USA Softball Announces Roster For 2003 Junior Women's National Team

Aug. 18, 2003

Oklahoma City, Okla. - USA Softball announced today the 17 players chosen to represent the USA at the 2003 ISF Junior Women's World Championships, October 12-20 in Nanjing, China. These players were selected after a three day tryout camp held August 12-14 in Salem, Ore.

The players selected for 2003 Junior Women's National Team are:

Monica Abbott  (Salinas, CA)Caitlin Benyi (Saxon, CA)Christina Clark (Santa Ana, CA)Megan Denny (Crowley, TX)Norrelle Dickson (Orange, CA)Lisa Dodd (San Diego, CA)Andrea Duran (Selma, CA)Kristi Fox (San Diego, CA)Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, FL)Holly Krzan (West Richland, WALauren Lappin (Anaheim, CA)Jodi Legaspi (Garden Grove, CA)Caitlin Lowe (Tustin, CA)Brianne McGowan (Reno, NV)Jackie Rinehart (Reno, NV)Desiree Williams (Tucson, AZ)Emily Zaplatosch (Scottsdale, AZ)

The coaches selected to lead this team are head coach Pam Newton (Rialto, CA), assistant coach Chuck D'Arcy (Sacramento, CA) and assistant coach Mike Gonzalez (Mission Viejo, CA).

The U.S. earned a berth into the World Championships after winning the Pan Am Region championship in December. Under first year head coach Pam Newton, the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team totally dominated its competition at the championship in Hermosillo, Mexico. The USA posted a perfect 8-0 record, while outscoring its opponents 91-0. Additionally, the U.S. pitching staff combined for four no-hitters and two perfect games.

The United States captured gold at the 1987 and 1995 ISF Junior Women's World Championships. In 1999, the last Junior Women's World Championship, the USA finished second behind Japan.

The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee.

As the National Governing Body, the ASA is responsible for identifying, selecting and training male and female athletes to compete in World, Pan American and Olympic competitions. In addition to those duties, the ASA conducts the only recognized National Championship competitions in the United States.

For complete coverage of the USA Softball National Team visit our web site at www.usasoftball.com.

courtesy of USA Softball

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