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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.

7-5-2017 World Cup of Softball

Media Information  |  World Cup of Softball XII

 

The World Cup of Softball XII features seven of the top 10 world-ranked teams in the world and marks the first international softball event in the United States since the announcement of softball’s return to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.  Team USA’s #JourneyToJapan begins now as the road to qualify for #Tokyo2020 begins right here in OKC!

 

Competing Teams:

Team USA

USA Junior Women’s National Team (19-Under)

Australia

Canada

Japan

Mexico

Philippines

Puerto Rico

 

World Cup of Softball XII Game Schedule

 

 

July 5:

OGE Energy Field:

Puerto Rico vs USA JWNT – 11 am

Canada vs USA JWNT – 1:30 pm

USA vs Philippines – 4 pm

USA vs Mexico – 6:30 pm

 

INTEGRIS Field:

Japan vs Canada – 11 am

Japan vs Puerto Rico – 2 pm

Australia vs Mexico – 4:30 pm

Australia vs Philippines – 7 pm

 

July 6:

OGE Energy Field:

Japan vs Mexico – 9:30 am

Mexico vs USA JWNT – 12:30 pm

Australia vs USA JWNT – 3 pm

USA vs Canada – 6 pm

 

INTEGRIS Field:

Japan vs Philippines – 12 pm

Canada vs Philippines – 2:30 pm

Australia vs Puerto Rico – 5 pm

 

July 7:

OGE Energy Field:

Canada vs Mexico – 10:30 am

Philippines vs USA JWNT – 1 pm

USA vs USA JWNT – 4 pm

USA vs Japan – 7:30 pm

 

INTEGRIS Field:

Puerto Rico vs Philippines – 10:30 am

Canada vs Puerto Rico – 1 pm

Japan vs Australia – 4pm

 

July 8:

OGE Energy Field:

Puerto Rico vs Mexico – 10 am

USA vs Puerto Rico – 1 pm

Japan vs USA JWNT – 3:30 pm

USA vs Australia – 7 pm

 

INTEGRIS Field:

Mexico vs Philippines – 12:30 pm

Canada vs Australia – 3:30 pm

 

July 9:

OGE Energy Field:

Seed #1 vs Seed #2 – 12 pm

Seed #3 vs Seed #4 – 2:30 pm

 

INTEGRIS Field:

Seed #7 vs Seed #8 – 12 pm

Seed #5 vs Seed #6 – 2:30 pm

 

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LIVE Media

TV:

USA vs. Canada on July 6, 2017 – (ESPN)

USA vs. Japan on July 7, 2017 – (ESPN2)

USA vs. Puerto Rico on July 8, 2017 –  (ESPN2)

USA vs. Australia on July 8, 2017 –  (ESPN2)

Seed #1 vs. Seed #2 Championship Game  –  (ESPN)

 

Online:    All other games will be available to watch via live stream on USASoftball.com for free.

 

Tickets

General admission single session tickets will be available at the gate.  For those ages 12 and older, tickets can be purchased for $10 while youth and senior citizen (ages 4-12/55+) are available for $5. All-session tickets are available for adults for $40, and youth/senior for $20.

 

Credentials

Media passes will be available for pick-up at the “Will Call” window at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium throughout the event.

 

Please contact:

Katie Willis – Communications Manager

Cell: 440.315.2802 I Email: kwillis@usasoftball.com I Social Media: @USASoftball

 

Please note: USA Softball will allot time after the conclusion of each team’s final game of the day for media requesting interviews.  Please contact Katie Willis with your requests.

 

Pressbox Hours

Please note your respective work space will remain open for 1 hour after the final out of the last game of the day. If you need to make other arrangements, please contact Katie Willis prior to the start of each day.

 

Meals/Drinks

Working media will have access to meals and drinks, which will be located in the VIP area of the USA Softball press box.  Please note: there will be no bottled water, but there will be a water cooler in the meal area.  Media will need to bring their own bottle, canister, etc. to fill with available water. Bottled water can be purchased at the concession stands along with other snacks.

 

 

6-30-2017 Ninth Annual Border Battle

Ninth-annual Border Battle kicks off today at USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — A total of 10 teams are set to take the field to compete in the ninth-annual Border Battle this weekend, USA Softball announced today.  With 21 games to be played at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex – OGE Energy Field, Border Battle will feature round-robin games involving the USA Softball Men’s and Women’s Slow Pitch National Teams, the USA Softball Men’s Futures Slow Pitch National Team, Canada’s Men’s and Women’s Slow Pitch National Teams and several USA Softball-registered men’s and women’s teams.  General admission all-session and single-session tickets are available at the ticket booth outside the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex.

 

Highlighted by events such as Military Appreciation Day, League Night and Legends of the Game, special activities highlight each day of the Border Battle while groups of 10 or more can receive special pricing. The three-day event will be highlighted by the Men’s Border Battle IX, where Team USA will face Canada and look to keep Border Battle bragging rights on July 1 at 8 p.m.  In addition to the featured Border Battle game, the USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team and the USA Softball Men’s Futures Slow Pitch National Team will also be competing in Oklahoma City in the Slow Pitch Showdown on Friday, June 30. Newly introduced to the action-packed lineup at Border Battle IX this year is a Women’s Border Battle game, which will feature the inaugural USA Softball Women’s Slow Pitch National Team who will take the field against Team Canada on July 1 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Fans will be able to watch each pitch of Border Battle IX online through USASoftball.com.  For complete coverage of Border Battle IX including live stats, streaming and results log on to USASoftball.com.

