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4-17-2017 Junior Olympics

 

Thu, Apr 13, 2017 4:42 pm
2017 USA Softball Junior Olympic Cup heads west to California as 64 teams representing 16U and 18U divisions tapped to compete
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April 13, 2017

 

2017 USA Softball Junior Olympic Cup heads west to California as 64 teams representing 16U and 18U divisions tapped to compete

 

OKLAHOMA CITY  – USA Softball is excited to announce the full lineup of competing teams for the 2017 USA Softball Junior Olympic (JO) Cup.  Set to take place in Southern California from July 23-29, a total of 64 teams representing the 16-Under and 18-Under divisions of USA Softball will travel to the West Coast to compete. Each age group will be represented by 32 of the top teams in their respective divisions of play, with teams battling for the coveted title of USA Softball JO Cup champions.

 

“The EC Bullets 18U Gold team always looks forward to the national competition provided at the USA Softball JO Cup each summer,” said East Cobb Bullets 18U Gold Team Manager, Greg Schnute. “We were fortunate to have won the 2016 championship after finishing second in the inaugural event in 2015. The opportunity for our young ladies to play against the best teams in the country, and to do so in front of the USA coaching staff is a thrill for all of us! We look forward again to the competition this summer in California!”

 

Click here to view the 2017 USA Softball Junior Olympic preview, including a list of teams participating and additional tournament information

 

For the 2017 tournament schedule, the 18-under division will be played at the Big League Dreams facility in Perris, Calif., while the 16-under division will split their time with pool play at the Lake Elsinore Softball Complex and bracket play at the Big League Dreams facility. Kicking off the tournament will be a coaches meeting, including check-in and bat testing, on July 23. Pool play is set to take place July 24-25, before teams move onto bracket play July 26-29. New this year, each age group will have two 16-team double elimination brackets, where the winners will play a one game championship game for the title of JO Cup Champions.  FloSoftball will once again serve as the source for live-streaming for the USA Softball JO Cup, and viewing and live stat links will be available on USASoftball.com.

 

In 2016, the Atlanta Vipers captured the inaugural 16-under championship with a 7-0 win over Victory USA, while a late-inning rally helped the East Cobb Bullets – Schnute nab a 6-2 win over the Gold Coast Hurricanes for the 18-under title. Links for live stats and streaming for the 2016 USA Softball JO Cup can be found on the event page at USASoftball.com.

 

The USA Softball JO Cup serves as a National Team identification opportunity for athletes wishing to compete in front of members of the Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC).

 

About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

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1-6-2017 Junior Women’s National Team

JUNIOR WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM

Twenty-four athletes selected to training team for 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team

 

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Following a two-day selection process, 24 athletes have been selected to continue their training for a spot on the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT), USA Softball announced today. Selected by members of the Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC), these athletes will compete in a training camp and exhibition games in Oklahoma City and at the World Cup of Softball XII.  Following the conclusion of the World Cup of Softball XII, the final 17-player roster for the 2017 USA Softball JWNT will be determined.  That roster will be competing at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship, which will be held July 24-30 in Clearwater, Fla.

“I’m looking forward to seeing this team and how they develop,” said Head Coach Laura Berg (Corvallis, Ore./Head Coach at Oregon State).  “It’s going to be a fun and long process, but I am expecting great things to come out of this group.  We’re here to defend a Gold Medal, and anything less than that is not good enough.”

Click here to see the athletes selected to the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team

In all, ten athletes will be competing with their NCAA Division I universities while 14 athletes will still be a part of their respective high schools prior to the 2017 season.  Of those selected to the training team are five athletes who participated at the USA Softball Junior Women’s Open Tryout held on December 30.

Led by Head Coach Laura Berg (Corvallis, Ore./Head Coach at Oregon State), Assistant Coaches for the 2017 USA Softball JWNT are Trisha Ford (Fremont, Calif./Head Coach at Arizona State), Kristie Fox (San Diego, Calif./Head Coach at UT- Arlington), and John Rittman (Valencia, Calif./Associate Head Coach at Kansas).

2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Training Team

 

Hannah Adams
Roopville, Ga.
Infield
Alexis Allan

Hesperia, Calif.

