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The Women’s National Open – An Opportunity For Growth In Baseball

The future of baseball is female
July 19, 2022
The future of baseball – it’s female. The popularity of baseball among females is vastly growing, and USA Baseball’s Women’s National Open is helping to prove that point, as it is providing a unique opportunity for girls and women from around the country to gather this week and compete for

The future of baseball – it’s female.

The popularity of baseball among females is vastly growing, and USA Baseball’s Women’s National Open is helping to prove that point, as it is providing a unique opportunity for girls and women from around the country to gather this week and compete for a spot on the prestigious 2022 Women’s National Team.

For three players – Nadia Chernich, Athena Clendaniel, and Virginia Parr – they have traveled more than 3,000 miles from Alaska to be amongst some of the top female baseball players in the United States.

Chernich (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Clendaniel (Anchorage, Alaska) have both been involved in various joint USA Baseball and MLB events in the past but are taking part in their first USA Baseball-sanctioned event this week in St. Paul, Minnesota.

“It’s been nice seeing some of the older women here that I've kind of looked up to growing up,” said Clendaniel. “I saw them play when I was younger, and now those are players I'm seeing here. I’m getting the chance to play with and against some of them this week, which is pretty cool.”

For Parr (Fairbanks, Alaska), this is her second time competing at the Women’s National Open as she traveled to the National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, in 2018. Knowing what the event entailed, she was eagerly waiting for the chance to return after it was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic.

“It is definitely an awesome experience,” said Parr. “When I was younger this was not really a thing, but I always wanted there to be something like it. Even to see the talent and how much it has grown since I was at this event four years ago, it’s crazy. I want this to continue so that maybe one day there can be a major league for women.”

For many of the players at this week’s Women’s National Open, this is the first time they have been surrounded by so many other females who share the same passion of baseball. Almost all 58 competitors have been limited to playing on male travel ball teams or their respective boy’s high school teams.

“In the Fairbanks area, there aren’t any baseball teams for females that I know of,” explained Parr. “I know there are men's leagues and they're open to women playing, and there is the occasional girl or two playing, especially through high school.”

Not only is the Women’s National Open a chance for girls and women to be amongst others who all share a common interest, but it is also an opportunity to learn from a coaching staff that has a wealth of experience and success at the professional level.

“It's just mind blowing to me that this is my life right now,” said Chernich. “I am around the best women in sports this week, in my opinion, that I will probably ever see. I am so blessed to be here after traveling from so far away. It’s been surreal for me.”

No matter the outcome of the Women’s National Open, these players see the event serving a higher purpose for developing skills and advancing their careers.

“Obviously, the goal is to make the team and go play in Canada, but what I'm really focusing on and trying to take away from these couple of days is just learning from and playing with and against some of the top women in the country,” said Clendaniel.

Unknowingly, the 58 players that are in attendance this week are helping to trailblaze the way for the future of women’s baseball. The sport has made tremendous strides in even just the last five years, and the future is bright for girls and women all over.

“I see this event as a way to set women up for the future because if this is what it’s like for me now, I can’t wait to see what the sport will look like years from now,” said Chernich. “The fact that this exists in my life is incredible because I remember a couple of years ago that this was not a thing. Back then I thought to myself that it could be a thing and now it is, so if this is what it’s like now, the future should be absolutely amazing.”

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FEATURE: Through Kelsie's Eyes

August 17, 2022
The following is a personal reflection of Women's National Team member Kelsie Whitmore about her journey to becoming a professional baseball player. She became the first female to play in the Atlantic League when she made her professional debut on April 21, 2022. She is also the first woman to

The following is a personal reflection of Women's National Team member Kelsie Whitmore about her journey to becoming a professional baseball player.

She became the first female to play in the Atlantic League when she made her professional debut on April 21, 2022. She is also the first woman to play in a league associated with Major League Baseball since 1994.

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Women’s National Team Drops Series Finale With Canada

The U.S. was unable to overcome an early deficit
August 1, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats THUNDER BAY, Ontario – USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team was unable to overcome an early deficit in its series finale with Canada on Monday afternoon at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario, as it suffered an 8-4 loss. Despite the setback in the
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United States 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 7 2
Canada 8 0 0 0 0 0 X 8 11 0

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THUNDER BAY, Ontario – USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team was unable to overcome an early deficit in its series finale with Canada on Monday afternoon at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario, as it suffered an 8-4 loss.

Despite the setback in the final game, the United States managed to clinch the series and finish with a 3-2 record, while Canada closed out the week with a 2-3 ledger.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Canada plated eight runs on as many hits and an error in the first inning, and proved to be all it needed to secure the win over the U.S. With the bases loaded on one out, the squad managed to string together six base hits in seven at bats to score the eight runs.
  • After four scoreless innings, the Stars and Stripes made a four-run surge in the sixth on four hits to cut its deficit in half. Kelsie Whitmore started the inning with a single through the left side, and then scored on Jade Gortarez’s double up the right field line to put her team on the board. After Gortarez moved to third on a groundout and Anna Kimbrell drew a walk, Jillian Albayati’s pinch-hit RBI single to center field followed by Alex Hugo’s two-run double to center field brought the other three runs across.
  • The U.S. looked to force extra innings in the seventh by putting a runner in scoring position after Kelsie Whitmore reached on a hit-by-pitch and stole second, but a fly out to left field ended the threat.

OF NOTE

  • Kelsie Whitmore and Jade Gortarez tallied two hits each in the contest, while Alex Hugo drove in a team-best two runs batted in.
  • Kelsie Whitmore was charged with the loss after surrendering eight earned runs in two innings pitched, while Canada’s Allison Schroder was credited with the win after tossing six complete innings and tallying five strikeouts.
  • USA’s Marti Sementelli and Meggie Meidlinger combined to yield just two hits in four shutout innings of relief.

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Women's National Team.
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Women’s National Team Shuts Out Canada, Clinches Series

The U.S. has outscored Canada 38-13 through four games
July 31, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats THUNDER BAY, Ontario – USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back as it defeated Canada on Sunday afternoon in shutout fashion, 7-0, at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario. With the win, the United
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United States 3 0 0 0 3 1 X 7 8 0

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THUNDER BAY, Ontario – USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back as it defeated Canada on Sunday afternoon in shutout fashion, 7-0, at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

With the win, the United States clinches the friendship series and improves to 3-1 while Canada moves to 1-3.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The U.S. jumped out to a 3-0 lead on three hits in the first inning. Malaika Underwood and Kylee Lahners stared the spark with an infield single and hit-by-pitch, respectively, and Kelsie Whitmore drove in the first run with a double to right field to send Underwood home from second. Jillian Albayati made it 2-0 when her RBI groundout scored Lahners from third and then Jade Gortarez’s RBI single up the middle easily sent Whitmore home to plate the third run.
  • The bats were quiet for both teams until the fifth inning when the Stars and Stripes broke it open and made it 6-0. Alex Hugo drew a leadoff walk and then Malaika Underwood and Kylee Lahners each singled to load the bases for Kelsie Whitmore, who cleared the bases with a double to left field.
  • USA tacked on its final run of the game in the sixth inning to make it 7-0. After Ashton Lansdell and Remi Schaber drew walks, Malaika Underwood tallied her third hit of the game with a long single to right field to score Lansdell from second.

OF NOTE

  • Starting pitcher Jillian Albayati was phenomenal on the mound, tossing five shutout innings with three strikeouts to pick up the win.
  • Jamie Baum and Kate Blunt each threw an inning in relief to combine for the shutout. In total, the trio held Canada to five hits.
  • Canada’s Alexane Fournier was dealt the loss after allowing five earned runs in 4.1 innings pitched.
  • At the plate, Malaika Underwood led all players with a 3-for-4 outing, including a run batted in and two runs scored.
  • Kelsie Whitmore and Jade Gortarez also tallied two hits apiece, as Whitmore drove in a game-high four RBIs.
  • Through four games, the U.S. has outscored Canada, 38-13.

