Elissa Brown and Kaylee Tow Win Gold With USA Junior Women’s National Team at 2017 World Championship
Alabama sophomore Elissa Brown and incoming freshman Kaylee Tow earned gold medals this past weekend with the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT), defeating Japan Sunday to capture its second-straight World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship in Clearwater, Fla.
The JWNT outscored its opponents 99-9 over nine games last week, including five shutouts to start play at the tournament. The weekend concluded with a close 4-1 win in the penultimate game against Japan on July 29 before Team USA dominated Sunday’s championship rematch, 13-4, overcoming an early 4-3 lead by Japan.
Brown appeared in all nine games, starting seven, and hit .381 (8-21) with four RBIs, eight runs scored and six walks with just two strikeouts. She had multi-hit performances twice, tallying two hits against Guatemala on July 24 and three against the Philippines on July 27. She earned a hit and scored a run in both games against Japan to close out the weekend. Tow was on the roster but did not appear in any games.
The JWNT concludes its summer schedule on Aug. 10 in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Major League Baseball RBI World Series.