Infield/Outfield

Holly Azevedo
San Jose, Calif.
Pitcher/Infield
Nicole Bates
Ceres, Calif.
Infield
Elissa Brown
Eclectic, Ala.
Outfield
Julia Cottrill
Stillwater, Okla.
Catcher
Alissa Dalton
Okmulgee, Okla.
Infield
Gabi Deters
Bowling Green, Mo.
Catcher
Amanda Doyle
Canyon Country, Calif.
Infield
Jessica Harper
Valencia, Calif.
Infield
Mary Iakopo
Carson, Calif.
Catcher
Giselle Juarez
Glendale, Ariz.
Pitcher
Bethaney Keen
Brandenton, Fla.
Infield
Alexis Kilfoyl
Land O’Lakes, Fla.
Pitcher
Baylee Klingler
Alvin, Texas
Infield
Natalie Lugo
West Covina, Calif.
Pitcher
Dejah Mulipola
Garden Grove, Calif.
Catcher
Maddy Nickles
Merced, Calif.
Infield/Pitcher
Briana Perez
Martinez, Calif.
Infield/Outfield
Alyssa Rivera
Eagle Lake, Fla.
Infield/Outfield
Kathryn Sandercock
McLean, Va.
Pitcher
Sydney Sherrill
Moore, Okla.
Infield
Taylon Snow
Chino Hills, Calif.
Infield
Kaylee Tow
Madisonville, Ky.
Outfield

 

 

 

 Date Event Location Tickets   Media
June 2017 Training Camp Oklahoma City, Okla. N/A Click here for a credential request
July 4-9, 2017 World Cup of Softball XII Oklahoma City, Okla. N/A Click here for a credential request
July 24-30, 2017 WBSC World Championship Clearwater, Fla. TBD Click here for a credential request

*Additional events may be added. Schedule is subject to change*

 

 

The 2017 USA Softball JWNT will look to defend the Gold after a record-breaking performance at the 2015 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla.  In Oklahoma City, the JWNT went undefeated, finishing the tournament as the leaders in batting average (.425 team batting average) and runs scored (119) while limiting opponents to just six runs in a 10-0 performance.

 

For more information on the USA Softball JWNT, visit USASoftball.com.

 

7-30-2016 PGF Innovations Boost Fastpitch Softball

Two events hosted Friday night by Premier Girls Fastpitch significantly expanded horizons for18U girls while yielding a sharp focus on players who could be selected for the 2020 USA Olympic Team.

The PGF national championship matched two traditional Gold-level powerhouses: Firecrackers Rico and Cruisers. The Firecrackers, coached by Tony Rico, defeated the Cruisers coached by Mel Siever, 2-0.  Three hits each with a strong performance by Katherine Vestal who pitched out of two bases loaded jams.

Later, the PGF inaugural All American seniors game was won by the West squad 4-3 on a walkoff single bottom 7th.  The West squad was coached by Jennie Finch, with assistants Toni Mascarenas and Crystyl Bustos.  The East squad was coached by Jennie Ritter, with Garland Cooper and Suzy Brazney.

Significantly for the long term interests of the sport, ESPN broadcast both games live.

Equally significant, the stadium at Bill Barber Park in Irvine was full both games.

US international interests are in good hands.  The national team fielded by USA Softball won Gold at its most recent tournament and a relatively young squad will be in the mix for 2020 berths with the youngsters showcased tonight.

Virtually all players in the All American game are committed, with players entering this fall into several dominant college programs including national champion Oklahoma.

 

