On Thursday, February 20, 2020, the City Council of Cathedral City presented a proclamation to Team USA declaring that day in Cathedral City as Team USA, the United States Women’s National Softball Olympic Team Day. The proclamation (video) was presented at the 17th Annual Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic held at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City.
Team USA came to Cathedral City to compete against the best NCAA – Division 1 softball teams in order to prepare for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Team USA also competed against last year’s defending champions, the UCLA Bruins. College teams from across the nation including the Universities of Washington, Oklahoma, Auburn and Florida arrived to compete and win the annual tournament.
Prior to the Mary Nutter Classic, Team USA had won 91 of their past 95 games for a winning percentage of .958. Team USA outscored their opponents 661 to 49; and they were the most decorated program in the sport’s history. They won three consecutive Olympic Gold Medals in 1996, 2000, 2004 and a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, which was the last time the sport appeared at the Summer Olympics. The Women’s National Team has also captured eight Pan American Championships and have captured 10 WBSC World Championship Gold Medals.
How did Team USA fare against the best college teams? Here were the results from this past weekend:
Thursday, February 20
Team USA 10, University of New Mexico 1
Friday, February 21
Team USA 14, UC-San Diego 0
Saturday, February 22
Team USA 9, University of Utah 0
Sunday, February 23
Team USA 9, UCLA 3
It appears Team USA is ready to win the GOLD!