The USA Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) defeated Japan to win its second-straight World Baseball Softball Confederation Junior Women’s World Championship. Sophomore Elissa Brown and incoming freshman Kaylee Tow were on the roster.
USA dominated its opponents, outscoring them by 90 runs (99-9). Its pitching was fantastic to start the tournament, throwing five shutouts.
Japan took an early 4-3 lead in the finals on Sunday, but the United States scored 10 straight runs to win 13-4. Team USA edged by Japan in the first meeting, winning 4-1 on Saturday.
Brown played in all nine games, while starting seven, hitting .381 (8-21). She knocked in four runs, while scoring eight. She added six walks, while only striking out twice. She finished with two multi-hit games against the Philippines and Guatemala.
Brown played in 58 games in her first season at the University of Alabama, starting 50 of them. She hit .290, which was fifth on the team, while scoring 41 runs. She also stole 31 bases to lead the team.
Tow did not play in any of the games.
The JWNT finishes play on Aug. 10 in Cincinnati, Ohio. There it will compete in the Major League Baseball RBI World Series.