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SOFTBALL: Team USA hits power switch in blowout

Thursday, July 10th, 2014


IRVINE, Calif. – Team USA wasn’t playing around Wednesday night. Valerie Arioto made sure of that. Arioto homered as part of a big first inning, and she hit a grand slam in a fast finish as the USA routed the Philippines, 13-1, in the third day of pool play at the World Cup of Softball IX at Bill Barber Park.

Arioto, a two-time All-American and Cal graduate, and three-time World Cup champion with the American team, finished with five RBI and sparked two huge innings – the eight-run first and five-run fifth, which ended the contest via the mercy rule.

“We’ve had a couple slow starts,” Arioto said. “It was huge for us to come out and get on top quickly.”

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Plaza’s blast all the runs Team USA needs

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014


IRVINE, Calif. – IRVINE – Jessica Plaza was looking for a pitch she could square up. When it finally came, Plaza didn’t miss her chance.

Plaza crushed a two-run home run to left field in the top of the sixth inning as USA defeated Venezuela, 5-0, in its World Cup of Softball IX pool-play opener Tuesday at Bill Barber Park.

“I was just looking for a good pitch, one that I could hit for a line drive,” said Plaza, who graduated from Huntington Beach Edison and plays at Stanford. “We popped up way too many balls, including myself, so it felt good to get a hold of one.”

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COLUMN: Softball’s Olympic dreams remain uncertain

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014


IRVINE, Calif. — There are anthems, flags and, to some degree, national pride involved here this week, where World Cup of Softball IX has relocated in a one-year hiatus from its Oklahoma City home.

And while watching this international event in expanded, 2,000-seat Deanna Manning Stadium — normally the home of CIF championship and national travel ball tournament final games — you can’t help but think that this sport and this atmosphere deserve a bigger, grander stage.

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World’s best women’s fastpitch coming to Irvine, Calif.

Thursday, June 5th, 2014


IRVINE, Calif. – Eight of the world’s best national women’s softball teams are coming to Bill Barber Park, Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine, Calif. for the World Cup of Softball IX July 7-13.

  • USA
  • Canada
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Philippines
  • Puerto Rico
  • Venezuela

    July 7, 7 p.m. USA vs. Mexico
    July 8, 7 p.m. USA vs. Venezuela
    July 9, 7 p.m. USA vs. Philippines
    July 10, 6 p.m. USA vs. Canada
    July 11, 6 p.m. USA vs. Japan
    July 12, 10 a.m. USA vs. Puerto Rico
    July 12, 5 p.m. USA vs. Chinese Taipei
    July 13 Seeded games at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.

    NOTE: Schedule is subject to change.

    Visit USA Softball for complete information.