The Ametuer Softball Association chose the final members of the USA Women’s National Team and they went with an Oklahoma pitcher/catcher combo. Oklahoma catcher Jessica Shults was named to the team on Wednesday and will join Keilani Ricketts, who was selected in January.
Team USA will make several stops this Summer and will compete in six different events in the US and Canada. The will be featured at the Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration against Canada on June 23 and then the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada.
Lauren Chamberlin and Destinee Martinez were both part of the selection camp to play on Team USA, but will be playing for the USA Elite team.
It’s unfortunate that the Summer Olympics dropped both softball and baseball from the sports played. With all of the talented softball players out there, it is no-doubt that Team USA would have dominated. Take a look at the 2012 roster:
|20||Valerie Arioto||1B/Pitcher||Pleasanton, Calif.||R/R||California – 2012|
|19||Amanda Chidester||Utility||Allen Park, Mich.||R/R||Michigan – 2012|
|9||Kaitlin Cochran||Outfield||Yorba Linda, Calif.||L/L||Arizona State -2009|
|2||Samantha Fischer||Infield||Simi Valley, Calif.||R/R||Loyola Marymount- 2012|
|25||Lauren Gibson||Infield||Pasadena, Md.||L/R||Tennessee – Sr.|
|23||Ashley Holcombe||Catcher||Fayetteville, Ga.||R/R||Alabama- 2009|
|18||Molly Johnson||Infield||Tucson, Ariz.||R/R||Kentucky – 2010|
|5||Stacy May-Johnson||Infield||Reno, Nevada||R/R||Iowa – 2006|
|31||Jenae Leles||Infield||Sacramento, Calif.||R/R||Arizona – 2009|
|15||Michelle Moultrie||Outfield||Jacksonville, Fla.||L/R||Florida – 2012|
|12||Christi Orgeron||Outfield||New Orleans, La.||R/R||ULL – 2012|
|10||Keilani Ricketts||Pitcher||San Jose, Calif.||L/L||Oklahoma – Sr.|
|33||Jessica Shults||Catcher||Pitcher||L/R||Oklahoma – Sr.|
|7||Jordan Taylor||Pitcher||Valencia, Calif.||R/R||Michigan – 2011|
|3||Rhea Taylor||Outfield||Buford, Ga.||L/R||Missouri – 2011|
|1||Chelsea Thomas||Pitcher||Pleasantville, Iowa||R/R||Missouri – Sr.|
|11||Jackie Traina||Pitcher||Naples, Fla.||R/R||Alabama – Jr.|
The team is being coached by USF head coach, Ken Ken Eriksen.