.
Woods spent her youth career as a West Bay Nugget and her collegiate career as a Cal Bear so when it came to naming her own organization.......Cal Nuggets seemed like the perfect fit.
Cal Nuggets is a new fastpitch softball organization modeled after the highly successful Nuggets of the 90's. We are based out of Palo Alto, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area. Former Cal Berkeley standout catcher, Haley Woods is at the helm and the Cal Nuggets are ready to make an impact on the national fastpitch scene.
NICOLE MARINO (2016) COMMITS TO
UC SANTA BARBARA
MADISON CRIMI-DEMICHELE (2015) COMMITS TO WHITTIER
THE CAL NUGGETS ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT MADISON CRIMI-DEMICHELE HAS COMMITTED TO PLAY NEXT FALL AT WHITTIER COLLEGE.
Madison says: "I started playing baseball when I was 10 years old. I knew when I hit 5’2” I was done growing and the boys were already far ahead of me. I made the transition to softball when I was 13 and knew this was the game for me.
It took me four years to find Whittier, but only one fall season with the Nuggets for everything to fall in place. Haley and Jess have put so much time and effort into making it all possible, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. Thank you to Robin and Smoke for my first season with the Nuggets, you’ve made it very memorable. Lastly, thank you mom and dad, you have supported me through it all. I finally found a school that has academically everything I’m looking for and amazing coaches. I look forward to being a Poet and I’m ready for what the next chapter has in store."
CAL NUGGETS CLASS OF 2015 COMMITTED SENIORS
CAL NUGGETS ANNOUNCE SPRING / SUMMER COACHING STAFFS:
12U - LECEE NORIEGA & DIANE LEIDER
14U BLUE - ALISSA HABER LYDON & KELLY MCDONALD
14U GOLD - CASSIE MORALES & RICK WASSMER
16U BLUE - GEORGE MARSHALL & JEN CHAMBERLIN
16U WOODS - HALEY WOODS & FRANK FANO
18 GOLD - ROBIN FLIER & ALYSSA SMOKE
CAL NUGGETS WOODS WINS MONEY BALL TOURNAMENT
COLLEGE RECRUITING NEWS:
TRUE PARK COMMITS TO ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY
MADDIE NASIR (2015) COMMITS TO DESALES UNIVERSITY
THE CAL NUGGETS ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT MADDIE NASIR (2015) HAS COMMITTED TO TO PLAY NEXT FALL AT DESALES UNIVERSITY IN CENTER VALLEY, PENNSYLVANIA. AFTER A LONG SEARCH, MADDIE HAS FOUND HER PERFECT FIT. CONGRATULATIONS MADDIE!!!
Maddie says "Growing up I had two main goals: to play ball at the collegiate level, and to pursue a career in the medical field. After all the early morning games and the late nights at the cages, I finally get the opportunity to live out my dream at a great institution. The moment I stepped on to the campus, I knew DeSales was the perfect fit for me. From the welcoming atmosphere around the campus, to the amazing academics offered, I can not imagine myself anywhere better. I owe this unbelievable opportunity to my family, who have always been my number 1 supporters, my amazing coaches who have pushed me to succeed, and all my teammates who have reminded me everyday why I still play this amazing sport. I am so thankful for this privilege and can't wait to live out my dream. Go Bulldogs!"
SHARONA MATAELE, CORENA "SHORTY" GREGORIO & LUSI STANLEY COMMIT TO HOLY NAMES UNIVERSITY
LINDSEY MIFSUD VERBALS TO UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS
THE CAL NUGGETS ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THAT LINDSEY MIFSUD HAS VERBALLY COMMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS.
LINDSEY RECEIVED A LOT OF INTEREST THIS PAST YEAR BUT WHEN SHE VISITED THE UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS, SHE KNEW THAT SHE FOUND HER PERFECT MATCH.
LINDSEY SAYS "At the beginning of my recruiting process, I would have never guessed that I would be committed to the University of Redlands. It's a smaller school so I had never really heard about it before. Once I looked into the program, I realized that it was the perfect academic fit AND perfect softball fit. It has always been a dream to play college softball, and going to Redlands, I will be able to PLAY softball. I hope to make an impact on the program as a freshman. I'm so grateful for the support I've received over the years from my teammates, coaches, friends and family. Go Bulldogs!"
