OKLAHOMA CITY --- Seventeen athletes have been selected for the 2013 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT), the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced.
The athletes selected hail from 10 states: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. The team will compete in preparation exhibition games in Glenville, West Virginia, on June 24 before heading to the International Softball Federation (ISF) X Jr. Women's World Championship (19-and-under), July 1-7, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. In conjunction with the exhibition game in Glenville, the West Virginia ASA will host a youth clinic on June 25. Tickets for the event in West Virginia and information on the youth clinic are available at http://wvaasa.com/.
Tairia Flowers (Tucson, Ariz./head coach Cal State Northridge) will lead the Red, White and Blue into the summer as they look to defend the World Championship Gold Medal they won in 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa. Along with Flowers, four-time Olympian Laura Berg (Corvallis, Ore./head coach Oregon State), Trisha Ford (Fremont, Calif./head coach Fresno State), and Lisa Dodd (San Diego, Calif./head coach at UNLV) will join the coaching staff in Canada.
“Our staff is excited to lead these ladies into the World Championship arena this summer as we look to keep the tradition of USA Softball at the top of the podium alive,” said Flowers. "Being a part of this program is life changing and I am thrilled to work with this talented group of young athletes from all over the country. To represent your country in your sport is the highest honor and together we will work hard to be the best we can be and bring home the gold."
**courtesy of USA Softball
2013 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team Roster
Ali Aguilar (Orangevale, Calif./All-American Sports Academy)
#Erin Gabriel (Poland, Ohio/Gold Coast Hurricanes/Tennessee)
Andrea Hawkins (Bay City, Texas/Texas Impact Gold/Alabama)
Cheridan Hawkins (Anderson, Calif./Sorcerers Gold/Oregon)
Sierra Lawrence (Snellville, Ga./Atlanta Vipers/Michigan)
Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala./Gold Coast Hurricanes/Alabama)
Danica Mercado (Temecula, Calif./SoCal Athletics/Oregon)
Jessica Plaza (Huntington Beach, Calif./SoCal Athletics/Stanford)
Erin Shireman (Pearland, Texas/Texas Impact Gold/Texas)
Lee Ann Spivey (Palm Coast, Fla./Gold Coast Hurricanes/South Florida)
Lauren Young (Anaheim, Calif./Batbusters/Arizona)
Paige McDuffee (The Woodlands, Texas/Texas Impact/UCLA)
Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Batbusters/Michigan)
Mysha Sataraka (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kaikamahine/UCLA)
Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan./Wichita Mutangs/Florida)
Emily Crane (Troy, Mo./St. Louis Chaos/Missouri)
Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va./Williamsburg Starz Gold/James Madison)
*Nancy Bowling (Simi Valley, Calif./Batbusters/Arizona)
*Kelly Hanzel (Houston, Texas/Texas Impact)
*Erica Nunn (Apex, N.C./Wagoners Gold/South Florida)
# Member of 2011 Junior Women's National Team