Team Alliance to play in Oklahoma City at Hall of Fame Stadium during the 10U and 12U Alliance Fastpitch Championship Series (AFCS)
Team Alliance to play in Oklahoma City at Hall of Fame Stadium during the 10U and 12U Alliance Fastpitch Championship Series (AFCS). Team Alliance, a summer exhibition team of college softball athletes, will play an All-Star Team out of the newly formed Sunflower Softball League (SSL). The two teams will play a three-game series that kicks off Monday, July 25th and concludes with a doubleheader on Tuesday, July 26th.
This will be the third and final stop for Team Alliance as part of the inaugural Collegiate Summer Series. The Team Alliance roster is stacked with National Champions, All Americans, All Conference Players and National Player of the Year Finalists. The roster for the OKC Series is highlighted by:
- Alyssa Brito, Grace Lyons, Grace Green and Riley Boone from the reigning two-time National Champion Oklahoma Sooners
- Kelly Maxwell, a top 10 finalist for Player of the Year & Big 12 Co-Pitcher of the Year, out of Oklahoma State
- Sydney McKinney, a top 10 finalist for Player of the Year, out of Wichita State
- Chenise Delce, the SEC Pitcher of the Year and OKC native, out of Arkansas
The Sunflower Softball League (SSL) launched this summer out of Wichita, KS with a vision to provide a home for college players looking to play and train during the summer. In its first year, the SSL field four teams with over 45 players from various DI, DII, DIII and JUCO programs. Commissioner Casey Walkup and SSL coaches created an All-Star Team to compete in OKC against Team Alliance.
“We are thrilled to be invited to partner with the Alliance Fastpitch, and the Collegiate Summer Series, in Oklahoma City at Hall of Fame Stadium”, said Casey Walkup, Founder and Commissioner of the SLL. “This series will provide an amazing opportunity for our all-stars to compete against some of the best college softball players in the country at the mecca of USA Softball. It doesn’t get any better than that!”
Game 1 is scheduled for Monday, July 25th at 7:00 pm at Hall of Fame Stadium followed by Game 2 and 3 on Tuesday, July 26th at 6:00 and 8:00 pm. Members of Team Alliance will be hosting a Camp on July 25th for 10U and 12U athletes participating in the AFCS at Hall of Fame Complex. Prior to Game 1, the 10U/12U athletes will also participate in an opening ceremonies and skills Challenge. Team Alliance vs SSL Games are open to the public.
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The Sunflower Softball League (SSL) is a non-profit 501(c)3 summer collegiate softball league, based in Wichita, KS, made up of four teams with girls from all over the United States. The league was formed in 2022, wanting to provide more softball opportunities for women college student-athletes. The United States has been saturated for many years with summer college baseball, yet there are just a few summer college softball leagues at this time. The SSL founding board has more than 40 years of fastpitch softball experience, more than 40 years of summer collegiate baseball experience and a goal of providing women college softball student-athletes with an opportunity to not only become better softball players, but also become better young women off the field as well.
Team Alliance is an exhibition team created to provide competitive experiences and exposure opportunities for college athletes. We created Team Alliance to showcase the game’s best talent to various audiences and give additional platforms to elevate the brands of our best players.
The Team Alliance concept was originally created in the Summer of 2021 to play Team USA in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. The Alliance Fastpitch leadership assembled a team of mostly college players to play 8 games against Team USA in Texas. Behind a strong pitching performance from Carrie Eberle and a grand slam by Taylor Ellsworth, Team Alliance handed USA their first loss on US soil since 2008! Team Alliance later played a three-game series against the USSSA Pride and beat the Pride behind a complete game from Georgina Corrick and game winning RBI from Janae Jefferson.
Last winter, ten Team Alliance players were invited to Team USA tryouts and two of those athletes were named to the Team USA National team roster including Janae Jefferson and Montana Fouts. An additional 3 players were invited to participate in USA events this summer including Kelly Maxwell, Kayla Kowalik, and Baylee Klingler. Additionally, three Team Alliance players finished in the top 9 in Athletes Unlimited 2021 Season. Pitcher Carrie Eberle finished 4th overall, Aliyah Andrews finished 8th overall and Sis Bates finished 9th overall. More recently, Klinger and Corrick are two of the top three finalists for 2022 USA Softball College Player of the year.
About the Alliance Fastpitch Collegiate Summer Series:
The Collegiate Summer Series will bring the top college players together in the summer to compete, further develop, and showcase their brands in front of large youth softball events. Teams participating in the Collegiate Summer Series will compete against other college and professional athletes in front of the large crowds attending the youth tournaments! We hope this will increase the visibility of our stars, produce NIL opportunities, provide competitive and developmental opportunities for our college players, and inspire the next generation.
Full Schedule for Collegiate Summer Series:
June 15-17th Kansas City vs. USSSA Pride & Smash It Sports Vipers
June 23-25th Chattanooga vs. Team East
July 25-26th Oklahoma City vs. Sunflower Collegiate League
About the Alliance Fastpitch:
The Alliance Fastpitch was created to bring unity to our sport. We are a national organization of fastpitch teams working together to build competitive pathways to Championships and to bring expert resources to our members off the field that they need in their development journey. We believe we can bring more resources to our game, enhance opportunities for players, and grow the game through the simple concept of Competing on the Field and Working Together off the Field. Visit www.thealliancefastpitch.com