The national team, skippered by South Florida coach Ken Eriksen, will have a busy summer, beginning with the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City July 11-14, a competition that will include the national teams of Japan, Australia, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well Team USA.
That will be followed by the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., July 16-22. Then it’s the International Softball Federation’s Women’s World Championship Aug. 5-18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
It is the final competition in which softball’s recognized world champion is crowned. A year ago, Team USA had to settle for second place, losing to Japan, 2-1, in a gold medal game that went 10 innings.
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