Cat Osterman, who led Texas to last year's College Softball World Series, will skip the college season next year while trying to make the U.S. Olympic team.
Mandy Tamez scored the first run on a single by Alyssa Ramirez to start Waco, Texas, on the road to a 6-1 victory over Beaverton and the Little League Softball World Series title on Wednesday.
Alabama hasn't been around long, but it's come close to softball's big prize a few times. Wednesday was its breakthrough as the Crimson Tide won the WCWS title over Oklahoma.
The longer softball is out of the Olympics, the tougher it will be for national programs to stay funded.
Cat Osterman, who led Texas to a pair of Women's College World Series berths and won an Olympic gold medal in between, has been named to the U.S. National Softball Team for the third time.