MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - 16-year old softball pitcher Emily Johnson almost made it to the Little League World Series a few years ago with a team from North Myrtle Beach, but now a bigger stage is calling: The Christian Academy junior is headed to Europe to pitch in The Cup, an international fastpitch tournament that takes place in the Netherlands and France over the course of a week.
Five countries are participating, and of the six teams the United States is sending over, Johnson is the lone representative from South Carolina to make the trip. She doesn't have much experience playing with her new teammates, but that's not too big of a concern, especially with the excitement of heading overseas to play.
"We played three games together and as soon as we all met on the first day we just clicked and we've been keeping in touch," explained Johnson. "Usually on my travel ball team, when we travel we go to Georgia, Alabama, places around there. But I've never been out of the country to go play ball. So it's pretty new and it's pretty awesome."
The USA teams are comprised of 14-16 year olds, but the talent level is high. The age range on some of the players from other countries spans from 17-30.