Pleasanton RADD (Recreational Activities for the Developmentally Disabled) athletes recently took home bronze medals from the Special Olympics 2019 Walnut Creek Regional Softball Competition.
More than 30 teams from throughout Northern California competed in the event contested on Aug. 24-25, according to coach Kay King.
The RADD A and RADD B teams, participating in separate divisions, each earned a bronze medal for their performance.
"Both teams had home runs with runners on bases, turned double plays and executed heads-up play in running the bases," King said, recapping highlights for the local players.
"The Special Olympics softball season is very short compared to the other sports, and the development and improved skills of the athletes in such a short time is simply amazing. They continually do their best, and even though some have played this sport for years, there is always something new they learn," she added.
The RADD A team consisted of Adam Alahaithani, Margaret Viele, Steven Adkins, Mason Trevisano, Harrold Seales, Greg Neves, Steven Adkins, JJ Laurin, Patrick Harris, Joshua Layman and James Burton. Joining King as coaches were Diane Bacon, Kris Gudjohnsen and Jim Spillane.
The RADD B team included Jennifer Thomas, Camellia Pinhero, Scotty Tanaka, Lisa Burley, Jamie Gadbaugh, Ryan Butterly, Pete Voss, Evan Rutter and Marshall Faulk. Coaches were Mike D'Onofrio, Brian Langham, Jeff Cranor, Brian Colteaux, Jim Gundell and Jim Berriatua.