The inaugural season of Athletes Unlimited ended yesterday.

The revolutionary league based on individual performances starred 57 of the best players in the world, including two Europeans: the British Nerissa Myers and the Italian Erika Piancastelli. All the athletes played to get points based on their statistics, with the goal to reach the top of the leaderboard.

After the last game on Monday night, Myers announced her retirement from the game of softball after an outstanding career. Before playing for Athletes Unlimited, the British infielder played in the National Professional League in the USA, for Akron Racers and Scrap Yard Dawgs, and in the Italian Softball League for Bussolengo Club.

Nerissa Myers became a player of the British National Team in 2018, joining the team for the WBSC Women’s World Championship in Chiba, Japan. Myers ended the Athletes Unlimited first season at the 33rd place, with the stellar on-base percentage of .500.

The other European in the Athletes Unlimited League was Erika Piancastelli, captain of the Italian National Team. The Italian Stallion earned a spot in the top-5: with 1840 points, Erika ended the season in the fourth place.

Piancastelli was team captain twice in the five weeks season and hit 9 home runs, becoming the leader in this category together with Sahvanna Jaquish. Last Friday, Erika took over the @europeansoftball Instagram account.

All the info regarding the Athletes Unlimited League can be found at the AU website and social media.

/ Elda Ghilardi
Photos courtesy of Athletes Unlimited