It was a busy week last week for several members of the Oregon Softball team. Freshman Pitcher Cheridan Hawkins and Danica Mercado played efficiently for USA Softball in the Junior World Championships coming up just short of a gold medal victory against Japan on Sunday.
Hawkins was 4-1 for the tourney and her pitching was stellar until Sunday and the Championship game against Japan. She gave up her first runs of the tournament and allowed more than one hit in her five games pitched for the US team.
Second Baseman Danica Mercado started six games in the Junior World series and went 0-1 in the finale. According to GoDucks.com, in playoff action over the weekend, the U.S. topped Australia (7-0 (5)) and Japan (4-0) on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
The game was called after six innings due to rain and the US team earned Silver after a 4-0 defeat.
Hawkins took her pitching in the series seriously – much like she did this past season for the Ducks. Playing in the offseason will only make her a better pitcher for Oregon come next season, which is now ever inching closer and closer.
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