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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

8-24-2017 Team USA at Japan Cup

Women’s National Team closes out 2017 season in Takasaki City at Japan Cup

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Takasaki City, Japan  — Less than two weeks off a Gold Medal performance at the Pan American Championship, the USA Softball Women’s National Team will close out their 2017 international season in Takasaki City, Japan for the 2017 Japan Cup. Team USA will face three-of-the-four top-ranked teams in the world: No. 1 Japan, No. 3 Canada and No. 4 Australia.

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Team USA kicks off the Japan Cup on August 25 with a doubleheader. They open with Canada at 12 p.m. JST (August 24, 11:00 p.m. ET) followed by Australia at 3 p.m. JST (2:00 a.m. ET).  The U.S. will close out round robin play against host country Japan on August 26 at 12 p.m. JST (August 25, 11:00 p.m. ET).  On August 27, the teams with the third and fourth best records will play in the Bronze Medal game at 2:30 p.m. JST (1:30 a.m. ET) while the Gold Medal Game between the No. 1 and No. 2 seed will take place at 5:30 p.m. JST (4:30 a.m. ET).  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.com.

— Courtesy of USA Softball

8-13-2017 Team USA Wins Pan Am Gold

August 13, 2017

Team USA wins Pan American Championship in decisive fashion with 9-0 (five innings) win over Mexico

 

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — Two days after nearly being eliminated from the Pan American Championship, the USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) proved why they are the reigning World Champions after dominating the final day in a pair of run-rule victories to earn the Gold.  Almost 14 years ago to the day on the very same field, future Olympic Gold Medalist Cat Osterman threw a perfect game as the United States defeated Canada at the 2003 Pan American Games and today Kelly Barnhill (Marietta, Ga.) nearly accomplished the same feat with a complete game, no-hitter over Mexico in the Gold Medal Game.  The U.S. defeated Canada 11-3 (five innings) to advance to the Gold Medal Game for a rematch with Mexico, who’s extra-inning win over the U.S. in the first round of playoffs sent the Americans to the loser’s bracket to battle their way back.  Team USA did just that, and in commanding fashion, shutting out Mexico 9-0 (five innings) to hold the Pan American Championship trophy in the air.

 

“Unbelievable,” said Head Coach Ken Eriksen.  “I think it’s the first time in double-page system that a team has lost the first game and then won four-in-a-row to win the tournament.  We needed a wakeup call.  I don’t know if anyone realized that we were at the brink of elimination over the course of the next four years because of the way the system is setup.  This team took it upon themselves and they got in a groove.  We had really good pitching and defense yesterday to carry through and it made the hitters more comfortable.  Michelle Moultrie, Amanda Chidester, Valerie Arioto and Jess Moore did an incredible job in leadership.  I was here the last time Team USA won a Gold Medal on this field when Cat Osterman pitched a perfect game and Kelly Barnhill almost matched her today.  History repeats itself here in Santo Domingo.”

 

Barnhill got the start in the circle for the U.S., and came out on fire as she retired the first three batters faced with a pair of strikeouts.  Mexico would return the favor in the bottom of the frame as a groundout, pop up and fly ball to keep the game scoreless.

 

The sole baserunner for Mexico would get on base in the top of the second after a batter was hit by a pitch with one out, but Barnhill came back with two strikeouts to quickly squash any attempt by Mexico’s offense for a rally.

 

The U.S. bats came alive in the bottom of the second in a nine-run outing at the plate.  Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) led off the at-bat with a single and advanced to second on a sac bunt from Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.).  With Chidester in scoring position, Ali Aguilar (Orangevale, Calif.) absolutely crushed the ball over the centerfield fence to plate the first two runs of the game.  Back-to-back singles from Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and Aubree Munro (Brea, Calif.) then put two on with one out.   

 

This prompted a pitching change for Mexico, but the scoring didn’t stop there as Team USA’s bats remained relentless.  Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.) sent a first-pitch, three-run home run over the centerfield fence to extend Team USA’s lead to five runs.  The U.S. continued to pounce offensively after Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) reached on a fielding error by Mexico and moved to third on a single from Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) with two outs.  Another single from Chidester plated Stewart and put runners on the corners.  On a 3-1 pitch, Arioto hit a no-doubter, sending the ball flying well over the left field fence for the third home run of the inning.   A walk looked to continue the rally for the Americans, but a groundout ended the inning with Team USA boasting a 9-0 lead.

 

The next three innings of play would be scoreless, but the damage had already been done as the U.S. earned the 9-0 (five innings), shutout, run-rule victory.  At the plate, Arioto and Takeda each picked up three RBI in the win, while Aguilar collected two.  Barnhill absolutely dominated in the circle, fanning 10 batters while allowing zero hits in her five innings of work. 

 

“I was really excited going in to today,” said Barnhill.  “For us to win Gold on this field like so many of the Olympians before us is amazing.  It’s something that I’ve been dreaming of, to be like those Olympic pitchers, and to be on that path that they were once on is really special because we’re all on the same path in the end.”

 

Earlier in the day, the U.S. defeated Canada 11-3 (five innings) in the Bronze Medal Game after bouncing back from a three-run deficit after the first inning.  Moultrie shined at the plate for Team USA, going 3-for-4, including a three-run home run which put the U.S. up in the top of the fourth inning. 

 

Each U.S. batter had a hit in the win over Canada, while Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) earned the win after entering in relief in the top of the first inning.  Moore tossed four and one-third scoreless innings with one strikeout, two hits and one walk.  Danielle O’Toole (Upland, Calif.) got the start in the circle for the U.S. while Barnhill tossed the final out of the game.

 

With their backs against the wall, the United States accomplished what no other team has been able to do in the history of the event. 

 

“It would have been so easy to just fall apart after that loss,” said Arioto.  “It just shows our closeness and how we believe in each other and each person’s heart.  We did it as a unit.  That loss could have really set us back, and we said ‘No way, we’re fighting.’  We fought every single pitch.  It wasn’t every single game, it was every single pitch.  The world saw our heart there, we just laid it out and played some good softball.”

 

As a team, the U.S. hit an astounding .436 with 19 home runs and 102 RBI in 12 games played.  Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.) paced the offense, hitting .613 (19-for-31) as the leadoff batter with one home run, five RBI and 17 runs scored.  Arioto picked up 18 RBI while hitting .357 (10-for-28) and amassing a .857 slugging percentage.  From the circle, the U.S. staff combined for a 1.40 ERA.  Moore was a perfect 4-0 with 16 strikeouts and a 0.68 ERA in 20.2 innings in the circle.  Barnhill went 3-0 while fanning 40 batters with a 0.35 ERA in 20 innings pitched. 

 

Up next for Team USA is the Japan Cup, which will be held August 25-27 in Takasaki City, Japan.  It will be a battle of the top-four ranked teams in the world as No. 1 Japan, No. 2 USA, No. 3 Canada and No. 4 Australia are all slated to compete. 

 

Fans can follow along with the USA Softball National Team programs all year long at 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.