Arizona softball alumni top Athletes Unlimited rankings
If you tuned in to Athletes Unlimited’s softball action this past weekend, you might have momentarily mistaken the show for a showcase of the Arizona Wildcats.
For three days, a trio of former Arizona pitchers dominated their circle, while their ex-battery continued their dominance of the nation’s premier professional softball league.
When all is said and done and Athlete Unlimited’s unique scoring system is accounted for, the former Wildcats occupy three of the top five spots in the league standings heading into the fifth and final week of the season.
Seeker Dejah Mulipola leads all players with 1,462 points. Alyssa Denham leads all pitchers with 1,316 points for third place, while Danielle O’Toolealso a pitcher, ranks fifth with 1,226 points.
Another outstanding former pitcher from Arizona, Taylor McQuillinhad its best week yet in Athletes Unlimited, catapulting it 20 spots to 33rd place.
On Friday, O’Toole started the first game of the night for Team McCleney and pitched a full game, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five. O’Toole had a game-high 204 points.
Pitchers earn +4 points for each out and -10 points for each earned run allowed. O’Toole earned 100 extra points for each set won and 40 points as the game’s second MVP.
In game two of the night, Denham tied O’Toole with a full game on her own, allowing just two runs on three hits while striking out three in a win for Team Chidester. Denham had 224 points, bolstered by 120 points for sets won and 40 points as runner-up MVP.
Mulipola, the captain of the Mulipola team, won 40 points in the loss. Position players receive points for getting on base, stealing sacks, or hitting sacrificial flies or bunts.
On Saturday, McQuillin pitched four scoreless innings in a win for Team Mulipola, striking out four. McQullin had a game-high 178 points, including 90 for innings wins and 40 as runner-up MVP.
Denham returned to the mound on Sunday and pitched another full game, this one a shutout. Denham had 264 points, including 120 from innings wins and 60 from being named MVP.
The final game of the weekend was a pitching showdown in Arizona between former teammates O’Toole and McQuillin. O’Toole pitched six innings, allowing three runs in the loss, while McQuillin pitched four scoreless first innings for the victorious Mulipola team.
Mulipola led all players with 230 points, followed just behind by McQuillin with 238 points. McQuillin was named MVP, with 60 points, with Mulipola finishing second.
The final week of the season begins Friday, and a pair of former Wildcats, Mulipola and Denham, are captains of two of the four teams. All games are broadcast on ESPN+ or the ESPN family of networks.