MONICA ABBOTT

Position: LH Pitcher

Currently Playing For: Team USA, Scrap Yard Nationals, Toyota (Japan)

College: University of Tennessee

Hometown: Salinas, Calif.

Pre-Game Routine: "I never step on the line when I run out to the mound. I started it when I was just a kid and I still do it today."

Advice for Young Athletes: "Instead of focusing on doing everything really great, focus on one thing first. Make yourself so good at that one thing that everything else you do will become better because of it. Dream as big as you can, because anything is possible."

KIRSTI MERRITT

Position: Outfielder

Currently Playing For: Team USA, USSSA Pride, Shokki (Japan)

College: University of Flordia

Hometown: Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.

If I wasn't a professional softball player I would: "Be a professional wakeboarder"

Advice for Young Athletes: "No matter what you do work hard, at every level there’s always going to be someone that is better than you but you can’t control what natural talents God blesses you with but you can control how much effort you put into getting better"

ALI AGUILAR

Position: Infield

Currently Playing For: Team USA, Scrap Yard Nationals, Toyota (Japan)

College: University of Washington

Hometown: Orangevale, Calif.

If I wasn't a professional softball player I would: "Open my own unique coffee shop."

Advice for Young Athletes: "Play the sport you love from a place of freedom. If you're performing well, enjoy it. When the struggle comes, and it will, understand that it's part of being an athlete too and it has the potential to make you a better player & person if you allow it to."

COURTNEY GANO

Position: Infield

Currently Playing For: Team USA, Chicago Bandits

College: University of Washington

Hometown: West Covina, Calif.

Pre-Game Routine: "Put on lotion, pray, and always be the last one out of the locker room (oops)"

Advice for Young Athletes: "Know why you play and remind yourself daily of that. Smile and have fun. When you embrace the lows AND the highs of the game, you’ll always learn and appreciate it much more."