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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.
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.


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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

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

Valerie Arioto
California – 2012

Kelly Barnhill
Florida – Jr.

Ally Carda
UCLA – 2015

Amanda Chidester
Michigan – 2012

Hannah Flippen
Utah – 2017

Jazmyn Jackson
California – Sr.

Haylie McCleney
Alabama – 2016

Jessica Moore
Oregon – 2013

Michelle Moultrie
Florida – 2012

Aubree Munro
Florida – 2016

Danielle O’Toole
Arizona – 2017

Delaney Spaulding
UCLA – 2017

Kelsey Stewart
Florida – 2016

Janie Takeda
Oregon – 2015


Kasey Cooper
Auburn – 2017

Delanie Gourley
Florida – 2017

Paige Halstead
UCLA – Jr.

Jenna Lilley
Oregon – Sr.

Morgan Zerkle
Marshall – 2017

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*

7-9-2017 Japan Edges USA 2-1 in World Cup


Team USA drops 2-1 decision to Japan in Championship Game at World Cup of Softball XII; USA Softball JWNT defeat Puerto Rico 7-0 (five innings) to finish in 5th place


OKLAHOMA CITY –   Despite outhitting their opponents in the Championship finale at the World Cup of Softball XII, the USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) dropped a 2-1 decision to Japan to finish as runner-up.  USA’s Aubree Munro (Brea, Calif.) recorded Team USA’s lone RBI of the game after singling in the bottom of the fourth to plate Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.).  Also seeing action on Championship Sunday at the World Cup of Softball was the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT), who shutout Puerto Rico in a 7-0 (five innings) run rule to finish in fifth place as the team preps for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship.


“I’m happy with where we’re at right now,” said Head Coach Ken Eriksen.  “We’ve got some players who now have five or six years of experience under their belt.  Our approaches at the plate are pretty darn good, it was just one of those days where their bloop fell in today and ours didn’t.  The way we’re playing defensively and offensively is pretty flawless.”


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USA 1, Japan 2

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It was a typical high-level, competitive match between the top two ranked teams in the world in the World Cup of Softball XII Championship Game, and despite outhitting Japan, the USA Softball WNT finished as runner-up after a 2-1 loss.  The Eagles looked to create a seventh-inning rally, but ultimately fell one run short, finishing the annual event with a 7-1 record.


Japan struck first in the top of the third inning to take a 2-0 lead.  Eri Yamada led off with a single but USA’s Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) got Yamada out at second on a groundball from Mana Atsumi.  A single to Michelle Moultrie in right field advanced Atsumi to third to put runners on the corners before a walk to Yu Yamamoto loaded the bases.  With just one out, Minami Sato singled to centerfield to push across two Japan runs.


The U.S. struck back in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to just one run.  A leadoff walk to Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) followed by a single to right field by Moultrie put two on quickly.  A groundout put runners on the corners for Team USA to bring Munro to the plate, who on a 1-1 pitch drove a ball up the middle to bring Arioto home and make it a 2-1 ballgame.  Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.) followed with another single to prompt a pitching change for Japan as Yukiko Ueno entered for Yamato Fugita.  Ueno was able to retire the next two batters to prevent the U.S. from adding further damage.


Both sides would be kept silent through the next few innings of play to bring Team USA back to the plate for their final at-bat trailing by one.  Ueno was able to get two quick outs, but the U.S. proved to be resilient as Stewart doubled on a hard hit ball to the left center gap.  With a runner in scoring position, Team USA looked to keep the game going, but a strikeout ended the game with the U.S. falling to Japan 2-1.


Up next for the USA Softball WNT is a doubleheader exhibition tour stop in Sacramento, Calif. July 12-13.  The team will take a brief break before heading to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for the Pan American Games/World Championship Qualifier August 4-13.  The team will conclude their 2017 season in Takasaki City, Japan for the 2017 Japan Cup August 25-27.


USA JWNT 7, Puerto Rico 0 (five innings)

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Just three days after dropping an opening-game 3-1 decision to Puerto Rico, the USA Softball JWNT found their rhythm as the team walked away with the 7-0 (five innings) shutout victory.  The JWNT pushed across two runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back as Holly Azevedo (San Jose, Calif.) gave up just three hits in a strong performance in the circle for the Red, White and Blue. 


Azevedo retired her first three batters faced with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout.  Hannah Adams then led off the U.S. at-bat with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a grounder from Sis Bates (Ceres, Calif.).  Bubba Nickles (Merced, Calif.) demonstrated her veteran experience in the bottom of the first inning for the JWNT as she blasted a home run over the centerfield fence to give the U.S. the early 2-0 edge.


Another one, two, three inning for Azevedo brought the potent U.S. lineup back to the plate, and the team delivered with another five runs.  Dejah Mulipola (Garden Grove, Calif.) got the offense rolling with a leadoff single but was thrown out advancing to second on a groundball from Alyssa Rivera (Eagle Lake, Fla.)  Rivera would then move to second on a single from Elissa Brown (Eclectic, Ala.) and both moved up a base on an error by the Puerto Rico defense.  With the bases loaded, Bates singled on a hard hit ground ball back up the middle to plate two.  Nickles came up big again in her next at-bat, doubling on a line drive to left field to bring Adams and Bates home and make it 6-0, USA.  The final run of the inning would come after Lou Allan (Hesperia, Calif.) brought Nickles home on a ground ball to left field.


Puerto Rico would manage to get three base runners on through the remaining three innings of play, but were unable to figure out Azevedo in the circle as the JWNT claimed the run-rule victory to finish the World Cup of Softball XII with a 4-4 record. 


Azevedo earned the win for the JWNT, going the full five innings with four strikeouts and three hits allowed.  At the plate, Nickles drove in four of the U.S. runs while Bates picked up two RBI and Allan collected one RBI.


“The team is starting to get used to each other and starting to know each other’s abilities,“ said Head Coach Laura Berg.  “Today it showed.  They were flawless on defense.  I’m so proud of this team.  They played against teams who have ten-plus years of international experience and they did not back down.  They went toe-to-toe with them and they’re just going to continue to get better.”


Up next, the USA Softball JWNT will now set its sights on the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship in Clearwater, Fla. July 24-30.  After that, they will regroup in Cincinnati, Ohio where they will compete at the Major League Baseball (MLB) RBI World Series.


Canada 3, Australia 0

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Canada shutout Australia 3-0 in the Bronze Medal Game at the World Cup of Softball, capitalizing on a three-run first inning.  Two Canadian pitchers combined for the win as Karissa Hovinga pitched the first six and one-third innings with six strikeouts and five hits allowed.  Sara Plourde earned the save after entering in the bottom of the seventh to keep the Australian offense from rallying.


Philippines 8, Mexico 7 (eight innings)

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The Philippines earned a walk-off, extra-inning thriller over Mexico after trailing through the first six innings of play. Down 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Philippines drove in four runs to push the game into extra innings.  Mexico would score the international tie-break runner to take a one-run lead in the top of the eight, but a single from Francesca Altomonte in the bottom of the eighth drove in two runs to give Philippines the 8-7 win.