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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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10-11-2017 National Team Camp Invitees

National Team Camp Invitees

Fifty-six athletes accept invitation to 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball announced today the list of athletes invited to participate at the 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp to be held January 1-5, 2018 at Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla.  A total of 61 athletes were invited to attend the Selection Camp with 56 athletes accepting the invitation.  Those athletes who accepted the invitation to try out will vie for a spot on the 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) roster which will compete at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship in Chiba, Japan August 2-12, 2018, the World Cup of Softball XIII and select invitational events.

 

Click here to see the athletes who received an invitation to try out for the Women’s National Team

During the selection process, athletes will participate in position drills as well as simulated games and be evaluated by the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC).  The 2018 USA Softball WNT will look to defend their Gold Medal finish at the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Championship where the team claimed the 10th overall World Championship title for the WNT program.  The team finished the 2016 WBSC 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.

 

USA Softball will also hold an open tryout opportunity for players hoping to make the 2018 USA Softball WNT.  Held December 31 at Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla., eligible athletes have from now through October 31 to sign up through USASoftball.com for the open tryout, which will involve a series of softball related skill drills for each position, hitting and bunting.  Participants from the open tryout could be selected to participate at the USA Softball WNT Selection Camp along with the list of invited athletes.

Monica Abbott Pitcher Tennessee – 2008

Ali Aguilar Infield Washington – 2017

Valerie Arioto Infield California – 2012

Kelly Barnhill Pitcher Florida – Junior

Bianka Bell Infield LSU – 2016

Ally Carda Pitcher/Infield UCLA – 2015

Lindsey Cargill Infield Baylor – 2017

Emily Carosone Infield Auburn – 2016

Brittany Cervantes Utility Kentucky – 2012

Lauren Chamberlain* Infield Oklahoma – 2015

Amanda Chidester Catcher Michigan – 2012

Caleigh Clifton Infield Oklahoma – Junior

Kasey Cooper Infield Auburn – 2017

Nicole DeWitt* Infield Florida – Senior

Astin Donovan Outfield South Florida – Senior

Taylor Edwards Catcher Nebraska – 2014

Hannah Flippen Infield Utah – 2017

Taylor Gadbois Outfield Missouri – 2016

Rachel Garcia Pitcher UCLA – Sophomore

Chelsea Goodacre* Catcher Arizona – 2015

Delanie Gourley Pitcher Florida – 2017

Meghan Gregg Infield Tennessee – Senior

Paige Halstead Catcher UCLA – Junior

Jazmyn Jackson Outfield California – Senior

Sahvanna Jaquish Catcher LSU – 2017

Megan Kleist Pitcher Oregon – Junior

Shay Knighten Infield Oklahoma – Junior

Kelly Kretschman Outfield Alabama – 2001

Bailey Landry Outfield LSU – 2017

Jenna Lilley Infield Oregon – Senior

Kendyl Lindaman Catcher Minnesota – Sophomore

Amanda Lorenz Outfield Florida – Junior

Paige Lowary Pitcher Oklahoma – Senior

Haylie McCleney Outfield Alabama – 2016

Nicole Mendes Utility Oklahoma – Sophomore

Mo Mercado Infield Arizona – 2017

Kirsti Merritt Outfield Florida – 2016

Jessica Moore Pitcher Oregon – 2013

Michelle Moultrie Outfield Florida – 2012

Dejah Mulipola Catcher Arizona – Sophomore

Aubree Munro Catcher Florida – 2016

Nerissa Myers Infield La. Lafayette – 2013

Bubba Nickles Utility UCLA – Sophomore

Alexis Osorio Pitcher Alabama – Senior

Danielle O’Toole Pitcher Arizona – 2017

Paige Parker* Pitcher Oklahoma – Senior

Shelby Pendley Infield Oklahoma – 2015

Kylee Perez Infield UCLA – Senior

Keilani Ricketts Pitcher Oklahoma – 2013

Sierra Romero Infield Michigan – 2016

Sydney Romero Infield Oklahoma – Junior

Delaney Spaulding Infield UCLA – 2017

Kelsey Stewart Utility Florida – 2016

Gwen Svekis Catcher Oregon – Senior

Janie Takeda Outfield Oregon – 2015

Nadia Taylor Infield Texas – 2012

Nikki Udria Infield Oregon – 2017

Karley Wester* Outfield Notre Dame – 2017

Megan Wiggins Outfield Georgia – 2011

Hallie Wilson Utility Arizona – 2015

Morgan Zerkle Outfield Marshall – 2017

 

 

For updates on the USA Softball Women’s National Team and events throughout the 2018 season visit www.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.

