Love her or loathe her, the Bandits' cocky, combative center fielder, Megan Wiggins, has become one of the most compelling players in softball.
USA Softball has enough problems on its plate without creating more, but that's exactly what it did when trying to force its biggest star, Keilani Ricketts, into a long-term deal.
For eight of its nine games, the USA junior national softball team dominated the ISF Junior World Championship, but came up short when it counted, losing to Japan 4-0. All is not lost, though.
When it comes to success on the diamond, Monica Abbot and Kazuki Watanabe have no problem communicating, building their relationship in Japan's professional softball league.
National Pro Fastpitch's season ended as an ugly, soggy shambles, fingers raised not skyward to celebrate a championship but instead pointed accusingly in every direction.
Former Cal star Valerie Arioto has found her rhythm with Team USA this summer. The power hitter has keyed the U.S. lineup with an .800 average at the world championship.