ON DECK

  • The teams will conclude its friendship series on Monday, August 1, for game five. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. ET at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Women's National Team.
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 Women's National Team Drops Hard-Fought Battle With Canada

U.S. was unable to overcome a late six-run surge by Canada
July 30, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats THUNDER BAY, Ontario – USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team was unable to overcome a six-run surge in the sixth by Canada on Saturday as it fell 10-8 in the third game of the friendship series between the teams. Held at Baseball Central in
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United States 1 0 3 0 1 2 1 8 10 1
Canada 3 1 0 0 0 6 X 10 13 4

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THUNDER BAY, Ontario – USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team was unable to overcome a six-run surge in the sixth by Canada on Saturday as it fell 10-8 in the third game of the friendship series between the teams.

Held at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario, the U.S. drops to 2-1 in the series while Canada collects its first win to improve to 1-2.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Alex Hugo put the U.S. on the board in the first when she scored on a double play after leading off the game with an outfield single.
  • Canada responded in the bottom frame when Daphnée Gélinas, Alizée Gélinas, and Madison Willan all delivered run-scoring single with runners in scoring position to take a 3-1 lead.
  • A sacrifice fly by Alizée Gélinas to left field in the second inning extended Canada’s lead to 4-1.
  • The Stars and Stripes knotted the score at 4-4 in the third inning with three runs on as many hits. Ashton Lansdell drove in Alex Hugo with a triple to center field, her fourth of the series, after a base hit and error put Hugo in scoring position. Kylee Lahners then delivered a two-run single to shallow center field with runners in scoring position to tie things up.
  • Ashton Lansdell tallied her second run batted in of the game in the fifth to give the U.S. its first lead of the game at 5-4. Alex Hugo started the inning by reaching on a two-base error, and Lansdell sent her home with a single up the middle.
  • Canada made a late surge in the sixth, scoring six runs on as many hits. Ellie Jesperson and Mia Valcke delivered run-scoring singles with runners at first and second to tie things up at 7-7, and then a Reese Velocci bases-loaded RBI single, balk, and Zoe Hicks sacrifice fly made it 10-7.
  • The U.S. didn’t go down without a fight though in the final frame of the contest. Kelsie Whitmore and Jade Gortarez reached on a one-out hit-by-pitch and infield single, respectively, to start the spark. Olivia Pichardo drove in Whitmore from second with a base hit to center field, but as Gortarez looked to advance to third, she was out on the throw in from the outfield to end the game.

OF NOTE

  • Alex Hugo went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, while Kylee Lahners went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Ashton Lansdell turned in a 2-for-3 outing with two RBIs.
  • Four other players tallied a hit in the contest for the Stars and Stripes for a combined 10.
  • Canada’s Julia Konigshofer was credited with the win after surrendering just one earned run in two innings of relief out of the pen, while Sophie Gagne picked up the save as she managed to hold off the U.S. rally in the seventh.
  • Niki Eckert was saddled with the loss after surrendering five earned runs in 3.0 innings in relief.

ON DECK

The teams will meet on Sunday, July 31, for game four of the series. Due to anticipated inclement weather in the area, first pitch has been adjusted to 3:00 p.m. ET at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Women's National Team.

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Women’s National Team Secures 7-1 Win Over Canada

U.S. scored seven unanswered runs en route to win
July 30, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats THUNDER BAY, Ontario – USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team continued its hot start to its friendship series with Canada on Friday night, securing a 7-1 win to improve to 2-0. Despite Canada scoring first, the U.S. plated seven unanswered runs across the first

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THUNDER BAY, Ontario – USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team continued its hot start to its friendship series with Canada on Friday night, securing a 7-1 win to improve to 2-0.

Despite Canada scoring first, the U.S. plated seven unanswered runs across the first four innings en route to the victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Canada took its first lead of the series in the first inning, plating a run on an RBI groundout with runners at the corners.
  • Canada’s lead was short-lived though, as the United States scored four runs in the bottom of the first to take a three-run lead. Malaika Underwood started the spark by hitting a single to left center, and then back-to-back errors brought her home to knot the score a 1-1. Kylee Lahners roped a 2-RBI double down the left field line to bring across the go-ahead run, and then she scored on another Canadian defensive miscue for the fourth run of the inning.
  • The U.S. extended its lead to 5-1 in the second when Kelsie Whitmore delivered a run-scoring single to drive in Alex Hugo from third, who started the side with an outfield single.
  • Jade Gortarez and Jillian Alabayati made it 6-1 in the third inning when they strung together back-to-back doubles on one out.
  • The final run of the game came in the fourth inning, making it 7-1 when Ashton Lansdell scored on Kelsie Whitmore’s RBI groundout to the shortstop after hitting her third triple of the series to left center.

OF NOTE

  • Alex Hugo led all players offensively with a 2-for-4 performance with a run scored, while Kelsie Whitmore and Kylee Lahners tallied two runs batted in apiece.
  • Marti Sementelli was credited with the win as she tossed three scoreless innings out of the pen with two strikeouts.
  • Olivia Pichardo fanned a team-high five batters in her first career start on the mound for the Stars and Stripes, while Niki Eckert hurled the final inning of the contest in shutout fashion.
  • Through two games the U.S. is outscoring Canada, 23-3.

ON DECK

  • The teams will meet on Saturday, July 30, for game three of the series. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. ET at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Women's National Team.
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Women’s National Team Opens Friendship Series With 16-2 Win Over Canada

The Stars and Stripes scored in six of the seven innings
July 29, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats THUNDER BAY, Ontario – The United States Women’s National Team opened up its friendship series with Canada on Thursday in dominant fashion with a 16-2 victory at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The Stars and Stripes scored runs in six of the
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Canada 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 6 4

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THUNDER BAY, Ontario – The United States Women’s National Team opened up its friendship series with Canada on Thursday in dominant fashion with a 16-2 victory at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The Stars and Stripes scored runs in six of the seven innings, including a combined 11 in the last three. The U.S. outhit Canada, 16-6, and kept its opponent scoreless through the first five innings of the contest.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The U.S. took an early lead in the first inning with a run. After Kylee Lahners reached on a two-base error and Malaika Underwood took first on a hit-by-pitch, Kelsie Whitmore delivered with a base hit to center field to drive in Lahners.
  • Alex Hugo doubled the U.S. lead in the second at 2-0, sending Ashton Lansdell home from second after she led off the inning with a double down the left field line.
  • The Stars and Stripes added three more runs in the third to take a 5-0 lead on a Kelsie Whitmore two-run triple to left center and RBI fielder’s choice by Ashton Landsell.
  • In the fifth inning, Kelsie Whitmore led off with a home run to left field to make it 6-0, and then after Jade Gortarez tallied a base hit, she scored on Ashton Landsell’s triple to center field to make it 7-0.
  • The U.S. managed to make it 12-0 in the sixth with five runs on as many hits via a Jamie Baum 2-RBI single to left center with runners in scoring position, an Ashton Lansdell two-run triple to right center, and an Anna Kimbrell run-scoring to center field.
  • In the bottom of the sixth Canada avoided the shutout, scoring a pair of runs on a defensive miscue with the bases loaded.
  • The red, white, and blue didn’t let up heading into the final inning, as it plated four more runs on three hits to make it 16-2. With the bases loaded on two outs, Alexia Jorge and Olivia Pichardo strung together back-to-back hits to drive in two runs each.

OF NOTE

  • Kelsie Whitmore showed out at the plate and on the bump. She went 3-for-3 with four runs batted in and dealt 4.2 innings of shutout ball as she allowed just five hits and did not issue a walk.
  • Ashton Lansdell also had a stellar outing offensively as she went 4-for-5, including two triples, with four RBIs and three runs scored.
  • Ten different players tallied a base hit while seven recorded a run batted in.
  • Jamie Baum tossed 1.1 innings out of the pen, surrendering one earned run while fanning two batters, while Meggie Meidlinger closed out the game by retiring Canada in order in the seventh.

ON DECK

  • The teams will meet on Friday, July 29, for game two of the series. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Women's National Team.
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USA Baseball Announces 2022 Women’s National Team Roster

The 20-woman roster will play a five-game friendship series with Canada July 28-August 1
July 24, 2022
ST. PAUL, Minn. – USA Baseball today announced the final 20-woman roster for the 2022 Women’s National Team, which will compete in a five-game friendship series with Canada at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario, July 28-August 1. “We are thrilled with the depth of knowledge, experience, talent, and passion

ST. PAUL, Minn. – USA Baseball today announced the final 20-woman roster for the 2022 Women’s National Team, which will compete in a five-game friendship series with Canada at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario, July 28-August 1.

“We are thrilled with the depth of knowledge, experience, talent, and passion on this year’s roster,” said Women’s National Team Program Director Ann Claire Roberson. “This is an incredibly strong group of athletes that we are confident will represent the U.S. well both on and off the field as we head to Canada to compete in a five-game friendship series.”

In total, 12 alumnae of the Women’s National Team will once again compete for a chance to wear the red, white, and blue in 2022, and all 12 helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2019 COPABE Women’s Pan-American Championships.

The roster is highlighted by Malaika Underwood, who will suit up for the red, white, and blue for the 11th time, as she owns the record for most appearances on a USA Baseball national team. Additionally, this will be the 10th time Anna Kimbrell and the ninth that Marti Sementelli have been members of a national team. 2022 also marks the seventh time for Jade Gortarez and Kelsie Whitmore and sixth for Meggie Meidlinger.

Alex Hugo, Kylee Lahners, and Ashton Landsell will make their third appearance representing the U.S. on the international stage, while Denae Benites, Kate Blunt, and Alexia Jorge will don the red, white, and blue for a second time.

For eight players – Jillian Albayati, Jamie Baum, Elise Berger, Janelle Calvet, Niki Eckert, Alana Martinez, Olivia Pichardo, and Remi Schaber – this year marks their first appearance on a Women’s National Team roster. Albayati, Baum, Berger, Calvet, Martinez, Pichardo, and Schaber have all participated in a Women’s National Development Program in prior years, meanwhile Eckert earned a roster spot after her first experience in a Women’s National Team program.

This year’s Women’s National Team manager is five-time Team USA player Veronica Alvarez. She will coach alongside assistant coaches Manny Crespo, Sr. and Alex Oglesby, and pitching coach Reynol Mendoza.

The Women’s National Team will train at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on July 25, at Neiman Sports Complex in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 26, and at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on July 27, before opening its five-game friendship series with Canada on July 28.

Fans can follow along with the action by following @USABaseballWNT on Twitter and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.

The 2022 Women’s National Team roster is as follows:

2022 Women’s National Team Roster
(Name; Position; Hometown)

  • ^Jillian Albayati; RHP/INF; Anaheim, Calif.
  • ^Jamie Baum; RHP/UTIL; Los Altos, Calif.
  • *^Denae Benites; INF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
  • ^Elise Berger; RHP/INF; Shelburne, Vt.
  • *^Kate Blunt; RHP/INF; Ladera Ranch, Calif.
  • ^Janelle Calvet; UTIL/RHP; Deerfield Beach, Fla.
  • Niki Eckert; LHP/OF; Englewood, N.J.
  • *^Jade Gortarez; INF/RHP; Riverside, Calif.
  • *^Alex Hugo; INF/OF; Olathe, Kan.
  • *^Alexia Jorge; C/INF; Lyndhurst, N.J.
  • *^Anna Kimbrell; C; Fort Mill, S.C.
  • *^Kylee Lahners; INF; Laguna Hills, Calif.
  • *^Ashton Lansdell; INF/RHP; Marietta, Ga.
  • ^Alana Martinez; INF/OF; Cooper City, Fla.
  • *^Meggie Meidlinger; RHP/INF; Sterling, Va.
  • ^Olivia Pichardo; RHP/OF; Forest Hills, N.Y.
  • ^Remi Schaber; INF/RHP; Cordova, Tenn.
  • *^Marti Sementelli; RHP; West Newton, Mass.
  • *^Malaika Underwood; IF; San Diego, Calif.
  • *^Kelsie Whitmore; OF/RHP; Temecula, Calif.

* denotes national team alumna
^ denotes National Team Development Program participant

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Game Three

Stripes Salvage Series With 5-3 Extra-Inning Thriller Over Stars

Stripes hold off late surge from Stars to secure win
July 24, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Stars vs. Stripes Women’s National Team Training Camp series concluded on Sunday morning at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, as the Stripes salvaged the series with a 5-3 extra-inning victory. The Stripes scored two runs in the
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Stars vs. Stripes Women’s National Team Training Camp series concluded on Sunday morning at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, as the Stripes salvaged the series with a 5-3 extra-inning victory.

The Stripes scored two runs in the third and a run in the sixth to take a three-run lead, but the Stars managed to knot the score with two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to force extra innings. The Stripes would not be denied though, as it plated two runs in the eighth to collect its lone win of the series.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Stripes took its first lead of the week in the third inning with a pair of runs. With runners at first and second after Anna Kimbrell and Kelsie Whitmore both singled up the middle, Denae Benites delivered with a base hit to left field to send Kimbrell home and put her team on the board. Jade Gortarez then drove in Whitmore with a groundout to second to double the lead.
  • In the top of the sixth, the Stripes extended its lead to 3-0 thanks to a defensive miscue with the bases loaded.
  • The Stars responded in the bottom frame, scoring two to make it a one-run game at 3-2 as Nadia Diaz and Ashton Lansdell each singled to the left side of the diamond with a runner at third.
  • The Stars knotted the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh on a bases-loaded wild pitch, forcing extra innings.
  • With runners at first and second using the international tiebreaker, Jade Gortarez roped a base hit to center field to give the Stripes its lead back and then Remi Schaber drove in a run via a sacrifice fly to center field to add an insurance run.
  • In the bottom of the eighth Jade Gortarez shut the door by striking out the side to secure the victory for her team.

OF NOTE

  • Nine different players tallied a base hit, highlighted by extra-base hits from Jamie Baum and Olivia Pichardo.
  • Kelsie Whitmore led all players with two runs scored, while Jade Gortarez drove in a game-high two runs batted in.
  • Olivia Pichardo fanned a game-high five batters in her two shutout innings of work on the mound, while Kelsie Whitmore and Niki Eckert dealt two scoreless innings apiece.
  • Jade Gortarez was credited with the win after retiring the Stars by strikeout in the eighth, while the Stars’ Ashton Lansdell was saddled with the loss after surrendering the final two runs of the game.

ON DECK

  • The Women’s National Team roster will be announced on Sunday evening. The 20-woman roster will then travel to Canada for a five-game friendship series against Canada in Thunder Bay, Ontario, July 28-August 1.

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the 2022 Women's National Team.
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Game Two

Stars Clinch Women’s National Team Training Camp Series With 15-4 Victory Over Stripes

The Stars scored 10 unanswered runs en route to the victory
July 23, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Stars used 12 hits across the first five innings to secure a 15-4 victory over the Stripes on Saturday morning in the second game of the Women’s National Team Training Camp series at the Neiman Sports Complex in
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ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Stars used 12 hits across the first five innings to secure a 15-4 victory over the Stripes on Saturday morning in the second game of the Women’s National Team Training Camp series at the Neiman Sports Complex in St. Paul, Minnesota. With the win, the Stars clinched the series.

