USA Softball sweeps doubleheader in front of record crowd
Ft. Worth, TX---The USA Softball Women’s National Team breezed past the Ft. Worth All-Stars in game one of a double-dip tonight in front of a record crowd of 6,121 at Gateway Park. The U.S. tallied 13 hits in the 12-0 win and U.S. starter Jennie Finch (La Mirada, CA) allowed just one over the minimum in five innings of work.
Crystl Bustos (Canyon Country, CA) gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning sending a 1-0 pitch over the centerfield fence to score Leah O’Brien-Amico (Chino Hills, CA) who had reached on a walk. She has now smashed 22 home runs on the ‘Aiming for Athens’ tour in just 47 games.
The U.S. batted around in the second inning to took a commanding 9-0 lead after Lisa Fernandez (Long Beach, CA) singled in two runs, Amanda Freed (Cypress, CA) singled in one and Jessica Mendoza tripled to score the final tow runs of the inning.
Natasha Watley (Irvine, CA) led off the bottom of the third with a double and scored on a single by Leah O’Brien-Amico (Chino Hills, CA). The final two runs of the game came from an RBI single by Bustos and a sacrifice fly by Fernandez.
Finch improves to 15-0 on the ‘Aiming for Athens’ tour after allowing only a bunt single in the third inning. In five innings of work she allowed only a single walk while recording nine strikeouts.
Osterman no-hits Ft. Worth Stars to improve to 16-0
Ft. Worth, TX---In game two of the doubleheader the USA routed the Ft. Worth All-Stars 16-0 in five innings to complete its tour of Texas with a doubleheader sweep and improve to 48-0 on the ‘Aiming for Athens’ tour. Houston native Cat Osterman was spectacular in the circle tossing a five inning no-hitter while fanning 13 of the 16 batters she faced.
An RBI triple by Lisa Fernandez (Long Beach, CA) and an RBI single by Stacey Nuveman (LaVerne, CA) gave the U.S. an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The second inning was productive once again for the U.S. squad as it scored seven runs in the bottom of the second inning. Crystl Bustos (Canyon Country, CA) launched her second home run of the night to score three runs and push her RBI mark for the day to five and her overall home run total to 23. Jenny Topping (Whittier, CA) kept the scoring going with a double through the right side and Tairia Mims-Flowers (Tucson, CA) laced an RBI double to right field for the final run of the inning.
A six run fourth inning pushed the USA lead to 16-0 and gave the Red, White and Blue the runs it needed to induce the mercy rule and end the game in five innings. The last time Osterman pitched in the pre-Olympic tour in Ft. Worth she was actually facing the 2000 Olympic team. As a 17-year old pitcher for the Katy Cruisers 18-under ASA Gold team she pitched five innings and allowed only an infield single and struck out an astonishing 11 batters.
Osterman improves to 14-0 on the tour and continues to be the only U.S. pitcher to not allow an earned run this season. In 66 1/3 innings of work, she as allowed only 13 hits, four walks and has struck out 152.
Bustos continues to be the offensive juggernaut for the USA squad improving her batting average to .534 with 17 doubles, three triples, 23 RBIs and an amazing 90 RBI. She continues to be flawless defensively with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
With only four three stops remaining on ‘Aiming for Athens’ tour, the U.S. squad rolls into Oklahoma City for a doubleheader against the National Profastpitch All-Stars on Tuesday, July 13. The tour will conclude with stops in Stevens Point, on July 15 and a stop in Stratford, CT on July 17.