"Been through it all": Meet Italy Shortstop Amanda Fama

Get to know Italy Softball's shortstop before the game's biggest moments in Japan. 

 

Amanda Fama’s softball career nearly ended before she set foot on a college campus, but now the shortstop is a key player behind Italy Softball’s championship aspirations. Fama, an Italian American with professional softball experience in both Italy and the United States, said her sister inspired her to pursue a fastpitch career.

“I actually quit softball as a teen,” Fama said, “but watching my sister play and how she played the game, I had to get back.”

Fama, who helped Italy Softball to a European Championship in July 2021, began her college softball career at Cypress Junior College in California. After three years there, she transferred to Concordia University Irvine. During her 2011 season at Concordia Irvine, the Anaheim native hit .380 with a team-leading 16 home runs to earn All-Conference honors.

After college, Fama played professional softball for three years in Italy. She then returned to the United States looking to continue her softball career with National Professional Fastpitch.

“I begged for a tryout in the NPF,” Fama said. “I was told I didn’t have a chance (because) I didn’t go D1. (I) made the team and started every game.”

Following her NPF stint, Fama joined the Italian national team to begin training for softball’s biggest international stage. The shortstop underwent wrist surgery in February 2019, leaving a brief recovery window before taking the field with her Italian teammates. Less than five months later, in July 2019, Fama helped Italy to qualify for softball’s biggest international stage in Japan.

“I’ve been through it all,” Fama said. “Turned down because of where I went to school, told I wasn’t good enough, living in the shadow of others’ success and dealing with injuries over and over and over again. But here I am. I’ve made a name for myself. I’ve gotten up when I’ve been down, and I freaking made it.”

Amanda Fama’s Custom Wilson A2000®

Fama fields her position with a custom A2000 1789, an 11.5” infield pattern with a Pro Laced T-Web. The shortstop said she prefers Wilson gloves because they are easy to handle, and Fama likes SuperSkin™ for its lightweight feel.

“With playing the most important games of my career just three months out of rehab from wrist surgery, I knew I needed a glove that gave me ultimate confidence, and that was my Wilson A2000,” Fama said. “What I love most is how lightweight yet durable the SuperSkin is. It allows my wrist to snag balls left and right without weighing me down.”

Fama’s custom A2000 1789 features a Blonde Pro Stock® leather palm and a Black SuperSkin back. Royal Blue laces and logos match Italy’s uniforms, and Fama personalized her leather with the Italian flag and her last name embroidered on the thumb. When Fama takes the field in Japan with her custom Wilson A2000, she will be sure to savor each moment.

“The idea that softball can be taken away tomorrow really inspires me to take advantage of every second,” Fama said. “Whether its on the field, in the gym, in the cage, lifting, at practice, or two-a-days, I give it everything I have because I don’t want to look back and regret not having done enough. I want to take advantage of every chance I get.”