USA Softball Announces SPC Elite Invitational Tour Stop
USA Softball has announced a "Stand Beside Her" tour stop at the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational in Florida.
The stop will take place Feb. 12-16 at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla. and feature exhibition games between Team USA and Liberty, Oklahoma State and Washington.
Along with the news of Team USA's participation in the tournament, it was announced on Tuesday that over 40 games will air on ESPN Networks for this year's event. You can find the full tournament schedule here.
"It's pretty good when you can add three quality college programs to your preparation schedule," Team USA head coach Ken Eriksen said in a statement. "It will be very exciting to see two-time Olympian and Liberty head coach, Dot Richardson, on the field with this current team also."
Other "Stand Beside Her" tour stops that have been announced by USA Softball include Feb. 4, 7-9 and 11 in Florida, Feb. 18 in Arizona, Feb. 20-23 in California, March 8 and 10 in California, March 12 in Washington, March 17 and 18 in Oregon, March 31 and April 1 in Alabama, April 3 and 5 in Georgia, April 7 and May 30 in Tennessee, April 15 in Louisiana, April 18, 21-23 and 25 in Texas, May 1 and 3 in Missouri, May 17 in California, June 3 in Missouri, June 7 in Ohio, June 9 and 10 in Michigan, June 18 in Massachusetts, June 19 in Connecticut, June 21 in New Jersey, June 23 in Maryland and June 25 in Virginia.
The main message of Team USA's "Stand Beside Her" tour is unity, as the squad begins its quest for a gold medal at the 2020 Olympics.
In July, softball will make its first appearance at the Summer Games since 2008. The gold-medal contest is scheduled for July 28.