Vote for the 2013 USA Softball Player and Pitcher of the Year
Cast your vote today for the 2013 USA Softball Women's National Team Player and Pitcher of the Year! Selected based off an average of their stats for the 2013 season, get a glimpse of each athlete's bio below! Cast your vote to help select the Player and Pitcher of the Year!
Player of the Year
Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) - 1B/P
A three-year veteran, Arioto has became a mainstay in the lineup and has made a name for herself as one of the most feared hitters in the international world. A dual threat both at the plate and in the circle, made her first pitching apperance for the Red, White and Blue during the World Cup of Softball VIII in Oklahoma City. Hit .500 (5-for-10) with four RBI and pitched 3.2 innings and issued five strikeouts at the World Cup. In Surrey, B.C. for the Canadian Open FP Invitational, hit .200 (3-for-15)with one RBI while pitching three innings and dealing out four strikeouts. Was the co-leader for the offensive power in Puerto Rico, totaling for a .500 (11-for-22) with five HR and 18 RBI while throwing five innings and issuing nine strikeouts.
Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) - 3B
A first-time member of Team USA, Chavanne quickly made an impact. Bringing more speed to the top of the lineup, Chavanne was a co-leader for most stolen bases and led the team with 32 hits. At the World Cup, hit .273 (3-for-11) with two runs scored and two stolen bases. Almost doubled her stats at the Canadian Open FP Invitational where she hit .462 (12-for-26) with two RBI, four stolen bases and eight runs scored. Saw her best performance in Puerto Rico, where she co-lead the team with a .500 average (16-for-32) with one HR, 10 RBI, 11 runs scored and two stolen bases.
Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) - C/IF
Back for her second season with Team USA, Chidester (also known as "Chiddy") is a versatile athlete who provides experience behind the plate and at the corners. A true power hitter, Chidester provides consistency at the heart of the U.S. lineup. At the World Cup, hit .333 (5-for-15) with one HR, two RBI and two runs scored. Exploded at the Canadian Open FP Invitational where she hit .429 (6-for-14) with one HR, five RBI and five runs scored. In Puerto Rico, hit .265 (9-for-34) with one HR, 11 RBI and eight runs scored.
Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md.) - 2B
A seasoned veteran, Gibson returned for her third season with the Red, White and Blue and put up amazing numbers. Known to pack a punch at the plate, Gibson also provides strength in the middle infield and is considered one of the best in the world. Hit .500 (6-for-12) at the World Cup with two HR, five RBI, four stolen bases and six runs scored. At the Canadian Open FP Invitational, hit .348 (8-for-23) with two HR, four RBI and five runs scored. In Puerto Rico, hit .433 (13-for-30) with seven RBI, nine runs scored and two stolen bases.
Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) - OF
Another three-year veteran, Moultrie packs a lot of power and is a mainstay in the outfield. Provides power and speed at the top of the lineup and uses both her quickness and strength while at the plate. At the World Cup, hit .357 (5-for-14) with one triple, two RBI and five runs scored. At the Canadian Open FP Invitational, combined for a .304 (7-for-23) average, one HR, one RBI, four stolen bases and six runs scored. Saw her best performance in Puerto Rico where she hit .407 (11-for-27) with three triples, two doubles, 11 RBI, 14 runs scored and four stolen bases.
Pitcher of the Year
Aimee Creger (Yukon, Okla.) - RHP
A first-time member of Team USA, Creger joined the roster after a stellar season at the University of Tulsa. Creger, who is from a town just south of the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, held her own on the U.S. pitching staff, issuing 18 strikeouts in 11.2 innings pitched throughout the summer. At the World Cup, Creger threw 2 innings while giving up two earned runs. At the Canadian Open FP invitational, Creger issued two strikeouts in three innings pitched while allowing no runs to cross the plate. In Puerto Rico, Creger fanned 16 batters in 10 innings pitched, including a one-hitter against Colombia.
Cheridan Hawkins (Anderson, Calif.) - LHP
Fresh off silver-medal finish at the ISF Junior Women's World Championship, Hawkins joined the 2013 Junior Women's National Team and provided another lefty to the pitching staff. Hawkins proved her worth on the staff and finished the summer with a 3.12 ERA. At the World Cup, her National Team debut, Hawkins threw 2.1 innings, allowing two earned runs and issued one strikeout. At the Canadian Open FP Invitational, Hawkins had a 1.40 ERA, pitching 10 innings with two earned runs, 15 strikeouts and and collecting two wins. In Puerto Rico, Hawkins finished with a 1.95 ERA through 14.1 innings with 23 strikeouts and four earned runs.
Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) - RHP
Moore joined the Women's National Team following the conclusion of an extraordinary career at the University of Oregon, where she earned Pac-12 pitcher of the year and was a Top 10 Finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. In her debut at the World Cup, Moore finished with a 3.60 ERA and pitched 11.2 innings while striking out five and allowing six earned runs. At the Canadian Open, Moore finished with a 3.88 ERA, struck out 11 through 18 innings pitched and allowed 10 earned runs. At the Pan American Games/World Championship Qualifier in Puerto Rico, Moore led the staff with a 0.62 ERA and 22.1 innings pitched while striking out 10 and allowing two earned runs.
Sara Nevins (Pineallas Park, Fla.) - LHP
One of two University of South Florida players on the roster, Nevins gave the U.S. roster another strong lefty pitcher with a lot of power and movement. At the World Cup, led the pitching staff with 12.1 innings pitched, issued 14 strikeouts while allowing two earned runs for a 1.13 ERA. At the Canadian Open FP Invitational, threw 19.2 innings with 19 strikeouts and seven earned runs for a 2.49 ERA. In Puerto Rico, led the team with 24 strikeouts in 21.1 innings pitched for a 1.64 ERA.