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6-16-2017 World Cup Schedule

Game and promotional schedule announced for World Cup of Softball XII in Oklahoma City


OKLAHOMA CITY –  The softball season continues in Oklahoma City, Okla. as the top teams in the world of international fast pitch head to the Softball Capital of the World® for the World Cup of Softball XII.  With 32  games to be played July 5-9 at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex – OGE Energy Field – INTEGRIS Field, the World Cup, a World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) sanctioned event, will be highlighted by the top teams in the world.  Fans will have the opportunity to watch the world’s best softball and potential Tokyo 2020 Olympians, with general admission all-session and single-session tickets on sale by phone at 800-654-8337 or online at USASoftball.com

 

In addition to the complete game schedule, USA Softball has also announced the promotional lineup for the World Cup of Softball.  Highlighted by events such as Military Appreciation Day, League Night, Health and Wellness Day and Family Fun Day, special activities highlight each day of the World Cup while groups of 10 or more can receiving special pricing. 

 

Click here to view the entire game and promotional schedule for World Cup of Softball XII

*NOTE: Schedule is subject to change


The World Cup of Softball features No 1. ranked Japan, No. 2 USA, No. 3 Canada, No. 4 Australia, No. 7 Puerto Rico, No. 10 Mexico, No. 17 Philippines and the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT).  The tournament is a round robin format, which will feed into the Championship Playoff Round on Sunday, July 9.  Ticket packages are now on sale for the World Cup of Softball XII.  All-session tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for youth, while single-session tickets are $10 for adult and $5 for youth.  All tickets are general admission and allow for the ticket holder to watch all games held on that respective date.  Tickets can be purchased by phone at 800-654-8337 or online at USASoftball.com

 

A complete broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.  For complete coverage of World Cup XII including live stats, streaming and results log on to USASoftball.com.  

 

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.

 

About the World Baseball Softball Confederation 

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland — the Olympic Capital — the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 213 National Federation and Associate Members in 142 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually. 

 

The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women’s).

 

For more information, visit: www.wbsc.org

 

1-6-2017- USA WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM

Twenty athletes to represent the United States as a member of the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team

OKLAHOMA CITY — Following a four-day selection process, 20 athletes have been selected to represent the United States as a member of the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT), USA Softball announced today. Selected by members of the Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC), these athletes will compete at the World Cup of Softball XII this July in Oklahoma City, Okla. and at a Pan American Games/World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championship Qualifier.

“It is very obvious that the future talent pool of USA Softball players is very deep,” said Head Coach Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla./Head Coach at South Florida).  “The high level of play and skill assessment displayed at the 2017 National Team trials, not only by the former players but also by the first time trial attendees, was fantastic.”

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

“After coming off the 2016 WBSC World Championship Gold Medal success, it is important for our program to keep moving forward,” Eriksen continued.  “The ‘prize fight’ mentality of all the players came out in the competition with the roster spots filled by those that excelled through the trials with their skill sets, their productive play at this event, their productive play through past history, and lastly by character assessment.  These factors make up a winning unit.  We will continue to assess those that were here that did not make the team.  For those who made the roster, the evidence of how close it was should be a motivating factor to continue to strive to be better physically and mentally as we race towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”

Representing the U.S. this summer will be 16 returning veterans from the 2016 roster which reclaimed the Gold Medal at the WBSC Women’s World Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada after defeating Japan 7-3 in the Gold Medal Game.  Four rookies also join the squad, with three of those rookies having previously worn the Red, White and Blue either as a member of the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) or USA Softball Women’s Elite Team.

 

Led by Head Coach Ken Eriksen, a full list of National Team events, including exhibition games, will be released at a later date.

