The Rangers softball team is still the only team to win a collegiate title at Olympic.
NOTE: This is part of a series of biographies about inductees to the Kitsap Athletic Roundtable’s 2019 Kitsap County Sports Hall of Fame. The HOF Banquet is Saturday, Jan. 25 at Kiana Lodge. A social hour begins at noon with lunch at 1 p.m. and induction at 1:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at kitsapathleticroundtable.org.
Coached by Toni Turnbull and Pam Calnan, the 1981 Olympic College women’s modified-fastpitch softball team won the only softball championship in school history to date, beating Edmonds 14-7 in the title game.
Led by AACC All Star First-Team pitcher Kim Goldsby, the ‘81 team finished 31-7 on the season. Joining Goldsby on the AACC All Star First Team was second baseman Kim Calnan-Baumgartner and third baseman Donna Bennett. Second team All Star honors went to catcher Debbie (Picinich) Bentler, first baseman Brenda David, left fielder Bonnie Lingan, and centerfielder Sandy Cooley Vise. Turnbull was named AACC Coach of the Year.
Turnbull went on to coach fastpitch at Pacific Lutheran University, winning the NAIA District 1 Coach of the Year in 1985. She retired to Lacey after 25 years at Metro Parks Tacoma. Turnbull was inducted into the Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 as the OC softball coach, and also was inducted into the Northwest Women’s Collegiate Basketball Officials Hall of Fame.
Pam Calnan continued to teach, coach, and serve as an administrator in the Central Kitsap School District until her retirement as the district athletic director in 2009. She played and coached softball for more than 30 years. She served as a volleyball official and leader for 40 years and was inducted into the Washington Officials Association Hall of Fame in 2016 and the Olympic College HOF in 2017 and the Kitsap Sports HOF in 2003.
Third baseman Donna Bennett, whose speed and quick bat, with a .329 regular season average, put her at the top of the batting order. Her overall play earned her First Team AACC All Star honors. She went on to work for the Department of Corrections for over 30 years, becoming the first female to rise to the rank of lieutenant at McNeil Island Correction Center, and then a unit supervisor at Purdy Women’s Correctional Facility. She is a proud mom of twin boys and a daughter.
Second baseman Kim Calnan-Baumgartner went on to play for the Rangers in 1982, receiving First Team AACC All Star honors at second base for a second year. Playing softball in Kitsap county for the next 30 years, she was a member of three different Washington state championship teams, Peninsula VW, Brem-Air and BENIK her family co-ed team that won the 1986 ASA A Division Title and USSSA National Championship. Calnan-Baumgartner has worked in the investment services field for 27 years and resides in Bremerton with her husband Gary, and daughter Emily.
Shortstop – Annette Clifton provided consistent defense and batting second in the order, her bunting ability and speed were critical to the team’s success. She swatted .393 during the regular season with no strike outs. Clifton resides in Burien.
Centerfield – Sandy Cooley Vise, whose speed and rocket launching arm provided stellar defense up the middle, batted .372 in the regular season and was a Second Team AACC All Star. She moved to Louisiana where she became a professional truck driver. She enjoys time with her four children and 10 grandchildren.
1st Base – Brenda David, who batted cleanup and led the team with a .465 regular season average, was the 1981 Coaches’ Award winner and Second Team AACC All Star. She played softball for Turnbull at PLU, graduating with a degree in Sociology. A lifelong singer, she went on to become a founding member of Seattle Women’s Chorus and still performs as a soloist. She spent 13 years as a 911 Dispatcher, 15 years as a paralegal, and is currently the Senior Risk Analyst for Seattle Public Utilities.
Pitcher – Kim Goldsby, voted the team’s MVP and Most Inspirational in 1981 as well as First Team AACC All Star, pitched in 28 games over the entire season and batted .625 at the AACC State Tournament. She graduated from The Evergreen State College with a Creative Writing BA and began coaching fastpitch softball in the mid-90’s at South Puget Sound Community College. She retired as the head fastpitch coach at her alma mater Shelton High School where she led her team into the WCD3 tournament 8 out of 10 years.
Right field – Robin M. King, MEd, ATC, AT/L stayed true to her love of sports at University of Puget Sound where she studied Athletic Training. She taught Athletic Trainer and Sports Medicine at Klahowya Secondary School for 22 years and now teaches at Barker Creek.
Left Field – Bonnie Lingan, batting third in the lineup, was the MVP of both the Pre-Season Invitational Tournament and AACC State Tournament in 1981 as well as a Second Team AACC All Star. She slammed .818 at the plate in the Pre-Season Invitational Tournament and turned in a .425 average for the regular season, always providing steady defense. She graduated from WSU and taught middle school science in Bremerton. She then joined the California Highway Patrol where she worked as an Officer in Southern California until retirement.
Catcher – Debbie (Picinich) Bentler, the 1981 Most Improved Player and Second Team AACC All Star, clubbed a team high .714 average in the AACC State Tournament and .391 in the regular season, always providing solid defense behind the plate. She went on to PLU where she played fastpitch and volleyball and earned a BA in Education. In 1984 Debbie was recognized as a District 1 NAIA All Conference Fastpitch Player. She worked at Spanaway Lake High School as a PE teacher, coach, and Athletic Director until 2009, Ridgefield Athletic Director for 9 years and now as Cle Elem SD Athletic Director. She resides there with her husband of 28 years, Mark.
Right Field & Pitcher – DeeAnn (Strotz) Moreau hammered out an impressive .667 average at the AACC State Tournament. She started in right field and pitched as well during the regular season. She was a tenacious player with a big bat and calming presence in the dugout. She and her husband John raised five children, as well as provided foster care to numerous children over 25 years. Dee passed away in 2015 at the age of 57.
Right field – Robin Weinman graduated with a
Psychology degree from Western Washington University. She worked at Eastern Oregon University for 27 years in Student Affairs. She is involved with the American Red Cross and continues to show horses and work in higher education at Middle Tennessee State University.