16U WOODS EARNS PGF PREMIER BERTH
14u Morales Earns PGF Platinum Berth
14u Marshall Earns PGF Platinum Berth
GREAT WEEKEND FOR THE NUGGETS!!!
Both 14u Teams Qualify for ASA Nationals
14u Marshall and 14u Morales Earn ASA National Berths
MARIKO KONDO (2015) VERBALS TO SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
THE NUGGETS ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THAT KO KONDO HAS CHOSEN SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY TO CONTINUE HER EDUCATION AND SOFTBALL CAREER!!!
Here is what Ko has to say about her choice: "At the beginning of this process I had no idea where I was going to end up, but after exploring the east coast and looking at many schools I can't picture myself anywhere but Syracuse. I've always known that I wanted to play college ball so getting to go to a school with great academics and great softball is just awesome. I love the atmosphere at Syracuse and couldn't be happier that I'm going to become a part of that. I wouldn't have been able to do it without the help of my coaches because they continued to push me and give me support. I'm also so thankful for my family and teammates who have been by my side and helped me through the process."
WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU KO!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
NICOLE HORITA (2014) HAS CHOSEN KENYON COLLEGE
THE NUGGETS ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THAT NICOLE HORITA (2014) HAS COMMITTED TO PLAY AT KENYON COLLEGE IN THE FALL.
Nicole says "Playing college softball has always been my ultimate goal and it's incredible that I have the opportunity to fulfill my dreams at Kenyon. Few schools have the combination of stellar academics and athletic opportunities that Kenyon has to offer, and I'm so glad to have found my fit at such an amazing college. I'm incredibly thankful for the support of my parents and coaches throughout this process, and I'm excited to begin my career as a Kenyon Lady!"
CONGRATULATIONS COLE!!! WE ARE SO HAPPY THAT YOU FOUND YOUR PERFECT FIT.
NUGGETS 14U - RUNNER UP AT GRAPETTES MONEY BALL
CAL NUGGETS COLLEGE COMMITMENTS:
SARA HACK (2015) VERBALS TO HUMBOLDT STATE
The Cal Nuggets are extremely excited to announce that Sara Hack (2015) has committed to play softball for Humboldt State University.
Sara says "It has been my dream to play college softball since I was nine years old. I'm thankful to all the coaches and teammates that have helped me along the way. I'm especially thankful to Haley Woods, Jess Mazeau and Frank Fano for all their support. I'm looking forward to living out my dream at Humboldt State. After meeting Coach Sarchett, the coaching staff and the players I knew that HSU was the place for me. I love the campus, the players, the coaching staff and the family atmosphere. I am excited to be a Jack and to become part of the HSU family."
Coach Haley Woods says:
"Sara is a student-athlete who has worked so hard to be able to play at the next level and her hard work paid off when she was offered a spot to play for her dream school, Humboldt. I know Sara will represent the Nuggets well in her career as a Jack!"
We are proud of you Sara…..you deserve it!!!!!
JACEY PHIPPS (2016) VERBALS TO SAN JOSE STATE
Here is what Jacey has to say about this awesome news: "Ever since I started playing softball, I knew I wanted to play at a high collegiate level. And after attending two camps at SJSU, I knew it was the college for me. I love the coaches, the location, and the players. I am very grateful to everyone who has helped me achieve my goal and I can’t wait to be a Spartan!"
TORI PIERUCCI (2015) VERBALS TO CSU MONTEREY BAY
NUGGETS 14U GRAPETTES FALL SURVIVOR CHAMPIONS!!!
GREAT DAY FOR THE NUGGETS!!!
BOTH NUGGETS 14U TEAMS IN GOLD BRACKET SEMI FINALS!!!!
NUGGETS 14U MARSHALL WENT 7-0 ON THE WEEKEND TO WIN THEIR SECOND STRAIGHT TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP. THEY HAVE WON 15 STRIAGHT GAMES AND FINISHED THEIR FALL SEASON WITH A RECORD OF 26-3. GREAT FALL SEASON CAL NUGGETS MARSHALL!!!
