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USA Baseball Announces 2018 Women's National Team Identification Process

December 1, 2017
2018 Women's National Open Registration

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced on Friday the identification process for the Women's National Team that will compete in the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup in Viera, Florida.

The national team identification process will begin with the Women's National Open from June 8-10 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. In compliance with the international age determinate rule, the event is open to women who are 16 years of age or older by December 31, 2018.

"We are excited to be fielding a Women's National Team again in 2018 for the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup," said Ashley Bratcher, Senior Director of Baseball Operations at USA Baseball. "Since our last international event in 2016 we have been planning and preparing for 2018 by introducing new players to our program through our National Team Development Program and we are eager to begin the national team selection process with the Women's National Open in June."

The USA Baseball coaching staff will select 40 athletes from the Women's National Open to compete at the 2018 National Team Trials. Trials will take place immediately following the completion of the Women's National Open - from June 11-14 - at the National Training Complex.

The final roster will be announced on Monday, June 18.

The 2018 Women's National Team will train in Florida from August 11-15 before competing in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup from August 17-26 at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida.

"We are thrilled that the WBSC awarded the 2018 Women's Baseball World Cup to the United States," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball. "We cannot wait to not only showcase women's baseball in our country, but also for our Women's National Team to compete for a gold medal on our home soil for the first time."

Team USA is a two-time World Champion in the women's discipline, winning the gold medal at the Women's Baseball World Cup in 2004 and 2006.

Registration for the 2018 Women's National Open is now open. Athletes can register for the event by clicking here or visiting the Women's National Team page at USABaseball.com.

For more information on the Women's National Team and the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup, follow @USABaseballWNT, @USABaseball and @WBSC on Twitter.

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USA Baseball Announces 2018 Women's National Team Staff

April 20, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - On Friday, USA Baseball announced the coaching staff for the 2018 Women's National Team that will compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup from August 22-31 in Viera, Florida. Matt Weagle was named the team's manager and he will be joined on staff by five-time Women's National Team alum Veronica Alvarez, Cody Kauffman and Ernie May.

2018 will be Weagle's fifth year working with the Women's National Team program, including serving as the pitching coach for the team that won gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. Additionally, he was the pitching coach for the 2016 Women's National Team, the 2015 Pan Am Games Qualifier team and the 2014 team that won a silver medal at the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup in Miyazaki, Japan. Under his direction, teams held a 2.07 and 2.16 ERA in 2014 and 2015, respectively, and a 1.29 ERA in 2016.

"I am very honored to represent the United States and Team USA, and I look forward to fielding a highly competitive team for the World Cup this summer," Weagle said. "That this event is being played in the U.S. is a significant milestone in the evolution of women's baseball in this country and I couldn't be more proud and excited to manage these athletes who have had such a positive impact on this growing sport."

Weagle most recently served as the Field Coordinator for the 2017 Women's National Team Development Program (NTDP) that was held at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Washington, D.C. In addition, he has served on numerous other Women's NTDP, Women's National Open and Women's National Team Trials staffs over his career with USA Baseball. Currently in his fifth season as the pitching coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Weagle pitched at Franklin Pierce University from 2000-2003 before being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft.

"We could not be more excited to not only have this prestigious event on our home soil for the first time, but also to have Matt Weagle and this group of incredibly talented coaches leading the 2018 Women's National Team," USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO, Paul Seiler, said. "The experience and knowledge Matt brings to this program is unmatched and we cannot wait to watch as this staff leads the 2018 team in its pursuit of a world championship."

Alvarez, who will serve as Team USA's pitching coach, is making her national team coaching debut for USA Baseball in 2018 after five years as a player. Alvarez started her career with the red, white and blue in 2008 and every team she participated on medaled in international competition. She won two bronze medals as a member of the 2008 and 2010 Women's National Teams before winning a silver medal in 2012 and a gold medal at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

Previously, she served as a coach for the Women's National Team Identification Series, and she continues to help grow the next generation of female baseball players as a coach at the 2017 and 2018 Trailblazer Series and the upcoming 2018 Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series Showcase & Development Camp.

Kauffman will join the staff as an assistant coach in 2018 after coaching at the 2017 Women's NTDP. Currently in his third season as an assistant coach at Franklin Pierce University, Kauffman previously worked in the USA Baseball organization as an operations coordinator for the 2014 Collegiate National Team and the director of the 12U National Team in 2015, which went on to claim the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup gold medal. He played baseball at Franklin Pierce University in 2009 and 2010, where he was selected to the East Regional All-Tournament team in 2010; and later served as a graduate assistant for the Ravens while earning his master's degree. Kauffman also spent time working in baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs minor league system in 2012 and 2013.

