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3-24-2018 Qualifying for Tokyo 2020

WBSC reveals Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifiers for Baseball, Softball

PARIS — 24 March 2018 — Following the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Executive Meeting held today at the headquarters of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee, the WBSC revealed the qualification system for the six-team baseball and softball events at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, as approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

WBSC Members and affiliated National Teams will have the opportunity to qualify for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad exclusively through eight WBSC international tournaments, four for baseball and four for softball.
“The eight competitions to get into Tokyo 2020 promise to deliver some of the most exciting and meaningful international baseball and softball games ever seen,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “As the biggest sport in Japan, the historic return of Olympic Baseball and Softball is expected to make a major buzz and be a magical experience for the athletes and spectators alike, so we can expect that millions around the world will have their sights set on Tokyo 2020 and do whatever they can to be a part of it.”
Host nation Japan will be automatically entered into the men’s baseball and women’s softball medal events at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
 
ROAD TO TOKYO 2020 – BASEBALL
 
The first opportunity to advance to the Olympic Baseball medal event at Tokyo 2020 will be the WBSC flagship Premier12® in November 2019, where two Olympic spots will be awarded. The Premier12’s top finisher from the Americas and the top finisher from Asia/Oceania (excluding Japan) will earn direct entries into Tokyo 2020 without having to pass through Qualifiers. The Top 12 (“Premier12”) nations in the final 2018 WBSC Baseball World Rankings will compete in this top-tier, elite global battle.
 
Africa/Europe Qualifier
 
The Africa/Europe qualification event will be a six-team tournament, with the winner earning a place at Tokyo 2020. Competing in this Qualifier will be top five finishers from the European Baseball Championship 2019 and the winner of the African Baseball Championship/Qualifier 2019.
 
Americas Qualifier
 
The Americas Olympic qualifier, where the winner will advance to Tokyo 2020, will be an eight-team tournament, bringing together all Americas representatives from the WBSC Premier12 2019 that did not qualify for Tokyo 2020. Currently, there are seven nations from the Americas in the Top 12 (Premier12) of the WBSC Baseball World Rankings. The top finisher(s) from the Pan American Games Lima 2019 would complete the eight-team field
 
Intercontinental Qualifier
 
The final Olympic Baseball qualifier will be a six-team world tournament for the last remaining place at Tokyo 2020. Participants will include:
  • 2nd Place finisher from the Africa/Europe Qualifier
  • 2nd and 3rd Place finishers from the Americas Qualifier
  • Top two finishers from the Asian Championship 2019 (not counting nations already qualified for Tokyo 2020)
  • Winner of Oceania Qualifier 2019

Men’s National Baseball Team Composition

 
National Team roster sizes for Olympic Baseball will be 24 athletes, and the athletes must be at least 18 years old (prior to the start of the respective event) to participate in any of the four qualification events as well as the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 tournament. Professional players are eligible. Athletes must comply with Olympic Charter Rule 41 (Nationality of Competitors) and Rule 43 (World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions).
 
ROAD TO TOKYO 2020 – SOFTBALL
 
The first opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Softball medal event at Tokyo 2020 will be this August at the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship 2018 in Chiba, Japan. The 1st Place finisher in Chiba will be awarded direct entry into Tokyo 2020 without having to pass through Qualifiers. (Should Japan win the WBSC World Championship in Chiba, the 2nd Place finisher would be granted the Olympic spot.)
 
Africa/Europe Qualifier
 
The Africa/Europe qualification event will be an eight-team tournament, where the winner will earn a place at Tokyo 2020. Competing in this Qualifier will be top six finishers from the European Softball Championship 2019 and the top two teams from the African Softball Championship 2019.
 
Americas Qualifier
 
The Americas Olympic qualifier will be a maximum 16-team tournament, with the winner and the 2nd Place nation advancing to Tokyo 2020. Eligible nations to compete in this Qualifier will be based on the finals standings of the Pan American Championship 2019.
 
Asia/Oceania Qualifier
 
The Asia/Oceania Qualifier will be an eight-team tournament, with the winner advancing to Tokyo 2020. Competing in this Qualifier (not counting already qualified nations for Tokyo 2020) will be top six finishers from the Asian Softball Championship 2019 and the top two teams from the Oceania Softball Championship 2019.
 
