Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Keilani Ricketts Leaves Team USA

Keilani Ricketts, the two-time National Collegiate Player of the Year, informed the USA Softball Women’s National Team that she will not be a part of the team.

Ricketts is sitting out the World Cup due to a contractual obligation with a Japanese League softball team, although that team does not begin playing until September. Before signing with a team in Japan, Ricketts said she turned down a two-year deal to become the face of the Amateur Softball Association.

Ricketts called USA Softball’s Ronnie Isham on July 3 to let him know she would not take part in the World Cup of Softball VIII, which will take place Thursday through Sunday at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. The two-time national team player would have more than likely started for Team USA when it faced Canada in an opening game.

Ricketts told The Oklahoman on Wednesday she is just “chilling out at home” right now in California.

“She had a business decision to make,” Isham told The Norman Transcript, “and that business decision did not include Team USA.”

Isham said Ricketts’ decision caught USA Softball off guard. (The Oklahoman)

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