Cat Osterman and Andrea Duran are Thriving after 30

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Jami Lobpries Kissimmee, FL-At what age does a female athlete reach her prime? It may depend on the sport and it probably depends on the work the athlete puts into her athletic success. During the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) season, two USSSA Florida Pride veterans are making the case that the prime for female softball players may be around the age of 30. Mentally and physically, Cat Osterman and Andrea Duran are at their best in 2014 because they continue to put in the work necessary. On her 30th birthday last year, Cat Osterman announced she would be retiring from softball at the … [Read more...]

Racers Edge the Pride 3-2 in Series Finale

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Kissimmee, FL-July 26, 2014- The Akron Racers edge the USSSA Florida Pride Saturday night with a 3-2 victory at ESPN Wide World of Sport Complex in Kissimmee, FL. A three-run third inning was the difference maker as the Racers avoided the sweep and ended the Pride's six-game win streak. Akron took a 3-0 lead in the third with four hits. Briana Cherry led off the third with a single and Ayumi Karino followed with a single to left field two batters later. Nerissa Myers then hit a two-run single up the middle to score Cherry and Karino. With two-outs, Jessica Garcia hit a RBI single to right … [Read more...]

Shipman’s Game Winning Double Leads Pride to Victory in the 7th

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Kissimmee, FL-July 26, 2014- The USSSA Florida Pride win 5-4 with a walk-off, two-run double by Madison Shipman in game one Saturday at ESPN Wide World of Sport Complex in Kissimmee, FL. Trailing 4-2 in the 7th, the Pride scored three runs on five consecutive hits including Shipman’s game-winner. In the bottom of the seventh, Amanda Kamekona once again came up clutch with a pinch-hit double to center field. The Pride then used speed and small ball to set the stage for Shipman’s double. Courtney Ceo reached on a drag bunt down the first base line. One batter later Natasha Watley slapped a … [Read more...]

Pride Beat Racers 12-2 With a Dominant Offensive Attack

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Kissimmee, FL-July 25, 2014- The USSSA Florida Pride used an impressive offensive performance to beat the Akron Racers 12-2 Friday night at ESPN Wide World of Sport Complex in Kissimmee, FL. Even two weather delays and a shift to the  starting lineup could not slow down the offense as the Pride put up 12 runs on 17 hits. “This team never stops amazing me. It doesn’t matter who we have in the line up, they find a way to get the job done,” said winning pitcher Cat Osterman. After the start time was delayed due to lightning, the Pride took an early 1-0 lead with a RBI single by GiOnna … [Read more...]

Del Ponte Grand Slam Beats the Racers 5-2

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Kissimmee, FL-July 24, 2014- A pinch hit grand slam by Brigette Del Ponte lead the USSSA Florida Pride past the Akron Racers 5-2 in game one at ESPN Wide World of Sport Complex in Kissimmee, FL. Down 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Del Ponte launched the high, inside pitch deep over left field to put the Pride on top for good. “I felt really confident going into the box and wanted to get the ball to the outfield somehow to score a run. Luckily the ball ended up going over the fence!” said Del Ponte on her grand slam. Taylor Schlopy put the Racers on top 1-0 in the second inning with … [Read more...]