 

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.

 

 

 

9-16-2017 USA Softball Coaching Pool

USA Softball reopens application period for 2018-19 Women’s National Team Coaching Pool

 

OKLAHOMA CITY  —   USA Softball, the National Governing Body for Softball in the United States, announced today it has reopened the application process for the 2018-19 USA Softball Women’s National Team Coaching Pool and is accepting applications from fast pitch coaches now through October 6, 2017. The coaching pool includes coaches for the Junior Women’s National Team and the Women’s National Team.

 

The USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee will select coaches for the coaching pool.  Pool coaches may be required to participate in international competition, player evaluations, selection camps and other specified events as part of the evaluation process. These events primarily occur in the months of June, July, August, September and November each year. Coaches will work under the direction of the USA Softball Director of National Teams Chris Sebren.

 

Pool coaches may be eligible for selection as a member of the National Team Coaching Staff for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This staff will be selected by the Women’s National Team Selection Committee in accordance with procedures to be approved by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

 

The schedule for the Women’s National Team and Junior Women’s National Team has yet to be finalized for the 2018-19 cycle, but those international calendars will be highlighted by the 2018 WBSC Women’s World Championship to be held in Chiba, Japan, the 2019 Pan American Games to be held in Lima, Peru and the 2019 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship in Irvine, Calif.

 

To be considered as a candidate for the pool, please e-mail a letter of application and resume to arrive no later than October 6, 2017, which must include:

 

             – National coaching and/or playing experience

 

             – International coaching and/or playing experience

 

             – Clinic and/or speaking experience

 

             – Reasons you would like to be a member of the Women’s National Team Coaching Pool

 

             – Please indicate if you are interested in a head coaching job, assistant coaching job or both

Please send letter of application and resume via email to:

 

Chris Sebren
Director of USA Softball National Teams
USA Softball

csebren@usasoftball.com

405-425-3432

 

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

8-27-2017 Team USA Falls to Japan in Final

Team USA falls to Japan in Gold Medal final at Japan Cup

Aug. 27, 2017, 9 a.m. (ET)

Takasaki City, Japan  — The 2017 season for the USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) came to a disappointing end as the U.S. suffered a walk-off, 5-4 loss to Japan in the Gold Medal finale at the 2017 Japan Cup.

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The U.S. vs Japan rivalry lived up to the hype as both sides scored in the first inning.  After Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) was hit by a pitch with one out, Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) doubled with a line drive to right field.  Stewart utilized her wheels to scoot around the base paths and score from first, giving Team USA an early 1-0 edge.  That lead would not last long as a solo home run off U.S. starter Danielle O’Toole (Upland, Calif.) tied the game at one run each.

That score would hold until the top of the fifth inning when the U.S. would take the lead.  A leadoff single from Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) put a runner on base for the Red, White and Blue but a strikeout would keep her at first.  Spaulding would advance to second base on a ground out from Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.) and crossed the plate after Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.) doubled with a line drive to the left/center gap.

The U.S. added to their lead in the top of the sixth inning with a pair of runs.  Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) singled with one out before Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W. Va.) entered as a pinch runner.  Zerkle beat out a fielder’s choice on a ground ball from Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) to put two on and a walk to Kasey Cooper (Dothan, Ala.) loaded the bases.  A strikeout would keep the runners put before Aubree Munro (Brea, Calif.) singled to plate Zerkle and Takeda was hit by a pitch to extend the U.S. lead to 4-1.

A leadoff walk to Japan in the bottom of the sixth resulted in a pitching change for Team USA as Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.) entered in relief for O’Toole.  The U.S. defense then played textbook softball with a double play and a groundout to Spaulding at shortstop to keep the three-run lead.

