Friday, June 24, 2016

Three Softballers Earn ESPY Nominations

The nominees for the 2016 ESPYs have been announced and the sport of softball is represented by a trio of nominations.

Michigan great and current USSSA Pride infielder Sierra Romero is nominated for Best Female College Athlete after a season when she was named National Player of the Year, the Big Ten's Player of the Year, and a first-team all-American. Romero hit .451 in 2016, never missing one of her team's games. She added nineteen home runs, leaving her in sole possession of 8th place on the Division 1 all-time list.

The sport's other two nominations both came in the bracketed Best Play category.

Army's Kasey McCravey's now-famous leap straight up over the catcher to avoid a tag and score the run on a play that looked like it had her dead-to-rights earned the #12 seed among the sixteen plays nominated in the category. In the first round, McCravey is up against the Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry and a 38-foot game-winning jump shot.

Auburn's Tiffany Howard and her home-run-saving and game-saving catch in the Women's College World Series championship series earned the #7 seed and is matched up with the Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson's diving catch into the stands to preserve a no-hitter.

The seedings are an interesting bunch, as the first career home run by 285-pound New York Mets pitcher and cult hero Bartolo Colon is the #11-ranked play in the bracket.

Voting for all three ladies can be done by clicking here for the Best Play voting; click "Best Female College Athlete" at the bottom of the page to vote for Romero in her category.

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