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Bubba Nickles wins Athletes Unlimited AUX softball title; Jocelyn Alo finishes second

Bubba Nickles won the Athletes Unlimited AUX professional softball title when Jocelyn Alo was intentionally walked with the title on the line.

Alo was on the verge of winning on Tuesday evening. One more hit for the all-time college home run leader and one of the sport’s all-time greats would have won this one. Instead, the former Oklahoma star walked and finished second.

Nickles was the beneficiary. The former UCLA player rose from fourth place on the final day of action to win the individual title by six points in Wichita, Kansas.

Nickles finished second in the league with five home runs and had 11 RBIs.

“I didn’t do anything special except show up every day and do my best for my team,” Nickles said. “There are a lot of players who have done great things this season, and my goal was just to learn and get better with every at-bat.”

Alo, who led the league with six home runs, wished she had the chance to step up in the championship.

“I mean, it’s just part of the game, you know,” she said. “If I was on the other side of that situation, I probably would have done the same thing. But I don’t know, part of me also feels like if you’re a competitor in that situation, you’re just competing. But it is what it is. I had a really good time here and I’m not going to let that one little thing take away all the fun I had.”

Ex-UCLA player Delanie Wisz finished third out of 42 players. Former Florida State catcher Jessi Warren was the defensive MVP.

The Athletes Unlimited championship season kicks off on July 26 in Rosemont, Illinois. Sixty players compete for the fifth individual title.

AU Pro Softball will return to Wichita in a new format in 2025. The city will be one of several to host the inaugural season of the new Athletes Unlimited Softball League (AUSL), which will feature a traditional team format.