OKLAHOMA CITY —
And Chamberlain, who is described by Sooners coach Patty Gasso as the best hitter on the planet, is eager to learn from Eriksen.
“I’m surrounded by the best players and coaches in the world, and I’m constantly learning something new,” she said. “I’m just trying to soak as much as I can while I can because even though the summer seems long I know it’ll go by very fast.”
The national team experience isn’t new to Chamberlain, who participated on the junior national team before moving up. That’s all part of Eriksen’s plan for Team USA, keeping the players familiar with the program before they even take the field for the squad. Combining those newcomers with returners from the previous team helps to establish a continuity in the program that Eriksen sees as crucial to success.
“It’s really important to have those good returners to help teach the younger kids,” he said. “We want to play as perfect as we can. We’re asking for a tremendous amount of focus from these players, but they’ve been handpicked because they can handle it.”
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