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Seniors Courtney James (Fishers) and Kennedy Morgan (Hamilton Southeastern) were part of Team USA who traveled to Taiwan as part of the SoftballOne Program based out of Brownsburg. The team took home first place and had the opportunity to face the Taiwan national team
Photo provided Seniors Courtney James (Fishers) and Kennedy Morgan (Hamilton Southeastern) were part of Team USA who traveled to Taiwan as part of the SoftballOne Program based out of Brownsburg. The team took home first place and had the opportunity to face the Taiwan national team

Seniors Courtney James (Fishers) and Kennedy Morgan (Hamilton Southeastern) recently had the opportunity to travel to Taiwan as part of Team USA.

The team competed in the 2020 Women’s International Invitational Tournament. 

Four other countries such as Taiwan, China, Japan and Korea also competed in the tournament. The United States team was made up of 17 players from Indiana and ranged from eight graders all the way to college level players. 

The team went 4-2 during their trip and ended winning the Invitational. In addition to the first place finish the team also swept the tournament awards. James took home the offensive MVP, McKenzie Walters (Tri-West) won the defensive MVP, the pitching MVP was won by Pendleton Heights Senior Jordan Benefiel, and Lawrence North Senior Taylor Erschen took home the mental attitude award. 

In addition to their tournament championship, the ladies also got to play an exhibition game against the Taiwan International team. 

The team was organized and put together by SoftballOne which is based out of Brownsburg. During their trip the team not only got to play against other countries, but also experience new cultures, form friendships with their teammates and other players, and most importantly, make memories that they will cherish for a lifetime. 

Team USA Roster

Name Pos.  School
Bailey Benefiel P Graduate of Purdue Fort Wayne
Savannah Sarkine SS Graduate of Otterbein University
Jordan Benefiel  P Pendleton Heights High School
Courtney James  OF Fishers High School
Victoria Breckler C Brownsburg High School
Taylor Erschen 3B Lawrence North High School
Kennedy Morgan  OF Hamilton Southeastern High School
Emme Morris C Northview High School
Lindsey Long 1B William Henry Harrison High School
Leah Wilige P Ben Davis High School
Taylor Grino 3B Southmont High School
Elena Locascio P Zionsville High School
McKenzie Walters 2B Tri-West High School
Lily Craig         C Will attend Palm Harbor High School (FL)
Hailey Thompson P Will attend Brownsburg High School
Madeline Herman  P Will attend Avon High School
Whitney Duell         SS Will attend William Henry Harrison HS