The Stripes managed to make it a one-run game in the third inning, but the Stars scored 10 unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth innings en route to the win. Due to inclement weather, the game was suspended in the sixth inning.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Stars picked up where they left off on Friday, scoring four runs in the first inning to take an early lead. Jamie Baum drove in Alana Martinez from second with a double to left center to put her team on the board, and then Kylee Lahners added two more on a double down the left field line with runners in scoring position. Alexia Jorge capped off the inning by scoring Lahners from second with a base hit down the left field line.
  • The Stripes responded in the bottom half of the first with a pair of runs to make it 4-2. Kelsie Whitmore plated the first run after reaching on a walk, stealing second and third, and scoring on an error, and then Remi Schaber crossed home plate on Elise Berger’s single though the right side after an error and wild pitch put her in scoring position.
  • Jamie Baum tallied her fifth hit and sixth run batted in of the series in the second inning when her outfield single scored Jillian Albayati, who started the side with a single up the middle and moved to third on a wild pitch and fly out, respectively.
  • The Stripes made it a one-run game at 5-4 in the third thanks to Remi Schaber’s two-run single through the left side with runners in scoring position.
  • The Stars plated four runs on two hits in the fourth, taking a 9-4 lead. Jillian Albayati, Meredith McFadden, and Jamie Baum drew three consecutive walks for Ashton Lansdell, who roped a triple to right field to send all three runners home. Luciana Moreno tacked on the fourth run of the frame when her single through the left side scored Lansdell.
  • In the fifth, the Stars erupted for six more runs on five hits to take a 15-4 lead before the game was suspended due to inclement weather. Jillian Albayati tallied her second hit of the day with an RBI single to right field, and then a sacrifice bunt, wild pitch, two-run double to left field by Luciana Moreno, and RBI single by Sadie Zion brought in the other five runs.

OF NOTE

  • Jamie Baum had another stellar outing at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two RBIs to lead all players. In total, she has six hits and six runs batted in in the series. She additionally was credited with the win on the mound, allowing one earned run in 2.1 innings of work.
  • Luciana Moreno (2-for-3, 2 runs) and Jillian Albayati (2-for-2, 3 runs) also turned in multi-hit performances for the Stars, while five other players collected a hit for the squad.
  • Sadie Zion and Della Romano threw a combined 2.2 scoreless innings for the Stars, while the Stripes’ Janelle Calvet fanned a game-high three batters.
  • Sara Tobias was charged with the loss on the bump for the Stripes, surrendering five earned runs in 1.2 innings pitched.
  • In the series, the Stars have tallied 23 hits and outscored the Stripes 24-6.

ON DECK
The teams will meet for the series finale on Sunday, July 24, with first pitch set for 10:30 a.m. ET at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 20-woman roster for the Women’s National Team is slated to be announced later that day.

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Stars Win Game One Of Women’s National Training Camp Series, 9-2

Jamie Baum went 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs
July 23, 2022
Box Score | PxP | Cumulative Stats ST. PAUL, Minn – The Women’s National Team Training Camp opened its Stars vs. Stripes series on Friday, with the Stars taking game one of the series 9-2. Despite the Stripes striking first, the Stars managed to score eight unanswered runs across the
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ST. PAUL, Minn – The Women’s National Team Training Camp opened its Stars vs. Stripes series on Friday, with the Stars taking game one of the series 9-2.

Despite the Stripes striking first, the Stars managed to score eight unanswered runs across the first three innings to take a commanding 8-1 lead. The Stripes tacked on its second run of the game in the fifth, but the Stars answered with an inside the park home run by Jamie Baum, who went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in, in the sixth to take its seven-run lead back.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Anna Kimbrell drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs to put the Stars on the board in the first inning.
  • Ashton Lansdell knotted the score at 1-1 in the bottom half of the first on a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Alana Martinez from third after she led off the side with an outfield single, moved to second on a wild pitch, then advanced to third on Jamie Baum’s outfield single.
  • The Stars tacked on four more runs in the second inning, taking a 5-1 lead, thanks to an RBI single from Nadia Diaz and bases-clearing three-run double by Jamie Baum with one out.
  • Alexia Jorge extended the Stars’ lead to 8-1 with a bases-clearing double to left center after an infield single and pair of walks loaded the bases.
  • Kate Blunt cut into the Stripes’ deficit in the fifth when she laced a double to right center, scoring Olivia Bricker after she started the frame with a single to right field and moved to third on a pair of wild pitches.
  • Jamie Baum capped off the scoring in the sixth when she hit an inside the park home run to center field to make it 9-2 in favor of the Stars.

OF NOTE

  • Stars’ Jamie Baum had a strong day at the plate, leading all hitters with a 3-for-4 outing and four runs batted in.
  • Additionally, Kylee Lahners and Alexia Jorge from the Stars each tallied two hits apiece, while Jorge had three RBIs in the contest.
  • In total, the Stars recorded 11 hits in the game as four other players had a hit apiece.
  • The Stars rotation of Jillian Albayati, Niki Eckert, Alana Martinez, and Ashton Lansdell combined to allow one earned run on four hits with six strikeouts, as Anna Kimbrell and Kate Blunt were responsible for two RBIs of the day for the Stripes.
  • On the mound, Jillian Albayata picked up the win on the mound for the Stars after throwing 2.0 innings and not allowing an earned run to score, while Elise Berger was charged with the loss as she surrendered four earned runs in 1.2 innings.
  • Additionally, the Stripes’ Paloma Benach tossed two shutout innings while Meggie Meidlinger threw a scoreless frame in the seventh.

ON DECK
The teams will meet for game two of the series on Saturday, July 23, with first pitch set for 10 a.m. ET at the Neiman Sports Complex in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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USA Baseball Announces 2022 Women's National Team Training Camp Roster

July 20, 2022
St. Paul, Minn. – USA Baseball today announced its roster for the 2022 Women’s National Team Training Camp, following the conclusion of the 2022 Women’s National Open, the primary identification event for the Women’s National Team. The roster is made up of 40 women from 21 different states across the

St. Paul, Minn. – USA Baseball today announced its roster for the 2022 Women’s National Team Training Camp, following the conclusion of the 2022 Women’s National Open, the primary identification event for the Women’s National Team. The roster is made up of 40 women from 21 different states across the U.S.

Training Camp will begin Thursday, July 21, and will consist of workouts and a series of three intrasquad games at the Neiman Sports Complex in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, in Minneapolis. The final 20-woman roster will be announced on Sunday, July 24.

The Women’s National Team will then travel to Thunder Bay, Ontario, for a five-game friendship series with Canada at Baseball Central from July 28-August 1.

“The talent at this year’s Women’s National Open was very competitive, so narrowing the field down to forty was a difficult task,” said Women’s National Team Program Director Ann Claire Roberson. “We are very excited to have these players continuing on in the process this week to compete for a spot on this year’s Women’s National Team.

“Our staff feels this is not only a talented group but also a group of individuals that would represent our country well both on and off the field.”

In total, 13 alumnae of the Women’s National Team will once again compete for a chance to wear the red, white, and blue in 2022, and all 13 helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2019 COPABE Women’s Pan-American Championships.

The roster is highlighted by Malaika Underwood, who holds the record for most appearances on a USA Baseball national team, having represented the U.S. 10 times. Additionally, Anna Kimbrell has been members of a national team nine times, while Marti Sementelli is an eight-time national team member. Jade Gortarez, and Kelsie Whitmore are six-time national team alumnae while Meggie Meidlinger has suited up for the U.S. five times.

Eleven athletes on the Training Camp roster are new to the Women’s National Team Program in 2022, while 28 have participated in a Women’s National Development Program in prior years.