Women’s National Softball Team Composition
 
National Team roster sizes for Olympic Softball will be 15 athletes, and the athletes must be at least 16 years old (prior to the start of the respective event) to participate in any of the four qualification events as well as the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 tournament. Professional players are eligible. Athletes must comply with Olympic Charter Rule 41 (Nationality of Competitors) and Rule 43 (World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions).
Baseball – Path to Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Softball – Path to Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Nov 2019: WBSC Premier12 (2 Qualify) Aug 2018: WBSC Women’s Softball WC (1)
TBC: Africa/Europe Qualifier (1) TBC: Africa/Europe Qualifier (1)
TBC: Americas Qualifier (1) TBC: Americas Qualifier (2)
TBC: Intercontinental Qualifier (1) TBC: Asia/Oceania Qualifier (1)
WBSC will announce dates, locations/hosts and respective broadcast rights agreements of the Qualifiers in future news releases.
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For media inquiries, contact media@wbsc.org@WBSC.
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 202 National Federation and Associate Members in 143 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 Cups, 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, which is available six languages: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.

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10-17-2017 Meeting of World Baseball Softball Leaders

Baseball, softball leaders from around the world gathering for start of WBSC Congress in Gaborone, Botswana
GABORONE, Botswana — Baseball and softball leaders from approximately 100 countries are expected to arrive in the African nation of Botswana to participate in the II WBSC World Baseball Softball Congress, which opens tomorrow in capital city Gaborone.
In addition to WBSC Baseball and WBSC Softball elections, key agenda items include reviews of the Olympic baseball and softball qualifying system/format, the WBSC Constitution, new applicants for WBSC membership, as well as the awarding of hosting rights for future Baseball World Cups and Softball World Championships.
Hosted at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) by the Botswana Softball Association (BSA) in conjunction with the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC), the official WBSC Congress general programme will begin Thursday, 12 October and conclude on Saturday, 14 October, involving delegates and high-ranking decision-makers from over 130 WBSC National Federations and Associate Members.
“The World Baseball Softball Congress in Gaborone will be an important gathering of baseball’s and softball’s leaders to discuss and shape the future direction and international expansion of our global sport,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “WBSC is grateful to the Botswana Softball Association and the Botswana National Sports Commission for welcoming the World Baseball Softball family to the great city of Gaborone.”
Elections will be held for positions within WBSC Baseball and WBSC Softball:
WBSC Baseball: There are 15 nominated candidates for seven available posts; the candidates represent 14 countries and territories, including Australia, Belgium, China, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Panama, San Marino, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United States of America.
WBSC Softball: There are 22 nominated candidates for seven available posts; the candidates represent 16 countries and territories, including Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, China, Colombia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Turkey, United States of America and Venezuela.
The WBSC Congress agenda also includes meetings of the WBSC Executive Board, the WBSC Baseball Executive Committee, the WBSC Softball Board of Directors, the Continental Baseball and Softball Confederations, the Francophone Association of Baseball Softball (AFBS), and various Commissions.
HOSTING AND AWARDS
Future hosts of the Baseball World Cups and Softball World Championships will be awarded, including the rights to host next year’s U-15 Baseball World Cup, U-23 Baseball World Cup and Women’s Baseball World Cup.
WBSC will announce the following award winners (2014-2017):
  • National Federation of the Year
  • Baseball Player of the Year
  • Softball Player of the Year
  • National Team Baseball Coach of the Year
  • National Team Softball Coach of the Year
New members will also be inducted into the WBSC Softball Hall of Fame.
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8-2-2017 Pendley Bombs Stun Charge

Viera, FL (August 2, 2017) – As the clouds cleared up over the Space Coast Stadium, the USSSA Pride (31-8) stormed past the Texas Charge (20-23) with a slug-fest on Wednesday night, broadening its winning streak to six. After suffering an early deficit, the Pride rallied back and turned the game around in overpowering fashion, taking the lead and staying ahead for the remainder of the game.

Bringing the heat to the Pride batting box, Shelby Pendley vindicated her throne upon the 2017 home run leaderboard, after blasting two back-to-back bombs during the home outing. Pendley currently holds a batting average of .287 with 27 RBI and a slugging percentage of .648. After tonight, the 2016 All-NPF Team shortstop counts 31 hits, 12 of which are home runs and three that are doubles. Thanks to her .395 on base percentage, the 2015 Big 12 Player of the Year takes the ninth spot in the NPF leaderboard, while ranking second for slugging percentage behind fellow teammate Kelly Kretschman (.813).

In the circle, Angel Bunner (6-1) led the USSSA defense as she clawed another win under her belt and increasedg her total strikeouts to 26 in 44.1 innings pitched. At the current time, Bunner holds a 1.21 ERA, the fourth best among the NPF leaderboard. Entering in the top of the fifth, Jolene Henderson (6-2) ceased the Texas offense, clutching two strikeouts in two innings pitched.

