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By JP Raineri
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Temecula's Kelsie Whitmore back with USA Baseball, gets set to compete in World Cup

 

Last updated 7/5/2018 at 4:27pm

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Twenty-year old Kelsie Whitmore of Temecula will compete in the Women's Baseball World Cup in Viera, Florida, in August with USA Baseball.

DURHAM, N.C. – USA Baseball announced the final 20-woman roster for the 2018 Women's National Team this past week and Temecula's Kelsie Whitmore was among the top women chosen to represent the United States. Following the completion of a weeklong identification process in Cary, North Carolina, that included the Women's National Open and Women's National Team Trials, Whitmore, who not only plays softball at Cal State Fullerton, but who also played professionally for the Sonoma Stompers, was selected along with 19 other women.

This is the second time Whitmore hhas made the all-women's national team, playing previously in the IBAF Women's Baseball World Cup in 2014 where Team USA took second place. Whitmore, who turns 20 this week, was just 16 when she competed internationally for the first time with USA Baseball and rejoins past USA teammates Jade Gortarez and Stacy Piagno, who she also played with on the Sonoma Stompers.

The Women's National Team will compete in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's Baseball World Cup in Viera, Florida, from Aug. 22-31. 2018 marks the first time the event will be held in the United States.

Team USA is a two-time world champion, having claimed back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2006, and will look to add a Third World Cup gold medal in 2018. The team will play a series of exhibition games in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from Aug. 16-20 before starting World Cup play.

The 2018 Women's National Team Roster includes:

Ila Borders; LHP; Los Angeles

Samantha Cobb; OF/RHP; Garland, Texas

Michelle Cobb; IF/RHP; Wenatchee, Washington

Shelby Estocado; OF/IF; Las Vegas, Nevada

Amanda Gianelloni; IF; Napoleonville, Louisiana

Brittany Gomez; OF; New Braunfels, Texas

Jade Gortarez; IF/RHP; Riverside

AJ Hamilton; C/OF; Tallahassee, Florida

Tamara Holmes; OF; Albany

Alex Hugo; IF/OF; Olathe, Kansas

Anna Kimbrell; C; Fort Mill, South Carolina

Kylee Lahners; IF; Laguna Hills

Ashton Lansdell; IF/RHP; Marietta, Georgia

Meggie Meidlinger; RHP; Sterling, Virginia

Stacy Piagno; RHP; St. Augustine, Florida

Brittany Schutte; RHP/IF; Gainesville, Florida

Marti Sementelli; RHP; Newton, Massachusetts

Emily Tsujikawa; RHP/IF; Redmond, Washington

Malaika Underwood; IF; San Diego

Kelsie Whitmore; OF/RHP; Temecula

In total, 14 USA Baseball Women's National Team alumni return to the roster, including 11 members of the squad that claimed gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan-American Games and in addition to national team alumni, six athletes will make their debut.

Matt Weagle, who is in his fifth year coaching the Women's National Team, is making his managerial debut this year after serving as the team's pitching coach in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He was also the field coordinator for the Women's National Team Development Program in 2017.

"This year's selection was very difficult. All the players we saw through the Women's National Open and trials were incredible, but we feel good about the 20 women chosen for the 2018 team," 2018 Manager, Matt Weagle, said. "These athletes have the talent and the character to represent the U.S. well both on and off the field and we are excited to get to work with them on bringing a gold medal home on our soil."

Veronica Alvarez (pitching coach), who represented Team USA five times as a player, Cody Kauffman (assistant coach) and Ernie May (assistant coach) round out the 2018 staff. All three are making their national team coaching debuts in 2018.

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Kelsie Whitmore, a former Temecula Valley High School player, was selected by USA Baseball for the second time in four years.

USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation.  The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, Olympic, Premier12 and Pan Am teams (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women's National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year. The organization is responsible for the continued proliferation and health of the sport and leads several amateur initiatives including PLAYBALL and Pitch Smart. USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. For more information follow @USABaseballWNT on Twitter and visit www.USABaseball.com for the most up-to-date news about the Women's National Team, as well as all the other USA Baseball teams. Article contributions made by USA Baseball.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at [email protected]

 

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