OKLAHOMA CITY –– USA Softball is proud to announce that the 2021 edition of Border Battle, an annual international slow pitch event that features the USA Softball and Canada Slow Pitch National Teams, will be held at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City, Okla. Slated for Sept. 10-12, 2021, the USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team (MSPNT), Women’s Slow Pitch National Team (WSPNT), Men’s Futures Slow Pitch National Team (Men’s Futures), and Women’s Futures Slow Pitch National Team (Women’s Futures) will compete in three days of action against Canada’s Men’s and Women’s Slow Pitch National Teams as well as grassroots clubs.
“We’re excited to bring Border Battle XII and the Slow Pitch Showdown back to Oklahoma City,” said USA Softball Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Craig Cress. “Coming off a season where we dealt with the impact of COVID-19, we look forward to welcoming this prestigious slow pitch event back to the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex for the first time since the completion of stadium construction.”
The three-day event will begin with a series of exhibition games followed by the Slow Pitch Showdown, pitting the U.S. Slow Pitch National Teams (Men’s and Women’s) against their respective U.S. Futures Teams (Men’s and Women’s). Capping off the weekend will be the annual Border Battle contest between Team USA and Team Canada, set for Sunday, Sept. 12 at the Softball Capital of the World®.
Despite the cancellation of the 2020 Border Battle due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the USA Softball Slow Pitch National Teams competed in the Slow Pitch Showdown at Space Coast Stadium where the MSPNT and WSPNT each finished victorious, defeating the Men’s Futures, 21-10, and the Women’s Futures, 9-4, respectively.
Since the creation of Border Battle in 2009, the U.S. MSPNT boasts a 9-2 record over Canada’s Men’s Slow Pitch National Team while the U.S. WSPNT holds a 2-1 record over the Canada Women’s Slow Pitch National Team since adding the Women’s division to Border Battle in 2017.