Four shutout games earn Lauren Mathis ASA JO Player of the Week honors
CITY — After throwing four shutout games in the ASA Memorial Day Qualifier,
Florida ASA athlete Lauren Mathis (Windermere, Fla.) has earned the ASA Junior
Olympic (JO) Player of the Week award, presented by Worth Fastpitch and
StudentSports.com the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/ USA Softball
announced today. Mathis pitched shutouts in all four games started, two of
those came back-to-back in the championship finals, to earn a berth to the
ASA/USA 14U National Championship in San Diego, Calif.
Mathis’ four starts she helped to produce four wins and had two saves. In
her first appearance of the tournament against the Gold Coast Hurricanes,
Mathis produced a no-hit shutout with nine strikeouts in seven innings
resulting in a 1-0 win. In her next performance, Mathis held the Santa Fe
Inferno scoreless with seven strikeouts in six innings for a 3-0 win. In the
first game of the championship series against the undefeated Jacksonville
Storm, Mathis kept the Storm off the scoreboard with 11 strikeouts in six
innings to ensure a 5-0 win for her team. In the final championship game,
Mathis helped her team to knock off the Storm and secure their qualification to
San Diego. Mathis tossed five innings with seven strikeouts in the 8-0 victory
over the Storm.
had an impressive offensive performance as well with three doubles, three runs
scored and two RBI.
are so very proud of Lauren, she has been our ace for a long time and I can’t
say enough about her performance, as the day got longer, she got stronger,”
said Coach Tim Guldin. “Her team rallied around her with great defense and
solid hitting and she dominated from the circle.”
Established to recognize JO players 18 years or younger for
outstanding play in an ASA/USA sanctioned event, the ASA/USA Softball JO Player
of the Week will honor 14 athletes, male or female, from May 9 - August 8
following the conclusion of the ASA/USA JO National Championships.
Nominations will be taken on a week-by-week basis (see below schedule) and will
be submitted and accepted through http://www.studentsports.com/softball/2014/02/12/asa-player-week-form/ until noon ET
every Tuesday. In order to be eligible for the award, athletes must be
registered with their local ASA/USA association and must have participated in
ASA/USA Softball sanctioned
events or tournaments during the week nominated.
2014 ASA/USA Softball JO Player of the Week award schedule
Week 1 (April 30 - May 6): Faith Willis (Liberty, Mo.) - Originals-Shanks
Week 2 (May 7 - 13): Allie Roberts (Rogers, Minn.) – Northwest Diamonds
Week 3 (May 14 - 20): Jordyn Kadlub - Tampa Mustangs
Week 4 (May 21 - 27): Lauren Mathis (Windermere, Fla.) –
Week 5 (May 28 - June 3): Winner announced June 6
Week 6 (June 4 - 10): Winner announced June 13
Week 7 (June 11 - 17): Winner announced June
Week 8 (June 18 - 24): Winner announced June 27
Week 9 (June 25 - July 1): Winner announced July 4
Week 10 (July 2 - 8): Winner announced July 11
Week 11 (July 9 - 15): Winner announced July 18
Week 12 (July 16 - 22): Winner announced July 25
Week 13 (July 23 - 29): Winner announced August 1
Week 14 (July 30 - August 5): Winner announced August 8
MacKinzie Castle (Marysville, Wa.) – MacKinzie’s
performance at the plate helped her team to become the 2014 Sidewinder
Tournament champions. She finished the tournament with a .778 batting average
with one double, one triple and three home runs.
Olivia Kinsey (Parkville, Mo.) – Olivia dominated
in the circle for her KC Blast squad at the 2014 KC Metro ASA Memorial Day
Invitational where her team finished third out of 48 teams. She pitched
32 innings and struck out 66 players while only allowing nine earned runs.
Olivia’s final record at the tournament was 5-2-1 with two shutout games.
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 76 local
associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to
over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million.
For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
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
gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine
World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as
claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA
Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com.