Womens National Team

2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team



Ali Aguilar
Washington – Sr.
Infield

Valerie Arioto
California – 2012
Infield

Kelly Barnhill
Florida – Soph.
Pitcher

Ally Carda
UCLA – 2015
Pitcher/Infield

Amanda Chidester
Michigan – 2012
Catcher

Kasey Cooper
Auburn – Sr.
Infield

Hannah Flippen
Utah – Sr.
Infield

Delanie Gourley
Florida – Sr.
Pitcher

Paige Halstead
UCLA – Soph.
Catcher

Jazmyn Jackson
California – Jr.
Outfield

Jenna Lilley
Oregon – Jr.
Infield

Haylie McCleney
Alabama – 2016
Outfield

Jessica Moore
Oregon – 2013
Pitcher

Michelle Moultrie
Florida – 2012
Outfield

Aubree Munro
Florida – 2016
Catcher

Danielle O’Toole
Arizona – Sr.
Pitcher

Delaney Spaulding
UCLA – Sr.
Infield

Kelsey Stewart
Florida – 2016
IF/OF

Janie Takeda
Oregon – 2015
Outfield

Morgan Zerkle
Marshall – Sr.
Outfield

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

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

Follow along all summer with all of the USA Softball National Teams at USASoftball.com.

 

8-31-2016 Womens National Team in Japan

Team USA gears up for 2016 Japan Cup with 5-2, exhibition win over Team Honda

Box Score

 

Takasaki City, Japan  — The USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) claimed a 5-2 win over Team Honda, a professional team in the Japan Softball League, in an exhibition matchup at Jonan Baseball Stadium in Takasaki City, Japan.  As the Eagles prepare for the start of the 2016 Japan Cup, the Red, White and Blue looked strong as the pitching staff issued just three hits while the offense combined for 11 hits.

 

Click here for live stats and a game schedule for the 2016 Japan Cup

 

Team Honda would score first in the bottom of the first inning after a leadoff walk from U.S. starter Kelly Barnhill (Marietta, Ga.).  A fly ball to Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) at shortstop would keep the runner at first before a stolen base put the runner in scoring position.  A deep fly ball to center would allow the run to score, putting Honda up 1-0.

 

The U.S. would trail by a run through the top of the third inning when the Eagles would take the lead off a string of hits.  Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) doubled to right field with one out and would come around to score on a triple from Jazmyn Jackson (San Jose, Calif.).  A batter later another run crossed the plate as Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.), who plays professionally in the Japan Softball League with Team Honda, singled with a hard ground ball to left field to bring Jackson home to make it a 2-1, U.S. lead.

 

Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) would enter the circle for Team USA in the bottom of the third and would retire the side in order with three ground outs.  The U.S. added to their lead in the top of the fourth after Kasey Cooper (Dothan, Ala.) led off with a single to right field.  Two batters later, Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.) singled to right field to bring Cooper home, extending the lead to 3-1.  Delanie Gourley (Lakeside, Calif.) came into the game in the bottom of the frame.  Team Honda would get the leadoff batter on base after a shot back to the circle and a throwing error allowed the runner to advance to second.  A groundout to Gourley would advance the runner to third before a single to left field cut the U.S. lead to 3-2.

 

The Red, White and Blue would answer in the top of the fifth as Stewart got the offense rolling with a leadoff double.  Back-to-back illegal pitches would allow Stewart to score the first run of the at-bat before a solo shot by Arioto extended the lead to 5-2.  That lead would hold through the next two and a half frames as Gourley, Jaclyn Traina (Naples, Fla.) and Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.) would all three retire Team Honda in order to give the U.S. the 5-2 win.

 

The U.S. now sets its sights on Australia, who they will face in their opening game of the 2016 Japan Cup on Friday at 12 p.m. JST (10 p.m. CST on Thursday).  Fans at home can follow along with live stats, recaps and more at ASAUSASoftball.com.

Beginning on Friday, Team USA will join Australia, Chinese Taipei and Japan for the 2016 Japan Cup, a three-day tournament held at Jonan Baseball Stadium in Takasaki City, Japan.  The U.S. will look to defend their 2015 Japan Cup title after defeating Japan 2-1 (eight innings) in last year’s finale.  Team USA kicks off the Japan Cup on September 2 with their 12 p.m. JST (10 p.m. CT) game against Australia.   The Eagles will continue play on September 3 against Chinese Taipei at 3 p.m. JST (1 a.m. CT) immediately followed by a 6 p.m. JST (4 a.m. CT) contest against Japan.  On September 4, the teams with the second a third best records will play in the Bronze Medal game at 2:30 p.m. JST (12:30 a.m. CT) while the Gold Medal Game between the No. 1 and No. 2 seed will take place at 5:30 p.m. JST (3:30 a.m. CT).

