Cordes on her USA Softball experience

By Codi Warren | Jan. 15, 2011, 12 a.m. (ET)

Leading up to the International Softball Federation IX Jr. Women's World Championship (19-and-under), December 6-17, 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa, USA Softball Junior Women's National Team members Cheyenne Cordes, an outfielder from Fairfield, Calif., and Chelsea Goodacre, a catcher from Temecula, Calif., will be blogging biweekly for

January 15, 2012

Meet Cheyenne Cordes

Hello Softball World!!!

It’s Cheyenne Cordes and I am back for my final Junior Women’s National Team blog.

As most of you may know we have just recently returned from Cape Town, South Africa, where we competed and won the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women's World Championships. South Africa was such a wonderful place to host the world championships.

We arrived in Cape Town on the night of the Dec. 1. The very next day we started practicing and preparing for our games that were coming up later on during the trip. Being all together again with my USA girls reminded me of what great chemistry our team has. Now that the majority of us are in our first or second year of college, we don’t see each other as much as we did when we were all still in high school playing on our competitive travel ball teams, so we had a lot of catching up to do with each other.

We got to know the other countries in the tournament because we all stayed in the same hotel. While getting to know the other teams, we also got the chance to experience things that you would only get to experience in South Africa. First off, the South Africans were some of the nicest people I have ever met in my entire life. They were grateful for every smile, high five and conversation. My favorite thing that we got to do was go on a safari. I now know what it feels like having a real life rhino stand about 10 yards from me. We also got to experience wild moneys and penguins.

When it came to game time we were ready to go. We started off with Canada and continued to roll through the competition until our first game against Japan. Japan was not only our toughest opponent, they were also some of our closest friends at the hotel. We lost our first game to Japan 9-0. Our energy just wasn’t there, and neither were we as a team. After our loss we came together as a team and decided that we have been away from home for too long not to bring home the Gold Medal.

The next day we were like a whole different team. We started off with a run rule over Chinese Taipei. Then we were on to the Championship Game against Japan. We were the home team and the energy on the field was unreal. We were all hyped up and ready to kick butt. Japan battled until the end but they couldn’t top us thanks to a Cheyanne Tarango grand slam. After the final out of the game, which was a strike out, we celebrated jumping up and down. At the same time as our celebration we also began to realize that this would be the last time this same exact team played together. This realization made some of us tear up, but it also made us happy that we were able to end our time together on such a high note.

My experience with the Junior Women’s National Team was one I will never forget. I have learned so much from my coaches and teammates over the past two years, and I will continue to learn from them even now when I play against them. I can honestly say there are not words to describe the way it feels when you put on the USA uniform to represent your country. I would like to thank USA softball and my coaching staff for giving me this wonderful opportunity, I will forever be grateful for the opportunity that was given to me. Herb Brooks said it the best in the movie Miracle,“The name on the front is a hell of a lot more important than the one on the back.” Don’t ever forget that.

Thank you so much for reading my blogs and I hope that you have enjoyed them.

Cheyenne Cordes