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OKLAHOMA CITY – Eight of the world’s best softball teams begin competition today at the World Cup of Softball XII at Hall of Fame Stadium, and the United States has two teams competing for the third straight year and fourth time overall—the traditional national team and the Junior Women’s National Training Team.

The national team does not have any Oklahoma ties, but the junior squad has three representatives linked to the 46th state—Julia Cottrill, a catcher from Stillwater, Alissa Dalton, an infielder who played for the Sooners last season, and Sydney Sherill, a Southmoore High School infielder. Cottrill and Sherill have committed to play in Florida while Dalton is transferring to Louisiana-Lafayette after one season at OU.

Ken Eriksen, head coach for the South Florida Bulls, will lead the USA National Team for the seventh consecutive year. Team USA has won five championships under his tutelage, but Japan defeated the Americans in last year’s championship game.

The United States and Japan are the only teams to win a World Cup event. The USA holds eight titles, and Japan the other three.

Japan enters this tournament No. 1 in the world, and the USA National team is second. Both teams met recently in Japan with the Japanese team capturing two wins in the best-of-three series. Japan won the opening game (3-0) and the final contest, (5-3) while the USA captured the second game (5-4).

Other teams in this year’s World Cup field include No. 3 Canada, No. 4 Australia, No. 7 Puerto Rico, No. 10 Mexico, and No. 17 Philippines. The JWNT team is not ranked.

The team with the best record will be seeded No. 1 heading into Championship Sunday, and the team with the second-best record gets the No. 2 seed and so forth.


World Cup of Softball XII Schedule


All games are streamed live online at unless otherwise indicated


July 5                                                                           Field

11 a.m.            Puerto Rico vs. USA JWNT                  OGE Energy

11 a.m.             Japan vs. Canada                                 INTEGRIS

1:30 p.m.         Canada vs. USA JWNT                        OGE Energy

2 p.m.              Japan vs. Puerto Rico                            INTEGRIS

4 p.m.              USA vs. Philippines                           OGE Energy

4:30 p.m.         Australia vs. Mexico                             INTEGRIS

6:30 p.m.         USA vs. Mexico                                 OGE Energy

7 p.m.              Australia vs. Philippines                      INTEGRIS


July 6

9:30 a.m.         Japan vs. Mexico                            OGE Energy

Noon              Japan vs. Philippines                           INTEGRIS

12:30 p.m.       Mexico vs. USA JWNT                     OGE Energy

2:30 p.m.         Canada vs. Philippines                       INTEGRIS

3 p.m.              Australia vs. USA JWNT                   OGE Energy

5 p.m.              Australia vs. Puerto Rico                    INTEGRIS

6 p.m.              USA vs. Canada         (ESPN)           OGE Energy


July 7

10:30 a.m.       Canada vs. Mexico                         OGE Energy

10:30 a.m.       Puerto Rico vs. Philippines                 INTEGRIS

1 p.m.              Philippines vs. USA JWNT               OGE Energy

1 p.m.              Canada vs. Puerto Rico                      INTEGRIS

4 p.m.              USA vs. USA JWNT                          OGE Energy

4 p.m.              Australia vs. Japan                             INTEGRIS

7:30 p.m.         USA vs. Japan (ESPN2)                    OGE Energy


July 8

10 a.m.            Puerto Rico vs. Mexico                      OGE Energy

12:30 p.m.       Mexico vs. Philippines                          INTEGRIS

1 p.m.              USA vs. Puerto Rico (ESPN2)              OGE Energy

3:30 p.m.         Japan vs. USA JWNT                          OGE Energy

3:30 p.m.         Canada vs. Australia                            INTEGRIS

7 p.m.              USA vs. Australia  (ESPN2)                OGE Energy


July 9               Championship Sunday

Noon               Seed #1 vs. Seed #2    (ESPN)           OGE Energy

Noon               Seed #7 vs. Seed #8                            INTEGRIS

2:30 p.m.         Seed #3 vs. Seed #4                       OGE Energy

2:30 p.m.         Seed #5 vs. Seed #6                           INTEGRIS


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