 

Representing Team USA at the 2016 Japan Cup are: Ali Aguilar (Orangevale, Calif.), Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.), Kelly Barnhill (Marietta, Ga.), Bianka Bell (Tampa, Fla.), Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kasey Cooper (Dothan, Ala.), Delanie Gourley (Lakeside, Calif.), Paige Halstead (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Jazmyn Jackson (San Jose, Calif.), Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.), Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.), Aubree Munro (Brea, Calif.), Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.), Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.) and Jaclyn Traina (Naples, Fla.).

 

Team USA will led by Howard Dobson (Baton Rouge, La./Asst. Coach at LSU), Kristie Fox (San Diego, Calif./head coach at UT- Arlington) and Tyron McKinney (Ashland, Ohio).

 

8-3-2016 IOC Adds Baseball/Softball to 2020 Tokyo Program

Softball and baseball added to Tokyo 2020 Olympic program following IOC approval

Aug. 03, 2016, 2:35 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – The hopes and dreams of millions of softball athletes across the globe have been answered today as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted today to approve the addition of five new sports to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today.  The decision, which comes after the IOC met in Rio de Janeiro, was made possible after the groundbreaking Olympic Agenda 2020, which provides flexibility for the future of the Olympic Movement to encourage innovation in the Olympic program.  In addition to softball/baseball, other sports that will be added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are karate, skateboard, sports climbing and surfing.

“What a truly great day for the sports of softball and baseball,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress.  “For softball and baseball to be added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games program is a dream come true for many athletes across the world.  USA Softball is proud to be the National Governing Body for the sport of softball and will continue to work diligently every day to promote our great sport of softball on the world stage.”

Softball and baseball’s global reach, loyal fan-base and positioning across many of the biggest sports markets, including Japan, offers a unique opportunity to further spread and elevate the Olympic brand.  The decision today further highlights the growing global appeal of the two sports, particularly among young people and women.  In Japan, softball/baseball have remained atop the landscape and a central part of the culture for more than 70 years.  Other factors considered in the sports package include the impact on gender equality, the youth appeal of the sports and the legacy value of adding them to the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Softball spent four “quads” as an Olympic sport debuting in the 1996 Atlanta Games with the final Olympic softball competitions taking place in Beijing in 2008. Softball and baseball were ousted from the 2012 Olympics following a vote from the IOC in 2005 in which softball, needing a simple majority of votes (53), received just 52.  Despite its exclusion from the Olympics for the past eight years, international softball has become increasingly competitive as a record 30 nations competed in last month’s 2016 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada and a record-breaking 12 nations competed at the World Cup of Softball XI in Oklahoma City, Okla.  This was also highly showcased during the USA vs Japan All-Star Series in Tokyo and Sendai, Japan, where members of the USA Softball Women’s National Team squared off against Japan in a three-game series.  A record-breaking 31,448 fans attended Stage One of the series at the Tokyo Dome, while an additional 3,000 fans attended the final two stages at Shellcom Sendai.

“Thank you to the IOC and the WBSC for this tremendous honor for not only our sport, but our athletes and the millions of young girls who dream of one day being an Olympian,” said USA Softball Women’s National Team athlete Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.).  “This means so much to not only our USA Softball Women’s National Team program, but to millions of girls across the world.  Even if I’m not there, knowing that softball athletes will get to compete on the highest stage against the best competition in the world is amazing.”

In four Olympic Games appearances, the USA Softball Women’s National Team claimed three Gold Medals and one Silver Medal finish while setting numerous international records and are one of only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three-consecutive Gold Medals.  In 2012, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Lisa Fernandez and the 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team were honored for their accolades with induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.  Members of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team set 18 Olympic records in Athens.  Among the team records set were the most hits (73), highest team batting average (.343) and highest slugging percentage (.559). Fernandez set the individual record for batting average with .545 while Crystl Bustos’ 10 RBI and five home runs were also records.