Rounding out the staff is May, who will also serve in an assistant coach role for the 2018 team. A member of the 2017 Women's NTDP coaching staff, he has also coached at several Women's National Team Trials and Women's National Open events. He is in his second year as the head coach at Dean College and has worked at the high school, collegiate and minor league levels throughout his career. He is also currently working toward his Doctorate in Education Leadership and Management from Drexel University. May started his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Springfield College before moving on to a position in the Atlanta Braves front office, followed by coaching posts at Wofford College, UMass-Amherst, Trinity College, Northland College and Harvard University. While at the helm of Northland College, he was named the 2014 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Like Alvarez, Kauffman and May are both making their national team coaching debuts for USA Baseball in 2018.

The 2018 Women's National Team identification process will begin with the Women's National Open that will take place June 8-10 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The coaching staff will then select 40 athletes from the event to compete at the 2018 National Team Trials that will take place immediately following the Women's National Open from June 11-14 at the National Training Complex.

The final roster will be selected from the National Team Trials and will be announced Monday, June 18.

The 2018 Women's National Team will train in Florida from August 16-20 prior to competing in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup from August 22-31 at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida.

2018 marks the first time the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup will be held in the United States. Team USA is a two-time World Champion in the tournament, having won gold medals in 2004 and 2006.

For the most up-to-date information on the Women's National Team, check USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseballWNT and @USABaseball on Twitter.

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Major League Baseball and USA Baseball Announce Significant Girls Baseball Events Scheduled for This Spring

March 27, 2018

Major League Baseball and USA Baseball today announced two significant girls baseball events coming this April and May/June - the second annual 'Trailblazer Series' (April 13th-15th) and the first-ever Girls Baseball 'Breakthrough Series' Showcase & Development Camp (May 31st-June 4th). The events are a continuation of MLB's commitment to growing all levels of the youth and amateur side of the sport.

MLB will host the second annual 'Trailblazer Series' in conjunction with Jackie Robinson Day. Approximately 100 girls, ages 13 and under, representing 21 states across the country as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada will participate in the four-day tournament held at the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, Calif. from Thursday, April 12th through Sunday, April 15th. The girls playing in the Trailblazer Series, ages 11-13, will be placed onto teams by random selection. Some of the nation's top female baseball coaches and players, including those from USA Baseball's Women's National Team, will coach the girls who are from programs affiliated with AAU, Babe Ruth & Cal Ripken Baseball, Little League International, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, PONY and USSSA, among others.

MLB and USA Baseball are also set to launch a groundbreaking new event specifically designed for the on-field development and scouting of girls baseball players. The Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series (GBBS) is the newest iteration of the existing, diversity-focused amateur development camps operated by MLB, USA Baseball and USA Softball. Taking place at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., the GBBS will serve as an opportunity for on-field development as well as a scouting showcase for dozens of girls, ages 17 and under, from around the country. Participants will receive daily instruction in an environment similar to an MLB Spring Training camp. The amateur development camp effort began as a singular Breakthrough Series event in a joint effort by MLB and USA Baseball to promote baseball as a viable collegiate and professional option for youth from minority backgrounds. The effort has now expanded to several Boys Baseball & Girls Softball Breakthrough Series events, the annual DREAM Series, and the Elite Development Invitational, which is run by both MLB and the MLBPA and is available in both baseball and softball.

Participants of both the Trailblazer Series and GBBS will receive direct insight from coaches and be a part of special discussions with women leaders in baseball. The events are completely expense-free for participants. More details on both the Trailblazer Series and Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series will be made available at a later date.

"Women playing baseball is an important part of our sport's history," said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. "That legacy is also significant to the game's present and future. We are proud to work alongside USA Baseball in creating events that raise the profile of girls and women's baseball. We are committed to ensuring that any young woman who chooses to play baseball, particularly through our RBI programs and MLB Youth Academies, will have the opportunity to do so."

"USA Baseball has prided itself on providing an avenue for women to play baseball through the inception of our Women's National Team program in 2004," said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO, Paul Seiler. "It is inspiring to witness the tremendous growth in participation and popularity of women's baseball in our country; and we are honored to work with Major League Baseball to continue providing fruitful opportunities for any young woman who is passionate about playing the game of baseball."

