Fifteen strikeouts earn Allie Roberts ASA JO Player of the Week honors
CITY — Fifteen strikeouts in eight innings pitched has earned Minnesota ASA
athlete Allie Roberts (Rogers, Minn.) the second-ever ASA Junior Olympic (JO)
Player of the Week award, presented by Worth Fastpitch and StudentSports.com
the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/ USA Softball announced today. Roberts’
outstanding performance on the mound helped her 12U B Northwest Diamonds team to
clinch third place with a 3-1-1 run at the Edina MayFly Classic in Edina, Minn.
was nominated by Northwest Diamonds Head Coach Joe Primus. Primus said the
award is something the entire team and Northwest Diamonds organization can be
tournament was our team’s first games of the year,” Primus said. “Allie was
instrumental in our team taking third place with a 3-1-1 record for the
five games, Roberts maintained a .545 batting average going 6-for-11 at the plate.
Roberts also scored three runs. Finishing with a 3-0 record from the circle,
Roberts handed out 15 strikeouts in the tournament. In eight innings pitched,
Roberts only allowed five runs. For her efforts, Roberts will receive a brand
new Worth bat, courtesy of Worth Fastpitch.
hard work in the offseason showed in her opening day performance,” Primus said.
“It was a great way to start off the season.”
Established to recognize JO players 18 years or younger for
outstanding play in an ASA/USA sanctioned event, the ASA/USA Softball JO Player
of the Week will honor 14 athletes, male or female, from May 9 - August 8
following the conclusion of the ASA/USA JO National Championships.
Nominations will be taken on a week-by-week basis (see below schedule) and will
be submitted and accepted through http://www.studentsports.com/softball/2014/02/12/asa-player-week-form/
until noon ET every Tuesday. In order to be eligible for the award,
athletes must be registered with their local ASA/USA association and must have
participated in ASA/USA Softball sanctioned
events or tournaments during the week nominated.
2014 ASA/USA Softball JO Player of the Week award schedule
Week 1 (April 30 - May 6): Faith Willis (Liberty, Mo.) - Originals-Shanks
Week 2 (May 7 - 13): Allie Roberts (Rogers, Minn.) – Northwest
Week 3 (May 14 - 20): Winner announced May 23
Week 4 (May 21 - 27): Winner announced May 30
Week 5 (May 28 - June 3): Winner announced June 6
Week 6 (June 4 - 10): Winner announced June 13
Week 7 (June 11 - 17): Winner announced June 20
Week 8 (June 18 - 24): Winner announced June 27
Week 9 (June 25 - July 1): Winner announced July 4
Week 10 (July 2 - 8): Winner announced July 11
Week 11 (July 9 - 15): Winner announced July 18
Week 12 (July 16 - 22): Winner announced July 25
Week 13 (July 23 - 29): Winner announced August 1
Week 14 (July 30 - August 5): Winner announced August 8
Emma Williams (Byron, Ga.) – Emma helped lead
her 10U East Cobb Bullets to three wins at the ASA National Qualifier
10U. Emma faced 53 batters and threw 201 pitches in 14 innings pitched.
Out of 201 pitches, Emma threw 136 strikes and tallied 24 strikeouts. She only
allowed five hits and four runs and ended the tournament with a .429 ERA.
Haylee Petre (Atlanta, Mo.) – Haylee held an
ERA of 1.867 at the Lady Rebels Mother’s Day Tournament in Burlington, Iowa. In
15 innings pitched, Petre allowed only 12 hits, eight runs and three walks.
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/.
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 the 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 including the last seven consecutive as well as
claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA
Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com.