Last week’s Athletes Unlimited’s softball action saw Cat Osterman move to the top of the leaderboard with 830 points. While she needed a few weeks to get to the top of the rankings this year after leading from start to finish last year, she has once again taken a hold of the league.
Osterman’s squad has lost just once so far this season, with the pitcher showcasing just how softball savvy she is in her draft selections. It’s made for plenty of WIN points and has bolstered her overall points total. Even while Osterman was just eighth amongst points earners last weekend, with 490 points already in the bag, she was able to claim the No. 1 spot.
But others are waiting in the wings. And a big weekend from anyone in the top five could see a shakeup at the top of the leaderboard:
Second place Haylie McCleney is leading the charge for the rest of the leaderboard as they look to catch up to Osterman. She earned 376 points last weekend, 36 points more than Osterman’s 340, to jump 13 spots and close the gap between herself and first place. If she continues to rack up the MVP points and can improve her STAT points, she could challenge Osterman for first.
Jaquish has been deadly in the batter’s box against opposing teams. So far this season, she has a .800 batting average, including going a perfect 3-for-3 for Team Osterman in week one. She continued that accuracy in week two as she captained a team of her own, adding two home runs to bring her season total to three. She has six RBIs so far this season but managed just 292 points last week. Jaquish is just six points back of McCleney and could also challenge Osterman for the top spot if she continues to find her swing.
In week two, Vidales was not as strong as in week one, garnering just 314 points as opposed to 468 in the opening weekend. But she did move up four spots on the leaderboard and into captaincy, having hit in every game she played. However, the infielder will be absent in week three, causing her to take a big hit to her chances of taking over the top spot from Osterman.
Ocasio dropped out of the top four this week despite having the sixth-most points overall in week two, thanks in large part to a monster weekend from McCleney. Still, Ocasio has an opportunity to rebound this week as she retained her captaincy due to Vidales being absent for week three. A few great pitching performances could see Ocasio jump right back into the mix for the top spot.
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