Part Of Inaugural Class As Female Athlete
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It made for a busy two days, but Yale softball coach Barbara Reinalda received a special honor last Thursday. Reinalda was inducted into the Cerritos College campus-wide Hall of Fame as part of the college's inaugural Hall of Fame class. She flew out to California on Thursday morning, was honored at the ceremony that night and was back on a plane Friday to return in time for Yale's weekend series with Harvard.
Reinalda put the Cerritos College softball team on the map. As a member of the first two Falcon teams in school history, she was voted the conference's Most Valuable Player both seasons, went undefeated in her career as a pitcher and batted over .500 over the course of both seasons.
After completing her collegiate career at Cal Poly Pomona, Reinalda spent 19 years as a pitcher for the world-renowned Raybestos Brakettes of Stratford, Conn., and posted a career record of 441-31 with 19 perfect games. She was a member of Team USA during both the World Championships and Pan American Games and was inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame in 1999. Additionally, Reinalda is a member of the ASA, Cal Poly Pomona and Connecticut Softball Hall of Fames.
"I would have to say that I owe my life and career to Cerritos College," Reinalda said. "After playing softball at Valley Christian High, there really weren't many options at that time [1976-77] but a couple of friends and I decided to go pitch at Cerritos. There was a story about me in the newspaper and a salesman from Raybestos saw it, contacted me and I ended up pitching for their softball team, which opened all the doors in my life. To be a forerunner in the sport has been an honor, and I still speak very highly of my days playing and going to school at Cerritos College."
At Yale, Reinalda is the second winningest coach in school history. In 2006, her first season solely in charge of the team, she guided the Bulldogs to 28 wins, only three shy of the school record. In 2009, Yale posted its best Ivy League record since 2003 and won at least 20 games for the fourth straight year.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity