USA Softball announces 2019 Women’s Slow Pitch National Team, Futures Team rosters

Jan. 22, 2019, 2:49 p.m. (ET)

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — USA Softball announced today the two 14-athlete rosters selected to represent the U.S. as part of the 2019 USA Softball Women’s Slow Pitch National Team (WSPNT) and Futures Team. Both will compete against Canada’s Women’s Slow Pitch National Team for the Women’s Border Battle as well as go head-to-head in the Women’s Slow Pitch Showdown. Individuals on the two rosters were evaluated and selected based off previous Team USA experience in addition to their performance at previous USA Softball Women’s Open Slow Pitch National Championship in Portland, Ore.

 

Click here to see the 2019 USA Softball Women’s Slow Pitch National Team and Futures Team rosters

 

“The staff is very excited about the 2019 roster,” said WSPNT Head Coach Don Cooper. “With the addition of six rookies to this year’s team, it brings excitement and also a little uncertainty, but it’s always exciting to watch a rookie put on the Red, White and Blue for the first time. We really look forward to getting on the field and working through the process. We surely have big shoes to fill after the success of the 2018 team.”

 

The WSPNT roster includes athletes from 11 different states who have earned numerous USA Softball National Championships and individual tournament accolades. Returning this year are eight veterans in Savannah Brown (Inola, Okla.), Chelsea Davis (Sarasota, Fla.), Christan Dowling (Rochester, N.Y.), Kami Marrott (Las Vegas, Nev.), Tara Salcedo (Bellflower, Calif.), Kristen Shifflett (Richmond, Va.), Jess Tolbert (Kansas City, Mo.), and Dara Toman (Columbus, Ohio).

 

“Being selected for the Women’s Slow Pitch National Team for another year has been the most amazing accomplishment of my athletic career,” said WSPNT veteran player, Chelsea Davis. “As an athlete, our goal in our respective sport is to play at the highest level and Team USA is just that, which means my goal has been met and exceeded at that. This team represents pride, leadership, respect and the ultimate talent, and to be a part of that is simply amazing. There is nothing like the feeling you get putting that uniform on and being able to represent our country.”

 

The addition of the USA Softball Women’s Slow Pitch Futures Team was announced in August of 2018, bringing the USA Softball’s Slow Pitch National Team Program to four teams: the Men’s Slow Pitch National Team (MSPNT), Men’s Futures Slow Pitch National Team (Men’s Futures), the WSPNT and Women’s Futures.  In addition to the Men’s and Women’s Border Battle against Team Canada, both the MSPNT and WSPNT will now face off against the Futures team in the Men’s and Women’s Slow Pitch Showdowns.

 

“I’m so excited and proud to see how far women’s slow pitch softball has come not only in the past 10 years but especially these past two years through the endless efforts of USA Softball and Don Cooper,” said Futures Team Head Coach, Cara Coughenour. “With the addition of the Futures Team, the energy and excitement of these opportunities for elite female athletes around the country are at an all-time high! I am humbled and blessed to be a part of it and I truly can’t wait for Border Battle this July.”

 

The Futures Team roster includes athletes from 12 different states, including two veterans in Jordan Brown (Hampton, Va.) and Hope Houser (Stevenson, Ala.). Gina Mengwasser (Shawnee, Okla.) is one of 14 athletes selected to the Women’s Futures Team, and joins the team after having competed in the 2018 USA Softball Women’s Open Slow Pitch National Championship.

 

“To play on the USA Softball Futures Team is the biggest honor I have ever received,” said Mengwasser. “I have always dreamed of playing for the U.S. and my dreams are becoming a reality. I have so many people I could thank for getting me to where I am today. I have only been playing for three years, so there is so much more to learn and I can’t wait to see where this sport takes me.”

 

Athletes are selected to represent the United States as a member of a Slow Pitch National Team based on their grassroots participation at their respective USA Softball Slow Pitch National Championship.  Athletes wishing to make the 2020 WSPNT, Women’s Futures, MSPNT and Men’s Futures will need to participate in the following events: the Women's Open Slow Pitch National Championship in Waxahachie, Texas August 23-25, the Men's Super Slow Pitch National Championship in Hendersonville, Tenn. August 15-16, the Men’s Class A Slow Pitch National Championship in Hendersonville, Tenn. August 17-18 and the Men’s Class B Slow Pitch National Championship in Prairie Island, Minn. August 23-25.

 

The roster announcement for the USA Softball MSPNT and Futures Slow Pitch National Team along with the complete schedule for Border Battle will be announced at a later date.

 

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, and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  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, www.USASoftball.com.