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espnW — USA Softball struggling to retain players

OKLAHOMA CITY — If you were in need of a hammer to beat yourself over the head with the symbolism, there were plenty available as workers went about disassembling the temporary structures that expand capacity and permit ASA Hall of Fame Stadium to become softball’s grandest stage during the Women’s College World Series.

As that task progressed, many of the same players who had performed in front of more than 70,000 fans the previous week again went about the business of turning double plays, making diving catches and hitting home runs during national team auditions on an auxiliary field. Their new audience numbered about two dozen at its peak. A group of kids in matching jerseys faced little competition as they chased a steady stream of foul balls.

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