MANNHEIM, Germany- Former Terrapin softball player Shannon Bustillos led her professional team, the Mannheim Tornados to a Deutsche Softball Championship this past month.
The Deutsche Softball League is the professional women’s softball league in Germany, where Bustillos spent the summer. The former Maryland catcher led her team in practically every offensive category. Bustillos’ batted .472 throughout the season with a .556 slugging percentage and .525 on base percentage with nine RBIs and six runs.
Down 2-0 in the best of five championship series, the 2015 Terrapin graduate led her team back to win the final three games to stave off elimination and ultimately capture the championship. In the deciding series, Bustillos went 6-for-12 and drove in three runs in the 8-3 victory in the winner take all game five. For her efforts in the championship series, Bustillos was named the Deutsche Softball League MVP.
Originally from Aneheim, Calif. Bustillos had this to say about her professional softball experience abroad:
“My time in Germany was nothing but spectacular,” said Bustillos. “I’m incredibly honored to have had the opportunity to play overseas and spend a summer traveling Europe.”
One of the most prolific players in Maryland softball history, Bustillos ranks top ten all-time in career batting average (.306), runs (105), hits (187) and home runs (30). Bustillos stands atop the Terrapin leaderboard in all-time doubles (46) and RBIs (153). After a career year during her senior 2015 season, Bustillos was named Second Team All-Big Ten and selected to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team.