This year’s Women’s National Team manager is five-time Team USA player Veronica Alvarez. She will coach alongside assistant coaches Manny Crespo, Sr. and Alex Oglesby, and pitching coach Reynol Mendoza. Additionally, Lou Colon, Manny Crespo, Jr., Jenny Dalton-Hill, Tamara Holmes, Mike Kinkade, and Jim Koerner will serve as coaches for the Women’s National Team Training Camp.

Fans can follow along with the action by following @USABaseballWNT on Twitter and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.

The 2022 Women’s National Team Training Camp Roster is as follows:

2022 Women’s National Team Training Camp Roster (click here for the Stars and Stripes teams)
(Name; Position; Hometown)

  • ^Jillian Albayati; RHP/INF; Anaheim, Calif.
  • Sierra Baldwin; C/UTIL; Lawton, Mich.
  • ^Jamie Baum; RHP/UTIL; Los Altos, Calif.
  • ^Kaija Bazzano; INF/OF; Sebastopol, Calif.
  • *^Denae Benites; INF/RHP; Las Vegas, Nev.
  • ^Paloma Benach; LHP; Washington, D.C.
  • ^Elise Berger; RHP/INF; Shelburne, Vt.
  • *^Kate Blunt; RHP/INF; Ladera Ranch, Calif.
  • ^Olivia Bricker; LHP/OF; Cincinnati, Ohio
  • ^Janelle Calvet; UTIL/RHP; Deerfield Beach, Fla.
  • Nadia Diaz; RHP/INF; Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Niki Eckert; LHP/OF; Englewood, N.J.
  • Maggie Foxx; C/INF; Bedford, N.H.
  • *^Jade Gortarez; INF/RHP; Riverside, Calif.
  • ^Beth Greenwood; C/UTIL; Amherst, N.H.
  • *^Alex Hugo; INF/OF; Olathe, Kan.
  • *^Alexia Jorge; C/INF; Lyndhurst, N.J.
  • ^Skylar Kaplan; OF/RHP; Glen Burnie, Md.
  • *^Anna Kimbrell; C; Fort Mill, S.C.
  • *^Kylee Lahners; INF; Laguna Hills, Calif.
  • *^Ashton Lansdell; INF/RHP; Marietta, Ga.
  • Jasmine Mack; C/INF; Whitsett, N.C.
  • ^Alana Martinez; INF/OF; Cooper City, Fla.
  • ^Meredith McFadden; C/UTIL; Charlotte, N.C.
  • *^Meggie Meidlinger; RHP/INF; Sterling, Va.
  • Luciana Moreno; INF/UTIL; Sun Prairie, Wis.
  • Angelique Nieves; INF/RHP; Perth Amboy, N.J.
  • ^Maggie Paulovich; INF/C; Albany, Calif.
  • Valerie Perez; INF/UTIL; Corpus Christi, Texas
  • ^Olivia Pichardo; RHP/OF; Forest Hills, N.Y.
  • ^Aspen Robinson; OF/UTIL; Folsom, Calif.
  • Della Romano; RHP/INF; Chicago, Ill.
  • ^Remi Schaber; INF/RHP; Cordova, Tenn.
  • *^Marti Sementelli; RHP; West Newton, Mass.
  • Ella Strickland; INF/UTIL; Saint Louis, Mo.
  • *^Sara Tobias; RHP/OF; New York, N.Y.
  • *^Malaika Underwood; IF; San Diego, Calif.
  • *^Kelsie Whitmore; OF/RHP; Temecula, Calif.
  • Lily Woodworth; INF/OF; South Glastonbury, Conn.
  • Sadie Zion; INF; Carmel, N.Y.

* denotes national team alumna
^ denotes National Team Development Program participant

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USA Baseball Reveals 2022 Women's National Open Roster

The event will serve as the primary identification process for the Women’s National Team
July 15, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today revealed its roster for the 2022 Women’s National Open. The roster, which consists of 58 players from around the country, will be split into four teams - Braves, Eagles, Patriots, and Stars - and each team will play three games from July 18-20 at

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today revealed its roster for the 2022 Women’s National Open. The roster, which consists of 58 players from around the country, will be split into four teams - Braves, Eagles, Patriots, and Stars - and each team will play three games from July 18-20 at the Neiman Sports Complex in St. Paul, Minnesota.

There will additionally be workouts throughout the event, as the Women’s National Open will serve as the primary identification process for the 2022 Women’s National Team. Fans can follow along with the action by following @USABaseballWNT on Twitter and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.

A minimum of 32 players will be selected from the Women’s National Open on July 20 to participate in the Women’s National Team Training Camp, which will be held July 21-24 at the Neiman Sports Complex and Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. From there, 20 athletes will be chosen to represent the United States on the final Women’s National Team roster.

Seven players heading to Minnesota are alumnae of the Women’s National Team, while 26 have participated in a Women’s National Development Program in prior years.

The Women’s National Team Training Camp roster will be announced on Wednesday, July 20, following the completion of the Women’s National Open. The final national team roster will be revealed by USA Baseball on Sunday, July 24.

The Women’s National Team will then travel to Thunder Bay, Ontario, for a five-game friendship series with Canada at Baseball Central from July 28-August 1.

This year’s Women’s National Team will be led by manager Veronica Alvarez, a five-time Team USA player, along with assistant coaches Manny Crespo, Sr. and Alex Oglesby, and pitching coach Reynol Mendoza. Additionally, Lou Colon, Jorge Correa, Manny Crespo, Jr., Jenny Dalton-Hill, Alec Hernandez, Tamara Holmes, Mike Kinkade, and Jim Koerner will serve as coaches for the Women’s National Open.

The 2022 Women’s National Open Roster is as follows:

2022 Women’s National Open Roster (click here for the individual team rosters)
(Name; Position; Hometown)

  • ^Jillian Albayati; P/INF; Anaheim, Calif.
  • ^Chloe Aldrich; OF; Pearland, Texas
  • Sierra Baldwin; C; Lawton, Mich.
  • ^Jamie Baum; P/INF; Los Altos, Calif.
  • ^Kaija Bazzano; INF; Sebastopol, Calif.
  • ^Paloma Benach; LHP; Washington, D.C.
  • Taylor Bennett; RHP; Manhattan Beach, Calif.
  • ^Elise Berger; RHP; Shelburne, Vt.
  • *^Kate Blunt; P/INF; Ladera Ranch, Calif.
  • ^Olivia Bricker; LHP; Cincinnati, Ohio
  • ^Janelle Calvet; UTIL; Deerfield Beach, Fla.
  • Jasmine Chao; INF; Alamo, Calif.
  • Nadia Chernich; C; Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Athena Clendaniel; LHP; Anchorage, Alaska
  • Abygil Contreras; C; Norwalk, Calif.
  • Taylor Daniels; OF; Winnetka, Ill.
  • Nadia Diaz; P/INF; Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Niki Eckert; LHP; Englewood, N.J.
  • Bella Espinoza-Molina; RHP; Ladera Ranch, Calif.
  • Lily Everette; P/INF; Fairview, N.C.
  • Quinn Faria; P/INF; Bristol, R.I.
  • Maggie Foxx; C; Bedford, N.H.
  • Kaylee Garner; C; Newark, Ohio
  • Ellis Goldman; INF; San Jose, Calif.
  • *^Jade Gortarez; INF; Riverside, Calif.
  • ^Beth Greenwood; C; Amherst, N.H.
  • ^Kelliann Jenkins; RHP; Potomac, Md.
  • *^Alexia Jorge; C; Lynhdurst, N.J.
  • ^Skylar Kaplan; OF; Glen Burnie, Md.
  • *^Anna Kimbrell; C; Fort Mill, S.C.
  • Amanda La Fon; UTIL; Elgin, Ill.
  • *^Kylee Lahners; INF; Lake Forest, Calif.
  • *^Ashton Lansdell; INF; Marietta, Ga.
  • Jane Littleton; OF; Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Jasmine Mack; C; Whitsett, N.C.
  • ^Alana Martinez; INF; Cooper City, Fla.
  • Arwen McCullough; RHP; Livermore, CA, Calif.
  • ^Meredith McFadden; C; Charlotte, N.C.
  • Luciana Moreno; INF; Sun Prairie, Wis.
  • Angelique Nieves; INF; Perth Amboy, N.J.
  • Jadyn O'Dette; RHP; Orange, Calif.
  • Virginia Parr; INF; Fairbanks, Alaska
  • ^Maggie Paulovich; INF; Albany, Calif.
  • Valerie Perez; INF; Corpus Christi, Texas
  • ^Olivia Pichardo; RHP; Forest Hills, N.Y.
  • ^Katie Reynolds; RHP; Belmont, Mass.
  • Jazzmine Rivera; INF; Chicago, Ill.
  • ^Aspen Robinson; OF; Folsom, Calif.
  • Della Romano; RHP; Chicago, Ill.
  • Nathaly Saldana; P/INF; Clive, Iowa
  • ^Remi Schaber; INF; Cordova, Tenn.
  • Homa Schweers; OF; Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Jessica Shedden; INF; Casper, Wyo.
  • Ella Strickland; INF; Saint Louis, Mo.
  • *^Sara Tobias; RHP; New York, N.Y.
  • Rebekah Youmans; INF; Grandview, Mo.
  • Lily Woodworth; INF; South Glastonbury, Conn.
  • Sadie Zion; INF; Carmel, N.Y.

