La Jolla, California - Former standouts and current UC San Diego softball assistant coaches Kris Lesovsky and Camille Gaito are currently playing professionally in Belgium.
“We are both so grateful to have the opportunity to be back on the field,” said Gaito. “We have gained a deeper appreciation for the sport through coaching and we are enjoying the chance to play it as more mature athletes. The ability to travel Europe and experience other cultures is just another blessing I can attribute to softball"
The two currently reside in the northern region of Belgium in the city of Antwerp, about an hour away from Brussels. They live with a teammate and a host family to help with the language barrier, which also helps them continue to learn new traditions and customs of softball outside of the U.S.
"I love learning more about the game from my Belgian teammates, and hope that we can help them grow as a team and individual players as well,” said Lesovsky. “Mostly I just hope that our love for the game and enthusiasm for being on the field inspires our teammates to truly appreciate every second that we all get to be out there together for one common goal (in any language): to win.”
Lesovsky and Gaito are attempting to help qualify the Pioneers for the European Cup next summer. They bring a wealth of talent and experience with them to Belgium.
While at UCSD, Gaito received All-America honors three times, was named to the All-CCAA First Team three years and earned Academic All-District selection once. After a stellar 2011 campaign, Gaito was tabbed the CCAA Female Athlete of the Year, CCAA Pitcher of the Year, West Region Pitcher of the Year and the NCAA Championship Most Valuable Player. She finished as UCSD’s all-time career leader in wins (98), appearances (154), complete games (101), saves (9), innings pitched (877.2) and strikeouts (617).
Lesovsky garnered All-America distinction three years, received All-CCAA First Team respects four times and was named All-West Region each season in her career. She was chosen as the West Region Player of the Year after compiling a school-record .446 batting average in 2009. Lesovsky finished as the Tritons’ all-time career leader in average (.386), runs (183), hits (276), doubles (66), RBI (130) and walks (146).