In Stacey Porter’s two decades with the Australian Softball Team, she has enjoyed the highs of twice standing on the Olympic podium and the low of seeing the sport dropped from the Games programme.
It has been a great few months for the Aussie Spirit, but they still have some work to do to match it with the world’s best. So says Head Coach Fabian Barlow, who has seen his team perform well in tournaments in the USA, Canada and Japan in the northern hemisphere summer.
The Aussie Spirit won two of their four games, beating Canada in the third-place playoff, to earn the bronze medal at the Japan Cup in Takasaki.
The Aussie Spirit missed out on a bronze medal from the XII Softball World Cup in Oklahoma City with a 3-0 loss to Canada in the final game.
The Australian Women's Softball team won both games of a Softball World Cup double-header on Friday in Oklahoma City, with each game ending in dramatic fashion.
It didn’t take long for the Aussie Spirit to experience the highs and lows of international competition on an eventful opening day of the XII Softball World Cup in Oklahoma City.
Softball Australia has partnered with USA’s National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) for the 2017 season and beyond for eight elite Australian women’s softball athletes to play for the Chicago Bandits franchise.
The Aussie Spirit squad will take the next step in their long journey towards Tokyo 2020 when they travel to Japan for a high-level tournament in April.
A combination of a relentless heatwave and a high-quality Japanese national team consigned the Aussie Spirit to runners-up status at the International Down Under Series in Sydney.