EAST vs. WEST TEAMS – FINAL HIGH SCHOOL ALL AMERICAN SELECTIONS

Garland Cooper Coached by Jennie Finch
Jennie Ritter Toni Mascarenas
Suzy Brazney Crystal Bustos
First Name Last Name State Position College First Name Last Name State Position College
Nicole Mendes TX P/1B Oklahoma Mia Camuso CA 1B/OF Oregon
Caroline Hedgcock IL P Arkansas Amanda Doyle CA Inf LSU
Kendyl Lindaman IA C Minnesota Dejah Mulipola CA C Arizona
Jordan Roberts FL C Florida Montana Dixon CA C Stanford
Kayla Konwent WI C/3B Wisconsin Tristen Edwards CA OF/C Nebraska
Shannon Rhodes TX 3B/2B Oregon Jessica Harper CA Inf Arizona
Morgan Mc Callum S Kentucky Bradie Fillmore ID SS/P Cal
Taylor Ellis TX MI Baylor Madilyn Nickles CA P/UT UCLA
Claire Jenkins AL MI Alabama Nicole Bates CA SS Washington
Madison Naujokas IL MI JMU Mackenzie Boesel CA SS S. Carolina
Alissa Dalton TX MI/3B Oklahoma Madison Uden AZ MI Michigan
Miranda Elish IN P Oregon Nerissa Eason CA P Oregon St.
Katie Chronister FL P Florida Mariah Lopez CA P Oklahoma
Maggie Balint PA P Oregon Alyssa Loza CA P/1B ASU
Jacquelyn Switzer GA OF Florida Aaliyah Jordan CA OF UCLA
Ciara Bryan GA OF/3B Georgia Jenna Holcomb CA OF Tennessee
Elissa Brown AL Inf/OF Alabama Kelsie Whitmore CA OF/MI Fullerton
Hannah Edwards PA OF Pitt Alyssa Barrera CA OF/2B Utah
Kelbi Fortenberry TX OF/MI TX A&M Unable to Attend
Jaime Hoover GA C/3B Florida Unable to Attend
Bailey Hemphill LA C Alabama Unable to Attend

Spy could not attend and did not have a lineup so more detail was not available.

