What a great week of international softball in Oklahoma City. Even though I was only at the 2015 WBSC Junior World Softball Championship for two days, I was able to watch every team in the tournament. I also watched many other games throughout the week online, including the Gold Medal Game between Team USA and Japan. Team USA breezed through the week without much of a challenge, going undefeated. Their winning formula was very simple—great pitching, stellar defense, and several of the best hitters in the tournament.
I will soon post my analysis of the hitters from each of the teams participating in the World Championship. I wish I could have spent more time watching the teams hit in person, but I was still able to draw some conclusions by watching each team play at least two games. Overall, I was pleased with the hitting, but it was not much of a surprise to see how advanced the American hitters are at this level. This is primarily due to the move toward the power hitting mechanics I teach, and are also taught at some of the more progressive high school and college programs in the United States.
Congratulations to all the teams for treating the fans in attendance and online to exciting international softball, while enduring the Oklahoma heat. Well done, ladies!
- The picture of Team USA is courtesy of the WBSC