World Cup of Softball VI Preview
The 2011 World Cup of Softball is officially upon us. It began on Thursday, July 21st and will run through Monday, July 25th.
Australia, the Czech Republic, USA, Japan, Canada and Great Britain square off to battle for international softball supremacy.
Teams are all vying for their chance to compete in the 1st place game, which takes place at 9:00 PM EST on July 25th.
Should teams fall short, there is a third-place game and even a fifth-place game that teams will have the opportunity to compete in.
Essentially, everyone will be involved in a match on July 25th. Their play between the 21st and 24th will determine whether they are opting to avoid last place or gunning to win the whole thing.
With Jenny Finch retiring during the last World Cup and no gold medalists returning to the team, the US are entering a new era. This blows the door wide open for any number of teams to stake their claim as the bully of the softball world.
This tournament is wide open. With the US playing host to the event, could the American newcomers forge a tradition of their own?
The US may be the defending champs, but Japan proved to be a force to be reckoned with last year. This could be the year when the Japanese push it over the top, taking down the US on their home turf and establishing themselves as the new softball powerhouse of the world.
Really, it's anyone's game. With all the ambiguity surrounding the top of the tournament, it's sure to bring forth an exciting first-place game, and the path there is bound to be equally enticing.
For all of your non-stop coverage of the event, keep it locked to Bleacher Report, where we'll have you covered every step of the way.