World Series shows softball growth for non-US programs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — USA Softball executive director Craig Cress hopes the Women’s College World Series offered a glimpse of the sport’s future.
In Game 1 of the championship series last week, Florida State pitcher Meghan King faced Washington’s Gabbie Plain. In Game 2, King’s opponent was Washington’s Taran Alvelo. King earned wins in both games and led Florida State to its first national title .
The impact went well beyond the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex. King and Alvelo are Americans with Puerto Rican ties who will try to help the U.S. territory qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Plain is a freshman from Australia who is a part of her country’s national program.

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