NUGGETS 14U BLUE ADVANCED TO THE SEMI FINALS OF THE GOLD BRACKET AND WERE ONE RUN AWAY FROM MAKING IT A NUGGETS VS. NUGGETS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. THEY WENT 4-1-1 ON THE WEEKEND AND HAVE HAD A GREAT FALL SEASON. CAL NUGGETS BLUE WILL FINISH THEIR FALL SEASON NEXT WEEKEND AT THE ASA TURKEY SHOOT/TOYS FOR TOTS TOURNAMENT IN ROSEVILLE. GOOD LUCK GIRLS!!!
NUGGETS 14U ASA HALLOWEEN BASH CHAMPIONS!!!
CAL NUGGETS 14U MARSHALL WENT 7-0 TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE 14U GOLD BRACKET AT THE ASA HALLOWEEN BASH IN ROSEVILLE.
ALISSA HABER JOINS CAL NUGGETS COACHING STAFF
CAL NUGGETS ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE ADDITION OF ANOTHER SOFTBALL GREAT, ALISSA HABER, TO THE COACHING STAFF FOR THE FALL SEASON.
For the USSSA Pride, of the National Pro Fastpitch, Haber was a great asset to the outfield for the Pride and brought her speed and versatility. When she was a member of the U.S. National Team, Haber helped lead Team USA to the 2009 Canada Cup Championship and captured the gold medal with Team USA at the KFC World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City. At Stanford, Haber is a three-time All-American and All-Pac10 selection. Haber entered her senior season with a .395 career batting average, a clip which stands only behind that of two time Olympian Jessica Mendoza in the Cardinal record books. In 2010, Haber led the Cardinals, hitting .448 with 64 hits, including 13 doubles, two triples, five home runs, and 29 RBI.
THE CAL NUGGETS ARE EXCITED TO HAVE A GREAT RESOURCE LIKE ALISSA ON STAFF AND ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A GREAT FALL SEASON WITH HER.
VAL ARIOTO JOINS CAL NUGGETS COACHING STAFF
THE CAL NUGGETS ARE THRILLED TO WELCOME USA SOFTBALL PLAYER VAL ARIOTO TO OUR 14U COACHING STAFF. SHE WILL ALSO OVERSEE THE DEVELOPMENT OF ALL CAL NUGGETS PITCHERS.
Val brings with her a tremendous amount of experience and impressive credentials: USA National Team Member, Cal Bears 4 year starter, Lowe's Senior Class Award Winner, Pac-12 Player of the Year, NCAA All-American, Pac-12 First Team.
"I am so thrilled to have a player that I had the opportunity to coach want to give back to the game and join the Cal Nuggets family. Val is one of my most favorite players I have coached because of her work ethic, determination, and love for the game. Val has so much insight and wisdom to offer, I can not wait for her to get out on the field with our Cal Nuggets" - Haley Woods, Director and Founder of Cal Nuggets
NEWS: CAL NUGGETS WOODS NOR CAL ASA CHAMPIONS!!!!!
Cal Nuggets Woods went 5-0 on the weekend and brought home the 14u Nor Cal ASA Championship!!!! The 1st place finish earned the Cal Nuggets Woods team a berth in the USA/ASA National Championships in Normal, IL (July 28-August 4)
The weekend was a total team effort with all 14 players contributing to the 47 runs scored that led to the 5-0 record.
Cal Nuggets 12 - Lady Sharks Ray 4
Cal Nuggets 10 - Salinas Storm 2
Cal Nuggets 4 - Nor Cal Legends A. 3
Cal Nuggets 9 - Nor Cal Blast 8
Cal Nuggets 12 - LGSGSA Magic 7
What is it like to play for Haley Woods:
What do Haley's players say?
ANNIE ALDRETE "My experience playing for Haley and Jess was one I will never forget. Both of them are great role models and act as a mentor on and off the field. While we spent countless hours at practice and conditioning getting killed, all the hard work was worth our success throughout the seasons. Being a part of the team Haley and Jess created taught me more than just how to improve my skills. They taught me how to be independent, hardworking, how to compete, and most importantly, how to be a better person. I will always look up to Haley and Jess and I know even though I don't play for them anymore, they will always have an impact on my life."
ANNIE ALDRETE (UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE)
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