Border Battle X kicks off today for Slow Pitch National Team Programs

By Codi Warren (cwarren@usasoftball.com) | July 27, 2018, 10:20 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Team USA is ready to reclaim the Border Battle title as the USA Softball Slow Pitch National Team Programs are slated to begin Border Battle X today in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Held July 27-29 at Peter Hallman Ballyard, the USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team (MSPNT), Futures Slow Pitch National Team (USA Futures) and the Women’s Slow Pitch National Team (WSPNT) will compete in three days of action against Canada’s Men’s and Women’s Slow Pitch National Team rosters and grassroots clubs.

 

Click here for live stats, streaming and rosters for Border Battle X

 

The action kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (12 p.m. CT) as the USA Softball WSPNT takes on Kahunaverse, followed by USA Futures vs Kahunaverse East, USA Softball MSPNT vs O.C. and USA Futures vs Canada. All three U.S. teams are slated for additional matchups over the next two days of competition before three marquee events: the Slow Pitch Showdown and Women’s and Men’s Border Battle.

 

The Slow Pitch Showdown, established in 2012, is a battle royal between USA Futures and the MSPNT and will take place on Saturday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. CT).  The USA Futures claimed the inaugural Slow Pitch Showdown title in 2012 with a 38-37 thrilling victory while the MSPNT has claimed each Slow Pitch Showdown since.

 

Closing out the three-day event is the marquee event for both the MSPNT and WSPNT - Border Battle.  In a classic USA vs. Canada matchup, both U.S. squads are looking to reclaim the Border Battle titles after falling short of Team Canada in 2017.  The Women’s Border Battle is now in it’s second year and will be held Sunday, July 29 at 4 p.m. ET (3 p.m. CT).  The Men’s Border Battle, which held it’s inaugural event in 2009, is scheduled for July 29 at 6 p.m. ET (5 p.m. CT). 

 

Click here for more history on the Slow Pitch Showdown and Border Battle

 

Free live stats and live streaming are available throughout Border Battle, and can be accessed at USASoftball.com.

 

Team USA quotes on Border Battle:

 

“I’m very excited for the team to get back on the field.  We’ve had 12 months to get ready to play in front of the wonderful Canadian fans, and being able to play Team Canada in their home park as an underdog is something the entire team and staff are looking forward too.” – USA Softball Women’s Slow Pitch National Team Head Coach, Don Cooper.

 

“The Futures team is a little banged up right now, but we know that the Canadian teams will be ready to play in front of their home crowd.  We are excited for the challenge.  It should be great couple days to play ball, especially with the atmosphere they had here during the last Border Battle they hosted [in 2014].” – USA Softball Futures Slow Pitch National Team Head Coach, Rob Humphrey.

 

“I'm really looking forward to getting this group of players on the field together.  We have a great mix of talent at all positions as well as a group that is hungry to bring the Border Battle title back to the USA!" – USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team Head Coach, Brett Helmer.

 

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