Cat Osterman Crowned First Athletes Unlimited Champion

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  • Jessica Warren, Erika Piancastelli, and Victoria Hayward Round Out Top Four Finishers on Leaderboard after Five Weeks of Competition
  • Outfielder Haylie McCleney Named GEICO Defensive Player of the Year

Two-time Olympic medalist and former University of Texas standout Cat Osterman became the inaugural Athletes Unlimited Softball Champion after earning 2,408 points over the five-week-long season competing against 56 of the world’s best players at Parkway Bank Sports Complex in Rosemont, Illinois. Jessie Warren (2,020), Victoria Hayward (1,860), and Erika Piancastelli (1,840) rounded out the top four, and Haylie McCleney was named GEICO Defensive Player of the Year.

As Champion, Osterman, who served as captain for four of the five weeks, was on 12 winning teams, won 69 innings, tallied 95 strikeouts – including 16 in one game – allowed 14 runs, and pitched six complete games with two shutouts. She posted a 1.53 ERA on the season. As a result, she received a gold medal and had the honor of being the first entry into the Book of Unlimited, a 500-page book that chronicles the history of the property and will record every Champion from each Athletes Unlimited sport during an on-field ceremony immediately following the final game. Players two through four also received medals.

Warren who posted an 8-1 record in the three weeks she served as captain led the league with a .569 on-base percentage and maintained a .510 batting average for the season. Hayward completed her campaign with a .396 average at the plate and was tied with Morgan Zerkle for the league-best in stolen bases with seven. Piancastelli finished tied with Sahvanna Jaquish for the league lead with nine home runs and had a .885 slugging percentage.

Outfielder Haylie McCleney was voted GEICO Defensive Player of the Year by a combined vote of the 57 players and members of the Unlimited Club.

“Congratulations to Cat Osterman on becoming our inaugural Athletes Unlimited Softball Champion and Haylie McCleney for winning the GEICO Defensive Player of the Year award,” said Jon Patricof, CEO and Co-Founder of Athletes Unlimited. “We are so proud of all 57 of our founding softball athletes and appreciate the tremendous support which came from our fans around the world who watched our games and became a part of our Athletes Unlimited community.”

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Garland Shirley, head coach at Clarke University (NAIA), is the inaugural recipient of the NFCA’s Natasha Watley Scholarship for Social Change, presented in partnership with Sue Enquist. 

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What To Watch For At The 2020 Bombers Exposure Weekend - Tier 1

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The first weekend in November will find some of the top teams in the country converging on College Station, Texas to take the field in the 2020 Bombers Exposure Weekend tournament. 

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Sami Ward Named Texas Tech Head Softball Coach

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Sami Ward, a three-time West Coast Conference Coach of the Year, has been named the eighth head softball coach in Texas Tech history, Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt announced Friday afternoon.

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Club Spotlight: Locked And Loaded With Suncats Jimenez-Noriega

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There's a lot of buzz around Suncats Jimenez-Noriega. The California Suncats can hit, pitch, and play defense with the best of them. We chat with Coach James Jimenez about his club and he shares a scouting report on each of his players.

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A Softball Player's Transfer Guide: The Road From JUCO To NCAA

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“It’s not the end of the world if you don’t get a scholarship straight from high school. Don’t get down on yourself & don’t give up on the game. You’ve come this far, just keep going. If you think you are working hard, work harder. You’re able to put in the extra work to develop yourself for the next level. So whatever you have to do to make sure you will succeed, DO IT.” 

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Rising Star: For 2023 Kayden Henry, Mediocrity Is Not An Option

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One of the first things you’ll notice when scrolling through Kayden Henry’s Twitter feed is the post pinned to the top. It’s a quote from Bob Shipley, a former Texas high school coach and athletics director. The first sentence is particularly meaningful to Kayden, a left-handed-hitting outfielder for Texas Bombers-Smith: 

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Rising Star: 2022 IF Avery Weisbrook Isn't Afraid To Take Chances

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During the 2019 CIF Southern Section semifinals, South Torrance (California) High freshman infielder Avery Weisbrook came to bat in the sixth inning against Roosevelt. The game was scoreless, with a runner on second and nobody out.

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How to Watch: 2020 Bombers Exposure Weekend - Veterans

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Here's how to watch the 2020 Bombers Exposure Weekend at Davis Diamond, Old Aggie Stadium, and Veterans Park on FloSoftball.

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Here's how to watch the 2020 Bombers Exposure Weekend at Davis Diamond, Old Aggie Stadium, and Veterans Park on FloSoftball.