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USA Softball announces 2020 Women’s Slow Pitch National Team, Futures Team rosters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2020
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OKLAHOMA CITY — USA Softball announced today the rosters selected to represent the U.S. as part of the 2020 USA Softball Women’s Slow Pitch National Team (WSPNT) and Futures Team. Both will compete against Canada’s Women’s Slow Pitch National Team for the Women’s Border Battle as well as go head-to-head in the Women’s Slow Pitch Showdown. Individuals on the two rosters were evaluated and selected based off previous Team USA experience in addition to their performance at previous USA Softball Women’s Open Slow Pitch National Championship in Portland, Ore.

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

"The feeling never changes when you get the call to coach this team, the only way I know how to explain," said WSPNT Head Coach, Don Cooper. "It’s like Christmas morning and the Fourth of July when you were 8. I’m so excited for the new players to experience putting on that jersey and can’t wait to get them on the field. This year also brings some additional pressure with the event being held in my home town."

The 14-athlete WSPNT roster includes athletes from ten different states who have earned numerous USA Softball National Championships and individual tournament accolades. Returning this year are nine veterans in Savannah Brown (Inola, Okla.), Chelsea Davis (Sarasota, Fla.), Christan Dowling (Rochester, N.Y.), Fiana Finau (Chula Vista, Calif.), Tara Salcedo (Bellflower, Calif.), Kelly Park (Aurora, Ill.), Terri Ross (Louisville, Ky.), Kristen Shifflett (Richmond, Va.), and Tawna Williams (Amarillo, Texas). Shelby Engle (Orlando, Fla.) and Sara Poteat (Marietta, Ga.) join the WSPNT roster after competing for the Women’s Futures Team in 2019.

“The 2020 Border Battle will once again, prove to be a very exciting and competitive event,” said Women’s Futures Team Head Coach Cara Caughenour. “As we go into the second year with the Women’s Futures team, there are a few new players that will be added to the roster. The Futures will be led by returning players Mandy Hollman, Shayna Finley, Amber Parrish and Kylee Studioso. Expect the Futures to have solid defense, pitching and some fierce hitting with this lineup. I am so excited for the opportunity to coach such an amazing group of athletes and to once again share the coaching duties with Marieo Foster and Tina Amfahr Parris.”

The 15-athlete Futures Team roster includes athletes from 13 different states, including four veterans in Shayna Finley (Spartanburg, S.C.), Mandy Hollman (York, Pa.), Amber Parrish (Wilson, N.C.) and Kylee Studioso (Edmonds, Wash.) who were on the 2019 Futures Team roster.

"Being on this year’s future team means a lot to me and my family, and what an honor it is," said Finley. "It reflects the hard work and effort put into the game. So thankful and blessed to get this opportunity and to play with some of the best players in the country wearing the Red, White and Blue!"

Athletes are selected to represent the United States as a member of a Slow Pitch National Team based on their grassroots participation at their respective USA Softball Slow Pitch National Championship.  Athletes wishing to make the 2021 WSPNT, Women’s Futures, MSPNT and Men’s Futures will need to participate in the following events: the Women's Open Slow Pitch National Championship in Hendersonville, TN (August 21-23), the Men's Super and AA Slow Pitch National Championship in Hendersonville, TN (August 20-23), the Men’s Class A Slow Pitch National Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla. (Sept. 4-5) or the Men’s Class B Slow Pitch National Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla. (Sept. 6-7).

Information on Border Battle XII, including location, schedule and ticket information, will be released at a later date.

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