Taking the mound as a closer, 2017 First- Overall Draft Pick, Jessica Burroughs seized the win for USSSA. The Pride pitching staff records an overall ERA of 1.78 over 271.1 innings of pitching, and accumulates an outstanding 229 strikeouts on 1,105 batters faced.

The game started with the Texas Charge pressuring the Pride offense, quickly placing runners on base to reach the scoreboard first and put USSSA at 1-0 deficit. However, the Pride roared back in the bottom of the first, when Pendley went yard to clear the bases and put the Pride ahead, 3-1. Enduring her batting rage, Pendley brought the Pride to distance once again, delivering a two-run shot behind right field in the bottom of the third to throttle past the Charge, 5-1.

Entering the bottom of the fourth with a four-run lead, centerfielder Megan Wiggins snatched one more run on her fourth seasonal home run to increase the Pride stretch, 6-1.

As fifth and sixth went by with an unaffected score, Burroughs and the USSSA defense quickly retired the Charge bats with a quick 1-2-3 frame and sealing the tenth home win, 6-1.

The Pride will step back on the field on Friday evening against the Scrap Yard Dawgs for the first game of the three-day series. Teams will line up at 7:05 p.m. ET.

 

Quick Facts

Attendance: 235

Duration: 1 hr 43 min

Vaultz® Lock It Up!® Player of the Game: Shelby Pendley (USSSA Pride)

 

7-21-2017 Team USA Wins Two in Tuscaloosa

USA Softball Women’s National Team earns 9-1, 7-0 run-rule victories at Tuscaloosa doubleheader

July 20, 2017, 11:30 p.m. (ET)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — In front of approximately 2,000 fans at Rhoads Stadium sporting their Red, White and Blue, the USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) claimed back-to-back victories over the Alabama All-Stars in their doubleheader Thursday, USA Softball announced.

“Tonight was a real good indication of how good our pitching staff can be,” said Head Coach Ken Eriksen. “They’re very efficient, effective and economical, and our catchers did a great job with controlling that tempo and giving our team a chance to score first by keeping the Alabama All-Stars at zero. We also had some timely hitting and everybody looked comfortable at the plate.”

Game One: USA 9, Alabama All-Stars 1 (six innings)

Box Score

It didn’t take long for the Red, White and Blue to get on the board Thursday evening after jumping out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning. Leading off the bottom of the first frame with a single was Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.) who stole second and quickly advanced to third on a single by Michelle Moutlrie (Jacksonville, Fla.). An RBI single by Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) brought McCleney home to score Team USA’s first run of the night.  Following a few errors by the Alabama All-Star defense and a fly out to center field, Moultrie and Chidester extended the lead, 3-0. Ali Aguilar (Orangevale, Calif.) capped off the inning and added to the lead with a solo shot sent over the left field fence.

A home run by Moultrie in the bottom of the second stretched the lead to 5-0 before the Alabama All-Stars answered back with a run of their own in the top half of the third inning. Back-to-back singles by Kasey Cooper (Dothan, Ala.) and Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.) led off the bottom of the third before McCleney grounded into a fielder’s choice to put runners on the corners for Team USA. Jazmyn Jackson (San Jose, Calif.) entered as a pinch runner for Cooper and was then brought home on a groundout by Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.).

Ahead 6-1, the U.S. wrapped up their run-rule victory in the bottom of the sixth on a three-run blast from Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.), handing the USA Softball WNT a 9-1 win over the Alabama All-Stars.

Moultrie went 3-for-3 at the plate, while Arioto recorded four RBI. Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) got the win in the circle for Team USA, pitching three and two-third innings, allowing just one run on four hits. Delanie Gourley (Lakeside, Calif.) pitched the fourth inning, striking out one with no hits while Barnhill picked up three strikeouts in her one and one-third innings pitched.

Game Two: USA 7, Alabama All-Stars 0 (five innings)

Box Score

The U.S. continued their momentum into Game Two of the doubleheader exhibition series, capitalizing on a five-run second inning to take a sizeable lead early on and earn the 7-0 shutout win over the Alabama All-Stars.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the second when the U.S. once again found their rhythm. A pair of walks issued to Hannah Flippen (San Diego, Calif.) and Aubree Munro (Brea, Calif.) and a single by Jenna Lilley (North Canton, Ohio) loaded the bases for the Red, White and Blue. Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W. Va.) then drew a walk to plate Flippen before a grand slam by Aguilar stretched the score to a comfortable 5-0 lead.

