CONROE, Texas (January 8th, 2018) – USA Softball announced today which athletes will represent the Women’s National Team for the Summer of 2018. The Scrap Yard Dawgs will have 5 player representatives out of the 34 total players selected to represent the Stars and Stripes in the 2018 International Season. The five players to represent the Dawgs on Team USA are Monica Abbott (Tennessee), Taylor Edwards (Nebraska), Ali Aguilar (Washington), Kasey Cooper (Auburn), and Hannah Flippen (Utah).
After a week of Selection Trials in Clearwater, Florida, USA Softball selected two 17 person rosters to represent Team USA in 2018. The first roster will compete at the 2018 World Championships in Chiba, Japan and the second roster will compete at the 2018 Japan All-Star Series in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The Dawgs pitching staff will be represented on the 2018 World Championships Roster by Monica Abbott of Santa Cruz, California. Abbott competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics where she helped Team USA bring home a Silver Medal by throwing a perfect game against The Netherlands. In addition, she is a five-time NPF Champion, four-time NPF MVP, and still holds the NCAA career strikeout record with 2,440. After the week was completed and the teams were announced, Abbott said, “There are so many talented athletes in the US right now that makes picking a squad of 17 players so difficult. With that being said, I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be one of those 17 athletes to play for Team USA and the incredible journey and pursuit of excellence we have ahead of us. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!”
Taylor Edwards of Murrieta, California will also be representing the Dawgs on the 2018 Team USA Roster World Championships Roster. Edwards is a three-time NPF Champion and holds multiple NCAA Records for consecutive games with a home-run (6 in 2011) and grand slams in a single game (2 in 2013) during her time at the University of Nebraska. When asked about becoming a USA Softball athlete, Edwards said “Thank you to USA Softball for inviting me to the selection camp. I had a blast getting to know all the athletes and competing against the best. Good luck to both teams this summer and I can’t wait to compete! Thank you to my family for always supporting me, sacrificing time, and loving the game to make me better every day. I love you guys!” This will be Edwards’ first experience playing with USA Softball, but not internationally. Edwards competed in the Japan Softball League for two years with Team Denso.
Former Washington Husky and USA Softball veteran, Ali Aguilar, knows the special feeling of putting on a USA uniform. The shortstop was a solid force for the Dawgs during the summer, providing excellent defensive play and a versatile bat at the plate. After the teams were announced, Ali said, “I’m so excited that I’ve been selected to represent the United States this summer. It’s cliché to say, but it’s a dream come true every time I get to put on the uniform. God has blessed me with the opportunity to play softball at the highest level and I’m humbled by it. The week of the selection camp was awesome because I got to be in a community with so many other awesome women as we competed with and against one another. I was pumped when I found out that I made the team because God’s literally given me the biggest platform in the game. This summer is going to be amazing and I’m excited to be a part of the pursuit toward winning a gold medal at World Championships and, ultimately, the Olympics in 2020.”
Rounding out the four athletes to compete on the World Championship roster is former Auburn Tiger and Team USA infielder, Kasey Cooper. After an intense 2017 season with USA Softball and the Dawgs, Kasey wasted no time in beginning her training for the tryout. Kasey had a consistent and standout week in Florida, and was eager to share her thoughts on making the team. “I am honored by the opportunity to wear the red, white, and blue another summer! At the selection camp, the competition was fierce and could be seen by the diving plays, great swings, and phenomenal pitching. When the camp concluded, we had to wait for the roster to be sent out which is absolutely the worst part. I was a nervous wreck at my house awaiting the results; and once it came, I was smiling ear to ear. I was able to celebrate with my parents before getting back to yard work. I am so excited to compete with my teammates this summer and to make new memories. The ultimate goal will be to play in the 2020 Olympics, and this will put us one step closer to achieving this goal.”
The fifth and final Dawg that will compete for USA Softball this summer is former Utah infielder, Hannah Flippen. Like her other USA teammates, Hannah had a full 2017 summer competing with both teams. As she looks ahead to Japan and the World Cup, she could not contain her excitement for the opportunity to continue her national team career. Hannah said, “The selection week was full of incredible talent, nerves, and insane excitement. It was an unforgettable experience playing with some very talented players like Amanda Chidester, Monica Abbott, Delayne Spaulding, Taylor Edwards and so many more! There is no better feeling than wearing USA across your chest and I am excited and humbled to do that again this summer! Go USA!”
When asked about her thoughts on the National Team Selection, GM Connie May said, “I was fortunate to be able to go watch a couple of days of the Selection camp and I was amazed at the level of talent. There were so many combinations of players that could have been selected and all would have represented the USA with all the talent needed to bring the Gold to USA every time they step on the field. The Scrap Yard DAWGS are very blessed to have the representation that we have and I know that our DAWGS will battle to the end and bring home the GOLD!”
About the Scrap Yard Dawgs
The Scrap Yard Dawgs began competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2016. The Dawgs provides elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Houston area, the Dawgs organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dawgs at www.scrapyarddawgs.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.