Former Menendez High School standout Stacy Piagno was selected to USA Baseball’s national team trials roster ahead of the Women’s Baseball World Cup. Piagno, who competed in baseball at Menendez and later played softball at Flagler College and the University of Tampa, was one of 40 players selected for the camp this month ahead of the women’s baseball championships. Last year, she pitched for the independent Sonoma Stompers baseball team, earning her first victory in the Pacific Association.
CARY, N.C. — On Friday morning, the Women’s National Open began at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary. Players from around the country congregated on Thursday in preparation for the event, held in Cary for the second consecutive time. The event then officially kicked off with registration at 8 a.m. ET on Friday. Registration for the event was free. In total, 106 players of all ages made their way to the complex for open trials in hopes of earning one of 40 spots at the Women’s National Team Trials. The composition of the national team will then emerge from that pool. On June 18, the final cuts will be announced, with 20 spots up for grabs. The 20 distinguished individuals will go on to represent the United States at the eighth installment of the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup, an event that began in 2004 and one in which the U.S. will try to win gold on home soil for the first time.
ABOUT THE TRAILBLAZER SERIES
In 2017, USA Baseball and Major League Baseball launched a new baseball tournament for girls, held in the greater Los Angeles area, and built around Jackie Robinson Day Weekend. In 2018, approximately 100 girls will, once again, have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in the Trailblazer Series.
2018 Trailblazer Series info:
- When: April 12-16, 2018
- Where: Major League Baseball’s Compton Youth Academy (Compton, Calif.)
- Will feature competitive play, world class instruction and unique educational opportunities for 96 girls baseball players from around the country, ages 13 and under
- Trailblazer Series participants’ expenses to be covered.
- Participants will have the opportunity to learn from current and former Women’s National Team players and coaching staff, baseball industry executives and other dignitaries from in and around the sport.
NOTE: Completion of the registration link is an application and does not guarantee participation in the event. Selected players will be contacted by March 5 confirming their participation in the event and to facilitate next steps. Although the 2017 event included players 14-16 years of age, the 2018 event will not. There will be additional opportunities announced for the older players later this Spring.
The Women’s National Open will serve as the primary identification vehicle for the 2018 USA Baseball Women’s National Team.
Players from across the country will gather at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, to compete in the three-day event. Registered players will be divided onto teams coached by USA Baseball Women’s National Team coaches and staff. Over the three days, players will compete in three games, as well as participate in individual workout sessions for their primary position(s).
Players selected from the Women’s National Open will make up the 40-woman Women’s National Team Trials Team that will commence immediately following the Women’s National Open taking place June 11 – 15. From that pool of athletes, 20 women will be selected to represent the United States in the 2018 WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup in Viera, Florida, August 17 – 26. The final Women’s National Team roster will be announced June 18th.
Olivia Bricker of Clermont Northeastern has been named to the USA Baseball Women’s Development team.