Mike Larabee serves as an assistant coach to the USA Futures Team at the 2010 KFC World Cup of Softball presented by Six Flags. There will be three updates over the course of the event: Friday, July 23, Monday, July 26 and Tuesday, July 27.
FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas head softball coach Mike Larabee continues as an assistant coach for the USA Futures National Team, as it wrapped up day one of competition at the 2010 KFC World Cup of Softball presented by Six Flags, Thursday, July 22.
The Futures team had a tough loss to 2008 Olympic champion Japan. Despite a two-run bottom of the seventh rally, the Futures fell 3-2. Japan got on the board early against the Futures, scoring two runs in the second inning. Japan scored its third run in the sixth inning before the Futures rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning scoring two runs on two hits, but couldn’t come up with the win.
Larabee and the Futures team practiced three times throughout the past week in preparation for the World Cup. Thursday was just the second time Larabee and the rest of the team have competed together as a whole. The Futures practiced and played a pair of exhibition games with the USA National Team in June while Team USA was preparing for International Softball Federation XII Women’s World Championship.
“They really gel well together as a team and practices have gone very well despite the heat and humidity,” Larabee said. Larabee said he felt the cohesiveness of players, coaches, and staff has been great and his expectations are high for the weekend as the team seeks the gold medal.
Larabee and the Futures play Canada on Friday and meet Team USA on Saturday, July 24, on ESPN.
Update Monday, July 26