18 July 2013

The World Cup of Softball, hosted by ASA/USA Softball and sanctioned by the ISF, finished with Japan earning the gold, USA the silver, and Australia the bronze. Canada and Puerto Rico rounded out the field of teams. Competition was tight with close scores and upsets; after round robin play, three out of five teams ended with a 4-1 record. ESPN broadcasted the tournament across its family of networks for coverage in more than 140 countries. Games which were not shown live on ESPN were available through web streaming.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation had officials on-hand throughout the tournament, including WBSC co-President Don Porter and Communication Coordinator Lori Nolan, promoting the 2020 Olympic campaign. Players, fans and supporters highlighted their passion for the Olympic Games by wearing special WBSC Olympic Playball2020 campaign tattoos, and displayed banners and brochures calling for softball and baseball to be included on the Games programme, while signage, screens and other demonstrations of Olympic support were on display in the main competition venue and the other surrounding venues.

Fan eagerly await autographs from Team Japan (photo: WBSC)

Amber Freeman (USA) is helped around the bases by Galis Lozada, left, and Dayanira Diaz (PUR) after Freeman hurt herself running the bases on a home run (photo: Nate Billings, The Oklahoman)

The 18th Women's European Softball Championship concluded last week in Prague, Czech Republic. The 19-team field competed over seven days for three qualifying slots in the 2014 ISF Women's World Championship. Netherlands won the gold, Italy the silver and Czech Republic the bronze. But with Netherlands receiving an automatic spot in the world championship as the host of next year's world championship, the fourth place finisher Russia also qualified. The remaining participating teams are (in order of finish): Great Britain, Austria, Sweden, Spain, Germany, Slovakia, Belgium, Ukraine, Denmark, Switzerland, Poland, Croatia, Israel, France and Hungary.

The 2013 Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship, an ISF sanctioned event, is being held from July 12-22, 2013, in Surrey, British Columbia and will promote the development of the sport of fastpitch by helping young female athletes reach for their personal best. With six divisions, the top division, Women's International, features five national teams. Australia, Canada, Japan, USA and Venezuela are competing along side five clubs teams. For full tournament information, visit the event website at

Palau National Olympic Committee and Palau Softball Federation hosted the recently completed 2013 National Belau Games, with 14 out of 16 Island States participating. PSF initiated its promotion of "Swing for the Fences" 2020 Olympic Games. Peleliu Women's Fastpitch Team, is the GOLD Medalist Team for five consecutive years.

(photo: Palau Softball Federation)

The Turks & Caicos Softball Federation would like to congratulate the country's fastest female pitcher, Ms. Angena Moncher, on achieving Valedictorian at her school, Clement Howell High School, July 4, 2013. In her valedictorian address she thanked the Softball federation for helping her achieve her success by applying the same discipline, dedication and concentration that the game taught her to her studies. This enabled her to achieve this milestone, and has also applied it to her every day life, making her the humble person that she is. She also stated that she would like to attend a college to play softball and then return back home to use her skills to assist the younger generation in learning this game and eventually have her own team.

(photo: Turks & Caicos Softball Federation)

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