Auburn’s Alyssa Rivera, Taylon Snow help Team USA win gold | Softball

Rising sophomore Alyssa Rivera and incoming freshman Taylon Snow secured the goal medal for the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship.

Rivera, Snow and Team USA clinched the top prize with a 13-4 win against Japan in the championship game.

“It’s been a long summer after a long freshman season, but it felt great to put the three letters across my chest and represent my country,” Rivera said. “It was a wonderful experience and it felt good waking up in the morning being a world champion.”

“It was a really cool experience seeing all of the different countries and people from those countries,” Snow added. “It was a really eye-opening and awesome experience. My team and I made a lot of memories that will last forever.

“Being part of the team in the first place was one of the best experiences and all the friendships I made with the girls on the team, I’m very thankful for. Most importantly, bringing home the gold medal made me speechless.”

The two Auburn players were key in Team USA’s perfect 9-0 record in the tournament.

Rivera laced four hits, scored four runs and added two RBI in five games of action. The Eagle Lake, Fla., native thit .444 with a .546 on-base percentage while seeing time in the outfield.

Snow dhad six hits, scored seven runs and added one stolen base. The Chino Hills, Calif., native reached base at a .700 clip and a had a .667 batting average to go along with a spotless fielding percentage as an infielder.

The Tigers were also represented on another country as fellow newcomer Kara Bilodeau guided Team Canada to a fourth-place finish. The right-hander tossed 19 2/3 innings and tallied 21 strikeouts, going 2-0 and pitching to a 1.78 ERA.

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