The U.S. would be retired in the top of the seventh without adding anything to their lead to bring Japan to their final at-bat.  A leadoff single brought Delanie Gourley (Lakeside, Calif.) to the circle and after issuing a walk Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) subbed in for Gourley.  Moore issued a strikeout to record the first out of the inning, but an infield single loaded the bases and O’Toole re-entered the circle.

A wild pitch would allow a run to cross the plate for Japan and an intentional walk would once again load the bases with one out.  A single cut the lead to just one run to result in the fourth pitching change of the inning for Team USA as Kelly Barnhill (Marietta, Ga.) took to the circle.  A walk tied up the ballgame before a sac fly resulted in Japan taking the 5-4, walk-off win.

The Japan Cup marked the end of the 2017 season for the Women’s National Team, who finished the summer with a 22-5 record while claiming the Gold at the Pan American Championship.  As a team, the U.S. finished the summer with a .366 batting average while outscoring opponents 193-49.  McCleney led the offense for the U.S., amassing a .500 (30-for-60) batting average while Ali Aguilar (Orangevale, Calif.) and Arioto each hit six home runs and Chidester led with 27 RBI.  For the pitching staff, Barnhill issued 63 strikeouts while finishing the season with a 0.91 ERA through 38.2 innings in the circle.  Moore led the staff with an 7-1 record while fanning 22 batters in 36.1 innings pitched.

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.

8-25-2017 Team USA Posts Two Wins in Japan Cup

Team USA records two come-from-behind wins in Japan Cup doubleheader versus Canada and Australia

Takasaki City, Japan  — The USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) shook off the jet lag and came together with a gritty performance as the team pushed across two come-from-behind victories at the Japan Cup.  Trailing by one run after the second inning against Canada, the U.S. utilized back-to-back three run innings to squeak out a 6-4 win before posting a 6-5 (eight innings), extra-inning thriller over Australia after trailing by one run in the bottom of the seventh.

 

“We didn’t play very well today,” said Head Coach Ken Eriksen.  “I thought our two lefty pitchers, Danielle O’Toole and Delanie Gourley did a great job today.  We had too many errors, but on a jet lag day from traveling I thought we did a nice job of coming back in both games.”

 

Game One: USA 6, Canada 4

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Propelled by back-to-back three run innings, Team USA took a 6-4 win over Canada in their opening game at the 2017 Japan Cup.  Despite having an off day defensively, the U.S. was able to utilize timely hitting and a strong pitching performance by Danielle O’Toole (Upland, Calif.) in the circle to walk away with the win.

 

Canada got on top early in the second inning after a string of singles plated Joey Lye to put the U.S. down by one run.  The Red, White and Blue would not trail for long as the U.S. offense would spark a three-run outing in the bottom of the frame.  A leadoff walk to Ali Aguilar (Orangevale, Calif.) started the charge and Aguilar would advance to second on a single from Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.).  A single from Kasey Cooper (Dothan, Ala.) would leave the bases juiced for Team USA, but a pop out would keep the runners at bay.  With one out, a sac fly from Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.) tied up the ballgame before a single from Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) plated Spaulding and a defensive error by Canada allowed Cooper to also score.  After two innings of play, Team USA took a 3-1 lead.

 

Canada would retake the lead in the top of the third inning after a two out error by the U.S. defense put a runner on first.  Back-to-back singles loaded the bases before Larissa Franklin tripled to plate three and regain the one run, Canadian lead.  That prompted a pitching change for Team USA as O’Toole entered the circle for starter Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.).  Despite issuing a walk to her first batter faced, O’Toole and the U.S. defense recorded a ground out to Aguilar at second base.

 

The lead would change for the fourth and final time of the game in the bottom of the third as the U.S. plated another three runs.  Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) led off with a solo home run to tie up the ballgame at 4-4.  Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Aguilar followed with singles before advancing to third on a sac bunt from Spaulding.  Cooper recorded her second hit of the game with a two-run single to right field, giving the U.S. a 6-4 lead.

 

O’Toole and Team USA’s defense retired Canada in order through the next three innings of play to bring Canada to their final at-bat trailing by two.  Back-to-back ground outs recorded the first two outs of the at-bat before a walk prompted a pitching change for the U.S. as Kelly Barnhill (Marietta, Ga.) entered in relief for O’Toole.  Barnhill recorded a strikeout, earning the save as the U.S. pulled off the 6-4 win.

