Three Huskies Selected For U-18 Women's National Team
SEATTLE – Three Huskies have been selected to the USA Softball U-18 Junior Women's National Team, which will compete in the upcoming Junior Pan American Games and following at the WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup. Kinsey Fiedler, Rylee Holtorf and Olivia Johnson, all Husky freshman, will be suiting up for the red, white, and blue at the end of the month.
Fiedler, an infielder, comes to the Huskies from Lee's Summit, Missouri as the #2 ranked overall recruit by MaxPreps. Three times in her four years of high school Fiedler was named the Offensive Player of the Year, also earning Defensive Player of the Year once.
Holtorf, an infielder who will make her Husky debut in the spring of 2022, comes to UW with a highly touted background, winning the Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year in her senior year at Sandra Day O'Conner HS. Holtorf was ranked the #2 recruit by Softball America.
Johnson joins Washington after a stellar high school career as a catcher. A native of Texas, Johnson hit .399 with an OBP over .500 while at Dawson High School. Johnson was named the Newcomer of the Year after her freshman season, also earning All-District First Team.
The inaugural Junior Pan American Games are slated to begin Nov. 27 - Dec. 2 in Barranquilla, Colombia at the Estadio de Sóftbol Edgardo Schemel. The Games were originally scheduled to begin in June, and then September, but two postponements were caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
World No. 2 USA will then head to Lima, Peru for the WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup, Dec. 6-12. The event, which was originally scheduled to take place in August 2020, extended the age eligibility to allow athletes who were eligible for the 2020 event with the opportunity to participate in the rescheduled event this year.
The USA will look to claim a fourth-consecutive WBSC Junior Women's World Championship title, having won the previous three World Championships in 2015, 2017 and 2019. The 2019 squad, lead by Husky head coach Heather Tarr, went 10-0 on their way to a gold medal. That team also had three Huskies earning a gold medal in Jadelyn Allchin, Madison Huskey and Kelley Lynch.
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