In addition to the above, USA Baseball's National Member Organizations, which sanction youth and amateur leagues across the country and around the world, reaffirmed their commitment to providing girls opportunities to participate in their baseball leagues. Leaders at AABC, American Legion, Babe Ruth League, Dixie Boys and Majors, Dixie Youth, Little League International, NABF, NFHS, PONY, and USSSA are all working toward growing the opportunities afforded to girls in the game.*SEE STATEMENTS FROM THE LEADERS OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE ENCLOSED QUOTE SHEET DOCUMENT*

The Trailblazer Series and Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series are the latest joint efforts between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball in regards to player development, health and educational resources. The most notable shared initiatives include the 'PLAY BALL' initiative (e.g., FUN At Bat), Pitch Smart and Amateur Development Camps (e.g., Breakthrough Series, DREAM Series and Elite Development Invitational). More information on the Trailblazer Series can be found at PlayBall.org.

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USA Baseball Ranked Number One In Latest WBSC Baseball World Rankings

February 22, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball has reclaimed the top spot in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball World Rankings as announced today by the WBSC. Following a 2017 season in which Team USA swept its international competitions at the 12U, 15U, 18U, Collegiate and Professional levels, the U.S. is ranked number one for the first time since 2014.

"To be recognized by the WBSC as the preeminent baseball program in the world is a testament to all of the hard work that our athletes, coaches and USA Baseball staff have put in to our national team programs," said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball. "Our organization has celebrated unprecedented success in the past few years and we will continue to build on those achievements as we reach toward new heights."

The WBSC Baseball World Rankings weigh a country's National Team performance - from U-12 to Professional - in WBSC-sanctioned international competitions over a four-year period.

USA Baseball had its most successful year in 2017, setting a record for most annual Baseball World Ranking points amassed with 2,127. The U.S. swept through its international competition with gold medals at the World Baseball Classic, WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, COPABE Pan Am U-15 Championships and the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup; in addition to the Collegiate National Team winning all three of its international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and Japan. It is the first time in international baseball history a federation has won all of its international competitions in a calendar year.

Since 2015, USA Baseball has won five world championships, including being the reigning World Baseball Classic Champion, as well as the reigning world champions at the 12U and 18U age levels. In total, the U.S. has medaled in all 11 international tournaments it has participated in since 2015, winning seven gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze.

Additionally, the Collegiate National Team has won six of eight international friendship series against Chinese Taipei (2-0-1), Cuba (3-0) and Japan (1-1) in that time frame, including winning the 5th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series in Cuba - the first-ever series victory on Cuban soil in USA Baseball history.

The USA Baseball Women's National Team - currently ranked number three in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Rankings - has also won two gold medals since 2015, highlighted by an 11-3 victory over Canada in the finals of the 2015 Pan American Games.

To see the full WBSC Baseball World Rankings, visit www.WBSC.org.

World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball World Rankings (1-12):
1. USA
2. Japan
3. Korea
4. Cuba
5. Mexico
6. Chinese Taipei
7. Canada
8. Australia
9. Netherlands
10. Puerto Rico
11. Venezuela
12. Dominican Republic

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WNTDP: Stars and Stripes Win Final Games

August 14, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA Stripes 4 0 2 5 0 0 0 11 15 3
Canada Maple 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 5 7 2
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USA Stars 3 0 3 0 0 3 0 9 8 2
Canada Leaf 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 3 6 3

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Stars and Stripes finished the 2017 USA Baseball Women's National Team Development Program with a sweep of Sunday's doubleheader against Canada Leaf and Canada Maple at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Washington, D.C.

The Stripes started things off with a big 11-5 defeat of Canada Maple in the first game of the day.

Leading the way for the Stripes, Megan Baltzell went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI and Samantha Cobb also tallied two RBI and two runs scored as she went 3-for-5.

The squad got off to a fast start when it put up four runs in the top of the first inning to take an early lead. Canada Maple tied it up with runs in the bottom of the first and second innings but the Stripes answered right back.

They took a two run lead in the top of the third before pushing five across the plate to take a seven run lead and put the game away.

The Stripes finished the game with 11 runs on 15 hits while Canada Maple collected just seven hits and five runs.

In the second game of the day, the Stars picked up right where the Stripes left off. They opened the scoring, taking a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning and never looked back.

Jade Gortarez went 2-for-4 with a RBI and a walk to set the pace offensively for the Stars and Olivia Bricker led the way on defensive with 2.0 scoreless, two-hit innings as the Stars starter.

