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Four WA stars named in Emeralds World Cup roster
Morgan Doty, Chelsea Forkin, Natalie House and Kaila Borgomastro have been selected in Emeralds' World Cup Squad
06/20/2018 3:35 AM ET
Morgan Doty will pull on the green and gold of Australia for the 2018 Women's World Cup
Morgan Doty will pull on the green and gold of Australia for the 2018 Women's World Cup (BASEBALL AUSTRALIA MEDIA)

Baseball Australia have named four Western Australian players in the Emeralds' 20-woman squad for the upcoming 2018 Women's World Cup in Florida.

Outfielders Morgan Doty and Chelsea Forkin will be joined by infielders Natalie House and Kaila Borgomastro during the 10-day tournament between 22-31 August.

The quartet impressed Manager Simone Wearne enough to warrant selection during the recent Bendigo Challenge against Japan earlier this month.

Wearne used the series to slim her squad of 39 down to 20 and says playing against the No.1 ranked Japanese side was a great test for her players. 

"The Bendigo Challenge was a fantastic event," she said.

"We were able to see the most talented women's players in the country step up against Japan, and also in some very competitive intra-squad games."

With the likes of WA's Bec Torpy, Erin Fox, Caitlin Gordon and Meaghan Haggart missing out on selection, Wearne admits she had some tough decisions to make.

"The depth of players in attendance made it very difficult for the selectors, and ultimately some good players missed out," she said.

"Although it was a hard task to cut the squad in half, it really does prove that women's baseball is in a great position in this country."

The tournament will be extra special for Victorian Shae Lillywhite, who will make history by becoming the only Australian to appear in eight Baseball World Cups.

The veteran infielder made her World Cup debut in 2004 and has since played in the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 editions. 

The eighth-ranked Emeralds will line up in Group B and play against Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Hong Kong and Japan.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.