TUCSON – For Arizona softball incoming freshman Alyssa Palomino and recently-graduated senior Kellie Fox, it was a summer filled with gold as the two donned different shades of red and blue. Fox competed for Team USA while Palomino was a member of the U.S. Junior National Team with Wildcat alum and current UT Arlington head coach Kristie Fox on the coaching staff.
The summer tour took Fox to Irvine, Calif., Toronto, Canada and Ogaki, Japan while Palomino and the Junior National Team competed in events in in Irvine and Oklahoma City.
Fox spent the summer as the starting shortstop, helping Team USA to two gold medals and one runner-up performance. Team USA took home gold medals in both the World Cup of Softball X (Irvine, Calif.) as well as the Japan Cup (Ogaki, Japan) while finishing second in the Pan American Games.
Including exhibition contests, Fox competed in 24 games with Team USA and posted a .373 batting average in 59 at-bats. Fox knocked three doubles, four home runs, drove in 14 runs and scored 14 more.
The San Diego native was even more impressive in the three tournaments, posting a ridiculous .583 batting average and a 1.417 slugging percentage.
Fox was a two-time All-American at Arizona and the 2014 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. She is in her second year with Team USA.
Palomino and the Junior National Team competed in just two tournaments, but the outfielder’s summer was no less impressive.
The Mission Viejo, Calif., native set the Junior World Women’s Championship record for RBI when she drove in 27 in the 10-game tournament, shattering Stacey Nuveman’s 20-year-old record of 18. Palomino also hit five homers to tie Nuveman’s record.
Palomino led Team USA to a perfect 10-0 record and a gold medal in the tournament, which was held in Oklahoma City.
In the event, Palomino hit an amazing .519 with the aforementioned five homers and 27 RBI. Palomino, who played primarily center field for the club, slugged 1.333 in her 27 at-bats.
In addition, the Junior National Team competed in the World Cup of Softball X in Irvine, Calif., competing against the more experienced national teams rather than their junior counterparts. The team put up an impressive 4-4 record against the top-notch competition. Palomino hit .286 with three homers in her 21 at-bats.