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2021 Fall Report: Iowa State
Iowa State doesn’t have Sami Williams, but the Cyclones do have Mikayla Ramos and just about everyone else who helped the program reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1988.
Odicci Alexander Goes No. 1 in AU Week 5 Draft
Superstar rookie Odicci Alexander went No. 1 in the final Athletes Unlimited draft, but could the title race turn on Amanda Chidester finding Cat Osterman available in the second round?
Aleshia Ocasio Tops AU Leaderboard After Week 4
Almost no one could hit Carrie Eberle in Week 4, and that means almost no one can catch Aleshia Ocasio and Amanda Chidester as they head to the final week in pursuit of a championship.
Athletes Unlimited Report: September 19
Kelsey Stewart used a big day to move into title contention. Morgan Zerkle kept up her bid by putting Cat Osterman on the brink. All that and much more from a busy Sunday from Athletes Unlimited.
Athletes Unlimited Report: September 18
Led by Team Jaquish’s Alyssa Denham, rookie pitching ruled the opening day of Week 4 in Athletes Unlimited. But it’s still a familiar hitter atop the overall leaderboard.
Amanda Lorenz Tops AU Week 4 Draft
Three weeks into her rookie season in Athletes Unlimited, it’s increasingly clear what Amanda Lorenz’ peers think of the slugger. She’s the new arrival that everyone has to have. A first-round selection in the league’s first weekly draft this season, Lorenz added another milestone Tuesday when she was selected No. 1 overall by Aleshia Ocasio […]
Amanda Chidester Tops AU Leaderboard After Week 3
It was never too late to save the day in Week 3 of Athletes Unlimited. A late home run lifted Amanda Chidester to the top of the leaderboard, while a huge final day from Cat Osterman extended a record streak.
Athletes Unlimited Report: September 12
Amanda Lorenz can’t stop hitting home runs. But did Taylor McQuillin help stop Cat Osterman’s run as a captain in its tracks? Sunday offered plenty of Athletes Unlimited drama.
Athletes Unlimited Report: September 11
Olympian Bubba Nickles wasted no time making a good first impression in her Athletes Unlimited debut. But the Team Jaquish outfielder wasn’t the only player hitting the ball out of the park.
9/11 More Than History to Abby Ramirez
Athletes Unlimited’s Abby Ramirez was only 6 years old on 9/11, but that day is more than history to her. It’s when her dad, a Chicago police officer, did what he always does. He tried to help.
NCAA Expands WCWS to Nine Days
After facing criticism when the 2021 schedule got crowded, the NCAA is expanding the Women’s College World Series by two days.
Haylie Wagner, Bubba Nickles headline AU Week 3 draft
Haylie Wagner and Bubba Nickles headline our Week Three draft from the Athletes Unlimited League.
Erika Piancastelli Wins AU Week 2
After Erika Piancastelli came up clutch for Team Vidales in Monday’s opener, two Gophers helped Team Jaquish stun Team Osterman in the nightcap and throw Week 2 wide open.
Athletes Unlimited Report: September 5
A pitcher from Texas propelled Team Osterman to a comeback win against Team Piper on Sunday in Athletes Unlimited, but Randi Rupp might not be the name you were expecting.
Athletes Unlimited Report: September 4
Team Osterman didn’t have a full squad available, but Morgan Zerkle and friends made sure they had more than enough to dominate the opening day of Week 2.
Erika Piancastelli Is AU’s Italian Ambassador
Fresh off a trip to the Olympics with the Italian National team, Erika Piancastelli has become the Italian Ambassador for Athletes Unlimited.
Aleshia Ocasio goes No. 1 in AU Week 2 Draft
Pitching has never been a hotter commodity in Athletes Unlimited, but Aleshia Ocasio was still the most valuable arm on the board in the Week 2 draft. The No. 1 overall pick will anchor Team Piper.
Sahvanna Jaquish Wins AU Week 1
Team Osterman used an offensive outburst to dominate the Week 1 leaderboard in Athletes Unlimited. Sahvanna Jaquish took top honors, while surprise Lilli Piper earned a captain’s role for Week 2.
Athletes Unlimited Report: August 29
Pitching ruled the second day of the Athletes Unlimited season, capped by Cat Osterman throwing the first no-hitter in league history — but missing out on a shutout.
Athletes Unlimited Report: August 28
Even Cat Osterman wants to see Odicci Alexander pitch. The legend gave the rookie the Opening Day start in Athletes Unlimited. Both Team Osterman and Team Hayward opened with wins.
Kayla Wedl’s Long Road to Athletes Unlimited
Recruited as a pitcher, Kayla Wedl never threw a college inning. But the player who grew up idolizing Cat Osterman may soon play with her after reaching Athletes Unlimited through an open tryout.
Sara Groenewegen goes No. 1 in AU opening draft
Cat Osterman hosted a Team USA reunion in the season-opening Athletes Unlimited draft, but Erika Piancastelli stole the show by selecting Canadian ace Sara Groenewegen with the No. 1 overall pick.
Athletes Unlimited Refresher: How Does This Work?
Athletes Unlimited begins its second season with 60 of the best softball players in the country and high hopes for the future. Here’s what you need to know about the league.
National Pro Fastpitch Suspends Operations
One of the longest-surviving women’s professional team sports leagues, National Pro Fastpitch appears to have reached the end of the road. NPF suspended operations on August 1.
USA-Japan: The Lost Years of Softball’s Best Rivalry
It was a long wait for the Olympic gold medal rematch between the United States and Japan. But the two rivals played for five world titles between Olympic meetings.
Road to Tokyo: Cat Osterman’s Last Dance
Cat Osterman never expected to be pitching at 38 years old. But one more chance to take on her oldest rival called her back. That rival? The game itself.