TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Even though softball will not be in the 2016 Olympics later this summer, there been no shortage of elite level softball competitions around the world, with many current and former Seminoles on their rosters as players or coaches.
Rising senior Ellie Cooper captained the New Zealand National Team, while junior Korina Rosario and sophomores Carsyn Gordon and Meghan King competed for the Puerto Rico National Team, coached by former Seminole Jessica Boulware (van der Linden). Kaleigh Rafter (Canada) and Yuruby Alicart (Venezuela) are two other Noles that competed for their country this summer and all four nations participated in the World Cup of Softball IX on July 5-10 in Oklahoma City, Okla., as well as the 2016 Women’s World Softball Championship in Surrey, British Columbia from July 12-24.
Cooper and the White Sox placed eighth at the World Cup of Softball with a 2-5 record as the second baseman played in five games during the tournament and drove in the winning run against the Czech Republic on July 8. At the World Championship, New Zealand placed seventh overall as Cooper batted .476 in seven games, including two home runs, seven RBI and seven runs scored.
Puerto Rico finished in sixth place at the World Cup and ninth overall at the World Championship as Rosario recorded four hits and scored two runs in 15 at bats at the World Cup and added a double, three RBI and two runs scored at the World Championship.
In her first appearance with the Puerto Rico National Team, Gordon had a base hit in six of nine games this summer, posting a .348 overall batting average with four runs scored, four RBI and a pair of two-hit performances against Chinese Taipei and India at the World Championship.
King went 3-0 with a save and a 0.95 ERA at the World Cup, recording five shutout appearances and 21 strikeouts over 22.2 innings pitched. At the World Championship, the lefty pitcher earned a 5-1 record in six appearances with a 1.28 ERA. She had four shutout wins in Surrey, including a 17-strikeout performance in a one-hit victory over the Philippines on July 23. Overall, she finished with 38.1 innings pitched and gave up 27 hits, nine runs, six earned with three walks and 55 strikeouts at the World Championship.
Rafter and the Canadian National Team placed fifth at the World Cup as the former Seminole catcher batted .538 (7-for-13) with two home runs, seven RBI and three runs scored. At the World Championship in Canada, the host nation earned the bronze medal and Rafter batted .417 (10-for-24) with a home run, six RBI and five runs scored in eight total games.
Alicart batted .350 with seven hits, including a double, a home run and three RBI as Venezuela finished 11th overall at the World Cup of Softball. The former Seminole shortstop helped Venezuela finish in fifth place at the World Championship, batting .353 with two home runs, five RBI, four walks and five runs scored.
The 2016 National Pro Fastpitch season has been underway since late May and two former Seminoles are competing on the field with Lacey Waldrop for the Chicago Bandits and Courtney Senas for the PA Rebellion. Current FSU head coach Lonni Alameda and assistant coach Travis Wilson are working this summer in the same roles for the USSSA Pride.
Waldrop and the Bandits are currently in fourth place in the NPF standings with a 16-19 record. The three-time NFCA All-American has a 3-3 record with one save the summer, posting a 6.11 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 36.2 innings over 13 appearances for the Bandits.
Senas has played in 24 games for the Rebellion this summer as they are in sixth place overall with a 12-23 record. She has made seven starts in the outfield and has a .212 batting average on the season with a home run, two runs scored and three stolen bases.
The USSSA Pride are on top of the NPF standings with a 24-10 record and lead the league in several offensive categories, including batting average (.311), runs scored (188), doubles (42) and stolen bases (44). Alameda has helped the Pride pitching staff lead the NPF in ERA (2.70), strikeouts (223) and walks allowed (72).
The top four teams in the NPF will advance to the NPF Championship Series on August 19-23 at Rhoads Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Waldrop and the Bandits will look to repeat as champions in 2016 after defeating the Pride in 2015.
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