Olympians from Southern California volition instrumentality the tract erstwhile the Tokyo Olympics statesman with a softball tripleheader.Watch Live: Team USA opens play against Italy.
The enactment includes a matchup betwixt the U.S. and Italy with some teams featuring players with Southern California connections.
- Team USA catcher Dejah Mulipola is from Anaheim.
- Team USA catcher Aubree Munro is from Brea.
- Team USA outfielder Janie Reed is from Placentia.
- Team USA pitcher Rachel Garcia is from Palmdale.
- Team Italy infielder Amanda Fama is from Anaheim.
- Team Italy infielder Giulia Koutsoyanopulos is from Mission Viejo.
Garcia is among 4 UCLA alumni connected the squad on with pitcher Ally Carda, inferior subordinate Bubba Nickles and infielder Delaney Spaulding.
Italy is the lowest-ranked squad successful the six-team Olympic softball tournament.
The crippled from Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium successful Fukushima, astir 150 miles northbound from Tokyo. You tin ticker unrecorded connected TV connected NBC Sports Network opening astatine 8 p.m. California time.
Each of the six teams volition play each different during the opening round. The apical 2 teams volition play for the golden medal adjacent Tuesday.
Softball is being played astatine the Olympics for the archetypal clip since 2008. In 2005, the International Olympic Committee voted to driblet softball from the 2012 Olympic program, falling 1 ballot abbreviated of the elemental bulk from the 105 eligible voters from being retained.
Photos: Southern California Athletes astatine the Tokyo Olympics
Softball was among six sports added successful 2016 to the 2020 Olympics on with baseball, karate, athletics climbing, surfing and skateboarding.
Softball was archetypal played successful the Olympics successful 1996, with the U.S. winning golden medals successful 1996, 2000 and 2004. Japan defeated the U.S. successful the 2008 golden medal game.
Because of the ample fig of events, the Olympics customarily holds events earlier the opening ceremonies, which volition statesman astatine 3:55 a.m. Friday PDT and shown unrecorded connected NBC.