OKLAHOMA CITY –– The 2020 Women’s Slow Pitch Showdown concluded today in Viera, Fla. as the Women’s Slow Pitch National Team (WSPNT) capped the tournament with a 9-4 victory over the Women’s Futures Slow Pitch National Team (Women’s Futures) in the annual Women’s Slow Pitch Showdown matchup.
Women’s Futures – 10, Dirty Sports/Trojans/CS/Thunder – 14
Held at Space Coast Stadium, the Women’s Futures kicked off the final day of the tournament against Dirty Sports/Trojans/CS/Thunder. An explosive start for the Women’s Futures sent eight runs across home plate for an early 8-0 lead, but Dirty Sports responded through the last four innings of the game to secure the 14-10 win.
Kristina Sherriff went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate for the Women’s Futures while Stephanie Call, Megan Higginbotham, Amber Parrish and Mandy Hollman recorded two hits apiece.
USA Women – 21, On Point – 1
The WSPNT dominated in their first game of the day with a 21-1 run-rule victory over On Point, their second run-rule of the tournament. On Point managed to score their solo run of the game in the top of the first frame before the WSPNT stole the show, tallying four homeruns and 25 hits in three innings.
Every player on the WSPNT recorded at least one hit in the offensive thriller with Kristen Shifflett, Terri Ross, Christan Dowling and Fiana Finau each sending one over the fence.
Women’s Slow Pitch Showdown – USA Women 9, Women’s Futures 4
In the final game of the day, the Women’s Futures and WSPNT went head-to-head in the annual Women’s Slow Pitch Showdown with the WSPNT securing the 9-4 victory. Solid defenses were on display for both teams as only one hit was recorded through the first inning, resulting in a scoreless start to the contest. The Women’s Futures broke the silence in the top of the second frame, plating the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly from Shayna Finley to score Hollman who singled earlier in the inning.
After two scoreless innings for the WSPNT, the offense responded in the bottom of the third with a pair of walks and a double from Dowling followed by a Finau sacrifice fly and single from Ross to put them on top, 4-1. Chipping away at the WSPNT lead, the Women’s Futures responded with a run of their own in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings, but five runs from the WSPNT extended their lead 9-4 to seal the win.
The WSPNT offense collected 13 hits with Shelby Engle (1-for-1), Finau (2-for-2), and Sara Poteat (3-for-3) reaching base every at-bat. For the Women’s Futures, Wendi Reed, Annie Rardin and Hollman each collected multiple hits, recording six of the ten hits for the Women’s Futures offense.
About USA Softball
USA Softball (USAS) 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 & Paralympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USAS sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations. USAS 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. USAS annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USAS 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, USAS 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 USAS, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.