OU star Keilani Ricketts won't play in World Cup of Softball

BY RHIANNON WALKER AND STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writers Modified: July 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm •  Published: July 10, 2013


photo - OU's Keilani Ricketts (10) pitches during Game 1 of the Women's College World Series NCAA softball championship series between Oklahoma and Tennessee at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Monday, June 3, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OU's Keilani Ricketts (10) pitches during Game 1 of the Women's College World Series NCAA softball championship series between Oklahoma and Tennessee at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Monday, June 3, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Since the beginning of this summer, Keilani Ricketts, the two-time National Collegiate Player of the Year, had plans to play for the USA Softball Women’s National Team.

That was until the former Oklahoma pitcher was offered a long-term contract by USA Softball, and the organization wanted Ricketts to sign the contract before the World Cup of Softball. She didn’t feel comfortable with that.

“I called Ronnie (Isham, a USA Softball spokesman) on July 3, and I asked him if I could be able to think about it until the end of summer, because I was so committed this summer,” Ricketts said. “I asked him if I could be able to make a decision after this summer, and he told me I need to make a decision before World Cup.

“So I didn’t actually call him to tell him I’m not on the team, I called him asking if I could still be on the team the whole summer, and then make the decision.”

Ricketts, a two-time national team player, would have more than likely started for Team USA when it faced Canada in an opening-round game. The World Cup runs Thursday through Sunday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

Isham told The Norman Transcript, “She had a business decision to make, and that business decision did not include Team USA.”

Isham also said Ricketts’ decision caught USA Softball off guard.

“They told me that the contract was nonnegotiable, and that surprised me,” Ricketts said. “I just thought that they were going to be able to work with me, just because I’ve been with them the past three years. I didn’t call them up to tell them that I quit; I just wanted to be able to work with them this summer.”

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