Alabama hasn't been around long, but it's come close to softball's big prize a few times. Wednesday was its breakthrough as the Crimson Tide won the WCWS title over Oklahoma.
Amsterdam. Beijing. Berkeley. Shortstop Britt Vonk has made the global trek a rousing success in her first season at Cal.
Jessica Merchant was a former All-American and WCWS champion at Michigan. Now the former all-star is bringing generations of experience to Massachusetts.