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Aimee Creger was selected to play on the USA National Team. (Photo provided)
By Derek Brown
Staff Writer

Last Friday morning former Mustang Lady Bronco Aimee Creger got one of the most exciting emails of her life.

Creger, a 2010 Mustang graduate and Tulsa University pitcher, tried out for the USA Softball Women’s National Team on July 11-14 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. She received the email that she had made the squad last Friday morning.

“It was crazy. It was a nerve wracking morning waiting for the email,” Creger said.

The TU senior pitcher is the first student athlete to represent the United States as a player for the USA Softball
National Team.

Creger has been named as an All-American twice and was the 2013’s Conference USA Pitcher of the Year. During the 2013 season her record was 25-7 with an 1.15 ERA and accrued 286 strikeouts. Creger set multiple single-season records at Tulsa University for wins, stirkeouts, complete games and strikeouts per inning. The 1.15 ERA put her in fourth place in the NCAA.

Creger is the only player for Oklahoma that did not come from Oklahoma University, who won the National Championship in softball this year. Creger will join forces with Lauren Chamberlain, Destinee Martinez and Keilani Ricketts all of Oklahoma University.

During tryouts Creger was going up against some of the top players in the nation.

“It was something I wasn’t really expecting. It’s much more different when you’re actually there,” Creger said. “Whether I was pitching or standing on the sideline I had a giant smile on my face just watching the girls play.
The talent was so amazing and it was just an enjoyable time to be there. It was nice that I was able to compete with them and then end up making the team now I’ll get to play with those girls.”

Creger has been playing softball since she was five years old and making the USA team makes one of her dreams come true.

“I wanted to go the furthest I could go and that was the USA team. To get the opportunity to do that was amazing,” Creger said.

The tryouts being in not so distant Oklahoma City allowed some of Creger’s friends and family to attend.

“I was able to have supporters there. Whereas some other girls didn’t,” Creger said. “I was familiar with the fields and was able to have my family come and watch which helped a lot. It made it more enjoyable to me.”

Whether or not Creger made the team she knew that during her tryouts she did not hold anything back. Fortunately for her she was named to the squad.

“If I hadn’t made the team I knew I had no regrets because I pitched the best I could,” Creger said. “I’m glad the decision went my way.”

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