Three players with ties to Alabama softball competed at the World Cup of Softball XII this past weekend at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. Four-time All-American Haylie McCleney earned a runner-up finish with Team USA while Elissa Brown and Kaylee Tow placed fifth with the Junior Women’s National Team.

Team USA won its first six games to secure a spot in Sunday’s championship game with Japan, but ultimately dropped a 2-1 decision despite out-hitting Japan, 6-3. McCleney, a four-time All-American at Alabama from 2013-16, appeared in six of the team’s seven games this week, including five starts. She hit .474 with nine hits in 19 at-bats, including a solo home run in the July 7 win over Japan. She had six RBIs over the weekend, four of which came in a 4-4 performance against Puerto Rico on July 8.

The USA Junior Women’s National Team went 4-3 over the week’s seven games, finishing fifth. An SEC All-Freshman selection for the Crimson Tide last season, Brown appeared in all seven games for the JWNT, earning six starts. She was 8-18 at the plate (.444) with nine runs scored, three walks and just one strikeout. She drove in a pair of runs and scored three herself in a 14-7 win over the Philippines on July 7. Incoming Tide freshman Kaylee Tow, a native of Madisonville, Ky., appeared in three games with the JWNT, including two starts. She earned a hit and drew a walk in the July 6 loss vs. Australia.

Team USA will participate in a number of exhibition games over the coming weeks, including a stop in Tuscaloosa on July 20, before heading to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic for the Pan American Games/World Championship Qualifier August 4-13. They will then conclude the summer schedule with the Japan Cup in Takasaki City August 25-27. The JWNT will head to Clearwater, Fla., for the World Baseball Softball Confederation Junior Women’s World Championship July 24-30 before moving to Cincinnati, Ohio for the Major League Baseball RBI World Series.

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