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USA Softball Experience: Sights and Sounds
When the USA Softball Women's National Team took on the Central Virginia All-Stars in an exhibition doubleheader last Friday at City Stadium, Liberty Softball Head Coach Dot Richardson wore a wireless microphone to help LFSN capture some of the sights and sounds at the successful event.
Playing in front of a large crowd at City Stadium, the Central Virginia All-Stars took a 2-0 lead after the top of the first in game one, before Team USA stormed back to win, 10-2. The national team then shut out its opponent, 6-0, during the second contest.
Katie Zavodny, one of four former Lady Flames to play against Team USA on Friday, went 1-for-4 with two stolen bases while starting both games in center field. Graduated Liberty seniors Alyssa DiMartino, Marybeth Sciolino and Sammi Shivock, along with Liberty softball graduate assistant Morgan Price, also saw extended playing time during the doubleheader.
An autograph session followed the doubleheader, with fans getting signatures from Team USA, the Central Virginia All-Stars and Coach Richardson.
The USA national team conducted its selection camp at Liberty last week. A total of 24 athletes are vying to earn one of 17 spots on the Women's National Team. The final roster will be announced on June 22, and those 17 players will compete in the 2014 World Cup of Softball in Irvine, Calif., and the 2014 ISF World Championships in Haarlem, Netherlands.
Team USA competes in an exhibition doubleheader in Purcellville, Va., today. Zavodny is slated to represent Liberty on the Virginia All-Stars this evening in Purcellville, facing the national team once again.