From Professional Athlete to College Coach: Cat’s Corner Vol. 2

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By: Cat Osterman Hello again… Two months in a row I have remembered to blog, I think this might be a record! =)  Hope the off-season is treating you all well.  Even though we all are suffering from softball withdrawals, we are all also keeping busy. I know a lot of my teammates are training to get ready for the USSSA Pride Fall Tour, while some of us are focused on coaching our respective colleges. I fall in the latter category. It’s been a little over a month that I have been at my new job at Texas State University. I will say, wearing maroon is a little different, but I love being a … [Read more...]

Looking Back on the 2014 NPF Season

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By: Cat Osterman Cat’s Corner is back!! I’ll be coming to you guys on the first Monday of every month to keep you up to date on the new happenings in my life, my teammates’ lives (since we all stay in touch), and anything else I find blogable. Well season has been over for a week, and it’s been the longest week ever! I can speak for our entire team when I say we genuinely miss each other. I love seeing notifications from Group Me (the app we group text in) because it usually means some great conversation or pictures are being shared. As you can see, we love each other, so when we go … [Read more...]

Pride Fall to Bandits 5-2 in Game One at Rosemont

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – July 31, 2014 - After falling behind early in the first, the Bandits stormed back and scored the next five runs to defeat the league leading the USSSA Pride 5-2. Monica Abbott got the call for the Bandits while Keilani Ricketts started in the circle for the Pride. The Pride took an early 2-0 lead in the first off an Andrea Duran RBI double that brought home Madison Shipman to open the scoring. Kelly Kretschman followed up with an RBI single score the Pride’s second run of the game. With the game tied at two in the third, Alisa Goler stepped to the plate and blasted an … [Read more...]

Pride Use a 4 Run 5th Inning to Beat the Bandits 4-0

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Kissimmee, FL-July 22, 2014- After going hitless through the first four innings, the USSSA Florida Pride offense erupted for four unearned runs in the fifth to beat the Chicago Bandits 4-0 at ESPN Wide World of Sport Complex in Kissimmee, FL. Former Oklahoma Sooner teammates Keilani Ricketts and Michelle Gascoigne squared off in a pitchers’ duel in game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader.  "I knew it was going to be a challenge going up against Michelle and she threw a great game but at the same time I'm glad my teammates were able to get the win for us. This is the first time we've faced off in … [Read more...]

Championship Series Rematch Tonight on CBS Sports Network

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By: Jami Lobpries Kissimmee, FL-July 21, 2014-The final two games of the USSSA Florida Pride and Chicago Bandits series will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. First pitch for Monday and Tuesday’s games is set for 7:05 PM (ET) at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sport Complex. The USSSA Pride currently lead the series 2-0 after a seventh inning walk-off win Saturday night and a 5-0 shutout Sunday night. This series serves as a rematch between the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Championship where the Pride beat the Bandits to claim their second Cowles Cup. Currently, the Pride sit atop … [Read more...]