Sunday, June 25, 2017

Klingler leads USA Softball JWNT to two exhibition wins in Massachusetts

Photo courtsey of Codi Warren, USA Softball
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By Robert H Kelly
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CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS (June 24, 2017) Dickinson High School's Baylee Klingler connected for a three-run blast in the sixth inning to lead the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) to an 11-1 win over the Massachusetts/Northeast Region All-Stars in game one of two-game exhibition series in Concord, Massechusetts. The 5-9 senior, who plays both infield and catcher, picked up three RBI in the six inning win that was played on Saturday, June 24, 2017. In the second game, she was 3-for-4 with two RBI in the 9-1 USA win.

In game one, the USA scored in the first inning with the All-Stars scoring the equalizer in the bottom of the third inning. The JWNT resonded with three runs in the fourth inning to take the score to 4-1. That scored reamined until the sixth inning when the American's tallied seven insurance runs to close out game one.

The second game of the exhibition double-header saw the United States conenct for 12 hit to generate theie 9-1 victory, scoring in four-of-six innings. Klinger picked up another RBI with a single in the first inning. She added another RBI in the third for secure the win for the Americans. USA head coach Laura Berg was quoted after the game.

“I see lots of speed and a lot of power on this team. I think we’re doing a really good job in the circle and I’m excited to see how the pitcher’s fare during the World Cup against the older international teams.  We’re doing what we need to at the plate, making adjustments, hitting behind the runners and getting the big hits.  We’re just out there playing catch and taking care of business on the field, which is always good to see.”

The USA Softball JWNT now set their sights on their first international contest of the season during the World Cup of Softball XII in Oklahoma City, Okla.  The JWNT will compete against tough competition, facing the top four-ranked countries in the world as the team prepares for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship. 

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