USA Softball has announced the final roster for the 2019 USA Softball U-19 Women’s National Team (WNT) that will compete at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup.
Held August 10-17 in Irvine, Calif., the 17-player roster will look to become the first three-peat U-19 WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup champion.
“This was a difficult decision because it’s never easy to narrow a roster of 20 of the best softball players in our country to 17,” said U-19 WNT Head Coach, Heather Tarr (Redmond, Wash./Head Coach at Washington).
“Each athlete gave it their all through the training and evaluation process, and it also provided them an opportunity to grow from the experience and challenge themselves at a pivotal point in their career. I look forward to continuing to come together as a team when we train in Spartanburg and the days leading up to the U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup as we strive to become the best team we possibly can when we take the field in Irvine this August.”
Jadelyn Allchin (Fountain Valley, Calif.), Jayda Coleman (The Colony, Texas), Julia Cottrill (Stillwater, Okla.), Bailey Dowling (St. Joseph, Ill.), Charla Echols (Newnan, Ga.), Megan Faraimo (Vista, Calif.), Montana Fouts (Grayson, Ky.), Kelli Godin (Seal Beach, Calif.), Frankie Hammoude (Oakland, Calif.), Madison Huskey (Cerritos, Calif.), Lexi Kilfoyl (Land O’Lakes, Fla.), Kelley Lynch (Newnan, Ga.), Taylor Pleasants (Houston, Texas), Jasmine Sievers (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Macy Simmons (Chandler, Ariz.), Rylee Trlicek (Hallettsville, Texas) and Skylar Wallace (Woodstock, Ga.) have been named to the 17-member roster.
Kassidy Krupit (Suwanee, Ga.), Kathryn Sandercock (McLean, Va.) and Callie Turner (Land O’Lakes, Fla.) have been named as replacement players.
The U-19 WNT comes off a historic run at the USA Softball International Cup where the team took home the Bronze Medal after posting a 7-3 record.
With wins over two Top 10 opponents within the WBSC Softball world rankings, the U-19 roster boasts offensive power and a deep pitching staff. With six athletes batting over .300 at the USA Softball International Cup, Echols and Dowling combined for 18 of Team USA’s RBI.
From the circle, Fouts led the pitching staff with a 0.42 ERA while Faraimo dealt a team-leading 24 strikeouts in 19 2/3rds innings in the circle.
“This U-19 World Cup team is built around our dominant pitching, great defense and ability to have a dynamic offense that can come through at any time. The USA Softball International Cup showcased that as our team went hit-for-hit and shut down some really powerful offenses of the top-ranked teams in the world.”
Team USA will compete alongside 15 other participating countries at the WBSC U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup.
Drawn into four groups, Team USA will compete in Pool A and opens round action on August 10 at 8 p.m. PT against No. 5 Mexico. The U.S. is also slated for matchups against No. 43 Botswana on August 11 at 8 p.m. PT and No. 15 Czech Republic on August 12 at 8 p.m. PT to close out opening rounds.
The top two finishers from each group will advance to the Super Rounds for an eight-team, round-robin schedule. The top two teams from the Super Rounds will compete for the World Cup Final while the third and fourth-place teams will compete for the Bronze Medal.
Joining Tarr on the coaching staff are Tony Baldwin (Athens, Ga./Associate Head Coach at Georgia), Cindy Ball-Malone (Orlando, Fla./Head Coach at UCF) and Tim Walton (Gainesville, Fla./Head Coach at Florida).