USA JO Cup Narrows Down To Elite Eight

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Spartanburg, S.C. – 66 teams faced elimination today as they fight to remain in Spartanburg continued. At the end of Day Four, each competing division was narrowed to eight remaining teams, four of which will enter Day Five undefeated.

In the 14-Under division, scoring came early and often throughout the day as only eight of the 29 teams recorded less than five runs. Fighting their way through the loser’s bracket were the EC Bullets, Lady Lightning Gold, LA Blazers and PA Strikers who all performed with dominance at the plate. In their three elimination games of the day, the Lady Lightning Gold recorded 29 runs, PA Strikers totaled 23 runs, EC Bullets collected 19 runs and LA Blazers scored 12 runs. FL impact, Glory Adkins, Hotshots Platinum, and St. Louis Chaos earned the four winner’s bracket wins and will advance to Day Five with an undefeated record.

In the 16-Under division, the competition was at an all-time high as 10 of the 29 games resulted in wins by a margin of only two or fewer runs. The IN Shockwaves, TN Mojo, Williamsburg Starz and SC Elite recorded wins in the winner’s bracket, advancing them into Day Five undefeated. After losing their first game of the day, the OK Bombers, Tampa Mustangs, and Glory Adkins bounced back in elimination play, extending their time in Spartanburg to another day. Also surviving to compete tomorrow after four straight wins from the loser’s bracket is Turnin2.

The 18-Under division featured another explosive offensive day as 227 runs were scored in the combined 25 games of the day. Scoring 66 of those runs were FL Impact and Scrapyard Fastpitch who each recorded four wins, extending their time at Tyger River Park to another day. Also advancing from the loser’s bracket is Carolina Elite and Gametime Stars. Winner’s bracket wins came from GA Power, Glory Adkins, TN Fury and Rock Gold who will go into Day Five as the four undefeated teams in the 18-Under division.

Elimination play will continue tomorrow, July 25, at 11 a.m. ET as the remaining teams battle for a spot in the Championship. Live stats and coverage will be available all week long at USASoftball.com

Division I Council Extends Dead Period To Sept. 30

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The Division I Council recommended the Division I Board of Directors adopt some minimum protections for student-athletes whose sport seasons are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and will finalize recommendations before Aug. 21. The Council met virtually Wednesday.

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Virginia Tech Sophomore Maddi Banks Transfers To Ole Miss

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OXFORD, Miss. – On Monday, Ole Miss head softball coach Jamie Trachsel announced the addition of Virginia Tech transfer Maddi Banks, a two-year starter for the Hokies at various positions.

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Northern Iowa Hires Pitching Coach Monica Wright

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI head softball coach Ryan Jacobs Wednesday announced the addition of veteran pitching coach Monica Wright to his staff.

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THE Spring Games Hires Anthony Small As 2021 Umpire Assignor & Trainer

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As THE Spring Games prepares for the 2021 season, the group of softball leadership out of Florida once again raises the bar on another key element of the World’s largest collegiate softball event by announcing the appointment of Anthony Small as it’s umpire assignor and coordinator.

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Club Spotlight: EC Bullets Mayfield/Biele Race To The Top

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EC Bullets Coach Todd Mayfield takes great pride in the culture and the development of his team. As a top tournament finisher, his players are highly recruited with the potential to be superstars at the college level. Coach Mayfield reflects on the success of his current team and shares details about all of his players.

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Rising Star: 2022 Carolina Elite Hurler Karlyn Pickens

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Karlyn Pickens has always been a kid at heart. The right-handed pitcher for Carolina Elite rarely passes up an opportunity to give her coaches and teammates a few laughs.

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Penn State Announces Clarisa Crowell As New Head Softball Coach

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State University Vice President for Athletics Sandy Barbour named Clarisa Crowell as the eighth head coach of the softball program Monday. Crowell, the 2019 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Coach of the Year, is the winningest coach in Miami (Ohio) program history with more than 200 wins.

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Coaches, Athletes & Industry Leaders Form The Alliance Fastpitch

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Coaches, industry leaders, and former players have come together to form The Alliance Fastpitch with a goal of driving value to the player and player experience. 

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Club Spotlight: Homegrown Arizona Storm Appel

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What's not to love about watching Arizona Storm Appel play ball? Coach Steve Appel's Storm squad had a marvelous run to the 2019 PGF 14U Premier National Title game only to face Fisher Mojo. We chat with Coach Appel about his team and he goes into great detail about each of his players.

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Rising Star: Why 2021 IF Kayla Chavez Stays Focused On The Controllables

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It should come as no surprise that Athletics Mercado-Greg 16U infielder Kayla Chavez loves roller coasters. The heart-pounding sensation she experiences on the popular theme park attraction easily rivals the thrill of any big play on the softball field.

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