Tahlequah Daily Press

Sports

June 16, 2013

3 Sooners land on USA softball team

NORMAN — Oklahoma has placed softball players on Team USA before, just never this many.

Friday, following a three-day camp at the Hall of Fame Stadium complex in Oklahoma City, the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) and USA Softball announced the 18-player squad that will comprise the U.S. senior national team.

For the second straight summer, Sooner pitcher, slugger and reigning collegiate player of the year Keilani Ricketts was named to the team. Even better for the Sooner Nation, she’ll be joined by two teammates.

A year ago, it was battery-mate Jessica Shults who joined Ricketts. This time around, it’s Lauren Chamberlain and Destinee Martinez.

Chamberlain, along with Ricketts, was one of three finalists for national player of the year honors.

She led the the national champion Sooners at the plate throughout the season and postseason, finishing her sophomore year with an historic collection of numbers: 30 home runs (in 61 games), a .458 batting average, a 1.113 slugging percentage, a .613 on-base percentage and 80 RBIs.

Martinez just completed a junior year in which she hit .347, scored 30 runs and stole nine bases. It was her 11th-inning triple that sparked OU’s rally to tie, and eventually, pass Tennessee in Game 1 of the WCWS championship series.

Ricketts, on a night off from the circle, drove in all four runs in OU’s national championship-clinching 4-0 victory over Tennessee. In the circle, she went 35-1 with a 1.23 earned run average, striking out 350 in 238 1/3 innings. She tossed 16 shutouts and an amazing six no-hitters.

In addition to the three Sooners, a native Oklahoman also made the team in University of Tulsa pitcher Aimee Creger. A Yukon native, who will be a senior with the Golden Hurricane next season, Creger is a two-time All-American coming off a season in which she went 25-7 with a 1.15 earned run average, striking out 286 in 200 1/3 innings.

The national team, skippered by South Florida coach Ken Eriksen, will have a busy summer, beginning with the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City July 11-14, a competition that will include the national teams of Japan, Australia, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well Team USA.

That will be followed by the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., July 16-22. Then it’s the International Softball Federation’s Women’s World Championship Aug. 5-18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

It is the final competition in which softball’s recognized world champion is crowned. A year ago, Team USA had to settle for second place, losing to Japan, 2-1, in a gold medal game that went 10 innings.

1
Text Only
Sports
Poll

What to you think of a state Legislature proposal to forbid cities from raising the minimum wage? Choose the closest to your opinion.

The federal government should set the minimum wage across the board.
States should be allowed to raise their minimum wages, but not cities.
Both states and cities should be allowed to raise their minimum wages.
Cities should be allowed to raise their mimum wages, but not states.
There should be no minimum wage at all.
Undecided.
     View Results
Press Sports Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge
Stocks