Four USA Softball umpires selected to call at 2019 WBSC U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup

April 25, 2019, 4:43 p.m. (ET)
OKLAHOMA CITY — Four umpires from the United States have been selected to represent the USA Softball umpire program internationally in the 2019 season as the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) recently released the list of umpires for the U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup.  Slated for Aug. 11-17 in Irvine, Calif, Leslie Anderson (Seymour, Wis.), John Baca (Santa Fe, N.M.), Mark Korras (Northridge, Calif.), and Erin Peterson (Seattle, Wash.) have been selected for the WBSC U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup staff.

Anderson (USA Softball of Wisconsin), Baca (USA Softball of New Mexico), and Korras (USA Softball of Southern California) head into this season after having umpired the 2018 USA Softball International Cup (Irvine, Calif.) while Peterson (USA Softball of Seattle) umpired the World Cup of Softball in 2016 and 2017, and made the trip to Japan for the 2017 Japan Cup.

“Being selected to the WBSC U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup umpire staff is truly an honor,” said Anderson. “I feel very fortunate to represent our country and am beyond excited. I look forward to umpiring some exciting and competitive softball from around the world as well as meeting, working, and developing friendships with umpires worldwide.”

“I am both honored and humbled for being selected to work this event,” said Baca. “Being able to represent the U.S. is such an honor, and is a sign that hard work and commitment pays off. I am looking most forward to working these top level games with other umpires from around the world, and having the ability to learn from them and make new friendships.”

“It is an honor and privilege to represent the United States because of the culmination of all the hard work over the years by my mentors and myself,” echoed Korras. “I am most looking forward to meeting and working with umpires from other countries.”

“I’m always honored to represent USA Softball on the international stage,” said Peterson. “Working the international game is a unique opportunity where you really see the joy and respect of the game. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming WBSC U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup and growing my international umpire family."
Umpires are selected to represent the United States at WBSC-sanctioned events through their affiliation with USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States.  To find out how you can become a WBSC-certified umpire, please visit

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 through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations.  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,