TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Even though Florida State softball won’t get back on JoAnne Graf Field until later this fall, there are numerous current, former and even future Seminoles that have been competing for their countries this summer at several international events, including the World Cup of Softball XII (July 5-9) and the Canada Cup (July 7-17).
Rising redshirt junior pitcher Meghan King and the Puerto Rico National Team finished in fourth place at the most recent Canada Cup, with King earning a spot on the tournament’s All-Star team as the best pitcher. She finished with a 3-1 record and a 1.93 ERA overall, including retiring all six batters she faced against World No. 1 Japan on July 15.
King was joined in Surrey, B.C. by current Seminoles – Korina Rosario, Carsyn Gordon and Sabrina Stutsman. Rosario had four hits over the weekend, including a double and three walks, while Gordon drove in four runs on three hits with two doubles. Stutsman saw action in four games and walked and scored a run.
Gordon, Rosario and King also played at the World Cup of Softball XII, placing sixth with Puerto Rico, including wins over the USA Junior Women’s National Team and the Philippines. King struck out 10 in 17.1 innings of work, while Rosario batted .294 with an RBI and two runs scored. Gordon added a pair of hits and a two-run home run in her time at the plate.
Incoming freshman Sydney Sherrill also competed at the World Cup of Softball XII for the USA Junior Women’s National Team. The squad finished in fifth place at the tournament and Sherrill played in four games, posting a batting average of .200. She scored three runs and struck out just once throughout the entire tournament.
Kaleigh Rafter, former Seminole and current assistant coach at Virginia, competed with Team Canada for the 11th season at both the World Cup of Softball and the Canada Cup. Rafter played catcher in six games as Canada finished third at the World Cup, and batted .188 with three RBI and two runs scored for the host nation in the Canada Cup.
Another former FSU player, Yuruby Alicart, continues to play for her home country of Venezuela and finished in third place at the Canada Cup. Alicart posted a .300 batting average with a double, a triple, three home runs, seven RBI and nine runs scored as Venezuela fell just short of an appearance in the championship game.
Alicart left the Seminole softball in 2007 as one of the best offensive players in program history, but the recent careers of Jessie Warren, Alex Powers and Maddie O’Brien have built on the foundation of numerous records she set during her time in the Garnet and Gold.
The summer international competitions continue this summer as the World Baseball Softball Confederation hosts the Junior Women’s Softball World Championship in Clearwater, Fla., on July 24-30. Sherrill and the USA Junior National Team will compete alongside 25 other teams and will start round-robin play in Pool A with Chinese Taipei, Guatemala, Italy, Philippines, Turkey and South Africa.
The WBSC will also host the 2017 Pan American Championship on August 4-13 in the Dominican Republic. Among the 20 teams that will be competing will be Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Canada.
Former FSU captain, and current New Zealand National Team captain, Ellie Cooper will lead the White Sox on a trip to Japan for the remainder of July, playing in 16 exhibition games against Japan Women’s League Softball teams, as well as the Japanese U-23 National Team.
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