Ron Vandegrift

Fastpitch Softball

Vandegrift, born on Jan. 17, 1950, in Tacoma, graduated from Mt. Tahoma High School in 1968. He started his fastpitch career playing for Manitou Fuel from 1970-73, and then switched to Manke Lumber for the 1974-75 season. He finished up with B&I Sports from 1976-80. While with B&I he was a Norwest Major League All-Star and the Northwest Regional tournament batting champion with a .429 batting average.

A talented centerfielder, Ron Vandegrift garnered all-tournament honors as Manke Lumber defeated Pay-n-Pak to win the 1974 Northwest Pacific Regional tournament in Spokane and earn a berth in the National Major Fastpitch Championships in Clearwater, Fla. There, the Lumbermen were knocked out by the top-rated Clearwater Bombers, but they had accomplished a significant goal by winning the trip to nationals.

Vandegrift played two more years with Manke before receiving an invitation to play for Seattle Pay ' Pak. Declining for financial reasons, Ron stayed in Tacoma and went back to play for the B&I fastpitch team. He then switched to modified fastpitch, played with the B&I team from 1983-87 and participated in three consecutive Modified National Tournaments--1985 in Atlanta, 1086 in Spokane, and 1987 in Decatur, Alabama.

Vandegrift currently works for The Boeing Company as a R&D Facility Coordinator.