CARY, N.C. — On Friday morning, the Women’s National Open began at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary. Players from around the country congregated on Thursday in preparation for the event, held in Cary for the second consecutive time. The event then officially kicked off with registration at 8 a.m. ET on Friday. Registration for the event was free. In total, 106 players of all ages made their way to the complex for open trials in hopes of earning one of 40 spots at the Women’s National Team Trials. The composition of the national team will then emerge from that pool. On June 18, the final cuts will be announced, with 20 spots up for grabs. The 20 distinguished individuals will go on to represent the United States at the eighth installment of the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup, an event that began in 2004 and one in which the U.S. will try to win gold on home soil for the first time.