Softball Coach Ackermann Reaches 600th Win
OCS softball coach Pete Ackermann has joined the exclusive 600 Club. The Lady Lions clinched their season opener against the Village Christian Crusaders in a 17-0 rout on March 19, giving Ackermann his 600th career win. He is one of only 18 coaches in state history to achieve this milestone.
Junior Micaela Kastor led the Lions in the historic win, batting the cycle — single, double, triple and home run. Additionally, she had three RBIs and four runs scored in five at-bats. As a pitcher she has more than 100 strike outs.
Freshman Rylee McCoy went 3 for 4 with a double, triple, RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore Justine Lambert was 2 for 3 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored. Senior Emma Noble had a homer and three RBIs, sophomore Heaven Oliva went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs, senior Jordan Simonsgaard was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI, and sophomore Anahi Arreola was 2 for 3 with two RBIs.
Ackermann was poised to reach 600 last season when Oaks Christian was up against El Camino and the Conquistadors defeated the Lions. Then COVID shut down sports and with it Ackermann's chance at 600 until this year.
"I am thankful for all the players, coaches, parents, and the administration who have allowed me to attain this milestone. So many people have contributed to our successful softball program. When I first started coaching softball 45 years ago, I never dreamed this day would happen," he said.
The legendary coach has been at Oaks Christian 20 years and achieved some notable accolades: 15 league coach of the year awards, 3 CIF coach of the year awards, and two-time National Christian School Athletic Association coach of the year.
Under Ackermann's leadership, the OCS softball team has qualified every year for CIF post-season play, had a 46-game win streak, earned three CIF championship titles, and three runner-up slots.
But Ackermann sees his success in the lives of his players beyond the field.
"Throughout my coaching career, I have realized that I have been blessed to receive far more than I have given...coaching makes you responsible for your life and helping others attain the life they richly deserve. The real measure of my coaching success is not in the number of wins achieved, but rather, the satisfaction of seeing these young women achieve success in life after their softball careers have ended," he shared.