Cat Osterman Changes Mind, Will Return

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Fans who missed out on Cat Osterman's farewell tour this summer are in luck. Softball's biggest star just added a lot of additional dates next summer. And maybe summers beyond that. An Olympic gold medalist, two-time world champion and one of the most dominant strikeout pitchers in college and pro softball history, Osterman announced in April that she planned to retire at the end of the National Pro Fastpitch season. With that final curtain just three weeks from coming down, she isn't ready to exit the stage. Osterman confirmed to espnW that she will return for at least one more season with … [Read more...]

Jessica Mendoza Sits Down With ESPNW Prim Siripipat


  USSSA Prides Left Fielder Jessica Mendoza sat down with ESPNW's Prim Siripipat to discuss her life as a professional fast pitch player and how much it means to her to be a part of the NPF and USSSA families.   About USSSA Florida Pride: The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad. About NPF: National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The … [Read more...]

ESPNW: No Doubt, Pride Are the Team To Beat


There is no question which team is heading to Sulphur, La., as the favorite to take home the National Pro Fastpitch softball championship. The USSSA Pride -- based in Kissimmee, Fla. -- are anchored by several members of the 2010 women's national team and of the 2008 Summer Olympic silver medalists. The Pride topped the league with a 30-9 regular-season record, far ahead of the second-place Akron Racers (22-17). But the team knows that's not enough to make it a shoo-in at McMurry Park. The Pride made it to the finals as the fourth seed last year and upset the top-seeded Chicago … [Read more...]