* denotes national team alumna
^ denotes National Team Development Program participant

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Paul Seiler Reelected to WBSC Executive Board

Seiler’s third consecutive term to last through 2025
July 6, 2022
TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan –The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced Monday that USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler was reelected to its Executive Board for a third term through 2025. His reappointment came during the IV WBSC Congress in Taipei City, Taiwan. Seiler was first elected as a member-at-large in

TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced Monday that USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler was reelected to its Executive Board for a third term through 2025. His reappointment came during the IV WBSC Congress in Taipei City, Taiwan. Seiler was first elected as a member-at-large in 2017.

The WBSC is the world governing body for the sports of baseball, softball, and Baseball5. It was established in 2013 by the merger of the International Baseball Federation and International Softball Federation.

"My congratulations to Paul for his reelection on the WBSC Executive Board,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “He has been an instrumental part of the WBSC's development and the growth of baseball around the world. He is a dear friend and colleague ever since we first started working together at IBAF and I'm pleased to have Paul continue on the WBSC Executive Board with many exciting projects ahead of us, including the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games." 

“We are delighted that USA Baseball, and in particular Paul Seiler, will continue to serve as members of the WBSC leadership team,” said USA Baseball President Mike Gaski. “His reelection to a third term is a testament to the respect and admiration he and USA Baseball hold among the global leaders of our game. We look forward to witnessing the growth of baseball globally under his continued leadership.”

“I am both honored and humbled to continue serving on the WBSC Executive Board,” said Seiler. “I cannot overstate the importance of leading by example and USA Baseball continues to be one of the foremost ambassadors for baseball globally thanks to a tremendous team of people dedicated to the care and proliferation of our game in the United States. It continues to be my privilege to represent them among the leaders for baseball with the WBSC as we collectively aim to develop, strengthen, and grow our beloved game domestically and internationally.”

A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Seiler joined USA Baseball in 1988 and was later named Executive Director/CEO in October 2000 after serving as the organization’s Director of National Team Operations from 1997–1999. During his tenure, USA Baseball has forged a long-term partnership with Major League Baseball, achieved record success by its national teams, and experienced unprecedented internal growth.

In 2000, Seiler worked closely with Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association, and the United States Olympic Paralympic Committee (USOPC) to help lead Team USA to its first Olympic gold medal at the Sydney Games. In addition to being elected to the Executive Committee of the WBSC in 2017, he also served as the Second Vice Chairman for the WBSC’s Baseball Division. Seiler was also one of two technical delegates for baseball in the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Most recently, he led the Professional National Team program to a silver medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after helping baseball return to the Olympic Programme for the first time since 2008.

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Schedule Announced for Women’s National Team’s Friendship Series With Canada

The teams will play a five-game friendship series July 28-August 1
June 20, 2022
OTTAWA – Baseball Canada and the Thunder Bay International Baseball Association (TBIBA) have announced the schedule for the five-game, Canada vs. USA Women’s Baseball Friendship Series that is set to take place in Thunder Bay, Ontario, July 28 – August 1. All games will be played at Baseball Central in

OTTAWA – Baseball Canada and the Thunder Bay International Baseball Association (TBIBA) have announced the schedule for the five-game, Canada vs. USA Women’s Baseball Friendship Series that is set to take place in Thunder Bay, Ontario, July 28 – August 1.

All games will be played at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, a site that is no stranger to hosting international baseball with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cups taking place there in 2010 and 2017.

Schedule:

  • Thursday, July 28 - USA @ Canada - 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 29 - Canada @ USA - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 30 - USA @ Canada - 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 31 - Canada @ USA - 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, August 1 - USA @ Canada - 1 p.m.

Canada and USA will both hold workouts at Baseball Central Wednesday, July 27, before the series begins July 28.

Friendship Series event information, including ticket sales, will be available on the TBIBA Facebook page.

Stay up-to-date with Baseball Canada’s and USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team programs by following @BaseballCANWNT and @USABaseballWNT on Twitter.

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USA Baseball Names 2022 Women's National Team Staff

2019 Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Veronica Alvarez returns to guide Team USA in an international friendship series against Canada July 28-August 1
May 26, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named the coaching staff for the 2022 Women’s National Team, highlighted by the return of 2019 Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year and five-time Team USA player Veronica Alvarez as manager. The remaining members of the 2019 staff are also set to return in

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today named the coaching staff for the 2022 Women’s National Team, highlighted by the return of 2019 Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year and five-time Team USA player Veronica Alvarez as manager. The remaining members of the 2019 staff are also set to return in 2022 with Manny Crespo, Sr., and Alex Oglesby as assistant coaches and Reynol Mendoza serving as the team’s pitching coach.

After guiding the U.S. to a gold medal at the 2019 COPABE Women’s Pan-American Championships, the staff will lead the Women’s National Team in 2022 as it returns to the international stage to compete in an international friendship series against Canada from July 28-August 1 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

We are thrilled to have Veronica and the rest of this tremendous staff back to guide our Women’s National Team as we return to international competition in 2022,” USA Baseball Assistant Director of Baseball Operations Ann Claire Roberson said. “Every one of these coaches brings an incredible amount of baseball knowledge and experience to this program that will be instrumental in the growth and development of all of our athletes both on and off the field. We are confident that they will represent this organization and the U.S. exceptionally well at the helm of Team USA and we cannot wait to get started.”

Alvarez, who has been named Women’s National Team manager twice in her career previously (2019, 2020), became the first female recipient of the USA Baseball Rod Dedeaux Coach of the Year Award following her work with the 2019 squad. Under her direction, Team USA finished the 2019 COPABE Women’s Pan-American Championships with a perfect 7-0 record and the program’s first gold medal since the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, outscoring opponents 124-20 en route to being named USA Baseball’s 2019 Team of the Year.

Being in the position to lead these athletes is an honor and a dream. We are on a mission to be the best in the world and every opportunity we get to develop and compete together is a step closer to completing that mission,” Alvarez said. “Providing the resources and coaching that gives these athletes and this program the best chance of success is a major factor in achieving our mission and the staff we have is of the highest caliber. They bring incredible knowledge, passion for the game, and the ability to relay messages to players in a way that allows them to continuously grow, so I cannot wait to get out on the field with them and put together another exceptional Women’s National Team.”

