Christan Dowling named inaugural USA Softball Female Slow Pitch Athlete of the Year

By Codi Warren ( | March 09, 2018, 2:13 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, is proud to announce the selection of Christan Dowling (Rochester, N.Y.) as the 2017 USA Softball Female Slow Pitch Athlete of the Year.  Dowling, who was a member of the first-ever USA Softball Women’s Slow Pitch National Team, participated with the Red, White and Blue at the inaugural Women’s Border Battle.

"This is an honor that means so much, and is hard to put into words,” said Dowling.  “I can attribute any success of mine to my teammates, who inspire me to work harder and be the best on field.  Thanks to Brett Helmer, Don Cooper and Easton Sports for the opportunities to promote this game - you help keep a bright light shining on the Women's program.  Finally, my biggest thanks to the USA Softball family, who has continued to empower and acknowledge women in a program that shows softball is here for everyone.  Truly humbled."

Dowling was a mainstay of the U.S. lineup, hitting in the top of the lineup to spark the Red, White and Blue offense.  Appearing in every game played at Border Battle, Dowling led the team with two home runs, five walks and a 2.000 slugging percentage with five RBI and three runs scored.  One of the most impressive hitters in the game, Dowling was intentionally walked in three-out-of-four plate appearances in the Women’s Border Battle against Canada after blasting a home run in her first at-bat of the game.

“Christan has been the most feared women’s hitter in the country for the past decade,” said Women’s Slow Pitch National Team Head Coach, Don Cooper.  “The only thing more impressive than her swing is her love of the game.”   

In addition to her Team USA accolades, Dowling also participated at the Women’s Open Slow Pitch National Championship where she claimed another National Championship title as a member of the Derby Girls.  Tying a team-high with two home runs, Dowling finished with a .500 batting average (4-for-8) with seven RBI and four runs scored.  She also earned First Team All-American honors for her performance.

You can find more information about Dowling as well as complete results from Border Battle at

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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,


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