 

The inaugural “Bash at the Border Battle”, which will take place simultaneously with Border Battle IX, features teams within the USA Softball Super Slow Pitch and Class A Slow Pitch divisions and includes ASP/KV Weld/A&A Utility/OA Labs, ASP Plumbing Services/Monsta, OC, The Crew, TPC/Boompas Burgers and WC Monsta.  The teams will compete in a double-elimination bracket to determine who will play in the Championship Game.

 

Click here for live stats, live streaming and brackets for the “Bash at the Border Battle”

 

6-29-2017 USA Softball, Scrapyard Dawgs, WBSC Partnership

USA Softball and Scrap Yard Dawgs partner with WBSC for “Softball in Schools” initiative in Gonzo, Malta

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — In an effort to grow female participation in softball across the globe, Scrap Yard Dawgs General Manager Connie May conducted softball clinics in Malta as part of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Development Commission “Softball in Schools” initiative.  With the support of USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, May brought Tatum Edwards, Madi O’Neal, Kelcy Leach along for the trip where the group conducted training camps with the Ghajnsielem Redcoats, a softball club in Gonzo, Malta.  

 

“Team USA asked me to do this trip to bring a piece of what we know in the USA to the athletes and teachers in Malta,” said May.  “The people and athletes in Malta are so eager and hungry to learn the game and to grow within the sport, that they hold nothing back in their quest.  When asked to go on this trip, I was excited and eager, however when I got there, Joseph and the Redcoats were beyond prepared and so excited to learn from our staff. They know how to work hard and I am excited to watch their progress.”

 

The Level 1 Softball Coaching Course was held at the National Sports School, Pembroke in Malta spanning over three days.  May, along with her team, delivered three excellent sessions which covered the rules of the game, the fundamentals skills of softball and concluded with a game.

 

Speaking about the staff who accompanied her, May stated: “Tatum Edwards is an All American that is extremely detailed and very well versed in the coaching process, learning from the best in the game at Nebraska. Madi O’Neal played for me in travel ball for three years and is very well rounded and can teach many different skills in the game and is incredibly dynamic with her speed.  Kelcy Leach is a lesson kid of mine that is one of the most accomplished High School Age hitters as well as a feared catcher with an extremely high softball IQ.  My entire staff have dynamic personalities that draw each athlete and coach in and make the information exciting to learn. They were the perfect blend of coaching and mentoring.”

 

With the first phase of “Softball in Schools” successfully implemented, more work will be conducted starting in October and a follow-ups to the Level 1 Softball Coaching Clinics may be scheduled at a later date.

 

“USA Softball works tirelessly to grow the game around the world and are INCREDIBLE ambassadors to carry the torch for the United States of America,” said May.

 

6-28-2017 New ESPN USA Softball Pact

ESPN and USA Softball ink multi-year agreement to televise competitions through 2020; World Cup of Softball XII TV schedule announced

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — USA Softball is proud to announce that it has reached a multi-year agreement with ESPN that will establish the ESPN networks as the home of select World Cup of Softball games through 2020.  Starting this year at the World Cup of Softball XII, ESPN will have the production and distribution rights for four USA Softball games and the Championship Game for each World Cup of Softball with all telecasts also available for live streaming via the ESPN app.

 

“We’re excited to bring top-level international softball to fans through the ESPN networks for the next four years,” said USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress.  “Fans will have the opportunity to watch the top four ranked teams in the world compete here in Oklahoma City, along with very talented ranked teams like Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and our Junior National Team squad.  As the momentum continues to build towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, we are thrilled to be showcasing the best softball in the world and our sport on the ESPN networks.” 

 

Click here to see the complete broadcast schedule for the World Cup of Softball XII

 

“It’s exciting to be back on ESPN for the World Cup of Softball,” said Women’s National Team veteran Valerie Arioto.  “Not only for the anticipation leading up to the Olympic Games in 2020, but also to continue to grow the sport of softball.  There is such a broad range of viewers who watch and enjoy softball so our agreement with ESPN is a great avenue for people to be able to watch the best softball in the world!”

 

As the popularity and coverage of the sport continues to grow as fans around the world anticipate softball’s return to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the 2017 telecast will provide fans the opportunity to watch the world’s best softball live from Oklahoma City.  The ESPN networks will air over 10 hours of live coverage on ESPN and ESPN2, which is highlighted by multiple prime time windows and concludes with the Championship Game on Sunday, July 9 at 12 p.m. CT.

 

“ESPN is extremely pleased to reach an agreement with USA Softball to showcase the World Cup of Softball in the wake of the sport’s return to the Summer Olympics,” said ESPN Vice President of Women’s Sports Programming Carol Stiff.  “The premier annual event adds to our deep softball portfolio that now includes more than 600 college softball regular season games annually across our platforms prior to our comprehensive coverage of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship and the Women’s College World Series. Throughout our entire history, women’s sports have been a vital part of ESPN’s programming content offerings and will continue to be into the future.”

 

The World Cup of Softball features No 1. world-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).  All other games of the World Cup of Softball will be live streamed for free through USASoftball.com.  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.  Tickets will also be available for purchase outside the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex.

 

This announcement comes on the heels of the most-watched and streamed NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) finals in WCWS finals history.  Averaging a total live-audience (TV + streaming) of 1.72 million viewers, viewership of the event was up 33% from the first two games of the NCAA WCWS finals in 2016. 

 

For complete coverage of World Cup XII including live stats, streaming and results log on to USASoftball.com.