Team Mexico Women's Softball Advances To 2020 Olympics

Mexico sealed today its qualification to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, with a 2-1 victory over Canada, in front of a fully packed Softball City stadium. Dallas Escobedo went the distance, allowing only 3 hits with 9 strikeouts. Mexico joins Japan, USA and Italy as the fourth qualified nation to the six-team softball competition in Tokyo. It will be the first Olympic participation ever for the Mexican Softball National Team.

Mexico clinched today one of their most important wins in history. With a brilliant Escobedo and two runs in the fifth episode, Mexico earned its ticket to Tokyo 2020.

It was the most expected game in the tournament, with the two undefeated teams facing each other and two of the best pitchers in the world: Escobedo for Mexico and Sara Groenewegen for the host team.

Both pitchers retired the side in the first inning, but Holly Speers led off the top of the second with a single to the right side of the field, with the first hit of the game for Canada. Speers advanced on a soft grounder by Jenn Salling to third base, but then Escobedo fanned Kaleigh Rafter with a high rise ball, and finally Larissa Franklin hit a high chopper down the first baseline, for an easy third out.

In the third episode Canada put the first hitter on base again, Emma Etminzger was hit by a pitch, and Janet Leung sacrificed to put again a runner in scoring position with one out. But this time Victoria Hayward drove in the first run of the game with a line-drive double to center field, to give the host team a 1-0 lead.

Groenewegen started very strong, retiring the first eight hitters she faced, but in the bottom of the third Tatyana Forbes slapped a hard ball to third base for an infield hit, and two pitches later the Mexican left fielder advanced to second base on a wild pitch, however Nicole Mendes bunted to Groenewegen’s hand for the third out.

After a perfect fourth inning for Groenewegen, Mexico came from behind and took the lead in the fifth. Sashel Palacios led off the inning with a single, Brittany Cervantes hit a grounder to shortstop that Leung couldn’t grab and Chelsea Gonzalez drew a walk to load the bases, with no out. Head Coach Mark Smith replaced Groenewegen with Jenna Caira, but the veteran right-hander walked Suzannah Gonzalez to plate the tying run, and one out later Mendez hit an RBI single to left field to give Mexico the definitive 2-1 lead. Smith changed the pitcher again, sending Danielle Lawrie to the circle, and the veteran struck out Amanda Sanchez and Vidales (the last one with a change-up in the outside corner of the plate) to finish the inning.

In the top of the sixth Kelsey Jenkins lined a double to left-center field to open the inning, but  Jennifer Gilbert failed to bunt, with a fly to third base for the first out, and Escobedo struck out Speers with an outside pitch for the second out. Then Head Coach Carlos Bernaldez intentionally walked Salling, to face Rafter, and the decision worked out with the Canadian catcher flying out to right field in foul zone.

In the top of the seventh Escobedo retired the side with a grounder and a pair of consecutive strikeouts, to clinch the qualification to Tokyo.

“The plan today was the same as the previous days: one game at a time, it was only one more game. I just tried to stay calm, enjoy the moment, enjoy the crowd and being myself”, said Escobedo about her mental approach for this game.

How do you feel now that you’re achieved this goal? “A little bit relaxed, less stress now. It’s just exciting been here and living this moment”.

Head Coach Carlos Bernaldez said: “We worked hard for this. A lot of people thought that today we were coming today just to play, thinking on clinching our ticket tomorrow against Cuba. But our plan was coming today to beat the host team, the favourite, Canada, and most importantly clinch the ticket to the Olympics. Now we’ll take some rest, spend some time with the family because we have been abroad for a long time, and then back to work thinking in Tokyo”.

Mexico is the fourth qualified team for the Olympic softball competition, joining Japan (host team), USA (World Champion) and Italy (winner of the Europe/Africa Qualifier) in Tokyo 2020. Tomorrow, Sunday 1 September, we’ll know the fifth qualified team. Canada will take on Brazil at 3:30 p.m. local time, and the winner will advance to the Olympic Games. The last Olympic spot will be the winner of the WBSC Asia/Oceania Qualifier, to be held in Shanghai, China, from 24-28 September.

Kaitlyn Alderink Will Finish The 2020 Season With Louisiana

LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Softball strengthened the depth of the infielders on its 2020 roster on Wednesday, and gained veteran experience for the group, as head coach Gerry Glasco announced the addition of Kaitlyn Alderink.

Rutgers Softball Coaches Under Fire, Accused Of Abuse From Former Players

A scathing report published Wednesday by Keith Sargeant and Matthew Stanmyre of NJ Advance Media alleges Rutgers University head coach Kristin Butler and her husband Marcus Smith, who serves as a volunteer assistant coach, created an environment during Butler’s inaugural season that resulted in physical and emotional abuse. 

Gem Softball October Data Report

SoftballCloud, a data aggregate software platform with long ties to the baseball community and partnerships with some of the key players in the technology industry, is taking the softball world by storm. SoftballCloud offers its customers a single platform to analyze and view data collected from multiple hardware sources including: Diamond Kinetics, 4D Motion, FlightScope, Yakkertech, Trackman, Blast Motion, Hittrax, and GameSense Sports. New partners are added frequently as the SoftballCloud name and brand become more prevalent in the market.

USA U17 Men's National Team Tops No. 2 Canada At Pan American

GUATEMALA CITY — In their U-17 Men’s Pan American Championship opener, the USA Softball U-17 Men’s National Team (MNT) claimed an impressive 10-5 eight-inning victory over world-ranked No. 2 Canada. Cody Gibbons (St. Paul, Minn.) went the distance for the Red, White, and Blue, while the offense exploded with a six-run eighth inning to capture the win. 

Rising Star: Wisconsin Bound Peyton Bannon Keeps Getting Better


When players are given the opportunity to come through in the clutch, some ramp up their adrenaline, become overanxious, and often walk away disappointed with the result. Others, like Peyton Bannon, have the ability to calm their breathing, slow the pace of the game in their mind, and not allow the moment to overtake them.

Softball Data Analysis Made Easy With SoftballCloud

In today’s evolving fastpitch market, there is one product that stands alone atop the mountain of technology and data-driven products out there. That product is one that combines the information from eleven different data measuring products into one incredible software platform. SoftballCloud takes its users from being overwhelmed with numbers and data metrics to looking like a professional that has taken hours to study the data.  The difference is as simple as “A” or “B”:

Gem Of The Hills: How To Watch, Time, & Live Stream Info


The Gem Softball Showcase, Central Florida’s newest college showcase tournament, incorporates FlightScope’s data technology to demonstrate to college coaches which players are true “gamers” in a five-game guarantee (4-1 format) where all games count. 

The Rise & Roll Tide Of Atlanta Vipers Gem Jenna Lord

Jenna Lord started playing softball at the age of six, influenced by being at the ballfields with her family on most weekends. These weekends were about watching her older brother play travel baseball.  

USA Softball Wins U17 Wins Pan American Championship

Barranquilla, Colombia — Becoming the first-ever U-17 Women’s Pan American Championship Gold Medalists, the USA Softball U-17 Women’s National Team (WNT) finished the tournament with a perfect 8-0 record after defeating Mexico, 2-0, in the finale Saturday night at Edgardo Schemel Stadium. 

Bailey Hemphill: Alabama's RBI Queen


It’s one thing to dream about performing on the big stage, but quite another to actually do it. Bailey Hemphill has done both.