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Softball: Cat Osterman retiring after 2015 NPF season

Posted May 4th, 2015

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Clipboard in hand, former Longhorn pitcher Cat Osterman (8) now plays for the Florida Pride as they took on the Chicago Bandits at the National Pro Fastpitch three-game series at Dell Diamond on Thursday, June 26, 2014. (Jamie Harms/For American-Statesman)
Clipboard in hand, former Longhorn pitcher Cat Osterman (8) now plays for the Florida Pride as they took on the Chicago Bandits at the National Pro Fastpitch three-game series at Dell Diamond on Thursday, June 26, 2014. (Jamie Harms/For American-Statesman)

Cat Osterman is taking one last ride on the softball field this summer.

Texas’ all-time leading pitcher announced on her blog Monday that she will retire from competitive softball at the end of the 2015 National Pro Fastpitch season, which begins June 6 against the expansion Dallas Charge in Dallas.

Here’s what she said in her blog post:

… It’s with a full heart and a strong peace of mind that I can say that this will be my last summer on the field. It’s been an amazing ride, and I completely understand some people will roll their eyes and say “you said this before.” However, I’m really for real this time! =) My heart and my head know it’s time, and my body is screaming at me that it’s time. I look forward to one last ride. This yellow ball has given me a life I never dreamt of, and I plan to make the most of the last few months I have as an athlete.

Osterman, a current assistant at Texas State University, played at Texas from 2002-2006 where she became the arguably the best pitcher  in Longhorns’ history. She is the all-time leader in almost every statistical category including, no-hitters (20), perfect games (9), strikeouts (2,265), innings pitched (1,105.2), wins (136) and career earned run average (0.51).

She helped lead Team U.S.A. to the gold medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece and a silver medal in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

Osterman joined NPF in 2007 as part of the Rockford (Ill.) Thunder and joined the USSSA Pride in Orlando, Fla. in 2010. This will be her eighth season with the league.

This isn’t the first time Osterman has flirted with the idea of retiring. In 2013, she announced her retirement, but changed her mind midway through the NPF season.

Fans will have one last chance to see Osterman on a softball field as the USSSA Pride closes their 2015 season in San Antonio, Aug. 6-7 with a series against the Dallas Charge at St. Mary’s University. The Pride will play the Charge the two previous days (Aug. 4-5) in Sugarland, Texas near Osterman’s hometown of Houston.

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