 

O’Toole got the win in the circle, going four innings with no hits, two walks and one strikeout.  Barnhill fanned the one batter she faced while Carda finished the day with one earned run and one walk in two and two-third innings pitched.

 

At the plate, Cooper had a great outing after going 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored.  Chidester recorded one run and one RBI with her solo shot while Aguilar scored twice.

 

Game Two: USA 6, Australia 5 (eight innings)

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After falling behind by two runs through the fifth inning, Team USA walked off with a 6-5 (eight innings) win over Australia to remain undefeated at the 2017 Japan Cup.  Team USA struggled again defensively, recording four errors in the field, but an absolute gem of a performance by Delanie Gourley (Lakeside, Calif.) in the circle helped lock up the win for the Eagles.

 

An error and intentional walk put two Aussie runners on base in the top of the first with one out but back-to-back groundouts would keep the Aussies off the scoreboard.  Despite Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) getting a two out walk, the U.S. was kept off the board after a groundout ended the first inning.

 

Australia looked to score in the top of the second inning after a leadoff double and walk put two runners on base, but another round of groundouts kept Australia from doing any damage offensively.  A solo home run by Arioto in the bottom of the frame gave Team USA the early 1-0 edge.

 

A three run outing by Australia in the top of the third changed the lead and had the U.S. trailing by two runs.  A one out single from Stacey Porter and back-to-back errors by the U.S. defense tied up the game at 1-1.  Australia took the lead after the second double of the game by Samantha Poole, which resulted in a pitching change as Barnhill entered for Moore with one out.  Barnhill hit the first batter she faced to load the bases and a groundout pushed across the third run of the at-bat before a strikeout ended Australia’s scoring drive.  

 

Team USA remained relentless and tied up the game in the bottom of the third inning with the help of a two-run shot by Chidester.  A leadoff walk to Aguilar put a runner on before Australia switched pitchers as Kaia Parnaby entered the circle for Justine Smethurst.  Parnaby recorded a strikeout and a fielder’s choice kept Team USA’s baserunner at first base, but Chidester squared up on a 1-0 pitch to make it a 3-3 game.

 

The game saw its third lead change in the top of the fourth after a solo home run by Porter and Australia added another run in the top of the fifth to extend their lead to 5-3 which resulted in USA entering Gourley into the circle for Barnhill.  The U.S. would cut that lead to one run in the bottom of the fifth after Aguilar led off with a walk but a fielder’s choice got Aguilar out at second as Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.) took her place at first.  With one out, Moultrie doubled with a fly ball down the right field line, allowing Takeda to score from first base to put the U.S. within one.

 

Both sides would be kept off the board through their next outings at the plate as Gourley fanned all but one out through Australia’s next two at-bats.  With Team USA down to their final at-bat and trailing by one run in the bottom of the seventh, Cooper led off with a double to the left/center gap after entering as a pinch hitter.  Moultrie then laid down a perfect bunt which she beat out and a throwing error allowed Takeda, who re-entered the game for Cooper, to score to tie it up and force the game into extra innings.

 

After a sac bunt, a strikeout from Gourley and fly ball to right field kept Australia from plating a run in the top of the eighth, Aubree Munro (Brea, Calif.) was placed on second base for the Red, White and Blue.  Textbook softball on a sac bunt from Jenna Lilley (North Canton, Ohio) advanced Munro to third base, and a wild pitch would allow Munro to score and give the U.S. the walk off win.

 

Gourley earned the ‘W’ in the circle for Team USA after a no-hit performance through three and one-third innings to lock up the game.  Gourley fanned seven and allowed just one walk, while Barnhill struck out four, walked one and allowed one hit in her two and one-third innings.  Moore’s line for the night included one strikeout, two walks and four hits in two and one-third innings.

 

At the plate, Arioto was walked three times after her solo home run.  Moultrie had a 2-for-3 outing with one RBI and one run scored while Chidester recorded two RBI after her home run.

 

Up next for the U.S. is their final game of round robin play against host country Japan tomorrow at 12 p.m. JST (August 25, 10 p.m. CT).  Games will be televised through BS Japan with no online live-streaming, but live stats can be accessed for free through USASoftball.com.

 

Fans at home can follow along with live stats, recaps and more at USASoftball