USA Softball

Feb 20 USA Softball Posters Now Available

June 06, 2006, 1:48 p.m. (ET)
New USA Softball Posters Now Available!
 
Oklahoma City, OK---USA Softball has four new player posters available for purchase on softballoutlet.com Crystl Bustos, Jessica Mendoza and Cat Osterman have become three of the most recognizable players in the game today and the most requested when it comes to souvenir merchandise.
 
Bustos, who grew up in Canyon Country, Calif., is the most feared power hitter to ever play the game. She was a key component on both the 2000 and 2004 Olympic teams, setting the record for most homeruns (5) and RBI (10) at the 2004 Olympics. Outside of competing for team USA, Bustos played two years at West Palm Beach Community College and has spent several years among ASA and WPSL leagues. She was originally recruited to play softball while she was at football practice, throwing a football. At the time she was playing baseball but later signed up for softball and has been playing ever since.
 
Mendoza, a graduate of Stanford University graduate, hails from Camarillo, Calif. This 5’9” lefty brings experience to the outfield after assisting the national team to the 2002 World Championship, 2003 Pan Am title and the 2004 Olympic gold medal. Mendoza’s natural athletic ability was noticed years ago when her father coached a baseball team and as a little girl she always hung around the field. “I was always so hyper that he calmed me down by having me do drills and so forth with the team.” And it definitely worked as she headed to Stanford in 1999 and had quite an impressive four years with the Cardinal. Mendoza adds that “she does both life and softball at 100% because with the right passion they incorporate each other.”
 
Osterman, a senior psychology major at the University of Texas, hails from Houston, Texas, and was the youngest member of the USA Softball National Team that captured gold at the 2004 Olympics. The 2003, 2005 and 2006 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, the 6’1” athlete is noted as one of the top pitchers not only in the country but in the world. She first picked up a softball in first grade after a friend asked her to sign up but after a year she quit to play soccer. She eventually landed back in the dugout in 5th grade and never left again. A four-time NFCA All-American at only the age of 23, Osterman adds that softball has provided her with another family away from home. She has a family who works hard and supports her in whatever she does, even if it is clapping for her when she trips on her cleats in front of an entire stadium (which she says has happened more than once!).
 
These unique posters showcase the personalities of these phenomenal athletes and hopefully will inspire young girls around the world to follow their dreams.
 
These new posters can be purchased online at www.softballoutlet.com for only $10 each, plus s&h.
The ASA continues to expand its on-line store to include products that fans have requested. All of the merchandise online can also be purchased by visiting the ASA Hall of Fame gift shop in Oklahoma City.
 
About ASA 
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation's largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 87 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams and 40,000 umpires today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.
 
About USA Softball 
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive.
Comments