AP Updated 10:02 p.m. UTC Aug 12, 2018 MAKUHARI, Japan (AP) — The United States has qualified for the softball tournament at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after Japan beat Canada 3-0 at the women's world softball championship on Sunday. By losing to Japan, Canada finishes third in the tournament that doubles as a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Japan plays the U.S. later Sunday in the championship game. The winner of the tournament will be awarded an Olympic spot. If Japan wins, the second-place finisher will get the Olympic spot because Japan has an automatic berth as host. Softball and baseball were dropped from the Olympic program after the 2008 Beijing Games but have been restored for 2020. Yukiko Ueno picked up the win without allowing Canada a real chance to score, striking out seven while giving up four hits and no walks over the distance. … [Read more...] about US qualifies for Olympics with Japan win at softball worlds
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Jojo Santo Tomas Pacific Daily News Published 7:20 p.m. UTC Aug 2, 2018 One of Team USA’s women’s softball players has roots on Guam and she is here for the first time to dig those roots even deeper. Madilyn “Bubba” Nickles, a former high school superstar and NCAA Division I collegiate outfielder, traveled to Guam to connect with her family by teaching the sport she loves. Guam Sports Network sponsored her visit. READ MORE: Nickles held a meet-and-greet Wednesday evening, and spent Thursday afternoon at the Agana Heights gym with a couple dozen softball players anxious to learn from her. On Aug. 3, Nickles will play along with one of the two all-star teams from the current American President Lines Guam Women’s Fastpitch League, which is just starting its playoffs. Nickles won a world championship at the World Cup in 2015. The following year, was named the Gatorade Softball Player of the Year. She collected many honors and accolades as a … [Read more...] about Bubba Nickles, one of Team USA’s women’s softball players, arrives on Guam
SYCAMORE – Somewhere between the competitive world of travel softball leagues and the laid-back realm of rec leagues, the Sycamore Sycos make their home. And this summer, their 10-and-under team has shown that an informal atmosphere doesn’t mean a sacrifice in winning. The Sycos won six of the seven tournaments they competed in this summer. The one they didn’t come away victorious in was a USSSA National Championship in Indianapolis – coach Christian Dierschow said they competed at a higher level as a test for the team. “We figured the girls are doing well, let’s try our hand at a B class,” Dierschow said. “We did OK there. We didn’t win, we tied a game. ... That was our challenge – we had so much success, let’s challenge the girls. So we did that, and it was a success. The girls never hung their heads. They carried themselves really well. They knew they were there to be challenged.” … [Read more...] about Youth softball: Sycos find middle ground between rec league, full-time travel
Jojo Santo Tomas Pacific Daily News Published 7:16 p.m. UTC Jul 19, 2018 Former Guam resident Vince Mendiola just completed the Chamoru version of a softball doubleheader win as he led two teams to title games in two different leagues in Vancouver, Wa. Mendiola, who was born on Saipan, raised on Guam and graduated from George Washington High School in 1998 has lived in Washington since 2000. More: Guam maintains medal lead, individuals dominate More: Micronesian Games: Guam trio takes team to spearfishing gold He never lost his love for softball and given the famous Chamoru networks that exist everywhere Chamorus live, Mendiola decided to form a team two years ago. He found a bunch of like-minded men with a common connection — and they also happen to be pretty good at softball. 'Reminder to keep it local.' “I started out with focusing only on Chamorus, but I realized that I knew guys who lived on Guam or who had a connection to Chamorus that were not Chamoru. It … [Read more...] about Chamoru-driven softball squads succeed in Vancouver, Wa.
For many ex-pats living in Sweden, October can be a trying time of year. The intoxicating sun and lengthy summer holidays have faded away, leaving us facing the sobering reality of a prolonged period of dreary darkness, not to mention a long cold winter. In order to cope with the physical and mental challenges that accompany a Scandinavian winter, people tend to seek out the simple pleasures and familiar comforts that provide them with the strength they require to face months ahead. Some may dive into a novel, while others may look to take up a new hobby like ballroom dancing or knitting. But for a particular subset of us who find ourselves marooned in Sweden in October, the cure we seek for the onset of the winter blues remains thousands of miles and an achingly wide time difference away. No, I'm not talking about the beaches of Thailand or Florida. I'm talking about baseball – and more specifically, the World Series. Known in my native United States as the Fall Classic, … [Read more...] about Sweden: a world away from the World Series