Canada would tally two runs in the third and one more in the fifth but the Stars recorded two more three run innings in the third and sixth to put the game out of reach and secure the 9-3 victory.

Sunday's doubleheader marked the end of the 2017 Women's NTDP.

The 30 players invited to the 2017 Women's NTDP are international age-eligible for the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup (born on or before December 31, 2002). Identification events for the 2018 Women's National Team will begin with the Women's National Open next spring.

The 2017 Women's NTDP is sanctioned by the WBSC.

 

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WNTDP: Stars and Stripes, Canada Finish Game Five in a Tie

August 12, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Canada 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 4 13 2
Stars and Stripes 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 6 2

Washington, D.C. - In game five of the 2017 USA Baseball Women's National Team Development Program, Michelle Cobb went 2-for-4 with two RBI as the Stars and Stripes tied with Canada 4-4 at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Washington D.C.

Canada brought in the first run of the game and took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second but it wouldn't last long. The Stars and Stripes answered in the bottom of the third with a run of their own before taking a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth.

A walk drawn by Amanda Gianelloni and a Jade Gortarez single put two runners in scoring position with one out for Cobb, who knocked a two-RBI single to left field that gave the Stars and Stripes its first lead.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Stars and Stripes would add one more run to take a 4-1 lead but Canada pushed across two runs of its own in the sixth to make it a one run game.

A string of singles by Canada in the top of the eighth then closed the gap, tying the game up 4-4. Neither the Stars and Stripes, nor Canada were able to get anything going after that, ending the game in a tie.

Marti Sementelli started on the bump for the Stars and Stripes on Saturday afternoon and pitched a strong 4.0 innings. She gave up just one run on four hits in the outing.

The Stars and Stripes finished the game with four runs on six hits, while Canada tallied 13 hits and four runs. Each team had two errors.

The 2017 Women's NTDP wraps on Sunday with a split squad doubleheader with the USA Stripes taking on Canada Maple at 11 a.m. ET and the USA Stars going head to head with Canada Leaf at 4 p.m. ET at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Washington, D.C.

The 2017 Women's NTDP is sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

 

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Stars and Stripes Drop Weather-Shortened Game Against Canada

August 12, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Canada 1 1 2 4 1 3 12 14 3
Stars and Stripes 1 0 0 4 0 0 5 8 0
Win: Anna-Sophie Lavallee Loss: Denver Bryant | Box Score | Play-by-Play

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Samantha Cobb went 2-for-4 and Brynn Baca went 1-for-2 with a run scored and three RBI as the Stars and Stripes dropped Friday's 2017 USA Baseball Women's National Team Development Program (NTDP) game against Canada by a score of 12-5 after it was called due to lightning in the seventh inning at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Washington, D.C.

Canada jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first but the Stars and Stripes were quick to answer as Amanda Gianelloni scored on Michelle Cobb's fielder's choice to tie it 1-1 in the bottom half.

After Canada broke the tie, putting up runs in the second, third and fourth innings to take a 8-1 lead, the Stars and Stripes pushed four across the plate to pull within three in the bottom of the fourth.

They strung together two singles and a walk to load the bases with no outs for Brynn Baca, who laced a triple down the right field line to clear the bases and then followed that by scoring on a wild pitch to cut Canada's lead to 8-5.

There wasn't enough time to complete the comeback for the Stars and Stripes though as Canada added four more runs in the fifth and sixth innings and lightning caused the game to be called after the sixth inning.

The Stars and Stripes finished the game with five runs on eight hits while Canada had 14 hits, 12 runs and three errors.

The 2017 Women's NTDP is sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

 

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WNTDP: Stars and Stripes Take Down Canada in NTDP Game 3

August 11, 2017
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stars and Stripes 0 0 1 3 2 1 0 0 1 8 12 1
Canada 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 10 0
Win: Thea Hanscom Loss: Sarah Moir | Box Score | Play-by-Play

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Jade Gortarez went 4-for-6 with four RBI as the Stars and Stripes combined to defeat Canada in the first game between the two full squads in the 2017 USA Baseball Women's National Team Development Program at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Washington, D.C.

Canada took an early 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning but it wouldn't last long as the Stars and Stripes scored in three straight innings to put the game away.

Samantha Cobb, who finished the game 1-for-2 with two runs scored and three walks, loaded the bases for the Stars and Stripes with a single before Gortarez ripped a RBI single through the left side to tie the game 2-2. Then a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch followed by a bases-loaded walk gave the Stars and Stripes a 3-2 lead.

