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Italy, Great Britain Secure Top Seeds In Super Pool

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(Photo Courtesy of WBSC)

Italy's undefeated pool play round and Great Britain's defeat of the Netherlands secured the top two seed in the power pool.

The Netherlands and the Czech Republic also joined as the No. 2 seeds.

France, South Africa, Spain and Botswana have all been eliminated from Olympic contention.

Each of the top four teams will play another round robin and the top seed standing will earn the Olympic berth.

Italy 5France 1
Spain 5South Africa 0
Botswana 0Czech Republic 12
Great Britain 5Netherlands 2
Czech Republic 2Great Britain 4
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Players to Watch For in Power Pool

Nerissa Myers, Great Britain

The former All-American at Louisiana leads the tournament in batting average (.600), home runs (2), RBIs (5), on-base percentage (.733), slugging (1.600) and walks (5).

Laura Vigna, Italy

Italy's Laura Vigna continues to be a dominant offensive threat. She is tied for third with a .500 batting average and is the only other player to hit a home run in the tournament. She has four RBIs, a double, two triples, a .600 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage.

Veronika Peckova, Czech Republic

Veronika Peckova is the best pitcher in Europe that you have probably never heard of. She was 1-1 through pool play with her loss coming against Italy. In the loss she only gave up two earned runs on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks.

Britt Vonk, Netherlands

Through three games, the former Cal Bears shortstop is hitting a perfect 1.000. She is 4-fror-4 with five walks. Her potential threat on the bases forced Great Britain to intentionally walk her in all four of her at bats.

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USA Softball Announces 2020 "Stand Beside Her" Tour

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