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I basically owe everything to Cat Osterman 

A tale of how Cat helped me out a lot in life simply by being awesome

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profastpitch:

Ranking the top 15 NPF players of the 2012 season to countdown to the Pro Fastpitch Playoffs 
#1 Cat Osterman, USSSA Pride, P
There will probably never be a pitcher to dominate their sport the way Cat Osterman has been dominating softball for over the past decade. The two time Olympian has been arguably the most dominant player in their sport of any player in any sport over the same time frame. If the stat books are correct, in her entire professional career in the NPF, Osterman holds a 0.913 ERA. More impressively is her career ERA in college of 0.506 in over 1100 innings pitched. Most impressive of everything has to be her play for the US Womens National Team where she has thrown 425.2 innings and only allowed 23 earned runs the entire time to hold a 0.378 ERA.
Monica Abbott has been a dominant pitcher in the sport for many years as well but can not compare to the lifetime achievements of Osterman.  But this list isn’t all about careers. After last year’s terrific season that lead the Pride to becoming the favorite for the Cowles Cup, Abbott injured her arm and was forced to have surgery. The Bandits and Abbott went on to win the title but some people wondered if Cat would ever fully return to her old form. This year has been silencing any doubters. in 12 starts, he has gone the distance 10 times including 4 shutouts. Batters are hitting a league low .134 against her on the year and she has given up just 10 earned runs over the entire season. Her 0.72 ERA is down right nasty. Abbott is nearly the only pitcher within 2 full runs of the ERA. To put things in perspective a little, Chanda Bell of the Bandits ERA on the season is 9.77 compared to Cat only giving up 10 total runs in 97.2 innings.
The ERA isn’t the only stat worth talking about. Cat is a dominating strike out pitcher. her 12 K/7 of 12 is 2nd to just Abbott’s 13.6. She always knows what to throw to who and where to throw it to be successful. While batters go up to the plate scared of Abbott’s power pitching, batters can expect anything from Osterman and none of it is in the hitters favor. Truly a dominating force that will be hard to defeat in the post season this year.
#1 Cat Osterman, USSSA Pride, P#2 Monica Abbott, Chicago Bandits, P#3 Rachel Folden, Carolina Diamonds, C#4 Kelly Kretschman, USSSA Pride, OF#5 Sam Marder, Akron Racers, C#6 Kristyn Sandberg, USSSA Pride, C#7 Jessica Mendoza, USSSA Pride, OF#8 Kelsi Weseman, Carolina Diamonds, 3B#9 Sarah Pauly, USSSA Pride, P#10 GiOnna DiSalvatore, Carolina Diamonds, 1B#11 Brianna Hesson, Akron Racers, 1B#12 Alisa Goler, Chicago Bandits, 1B#13 Megan Wiggins, Chicago Bandits, OF#14 Ashley Charters, USSSA Pride, 2B#15 Natasha Watley, USSSA Pride, SS
Keep in mind, these rankings are in my opinions based on stat books and what I have seen on the field this season in the games I have attended or watched online. 

Playoffs begin Thursday!! 

profastpitch:

Ranking the top 15 NPF players of the 2012 season to countdown to the Pro Fastpitch Playoffs

#1 Cat Osterman, USSSA Pride, P

There will probably never be a pitcher to dominate their sport the way Cat Osterman has been dominating softball for over the past decade. The two time Olympian has been arguably the most dominant player in their sport of any player in any sport over the same time frame. If the stat books are correct, in her entire professional career in the NPF, Osterman holds a 0.913 ERA. More impressively is her career ERA in college of 0.506 in over 1100 innings pitched. Most impressive of everything has to be her play for the US Womens National Team where she has thrown 425.2 innings and only allowed 23 earned runs the entire time to hold a 0.378 ERA.

Monica Abbott has been a dominant pitcher in the sport for many years as well but can not compare to the lifetime achievements of Osterman.  But this list isn’t all about careers. After last year’s terrific season that lead the Pride to becoming the favorite for the Cowles Cup, Abbott injured her arm and was forced to have surgery. The Bandits and Abbott went on to win the title but some people wondered if Cat would ever fully return to her old form. This year has been silencing any doubters. in 12 starts, he has gone the distance 10 times including 4 shutouts. Batters are hitting a league low .134 against her on the year and she has given up just 10 earned runs over the entire season. Her 0.72 ERA is down right nasty. Abbott is nearly the only pitcher within 2 full runs of the ERA. To put things in perspective a little, Chanda Bell of the Bandits ERA on the season is 9.77 compared to Cat only giving up 10 total runs in 97.2 innings.

The ERA isn’t the only stat worth talking about. Cat is a dominating strike out pitcher. her 12 K/7 of 12 is 2nd to just Abbott’s 13.6. She always knows what to throw to who and where to throw it to be successful. While batters go up to the plate scared of Abbott’s power pitching, batters can expect anything from Osterman and none of it is in the hitters favor. Truly a dominating force that will be hard to defeat in the post season this year.

#1 Cat Osterman, USSSA Pride, P
#2 Monica Abbott, Chicago Bandits, P
#3 Rachel Folden, Carolina Diamonds, C
#4 Kelly Kretschman, USSSA Pride, OF
#5 Sam Marder, Akron Racers, C
#6 Kristyn Sandberg, USSSA Pride, C
#7 Jessica Mendoza, USSSA Pride, OF
#8 Kelsi Weseman, Carolina Diamonds, 3B
#9 Sarah Pauly, USSSA Pride, P
#10 GiOnna DiSalvatore, Carolina Diamonds, 1B
#11 Brianna Hesson, Akron Racers, 1B
#12 Alisa Goler, Chicago Bandits, 1B
#13 Megan Wiggins, Chicago Bandits, OF
#14 Ashley Charters, USSSA Pride, 2B
#15 Natasha Watley, USSSA Pride, SS

Keep in mind, these rankings are in my opinions based on stat books and what I have seen on the field this season in the games I have attended or watched online. 


Playoffs begin Thursday!! 




Cat Osterman pitches a no-hitter against AUS at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with 15 strikeouts.






her smile hahaha

her smile hahaha