Men’s National Team member Erick Ochoa honored as 2017 USA Softball Male Athlete of the Year

By Katie Willis ( | March 05, 2018, 2 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, is proud to announce the selection of Erick Ochoa (Imperial, Calif.) as the 2017 USA Softball Male Athlete of the Year.  Competing as part of the 2017 Men’s National Team (MNT) in two international events last summer, Ochoa was a key factor in the U.S. claiming the Bronze Medal at the Pan American Championship in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - the first medal for the USA Softball MNT program since 2001.


“I am thrilled to have been selected as the USA Softball Male Athlete of the Year,” said Ochoa. “I wasn’t expecting it and feel honored to have received this recognition. First of all, I would like to thank God for allowing me to play this sport. Also, I would like to thank USA Softball for giving me the opportunity to represent the United States. This has been possible with the help of my coaches Denny Bruckert, Gregg Leather and Greg Hicks who have allowed me to play alongside my teammates, who also in turn have given me good advice and confidence. I would like to mention how important my family has been in all the support they have continuously provided me, filling me with good vibes and encouragement in each practice and every game.”


Ochoa made an appearance in every game for the Red, White and Blue last summer at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s World Championship and was consistent at the plate, finishing with a .381 (8-for-21) batting average with five RBI, six runs scored and a home run. Ochoa had continued success at the Pan American Championship, leading the team with three home runs and a .724 slugging percentage while tying a team-high record of nine RBI.


"Erick has clearly made his presence felt in the middle of Team USA's lineup,” said Men’s National Team Head Coach, Gregg Leather. "He was among the team leaders in most categories at the WBSC World Championship in White Horse and the Pan American Championship in the Dominican Republic. His patience at the plate and refusal to chase bad pitches is something we’d like all our hitters to emulate. He has become a consistent player at a very young age and his future in this game is very bright!"


You can find complete results from the 2017 Men’s National Team season at

About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 69 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game. 

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit,


About the World Baseball Softball Confederation 

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland -- the Olympic Capital -- the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 202 National Federation and Associate Members in 143 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually. 


The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women's).


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