Glenville, W. Va. - The 2013 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team arrived in Glenville, W. Va. today to begin their quest for the 2013 International Softball Federation (ISF) X World Fastpitch Championship Gold the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today.
“It’s been a lot of fun getting to know the girls,” said Sierra Romero. “We’ve all come from different teams, whether in college or from travel ball, but we’ve really bonded over last few days. We’ve got a great team and it’s exciting to see the amount of power our the girls have.
While in Glenville, the team will compete in preparation exhibition games 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/.
The 17 athletes on the USA Softball roster are: Ali Aguilar (Orangevale, Calif.), Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.), Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va.), Andrea Hawkins (Bay City, Texas), Cheridan Hawkins (Anderson, Calif.), Sierra Lawrence (Snellville, Ga.), Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.), Paige McDuffee (The Woodlands, Texas), Danica Mercado (Temecula, Calif.), Erica Nunn (Apex, N.C.), Jessica Plaza (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif.), Mysha Sataraka (Honolulu, Hawaii), Erin Shireman (Pearland, Texas), Lee Ann Spivey (Palm Coast, Fla.), Lauren Young (Anaheim, Calif.), Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.),
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 (Corvalis, 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.
“We’ve got a really talented group this year,” said head coach Tairia Flowers. “We’re still getting to know each other on and off the field, and the two exhibition games in Ohio were a great way to start off our training for the ISF World Championship. This group is excited to wear the Red, White and Blue across their chest and it’s been fun to watch them come together as a team. We’re ready to get two more exhibition games under our belt to head to World Championships to continue the winning tradition of USA Softball.”