2-22-2016 ASA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tournament Location Date Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA / USA Girls’ Class A 10-Under Fast Pitch
Stockton, CA
website  
7/31/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA / USA Girls’ Class A 12-Under Fast Pitch
Salem, VA
website  
7/31/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA / USA Girls’ Class A 14-Under Fast Pitch
Sioux Falls, SD
website  
7/30/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA / USA Girls’ Class A 16-Under Fast Pitch
College Station, TX
website  
8/1/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA / USA Girls’ Class A 18-Under Fast Pitch
Bloomington, IN
website  
8/1/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA / USA Girls’ GOLD 16-Under Fast Pitch
Broken Arrow, OK
website  
7/17/2016
7/24/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA / USA Girls’ GOLD 18-Under Fast Pitch
Oklahoma City, OK
website  
7/17/2016
7/23/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 10-Under Eastern
Sterling, VA
website  
8/3/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 10-Under Northern
Pekin, IL
website  
7/27/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 10-Under Southern
Tupelo, MS
website  
7/25/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 10-Under Western
Kent, WA
website  
7/25/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 12-Under Eastern
Sterling, VA
website  
8/3/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 12-Under Northern
Rochester, MN
website  
8/4/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 12-Under Southern
Tallahassee, FL
website  
8/4/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 12-Under Western
Kent, WA
website  
7/25/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 14-Under Eastern
Prince George, VA
website  
7/31/2016
8/4/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 14-Under Northern
Mt. Pleasant, MI
website  
7/27/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 14-Under Southern
Dallas, TX
website  
8/2/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 14-Under Western
Roseville, CA
website  
7/25/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 16-Under Eastern
Wilmington, DE
website  
7/26/2016
7/30/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 16-Under Northern
Nevada/Ames, IA
website  
8/2/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 16-Under Southern
Columbus, GA
website  
7/25/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 16-Under Western
Clovis, CA
website  
7/26/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 18-Under Eastern
York, PA
website  
8/3/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 18-Under Northern
Rochester, MN
website  
8/4/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 18-Under Southern
Johnson City, TN
website  
8/4/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ A 18-Under Western
Clovis, CA
website  
7/26/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 10-Under Eastern
Marion, OH
website  
7/23/2016
7/26/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 10-Under Northern
Rochester, MN
website  
8/4/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 10-Under Southern
Tupelo, MS
website  
7/25/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 10-Under Western
Medford, OR
website  
8/1/2016
8/8/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 12-Under Eastern
Marion, OH
website  
7/23/2016
7/26/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 12-Under Northern
Pekin, IL
website  
7/27/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 12-Under Southern
Lawton, OK 7/26/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 12-Under Western
Kingman, AZ
website  
7/27/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 14-Under Eastern
York, PA
website  
7/27/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 14-Under Northern
Overland Park, KS
website  
7/27/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 14-Under Southern
Columbus, GA
website  
7/25/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 14-Under Western
La Habra, CA
website  
7/26/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 16-Under Eastern
Findlay, OH
website  
7/30/2016
8/2/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 16-Under Northern
Watertown, WI
website  
7/27/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 16-Under Western
Salinas, CA
website  
8/3/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 18-Under Eastern
Findlay, OH
website  
7/30/2016
8/2/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 18-Under Northern
Bowling Green, KY
website  
7/28/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 18-Under Southern
Longview, TX 8/5/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Girls’ B 18-Under Western
Salinas, CA
website  
8/3/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Men’s Major
Kimberly, WI
website  
8/4/2016
8/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Men’s Open East
Elkhart, IN
website  
8/26/2016
8/28/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Men’s Open West
Salem, OR
website  
7/15/2016
7/17/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Men’s Senior 50-Over
Prescott, AZ
website  
7/22/2016
7/24/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Fast Pitch Men’s Senior 60-Over
Houston, TX
website  
9/29/2016
10/2/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Modified Pitch Men’s (10)
Port Huron, MI 9/2/2016
9/4/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Class A
Oklahoma City, OK
website  
9/30/2016
10/2/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Boys’ 10-Under
Canton, OH
website  
8/11/2016
8/13/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Boys’ 12-Under
Canton, OH
website  
8/11/2016
8/13/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Boys’ 14-Under
Canton, OH
website  
8/11/2016
8/13/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Boys’ 16-Under
Canton, OH
website  
8/11/2016
8/13/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Boys’ 18-Under
Canton, OH
website  
8/11/2016
8/13/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Coed C
St. Joseph, MO
website  
8/26/2016
8/28/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Coed D
St. Joseph, MO
website  
8/26/2016
8/28/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Coed Open
Bowling Green, KY 9/16/2016
9/18/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Girls’ 10-Under
Evansville, IN
website  
7/28/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Girls’ 12-Under
Evansville, IN
website  
7/28/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Girls’ 14-Under
Evansville, IN
website  
7/28/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Girls’ 16-Under
Evansville, IN
website  
7/28/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Girls’ 18-Under
Evansville, IN
website  
7/28/2016
7/31/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Church
Rolla, MO
website  
8/13/2016
8/14/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Class B
Oklahoma City, OK 8/26/2016
8/28/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Class C
Oklahoma City, OK
website  
9/2/2016
9/4/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Class D
Oklahoma City, OK
website  
9/30/2016
10/2/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Class D Eastern
Salem, VA
website  
9/2/2016
9/5/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Class D Southern
Oklahoma City, OK 9/9/2016
9/11/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Class D Southern
Fort Myers, FL
website  
8/26/2016
8/28/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Class D Western
Parris, CA
website  
8/26/2016
8/28/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s E/Rec. Eastern
Salem, VA
website  
9/2/2016
9/5/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s E/Rec. Northern
Sioux Falls, SD
website  
9/2/2016
9/5/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s E/Rec. Southern
Ridgeland, MS
website  
8/26/2016
8/28/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s E/Rec. Southern
Oklahoma City, OK 9/9/2016
9/11/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s E/Rec. Western
Salem, OR
website  
9/2/2016
9/5/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Industrial
Ridgeland, MS
website  
8/26/2016
8/28/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Masters 35-Over
Mandan, ND 8/26/2016
8/28/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Northern Class D
St. Joseph, MO
website  
9/2/2016
9/5/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Northern Class D
Welch, MN
website  
9/1/2016
9/5/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Senior East
Burlington, NC
website  
9/1/2016
9/4/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Senior West
Happy Valley, OR
website  
9/2/2016
9/7/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Men’s Super
Oklahoma City, OK 9/29/2016
9/30/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Women’s Class C
Sioux Falls, SD
website  
9/2/2016
9/5/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Women’s Class D
Sioux Falls, SD
website  
9/2/2016
9/5/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards
ASA Slow Pitch Women’s Open
Oklahoma City, OK
website  
9/30/2016
10/2/2016
Fact Sheet Results Awards

816-2015 Jr World Championship Summary

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 15, 2015

 

United States wins the Gold at WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship in 8-1 win over Japan

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — The 11th World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s (19-Under) World Championship (JWWC) came to a conclusion as the United States was crowned World Champions following an 8-1 win over Japan in the Gold Medal Game. The 15-nation event began on August 9 at the historic ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City, Okla. with over 67 games played, culminating with today’s Gold Medal finale.