While 2019 marked Alvarez’s Team USA managerial debut, she is no stranger to donning the red, white, and blue. She was named manager in 2020, served as Field Coordinator at the Women’s National Team Development Program and the inaugural USA Baseball Girls Camp in 2021, worked as an assistant coach on the 2018 staff, and played for Team USA five times in her career.

Her time with the stars and stripes started as a player in 2008 and has medaled in ever international competition she has participated in, including the 2015 Women’s National Team that won a gold medal at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. She also won bronze medals with Team USA at the 2008 and 2010 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Women’s Baseball World Cups before winning a silver medal at the 2012 World Baseball Softball Confederation Women’s Baseball World Cup.

Since finishing her playing career in 2016, Alvarez has continued to help grow the next generation of female baseball players through programs created from the collaboration between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball to foster the next generation of female baseball players in the United States. She has been a coach at the Trailblazer Series from 2017-2022, the Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series Showcase & Development Camp since 2018, and the Girls Baseball Elite Development Invitational from 2020-2022.

Crespo, who made his national team coaching debut in 2019 when he helped guide the Women’s National Team to a gold medal, will join the program’s staff as an assistant coach for the second time in 2022. He is currently in his 17th year as the Director of Latin American Player Development for the Detroit Tigers. Prior to his time with the Tigers, he worked in the San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, and Miami Marlins organizations. Crespo was selected in the third round of the 1968 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox and spent nine years playing professionally before his retirement in 1978. In addition, Crespo served as a bench coach during the 2013 World Baseball Classic and was a manager during the 2017 event.

Mendoza will serve as Team USA’s pitching coach in 2022 after leading the 2019 Women’s National Team pitching staff to a collective 3.16 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 37 innings of work. He is currently the head coach at Eagle Pass High School (Eagle Pass, Texas) where, under his guidance, the Eagles have made playoff appearances in each of the last fourteen seasons and competed in the regional finals in 2013, 2014, and 2021. The Miami Marlins selected Mendoza in the seventh round of the 1992 MLB Draft and he spent seven years in the Marlins system, including three seasons at the Triple-A level.

Rounding out the 2022 staff is Women’s National Team alum Alex Oglesby, who will also serve in an assistant coach role. Oglesby was a member of the inaugural Women’s National Team that won a gold medal at the IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup in 2004 and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Before representing the U.S., she played in the Ladies Professional Baseball League and was the youngest player when the league began in 1997. At just 17 years old, Oglesby led the San Jose Spitfires to the league’s first World Series Championship and was named both Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year for her efforts. She also helped form the California Women’s Baseball League in 2002, where she earned MVP honors twice.

Most recently, Oglesby served on staff for the 2019 Women’s National Team and was a member of the 2021 USA Baseball Girls Camp coaching staff. She has also served as a coach at the Trailblazer Series from 2017–2022 and coached at the first-ever Major League Baseball and USA Baseball GRIT in 2019. In addition, she was a member of the coaching staff at the 2018 Women’s National Open and the 2018 Women’s National Team Trials.

The 2022 Women’s National Team schedule will begin with the Women’s National Open which is scheduled for July 18-20 and will serve as the primary identification event for Team USA. Players from across the country will gather at Neiman Sports Complex in St. Paul, Minnesota, to compete for the opportunity to represent the U.S. as a member of the Women's National Team. Registered players will be divided into teams coached by USA Baseball Women's National Team coaches and staff and will compete in games, as well as participate in individual workout sessions for their primary position(s). Players can register for the 2022 Women’s National Open here.

A minimum of 30 players will be selected from the Women's National Open to make up the Women's National Team Trials roster, with trials taking place from July 21-24. The final 20-women roster will be announced following the conclusion of Trials and Team USA will then train from July 25-27 before taking on Canada in a five-game friendship series on July 28-August 1 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Final details for the full 2022 Women’s National Team schedule will be announced at a later date.

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Canada and USA to Participate in Women's Baseball Friendship Series

The five-game series is set to take place from July 28-August 1 in Thunder Bay, Ontario
May 9, 2022
The following release is sent jointly with Baseball Canada.

The following release is sent jointly with Baseball Canada.

OTTAWA – Baseball Canada and USA Baseball announced today plans for a five-game Women’s Baseball Friendship Series set to take place from July 28 – August 1 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The series will mark the first time that both nations have played in international competition since the COPABE Women's Pan-American Championships in 2019.

“We’re fortunate to partner with the Thunder Bay International Baseball Association and USA Baseball to put this event together,” said Baseball Canada CEO Jason Dickson. “Fans in Thunder Bay can expect a highly entertaining series between two nations that always compete hard against one another.

“The chance to represent your country on home soil is a special opportunity that we’re excited to provide our athletes later this year.”

“We are thrilled to continue our strong relationship with Canada through an international friendship series this summer,” said USA Baseball Assistant Director of Baseball Operations Ann Claire Roberson. “Our two programs have a storied history of respect, camaraderie, and outstanding competition and we cannot wait to add another chapter to that in 2022. We are looking forward to an incredible experience for our athletes in Thunder Bay and representing the U.S. on international soil once again.”

Thunder Bay has a rich history of hosting international baseball events including the 2010 and 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cups along with the “Warm Up to the Worlds” U-18 series in 2008.

“We are excited to welcome the Canadian and American Women’s National Teams to Thunder Bay this summer,” added Thunder Bay Mayor Bill Mauro. “Thunder Bay has a passion for baseball and the Canada/U.S. Friendship Series promises to be an exciting event. We look forward to continuing our tradition of hosting high level baseball events.”

A schedule for the five-game series and additional event detail will be announced at a later date.

Stay up-to-date with Baseball Canada’s and USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team programs by following @BaseballCANWNT and @USABaseballWNT on Twitter.

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Nine-Time Team USA Alum Anna Kimbrell to Play at 2022 Australian Women's Baseball Showcase

April 29, 2022
Seven international stars will join Australia’s top talent at the 2022 Australian Women’s Baseball Showcase in Geelong next month. Three players from Canada and Japan along with one from the US will be drafted onto the three Showcase rosters under an initiative supported by the World Baseball Softball Confederation and

Seven international stars will join Australia’s top talent at the 2022 Australian Women’s Baseball Showcase in Geelong next month.

Three players from Canada and Japan along with one from the US will be drafted onto the three Showcase rosters under an initiative supported by the World Baseball Softball Confederation and Baseball Canada, Baseball Federation of Japan and USA Baseball.

WBSC will also broadcast the games internationally under the partnership.

Baseball Australia chief executive Glenn Williams said it was an exciting opportunity to build on the 2021 showcase and further engage a global audience.

“The support of the WBSC and the federations in Canada, Japan and USA is great for the Australian Women’s Showcase,” he said.

“Not only will the event provide a platform for Australia’s best to show what they can do, adding some of the best female players in the world to event will add an exciting element.

“Our national Women’s team, the Emeralds, have been starved of international competition just like everyone else so to have the chance to play alongside and compete against star international players in their own backyard will be a great opportunity.

Three-time WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup most valuable player Ayami Sato headlines the international roster additions.

Sato is a five-time World Cup winner and holds several records in the Japan Women’s Baseball League, including most career complete games and most strikeouts and complete games in a season.

Pitcher Mizuki Bando and Catcher Yukina Izumi will also join Showcase rosters.

Pitcher-outfielder Claire Eccles, pitcher-infielder Allison Schroder and infielder Alexane Fournier from Canada will also be added.

Experienced Team USA utility Anna Kimbrell rounds out the international talent headed to Geelong.

Adelaide Giants, Brisbane Bandits and Victoria Aces will square off in the seven- game showcase series from May 5-8.

Each team will play four opening round games with the top-two teams to face off in the May 8 grand final.

