Valerie Arioto is to be inducted into the USA Softball Hall of Fame ©Getty Images

USA Softball has inducted nine players into its Hall of Fame for 2023, including Olympian Valerie Arioto, who was part of the silver-medal-winning team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Pitcher and first baseman Arioto has been part of the national team since 2011 and during her time as a United States representative helped the team to four World Cup titles, three Pan American Games golds and two World Championship golds before ending her career at Tokyo 2020.

Three have been added to the Class of 2023 in the slow pitch category - Sue Ilyes, Monty Tucker and Ray Fleetwood.

Ilyes is regarded as one of the best women's all-around players in slow pitch softball, while Tucker and Fleetwood are two power-hitting greats in the men's game.

Administrator Doug Lindaman is being recognised for his dedication to the sport too, having 37 years on the USA Softball Council.

Valerie Arioto won a silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics ©Getty Images
Valerie Arioto won a silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics ©Getty Images

He has also served in numerous positions on the national team programmes including as team manager of the men's national team at the 1995 World Championship and the junior men's national team at the 2008 World Championship.

Joe Massaro and Jim Craig are to be inducted for their experience as umpires, with a combined serving time of 80 years.

Coach John Stratton continues to work at Raybestos/Stratford Brakettes - where he has been for over 40 years - and is to be acknowledged for acting as team manager for 28 years.

Finally, the Sikorsky Aircraft earns its place in the National Softball Hall of Fame - in the new category for teams - recognising the most dominant men's slow pitch team in over 50 years.

The 2023 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is scheduled to take place on October 28 at the Oklahoma City Convention Center.