Dejah Mulipola finished atop the Athletes Unlimited leaderboard for the third straight week, which puts her in prime position heading into the final stretch.
The catcher led her team to a 3-0 win Sunday over Team McCleney to claim the golden jerseys for her team for championship week. Amanda Chidester, Alyssa Denham and Haylie McCleney will serve as the three other captains for the final week of the Athletes Unlimited Softball season.
Stellar pitching from Shannon Saile and Taylor McQuillin anchored Team Mulipola in Sunday’s victory, with McQuillin earning MVP 1 honors after conceding one hit over five innings while throwing five strikeouts. She relieved Saile, who claimed the MVP 3 nod for her strikeout and three walks.
Mulipola powered her team on offense, scoring twice while knocking in a homer in the sixth inning for MVP 2 accolades.
“Credit to all four of our pitchers… Everybody is going to have their moment to shine and when their name was called, they did what they needed to do,” said Mulipola of Saile and McQuillin. “Big shoutout to them for holding it down for our hitting lineup to come through, and we did today.”
Team Mulipola's captain delivers‼️ @dejahmulipola goes yard 💪 pic.twitter.com/yalCkjC0wH— espnW (@espnW) August 21, 2022
Team Mulipola's captain delivers‼️ @dejahmulipola goes yard 💪 pic.twitter.com/yalCkjC0wH
Chidester preserved her second-place spot on the AU leaderboard Sunday by powering her team to a 1-0 victory over Team Jaquish.
Alyssa Denham played hero from the mound, allowing no hits through 5.2 innings before Morgan Zerkle smashed a double to left-center field. The tidy pitching performance earned Denham MVP 1 honors, as well as 120 win points and 84 stat points.
Kelsey Harshman claimed MVP 2 accolades after blasting the lone run of the game, hitting a double to right center field in the sixth inning.
Though Team Jaquish was on the losing side Sunday, pitcher Rachel Garcia walked away with MVP 3 points, allowing only one hit and notching a season-high nine strikeouts.
✨sound on✨same, @gsvekis21, same pic.twitter.com/VY4OyZm4nJ— Athletes Unlimited (@AUProSports) August 21, 2022
✨sound on✨same, @gsvekis21, same pic.twitter.com/VY4OyZm4nJ
The final Athletes Unlimited draft of the year kicks off at 5 p.m. Monday on YouTube.