56 Athletes Accept Invitation To 2018 USA Softball Women's National Camp

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- USA Softball announced today the list of athletes invited to participate at the 2018 USA Softball women's national team selection camp to be held January 1-5 at Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Florida. A total of 61 athletes were invited to attend the camp with 56 athletes accepting the invitation. Those athletes who accepted the invitation to try out will vie for a spot on the 2018 USA Softball women's national team (WNT) roster which will compete at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women's World Championship in Chiba, Japan, held August 2-12, 2018. Below is a list of some of the athletes.

Monica Abbott
Ali Aguilar
Valerie Arioto
Nicole Mendes
Kelly Barnhill
Bianka Bell
Ally Carda
Lindsey Cargill
Emily Carosone
Brittany Cervantes
* Lauren Chamberlain
Amanda Chidester
Caleigh Clifton
Kasey Cooper
* Nicole DeWitt
Taylor Gadbois
Rachel Garcia
* Chelsea Goodacre
Delanie Gourley
Meghan Gregg
Paige Halstead
Jazmyn Jackson
Sahvanna Jaquish
Megan Kleist
Shay Knighten
Kelly Kretschman
Bailey Landry
Jenna Lilley
Kendyl Lindaman
Amanda Lorenz
Paige Lowary
Haylie McCleney
Nicole Mendes
Mo Mercado
Kirsti Merritt
Jessica Moore
Michelle Moultrie
Dejah Mulipola
Nerissa Myers
Aubree Munro
Nerissa Myers
Bubba Nickles
Alexis Osorio
Danielle O'Toole
* Paige Parker
Shelby Pendley
Kylee Perez
Keilani Ricketts
Sierra Romero
Sydney Romero
Delaney Spaulding
Kelsey Stewart
Gwen Svekis
Janie Takeda
Nadia Taylor
Nikki Udria
* Karley Wester
Megan Wiggins
Hallie Wilson
Morgan Zerkle

* indicates athletes who have declined invitation

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During the selection process, athletes will participate in position drills as well as simulated games and be evaluated by the USA Softball women's national team selection committee. The 2018 USA Softball WNT will look to defend their gold medal-finish at the 2016 WBSC Women's World Championship, where the team claimed the 10th overall world championship title for the WNT program. The team finished the 2016 WBSC World Championship with a .436 team batting average, 19 home runs, 80 RBIs, and outscored opponents 83-10. The pitching staff was lights out, allowing just eight earned runs for a 1.19 ERA.

USA Softball will also hold an open tryout opportunity for players hoping to make the 2018 USA Softball WNT. Held December 31 at Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Florida., eligible athletes have from now through October 31 to sign up through USASoftball.com for the open tryout, which will involve a series of softball related skill drills for each position, hitting, and bunting. Participants from the open tryout could be selected to participate at the USA Softball WNT Selection Camp along with the list of invited athletes.

For updates on the USA Softball women's national team and events throughout the 2018 season, visit www.USASoftball.com.

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