 

The 19-Under Junior World Championship, won by the host country, reclaimed the gold for the U.S., who finished with a silver medal at the 2013 WBSC JWWC to Japan. Team USA provided the offense all week, leading the WBSC JWWC with 119 runs scored in 10 games while posting a tournament-leading .425 batting average.

 

Japan will take home the silver medal after having won the last world title in 2013 in a 4-0 win over the U.S. in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.  Puerto Rico earned their highest finish at a WBSC Junior World Championship, claiming the bronze medal.

 

Top three finishers at the XI WBSC JWWC

GOLD – United States (10-0)

SILVER – Japan (8-2)

BRONZE – Puerto Rico (7-4)

 

Click here to view the results, box scores and the schedule for the 2015 WBSC JWWC.

 

Gold Medal Game

The United States reclaimed the title of Junior World Champion after defeating Japan 8-1 in Saturday’s Gold Medal finale at the WBSC JWWC.

 

The U.S. utilized the long ball as three U.S. batters, Jenna Lilley, Alyssa Palomino and Sydney Romero, each hit a home run in the win.  Romero had two extra-base hits for United States, singling in the second and third innings, doubling in the fifth inning and hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning.

 

Kelly Barnhill kept contact to a minimum to earn the complete game, striking out 11 Japan batters while allowing just one run, four hits and one walk in the contest.

 

Haruka Fukui was the game’s losing pitcher, allowing eight runs and one walk in seven innings while issuing three strikeouts.

 

Bronze Medal Game

Japan 5, Puerto Rico 1

Kyouko Ishikawa went 4-for-4 at the plate, helping Japan to a 5-1 victory over Puerto Rico to earn them a rematch against the United States in the Gold Medal Game.  With the loss, Puerto Rico finished the WBSC JWWC with a bronze medal, their highest placing at a WBSC JWWC in program history.

 

Japan took the lead in the first inning after scoring on an RBI single from Yui Sakamoto and never looked back.  They would tack on another two runs in the second, one run in the fourth and one in the fifth inning.  Haruka Fukui was a force to be reckoned with in the circle, going the distance with three strikeouts and one run allowed in seven complete innings.

 

The lone run of the game for Puerto Rico crossed the plate in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Sabrina Stutman.  Meghan King suffered the loss for Puerto Rico, issuing six strikeouts while allowing five runs to cross the plate.

 

Placement Championship

Australia 5, Chinese Taipei 4

Australia and Chinese Taipei exchanged the lead five times in the Placement Division Championship, but Australia came out on top for a 5-4 win thanks to a three-run home run by Kalina Stepto.

 

Chinese Taipei threatened to tie up the game in the top of the seventh, scoring twice to bring the game within one run, but Australia’s Stephanie Trzcinski entered to close out the game, recording the save.

 

Australia’s starter Gabrielle Plain pitched lights out, issuing just two hits with no earned runs while striking out four during her four and two-third innings of work.  Chantelle Ladner earned the win, allowing three runs over one and two-third innings with one strikeout.  Ya Ting Tu took the loss for Chinese Taipei, allowing five runs in five and one-third innings.

 

Fans can re-watch some of the action at the WBSC JWWC by visiting the tournament website at 2015JWWC.com.  The WBSC JWWC will return to the U.S. again in 2017 as Clearwater, Fla. will host the 12th edition of the international 19-under event.

 

About ASA/USA Softball  Founded in 1933, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball is the National Governing Body Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, ASA/USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 74 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million.  ASA/USA is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles as well as claimed eight World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about ASA/USA Softball, please visit http://www.asausasoftball.com/.

 

About the World Baseball Softball Confederation

Headquartered in the Olympic Capital city of Lausanne, Switzerland, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) was established in April 2013 and granted recognition as the sole competent authority in baseball and softball by the International Olympic Committee at the 125th IOC Session in September 2013. The WBSC represents a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes worldwide. The WBSC governs all international competitions involving any of the National Teams of its 141 National Federation members.  The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships, The Premier 12, the World Baseball Classic, and the U12, U15, U18, U21 and Women’s Baseball World Cups.  For further information, please go to www.WBSC.co or follow the WBSC on Twitter at @WBSC.