The score remained 5-0 until the bottom of the fourth when Paige Halstead (Alta Loma, Calif.) hit a two-out single before coming around to score off a double by Cooper. With the 6-0 advantage, Lilley sealed the victory in the bottom of the sixth frame with a solo shot to right field to finish the 7-0 (five innings) shutout.

Both Cooper and Lilley went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Aguilar posted four RBI. Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.) got the win in the circle for Team USA, pitching four scoreless innings with six strikeouts and one hit allowed, while Danielle O’Toole (Upland, Calif.) induced three groundouts in her one inning pitched.

The USA Softball WNT is back in action Saturday, July 22 to play an exhibition doubleheader at Jane B. Moore Field against a team comprised of additional Alabama All-Stars. The Red, White and Blue continue their preparation for the Pan American Championship, which will be held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic August 4-13, where the top five finishing countries will qualify for the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship and the 2019 Pan American Games.

Fans can follow along with the National Team program by visiting USASoftball.com.

7-11-2017 USA Roster for Pan Am Qualifier

2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team Pan American Games/World Championship Qualifier roster named

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – The final 15-player roster for the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) Pan American Championship was announced today by USA Softball. Athletes selected will compete in the Pan American Championship August 4-13 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in which the top five finishing countries will qualify for the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship and the 2019 Pan American Games.

 

While the complete game schedule for the Pan American Championship will be announced at a later date, competing countries include: Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Cuba, Curacao, El Salvador, Guatemala, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Pero, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela.  The United States will need to finish in the top five in order to qualify for both the 2018 WBSC Women’s World Championship, which will be held in Chiba, Japan, and the 2019 Pan American Games, which will be held in Lima, Peru.

 

2017 Pan American Championship Roster


Ali Aguilar
Washington – 2017
Infield

Valerie Arioto
California – 2012
Infield

Kelly Barnhill
Florida – Jr.
Pitcher

Ally Carda
UCLA – 2015
Pitcher/Infield

Amanda Chidester
Michigan – 2012
Catcher

Hannah Flippen
Utah – 2017
Infield

Jazmyn Jackson
California – Sr.
Outfield

Haylie McCleney
Alabama – 2016
Outfield

Jessica Moore
Oregon – 2013
Pitcher

Michelle Moultrie
Florida – 2012
Outfield

Aubree Munro
Florida – 2016
Catcher

Danielle O’Toole
Arizona – 2017
Pitcher

Delaney Spaulding
UCLA – 2017
Infield

Kelsey Stewart
Florida – 2016
IF/OF

Janie Takeda
Oregon – 2015
Outfield

Alternates


Kasey Cooper
Auburn – 2017
Infield

Delanie Gourley
Florida – 2017
Pitcher

Paige Halstead
UCLA – Jr.
Catcher

Jenna Lilley
Oregon – Sr.
Infield

Morgan Zerkle
Marshall – 2017
Outfield

Coaching Staff


Ken Eriksen
Head Coach

Howard Dobson
Assistant Coach

Tairia Flowers
Assistant Coach

John Rittman
Assistant Coach

Heather Tarr
Assistant Coach

 Date Event Location Tickets   Media
June 12-18 Training Camp Irvine, Calif. N/A Credential request
June 13  Exhibition Games Irvine, Calif./Deanna Manning Stadium Click here  Credential request
June 14  Youth Clinic Irvine, Calif./Deanna Manning Stadium Click here 
June 15  Exhibition Games Irvine, Calif./Deanna Manning Stadium Click here  Credential request
June 23-25 USA vs. Japan All-Star Series Sendai/Yokohama, Japan N/A Live Stats
July 5-9  World Cup of Softball XII Oklahoma City, Okla.  Click here  Credential request 
July 12-14 Training Camp Sacramento, Calif. N/A Credential request
July 12  VIP Meet & Greet Sacramento, Calif. Click here  
July 13  Youth Clinic Sacramento, Calif. Click here  
July 13  Exhibition Games  Sacramento, Calif./Raley Field  Click here  Credential request 
July 19-23 Training Camp Tuscaloosa/Auburn, Ala. N/A Credential request
July 20 Exhibition Games Tuscaloosa, Ala./Rhoads Stadium  Click here Credential request  
July 22  Exhibition Games Auburn, Ala./Jane B. Moore Field  Click here  Credential request  
August 4-13 Pan Am/World Qualifier Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic N/A Live Stats
August 25-27 Japan Cup Takasaki City, Japan N/A Live Stats

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