The showcase is supported by the Victorian Government through its Significant Sporting Events Program.

City of Greater Geelong is also supporting the event through its community events grants.

The showcase is another step towards the launch of a professional women’s baseball league in Australia.

Tax-deductible donations towards a women’s league can be made at aleagueofherown.com.au.

Travel packages are available through Baseball Australia’s official travel SportsLink Travel.

Head here for more information on packages and what Geelong and the Bellarine have to offer.

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USA Baseball Board of Directors Expansion Welcomes Three Additional Former Athletes

ESPN analyst and Women’s National Team alum Jenny Dalton-Hill, Professional National Team alum Jacob May, and Olympic gold medalist Ernie Young join the board in 2022
January 10, 2022
CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the expansion of its Board of Directors with the addition of three former athletes, including Women’s National Team alum and ESPN analyst Jenny Dalton-Hill, Professional National Team alum Jacob May, and nine-time national team coach and Olympic gold medalist Ernie Young. Dalton-Hill and

CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the expansion of its Board of Directors with the addition of three former athletes, including Women’s National Team alum and ESPN analyst Jenny Dalton-Hill, Professional National Team alum Jacob May, and nine-time national team coach and Olympic gold medalist Ernie Young.

Dalton-Hill and Young previously served on the USA Baseball Board of Directors, whereas May will serve for the first time. The three additions were approved at the annual Board of Directors meeting in December. Courtesy of the expansion, former USA Baseball athletes now compose 40% of the board's membership.

“The expansion of our Board of Directors with three additional former athletes is a tremendous step forward for USA Baseball and we are thrilled to welcome our newest member Jacob, as well as welcome back Ernie and Jenny,” said USA Baseball President Mike Gaski. “These three individuals bring incredible experience and value to our board. We anticipate their contributions making a big impact and having a great influence on USA Baseball as we continue to evolve and grow in the world of amateur sports.”

Dalton-Hill rejoins the Board of Directors with over ten years of experience as both a player and a coach for USA Baseball. Her first stint with Team USA came as a member of the 2010 Women’s National Team, where she helped guide the U.S. to a bronze medal at the 2010 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Women’s Baseball World Cup. After her playing career, Dalton-Hill served as a coach at the inaugural USA Baseball Girls Camp in 2021 as well as at the Women’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) in 2011, 2014, and 2021. In addition, she was an assistant coach for the 2012 Women’s National Team, helping to lead Team USA to an IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup silver medal. Currently a college softball analyst for ESPN, Dalton-Hill was an All-American softball player at the University of Arizona, where she won three national championships and was named 1996 National Player of the Year. Dalton-Hill also previously served on the USA Baseball Board of Directors from 2012-2020 and was a member of the Colorado Silver Bullets in 1997 where she played under MLB Hall of Famer Phil Niekro.

May made his USA Baseball debut in 2015 with the Professional National Team. He started all eight games for Team USA in the 2015 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12™, helping the U.S. earn a silver medal. May was selected in the third round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox out of Coastal Carolina University and played in 550 minor league games throughout his professional career, collecting 557 hits and a .265 career batting average. The outfielder made his Major League debut on April 4, 2017, and appeared in 15 games for the White Sox that season before finishing his career in 2018. Following his final season of professional baseball, May began working at Live Oak Bank where he served as an Associate Relationship Manager and a Business Analyst before becoming a Wealth Manager Administrator at Budros, Ruhlin & Roe, Inc. in December 2019. He currently works as an AVP, Junior Special Assets for United Midwest Savings Bank after joining the company in February of 2021. May will also serve as a USA Baseball representative on the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Athletes’ Advisory Council, joining fellow Team USA alum and board member Willie Bloomquist.

Olympic gold medalist Young has had an accomplished playing and coaching career with Team USA spanning 23 years. A member of the gold medal-winning Sydney 2000 Olympic Games team, he also played on the Professional National Team again in 2003. Young spent eight years playing in the major leagues for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, and Oakland Athletics between 1994 and 2004. He remained involved with Team USA after the Sydney Olympic Games by joining the Board of Directors in 2003 before rejoining in 2021. He also served as a hitting coach for five national teams, including the 2021 Olympic Team that won silver at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and managed the 2010 and 2011 Professional National Teams. With Young on a coaching staff, Team USA has amassed an overall record of 55-17-2 and won a world championship in 2009.

In addition to welcoming three new members, Mike Gaski, Jason Dobis, and Elliot Hopkins were reelected to leadership roles on the USA Baseball Board of the Directors. They will continue to serve as president, treasurer, and secretary, respectively. Additionally, George Grande (At-Large) and John Gall (10 Year+ Athlete) were also both reelected to extra terms and National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) Executive Director Derek Topik rotated onto the board as a National Member Organization (NMO) representative.

For more information on USA Baseball, follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Stripes Clinch WNTDP Series With Two-Hit Shutout of Stars

Kelsie Whitmore tossed four scoreless and hitless innings in start for Stripes
October 14, 2021
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COCOA, Fla. - Behind a stellar start from Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.) in which she did not allow a hit or a walk in four innings, the Stripes shut out the Stars, 4-0, to clinch the 2021 Women’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) on Thursday at the Launch Pad Sports Complex in Cocoa, Florida. The Stripes finish the week with a 3-1 advantage over the Stars in the four-game series.

The Stripes scored first for the fourth time in the series with two runs in the second inning and added another in the fourth for an early 3-0 lead. Whitmore held the Stars hitless and scoreless through the first four innings with just three batters reaching base on three Stripes errors. In the fifth, the Stars threatened to break onto the scoreboard with the bases loaded and one out but the Stripes were able to escape the jam with no damage before adding one more run in the seventh to clinch the 4-0 victory and the series.

The Stripes were led at the plate by Jade Gortarez (Riverside, Calif.), who went 2-for-4, and Jill Albayati, who finished 1-for-3 with three RBIs. In addition to her dominant performance on the mound, Whitmore also collected a hit and scored a run for the Stripes in Thursday’s victory. Skylar Kaplan (Baltimore, Md.) and Ashton Lansdell (Marietta, Ga.) were responsible for the Stars’ two hits in the contest.

With her four perfect innings of work, Whitmore earned the win while Naomi Ryan (North Chesterfield, Va.) was tagged with the loss after allowing two hits, two runs, and three walks in her second start of the series for the Stars.

 

Key Moments

  • The Stripes took the first lead of the game in the top of the second when Albayati hit a bases-clearing double to right that made it 2-0.
  • Two innings later, Albayati collected her third RBI of the game when she brought in Elizabeth Greenwood (Amherst, N.H.) with a groundout for a 3-0 Stripes lead.
  • A Kaplan single, a Stripes error, and a walk loaded the bases for the Stars in the bottom of the fifth but the Stripes’ Paloma Benach (Washington, D.C.) induced two fly outs that ended the inning and kept it a three-run game.
  • Whitmore hit a single in the top of the seventh for the Stripes and advanced to third with a stolen base and a Gortarez single before scoring on a Sarah Johnson (Charlotte, N.C.) sacrifice fly for the final 4-0 score.

 

Notable Information

  • With Thursday’s victory, the Stripes claim the four-game 2021 Women’s NTDP series, 3-1.
  • Lansdell finished the series with an event-best .625 (5-for-8) batting average.
  • Albayati led the way in RBIs with six while Gortarez’s seven hits paced both teams at the Women’s NTDP.
  • Albayati collected the most walks of anyone in the series with four in four games.
  • Whitmore finished a perfect 3-for-3 in stolen bases and led the event in wins with two in her two starts on the mound and innings pitched with 7.0 throughout the week.
  • Peyton Coria (Perris, Calif.) led the event in strikeouts, tallying eight in 4.1 innings of work.

 

Social

  • Stay tuned to @USABaseballWNT on Twitter for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team program.
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