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WSPNT and Women's Futures collect wins on Day 1 of Slow Pitch Showdown

Oct. 04, 2020, 8:41 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY –– Held at Space Coast Stadium, the Women’s Futures Slow Pitch National Team (Women’s Futures) kicked off the 2020 Women’s Slow Pitch Showdown event with a 14-4 (five innings) victory over On Point before the Women’s Slow Pitch National Team (WSPNT) followed suit with a run-rule victory of their own, defeating Dirty Sports/Trojans/CS/Thunder 16-6 in six innings.
 
Women’s Futures 14, On Point 4
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The Women’s Futures had no trouble on offense today, winning big over On Point, 14-4, in five innings. On Point got things started and scored one run in the first inning while Megan Higginbotham’s two-run homerun in the bottom half of the frame quickly put the Women’s Futures on the board. On Point jumped ahead with a two-run homerun to make it 3-2 before a six-run second inning for the Women’s Futures gave them a five-run lead. Melanie Pfeiffer and Annie Rardin drew a walk while a single from Kelley Cash loaded the bases. Dani Wayt singled up the middle to plate two runs before Higginbotham singled and Stephanie Call doubled to tack on another two runs. A sacrifice fly ball from Mandy Hollman and single from Wendi Reed capped off the scoring in the second inning to with the Women’s Futures ahead, 8-3.
 
After retiring the On Point squad in order, the Women’s Futures posted a five-run third inning. Annie Rardin’s single to right field plated two runs before a single from Wayt made it 10-3. Stephanie Call also added to the lead by hitting the second homerun of the game for the Women’s Futures.
 
On Point managed to push across a lone run in the top of the fourth inning, while a sacrifice fly ball from Women’s Futures’ Ty Abdoo made it 14-4 in favor of the home team. Keeping On Point off the board in the top of the fifth, the Women’s Futures sealed their run-rule win and first of the day at Space Coast Stadium. Overall, the Women’s Futures tallied 17 hits, with Wayt, Cash, Call, Hollman, Parrish and Higginbotham collecting multiple hits. Wayt went 3-for-3 at the plate, while Call and Higginbotham each went yard.
 
WSPNT 16, Dirty Sports/Trojans/CS/Thunder 6
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Both the offenses were strong at the plate as the WSPNT collected 20 hits and Dirty Sports totaled 16 hits in the game. Dirty Sports opened up the scoring in the first inning, plating four runs with two homeruns. A two-run homerun from Finau put the WSPNT on the board while a RBI single from Shelby Engle made it 4-3. Both teams came up scoreless in the second inning while the WSPNT used the third inning to take the lead. 
 
Despite a solo homerun from Dirty Sports, Christan Dowling homered to lead off the bottom half of the frame and Patrika Barlow singled to tie the game at 5-5. From there, the WSPNT plated another nine runs on five hits to take a 14-5 lead. Two scoreless innings followed and while Dirty Sports plated a solo run in the sixth inning, a single from Savannah Brown and double from Tawna Williams sealed the run-rule 16-6 victory for the WSPNT in six innings.
 
Engle, Finau, Dowling, Ross, Hartness and Brown collected multiple hits for the WSPNT, with homeruns from Dowling and Finau.


Click here to view the 2020 Women’s Slow Pitch Showdown schedule

USA Softball announced the 2020 Slow Pitch National Team rosters earlier this year. The 14-athlete WSPNT roster includes athletes from 10 different states while the 15-athlete Women’s Futures roster includes athletes from 13 different states. Athletes on all four rosters have earned numerous USA Softball National Championships and individual tournament accolades.

For the Super Draft matchup, Team Cooper included Ty Abdoo, Patrika Barlow, Marisa Basham, Savannah Brown, Kelley Cash, Chelsea Davis, Christan Dowling, Fiana Finau, Stephanie Hartness, Mandy Hollman, Amber Parrish, Annie Rardin, Wendi Reed, and Kristina Sherriff, while Stephanie Call, Shelby Engle, Shayna Finley, Megan Higginbotham, Tara Licuanan, Kelly Park, Melanie Pfeiffer, Sara Poteat, Terri Ross, Kristen Shifflett, Kylee Studioso, Victoria Toplikar, Dani Wayt, and Tawna Williams played for Team Coughenour.


Click here to view the 2020 USA Softball Women’s Slow Pitch National Team and Futures Team rosters

The USA Softball Slow Pitch Showdown dates back to 2012 with the most recent edition being held in Midland, Michigan last year where the Men’s and Women’s National Teams each finished victorious. The 2019 competition settled with the MSPNT dominating in a 41-23 victory over the Men’s Futures while the WSPNT edged past the Women’s Futures with a narrow 7-6 win. 

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