Tyler Bouley named Junior Male Athlete of the Year

Feb. 04, 2015, 12:09 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball is proud to announce the selection of Tyler Bouley (Champlin, Minn.) as the 2014 USA Softball Junior Male Athlete of the Year.  Bouley's bat came alive for the U.S. at the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men's World Championship (JMWC) in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada where led the tournament with five doubles.   His .421 batting average also landed him at number three in the leader board for the event.

"I am so honored and humbled to be named 2014 USA Softball Junior Male Athlete of the Year," said Bouley.  "I would like to thank everyone at ASA/USA Softball for giving me this opportunity and for all that you do to promoting the sport.  I would also like to thank my coaches, my teammates, and my family for all the support that they give me."

One of just four athletes to appear in every game at the JMWC in Whitehorse, Bouley led the USA Junior Men in nearly every offensive category, including hits, doubles, RBI and batting average.  Whether behind the plate or at first base, Bouley was a staple of the U.S. defense while his offensive abilities provided some power in the lineup.        

"Tyler had a great World Championship for the USA and came through in many big situations with clutch hits," said USA Softball Junior Men's Head Coach Tim Lyon.  "He is a dedicated softball player who works hard to make himself better while also being a leader and a great teammate."

For the summer, the Minnesota native batted .421 (16-for-38), knocking in 11 RBI with two doubles, one home run and six runs scored while compiling a .632 slugging percentage.  His top performance of the summer came against Mexico during round-robin action at the JMWC where he went 3-for-5 (.600) with two doubles, three RBI and a walk off single to help Team USA to a 7-6 (eight inning) win.  This performance helped spark a three-game winning streak for the USA Junior Men, who would later claim the Consolation Championship in an 11-5 win over Mexico.

You can find complete results from the 2014 ISF Junior Men's World Championship at USASoftball.com.

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 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/.
 
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 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 as well as claimed seven World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/