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The History of the Redding Rebels

The History of the Redding Rebels
Our current day Redding Rebels are proud to follow in the footsteps of these great pioneers of women's softball who achieved three ASA Women's National Championships!

1993 Redding Rebels Fastpitch Softball Team
The Redding Rebels won the 1993 American Softball Association Women's Major Fastpitch National Tournament beating the Raybestos Brakettes in Stratford, CT. The Rebels also won the 1993 Canada Cup Invitational held in Softball City, Surrey, British Columbia. The Rebels beat Australia for the championship. The Invitational included some of the best international teams in the world. The 1993 Rebel team members included: Tami Brown, Jennifer Brundage, Cindy Cooper, Denise Day, Michele Gromacki, Kelly Jackson, Angie Jacobs, Barbara Jordan, Suzie Lady, Chris Parris, Lori Sippel, Julie Smith, Michele Smith and Dee Dee Weiman. Coach: Roger Dawes. Assistant Coaches: Ken Dedontney, Art Martineau and Rhonda Revelle. Secretary: Vicki Dawes.

1994 Redding Rebels Fastpitch Softball Team

The Redding Rebels repeated in 1994 as ASA Women's Major Fastpitch National Champions beating the Southern California Jazz 3-0 in Decatur, Ill. The Rebels outscored their opponents 66-6 in 10 games. Kelly Jackson led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo home run to break the scoreless tie. Michele Smith was named the tournament Most Valuable Pitcher. Kim Maher was named the tournament Most Valuable Player for her 5 HR's, 12 RBI, and .406 BA. Accomplishing the mission wasn't easy. The Rebels lost their second game of the 28 team tournament and had to fight their way through the loser's bracket to win eight straight games to defend their title. In one game, Kelly Jackson stroked a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Rebels a 1-0 win over the Riverside Hurricanes. Vicky Dawes referred to it as the "Season-saving hit". The 1994 Rebel team members included: Jennifer Brundage, Kristin Davidson, Michelle Gromacki, Kelly Jackson, Angie Jacobs, Barbara Jordan, Kim Maher, Jennifer McFalls, Chris Parris, Lori Sippel, Julie Smith, Michele Smith, Kathy Stahl, Dee Dee Williams,and Cathy Wylie. Coach: Roger Dawes, Assistant Coaches: Ken Dedontney, Art Martineau and Rhonda Revelle. Secretary: Vicky Dawes.

1995 Redding Rebels Fastpitch Softball Team

In 1995 the Redding Rebels won their third straight ASA Women's Major Fastpitch Championship by beating Southern California Commotion 1-0 in Decateur, Ill. Michele Smith pitched a two-hit shutout and claimed both the Most Valuable Pitcher and Most Valuable Player awards. Roger Dawes said "Smitty (referring to Michele Smith) is one of the top players in the world and she was the key." The National tournament was no cakewalk. Once again, Redding had to battle through the loser's bracket after losing its fourth tourney game 9-0 to the Southern California Commotion. The 1995 Rebel team members included: Jennifer Brundage, Michele Granger, Michelle Gromacki, Kelly Jackson, Angie Jacobs, Barbara Jordan, Kim Maher, Jennifer McFalls, Chris Parris, Alani Silva, Lori Sippel, Julie Smith, Michele Smith and Kathy Stahl. Coach: Roger Dawes. Assistant Coaches: Art Martineau and Rhonda Revelle. Secretary: Vicky Dawes.