The Stars and Stripes added to their lead in each of the next two innings with two runs in the fifth on a RBI single from Shelby Estocado and a RBI groundout by Gortarez and one more in the sixth thanks to a sac fly by Megan Baltzell to jump ahead 7-2.

Canada pulled within three with a two-run eight inning but the Stars and Stripes tacked on one more run in the top of the ninth before Brandee Rains closed it out on the mound to secure the 8-4 victory.

Kelsie Whitmore started on the bump for the Stars and Stripes and posted a solid 3.0 innings of work, allowing just four hits. Thea Hanscom and Caitlyn Naginey then followed that with four shutout innings, giving up just three hits collectively without allowing a run.

In addition to the eight runs the Stars and Stripes posted, the team also finished with 12 hits while Canada ended the game with four runs on 10 hits.

The 2017 Women's NTDP is sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

 

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Stars and Stripes Drop First Games Against Canada Maple and Canada Leaf

August 10, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kelsie Whitmore went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored for the Stars in a 13-7 loss to Canada Maple and Samantha Cobb went 2-for-3 with a RBI for the Stripes as they fell to Canada Leaf 5-4 in the doubleheader that kicked off the 2017 USA Baseball Women's National Team Development Program (NTDP) on Wednesday.

In the first game of the day, the Stars jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second inning courtesy of a bases-loaded wild pitch and a two-RBI single by Kelsie Whitmore (Temecula, Calif.).

Whitmore once again led the way as the Stars doubled their lead in the fourth inning. Her RBI single got the scoring starting before a bases-loaded walk and a RBI groundout pushed the lead to 6-0.

Sementelli posted a dominant 3.0 innings of work as the starter for the Stars, allowing just two hits and no runs while striking out two.

The Stars wouldn't be able to hold onto their lead though as Canada Maple broke out for nine runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 9-6 lead that they wouldn't relinquish. The Stars added one more run in the sixth but Canada Maple piled on four more to secure the 13-7 victory.

The day's afternoon game between the Stripes and Canada Maple was also highlighted by strong starting pitching. Meggie Meidlinger started on the bump for the Stripes and only gave up one run on three hits in her 3.0 innings.

AJ Hamilton stole home in the bottom of the first to give the Stripes their own early lead before Canada Leaf tied it up in the third and took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth. The Stripes answered in the bottom half with a RBI triple by Samantha Cobb that brought in Alana Collins and tied the game 2-2.

After a three-run home run by Canada Leaf in the top of the sixth inning broke the tie and put the Stripes down 5-2, they started a rally with a Maycen Gibbs RBI single in the bottom of the sixth and an error in the bottom of the seventh that allowed a run to score to pull the Stripes within one. That wouldn't be enough though as the Stripes would fall 5-4.

The Stars ended the game with seven runs on 11 hits and two errors while the Stripes finished with four runs on six hits and two errors.

The third game of the week-long program will be between the full 2017 USA Baseball Women's NTDP team against Canada's full team on Thursday, August 10, at 4 p.m. ET at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Washington, D.C.

The 2017 Women's NTDP is sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

 

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USA Baseball Announces 2017 Women's National Team Development Program Roster

August 3, 2017

DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced the roster for the 2017 Women's National Team Development Program (NTDP) on Friday. The roster features 30 athletes representing 11 different states, and introduces 17 new players to the USA Baseball Women's National Team program. The 2017 NTDP is being hosted jointly with Baseball Canada and will take place August 6-14 at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Washington, D.C.

The USA Baseball Women's National Team Development Program is offered in years a women's international baseball competition is not presented and it provides athletes an opportunity to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experiences. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars, exhibition games and exposure to the Women's National Team staff and task force.

More than half of the athletes on the roster will be making their USA Baseball debut at the 2017 Women's NTDP, including four athletes who were identified from the inaugural Trailblazer Series, a first-of-its-kind girls baseball tournament presented by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball that took place in April at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California.

Maycen Gibbs (Folsom, Calif.) is one of two newcomers to the women's program who have participated in a USA Baseball Women's Development Camp. She was also one of two female players on team BPA that participated at the 2017 USA Baseball 14U National Team Championships in Arizona.

In addition, of the 17 new members of the Women's National Team program, seven have participated in the USA Baseball Women's National Open, three have participated in the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series and five have previously earned invitations to past Women's National Team Trials.

"We are excited to get a look at some of the best young talent in the country and start developing these new players for future national team opportunities," said Senior Director of Baseball Operations Ashley Bratcher. "The NTDP offers a great chance for young players to grow their game under the leadership of experienced USA Baseball coaches and alumni.

