If you read this New York Times article, Crystl Bustos may become one of your favorite athletes. Yes, 225-pound softball slugger, the Boo, the Boost. Go ahead. Read it.
Team USA came as close to defeat as they ever have in a scoreless tie with Japan after seven innings....but then they scored four runs in the ninth, three on a home by the ever reliable Bustos, for a 4-1 victory and a spon in the gold medal game.
Bustos's hit came two batters after Caitlin Lowe had singled up the middle to score Natasha Watley with the game's first run. Both drives came off Japan's Ueno, who had thrown eight shutout innings. Monica Abbot got the win for the U.S., also lasting into the ninth before surrendering a run-scoring single and exiting for reliever Cat Osterman. GO USA SOFTBALL!
Top photo by Dinged Corners; New York Times photo by Doug Kantor