By: STEVE LeMASTERslemaster@civitasmedia.com
June 25, 2013
PIKEVILLE - For the second straight year, Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch provided softball instruction during a youth camp held in Pikeville. Finch, who was a gold medal with the United States in the 2004 Olympic Games, conducted a camp in Pikeville Saturday afternoon.
Campers in attendance received instruction from Finch and volunteers throughout the camp. The camp featured softball players from Pike and several other surrounding Eastern Kentucky counties.
Finch pitched for the USA national softball team and the Chicago Bandits, a professional team that was a member of National Pro Fastpitch. In addition to helping Team USA capture gold in the 2004 Summer Olympics, Finch helped lead the squad to a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Time magazine described the highly-decorated Finch as the most famous softball player in history.
Finch played softball for the University of Arizona from 1999-2002. She was a three-time All-American pitcher and first baseman and two-time winner of the Honda Sports Award during her college career.