This decision comes just 10 days after the USA Softball Women’s National Team claimed their first WBSC Women’s World Championship title since 2010 after defeating Japan 7-3 in the Gold Medal finale.  As a team, the U.S. finished the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Championship with a .436 team batting average, 19 home runs, 80 RBI and outscored opponents 83-10.  The pitching staff was lights out, allowing just eight earned runs for a 1.19 ERA.

 

SPY note: The WSJ says the inclusion for 2020 is not binding on future Olympiads.  IOC has 28 permanent venues, and sports like baseball/softball will have to br added as new Olympiads are proposed.

7-16-2016 USA Softball Blanks Israel

OTHER SATURDAY SCORES BELOW

Surrey, B.C., Canada — A nine-run first inning helped the USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) to a 15-0 (three innings) win over Israel at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship. In their opening game in Surrey, the Eagles combined for 10 hits through three innings of play while two U.S. pitchers combined for a one-hitter en route to the win.

“We got some work in today,” said Head Coach Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla.). “I thought our batters did a great job of maintaining balance in the batter’s box. That’s what we’re trying to do, which is work what we do best. We’re not worried about the scoreboard, we’re just trying to get better. It was exciting to see Team Israel in their first-ever World Championship. They’re a class act, and it will be exciting to see how their program continues to grow.”

The U.S. wasted little time in getting their offense rolling as Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.) led off with a single through the left side of the infield. A walk to Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) put two on before Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. The first run of the game would cross the plate after Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) was issued a walk, and another bases loaded walk to Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) plated the second run of the inning. A triple off the bat of Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) pushed across three more runs for the Eagles before a two-run shot from Kasey Cooper (Dothan, Ala.) extended the lead to 7-0. The final two runs of the at-bat came after Stewart doubled with Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.) and McCleney on base.

Israel pushed a fly ball into shallow right field for a leadoff single in the bottom of the first, but Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) issued back-to-back strikeouts before the runner was caught stealing second to keep the game at a 9-0, U.S. lead. Four more runs would get added to that lead in the top of the second inning by way of back-to-back doubles from Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and Moultrie and a two-run home run from Chidester.

Moore retired Israel in order in the bottom of the second with a pair of groundouts and a strikeout. The U.S. tacked on another two runs in the top of the third on a sac fly from Spaulding and a double from Moultrie. Three outs away from the shutout, run-rule victory, Jaclyn Traina (Naples, Fla.) entered the circle for the U.S. After issuing a leadoff walk, Traina fired three strikeouts to give the U.S. the 15-0, three inning shutout.

Chidester led the U.S. offense, going 2-for-2 with a home run, triple and five RBI. From the circle, Moore went two complete innings with three strikeouts and one hit allowed. Traina completed the final frame, issuing three strikeouts while allowing just one walk.

“We came out and executed what we were hoping to in today’s game,” said Moore. “It was great to see Israel come out and compete for the first time. We’re looking forward to the week and getting better each game. We just have to stay within our game plan and stay within what we’re trying to do as a team throughout the tournament.”

Up next for the U.S. is a 12:30 p.m. PT game against Austria tomorrow afternoon. Live stats and links for pay-per-view streaming can be found at ASAUSASoftball.com.

SATURDAY WBS

Saturday July 16, 2016
# Away Home Result Away Probable Home Probable Time Boxscore
PF-2 Philippines Pakistan Home forfeit 10:00 AM
PG-3 Greece China 1-5 10:00 AM final |
PF-4 Netherlands Czech Rep. 2-0 10:00 AM final |
PH-3 New Zealand Peru 7-0 12:30 PM final |
PC-3 Serbia Mexico 0-15 12:30 PM final |
PE-3 India Ecuador 0-14 12:30 PM final |
PB-3 Austria USA 0-15 12:30 PM final |

C SCORES