"The hands-on experience in a high-level, national team environment these players will receive and facing elite-level competition is invaluable as we start to look forward to naming the 2018 Women's National Team and beyond," Bratcher added.

Thirteen alumni of the 2016 Women's National Team that represented the U.S. at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup are also on the roster. Of those 13, seven players participated on the gold medal-winning Team USA in the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

In addition, six players on the 2017 roster are alumni of multiple Women's National Teams, including seven-time alum Anna Kimbrell, six-time alum Marti Sementelli and five-time alums Michelle and Samantha Cobb.

Four-time Women's National Team Pitching Coach Matt Weagle will serve as manager for the 2017 Women's NTDP. Under his direction, teams held a 2.07 and 2.16 ERA in 2014 and 2015, respectively, and a 1.29 ERA in 2016. Currently the pitching coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Weagle pitched at Franklin Pierce University from 2000 - 2003 and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft.

Joining Weagle on staff will be pitching coaches Matt Mayo and Ila Borders and assistant coaches Donna Mills, Cody Kauffman, Curtis Owen, Ernie May and Malaika Underwood. Mayo, Owen and May have previously served as coaches at Women's National Team Trials and the Women's National Open.

As an eight-time alum of the Women's National Team, Underwood has participated on more national teams than any other USA Baseball alumni, including the gold medal-winning 2006 and 2015 Women's National Teams. Mills is also an alum of the Women's National Team, having suited up for the world champion Women's National Teams in 2004 and 2006, as well as the 2008 squad. The 2017 Women's NTDP will mark the first time Underwood and Mills have coached for USA Baseball.

Kauffman and Borders will also make their USA Baseball coaching debuts at the 2017 Women's NTDP.

In addition to its joint on-field programming, USA Baseball and Baseball Canada will cooperatively host a girl's baseball clinic on Saturday, August 12, from 9-11:30 a.m. The clinic will be hosted by DC Girls Baseball and will be open to girls age seven to 16. Details on the clinic and participant registration can be found at DCGirlsBaseball.com/USACanada.

2017 marks the first time that USA Baseball has partnered with an international national governing body in a cooperative effort to prepare and develop future talent for national team consideration.

The 2017 Women's NTDP is sanctioned by the WBSC. For more information on the Women's National Team and the National Team Development Program, follow @USABaseballWNT on Twitter.

The 2017 Women's National Team Development Program roster is as follows:

Name; Position; Hometown:
Brynn Baca; C/IF; Round Rock, Texas
*Megan Baltzell; UT/LHP; Stafford, Va.
Olivia Bricker; LHP/OF; Batavia, Ohio
Denver Bryant; IF/RHP; Albany, Ga.
Haley Chandler; IF/OF; Wakefield, Mass.
*^Michelle Cobb; IF/RHP; Wenatchee, Wash.
*^Samantha Cobb; OF/RHP; Garland, Texas
Alana Collins; IF; Greenville, Ga.
Trinity Curtis; RHP/IF; Oakhurst, Calif.
*Shelby Estocado; IF/OF; Las Vegas, Nev.
Emma Froemke; IF/RHP; Thousand Oaks, Calif.
*Alex Fulmer; OF/RHP; Little Mountain, S.C.
*Amanda Gianelloni; IF; Napoleonville, La.
Maycen Gibbs; C/OF; Folsom, Calif.
*^Jade Gortarez; IF/RHP; Riverside, Calif.
Gabbie Haas; IF/C; West Palm Beach, Fla.
*AJ Hamilton; C/OF; Tallahassee, Fla.
Thea Hanscom; RHP/IF; Hadley, Mass.
Ashli Holland; IF; Arvada, Colo.
*Amalia Hopson; UT/RHP; Sequim, Wash.
*^Anna Kimbrell; C; Fort Mill, S.C.
*^Meggie Meidlinger; RHP/IF; Sterling, Va.
Logan Moreland; IF; Woodland, Calif.
Caitlyn Naginey; RHP/IF; Windermere, Fla.
Brandee Rains; RHP/IF; Lake Charles, La.
Montserrat Sandoval; RHP/IF; San Juan Bautista, Calif.
*^Marti Sementelli; RHP; Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Homa Shafii; C/OF; Monterey, Calif.
Emily Tsujikawa; RHP; Redmond, Wash.
*^Kelsie Whitmore; OF/RHP; Temecula, Calif.

*Denotes Women's National Team alumni
^Denotes Women's National Team Development Program alumni

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