ASA USA Softball announces 2013 USA Softball Athletes of the Year
CITY – Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) has been named the 2013 USA Softball
Female Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year while Matt Palazzo
(Pleasant Hill, Iowa) was selected as the USA Softball Male Fast Pitch Athlete
of the Year and Brian Wegman (Hamilton, Ohio) the USA Softball Male Slow Pitch
Athlete of the Year, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA
Softball announced today.
third year with the USA Softball Women’s National Team, infielder Arioto showed
why she’s considered one of the best in the game. The 24-year-old saw action in
22 games and helped lead Team USA to Silver in the General Tire World Cup of
Softball, a Bronze at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International and Gold at
the Pan-American Games/World Championship qualifier in San Juan, Puerto Rico
this past summer.
"This is such a humbling honor
to be named the USA Softball Female Athlete of the Year,” said Arioto. “The
knowledge I have accumulated from working with the USA Softball staff and my
teammates has been a blessing and they have made me better!"
Cal-Berkeley alum batted .404 on the year with five home runs, 23 RBI and 18
runs scored. She compiled an astonishing .606 on-base percentage and an .830
field, Arioto recorded just one error in her 22 outings. The slugger also saw
time in the pitching circle where she went 2-0 and allowed just two runs on
eight hits in 11.2 innings for a 1.24 ERA.
men’s side, power hitter Palazzo led the USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch
National Team in hitting at the 2013 International Softball Federation (ISF)
World Championships to earn the USA Softball Male Fast Pitch Player of the Year
title. Palazzo was successful in 10 of his 18 at-bats during the World
Championships to amass a .556 batting average. He totaled 10 runs, four
doubles, and four home runs as well as eight RBI in the event.
an honor to be recognized as the USA Softball Male Fast Pitch Player of the
Year,” said Palazzo. “ASA/USA Softball does a great job of promoting our sport
and I appreciate the confidence they haveve shown in me to invite me to participate
on the National Team over the past few years. There’s nothing like representing
your country in the sport that you love.”
only four athletes who have appeared on all five USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch
National Teams, Brian Wegman earned his first USA Softball Male Slow Pitch
Athlete of the Year honor in 2013. Wegman, along with the USA Softball Slow
Pitch National Team, went 4-0 on the year including a 25-10, five inning run
rule over Canada in the fifth annual Border Battle and a 32-16 (five inning) victory
over the USA Softball Slow Pitch Futures Team in the second annual Slow Pitch
four games with the USA Slow Pitch National Team Wegman went 14-of-15 from the
plate for a.933 batting average and scored 14 runs. The Ohio native hit five
home runs and three doubles on his way to recording 13 RBI.
also earned MVP honors in the 2013 ASA Super Slow Pitch Championship playing
with tournament champions Hortenbach Auto/Easton. Wegman went 12-for-17 in the
tournament for a .706 average with six home runs, 13 RBI and 14 runs scored.
Wegman also collected MVP honors at the Men's Class A Slow Pitch National
Championship where he hit .900 (18-for-20) with eight home runs, 19 RBI and 19
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