Eriksen didn't need Arioto to step into the circle thanks to a solid game from Sara Nevins, but it's something to keep an eye moving forward in the tournament.
“Val was down in the bullpen loosening up, so she's part of the pitching staff this year,” he said. “So any time that we can have her as a middle relief and have the luxury of having an athlete like Chamberlain go out and switch up between the DP role and the relief pitcher or first base situation, it makes it easier for me with options.”
TEAM USA VISITING THE CHILDREN'S CENTER
Team USA will visit The Children's Center in Bethany at 9 a.m. Friday.
The team will take a tour of the facility before it plays a tee-ball game with Children's Center's patients.
“I enjoy doing that kind of stuff, just because it really allows you not to take things for granted,” Gibson said. “And how lucky we are each and every day to come out and play ball, and have each other and to have our families and everything. It definitely brings you down to earth, and it really just helps with everything.
“We're just (going to) have fun with the kids. Help them enjoy a day with us, and I'm sure we'll enjoy our day with them.”
USA wins Border Battle
Before the women's fast-pitch teams took the field for the World Cup, the U.S. and Canadian men's slowpitch teams took part in Border Battle V at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
Leadoff hitter Bryson Baker had four hits, four RBIs and one of the Americans' nine home runs in a 25-10 win over Canada. Robert Blackburn had two home runs.
Later Thursday, the U.S. national team beat the USA Futures team 32-16.