For Valencia High alumna Amy Moore, walking away from the Women’s Softball European Championship without a medal would’ve meant the end of her softball career.
Fortunately, Moore, 26, and the Great Britain National Team captured bronze last month.
“It was a do or die,” she said. “If we don’t place, we don’t go to worlds next year. If we don’t go to worlds, we don’t have a chance at the Olympics.
“It would have had to be some European qualifier in two years. And two years is a lot of time from now to then, that’s a lot of time. Things come up, things happen.”
With the bronze medal, Great Britain qualifies for the World Baseball Softball Confederation Women’s Softball World Championship next year in Japan. If the team does well enough there, they have a shot at going to the 2020 Olympics, also in Japan.
In the European Championship, Moore had a .444 batting average (third best on the team) and had six RBIs and five runs scored. She also hit three doubles and two triples.
“It was probably one of the top moments of my softball career,” Moore said of winning the bronze medal game, a 4-1 victory over the Czech Republic.
It was her sixth year playing internationally, an experience afforded her because of her father’s Great Britain citizenship that was passed down.
“It’s been the best experience and a humbling experience as well,” said Moore, who played softball for University of the Pacific after Valencia. “When you’re…
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