Junior Women’s National Team training camp begins in Oklahoma City, Okla.; Team set to play five exhibition games June 16-18
OKLAHOMA CITY – Twenty-four members of the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) kicked off their 2017 season today in Oklahoma City, Okla. as the athletes and coaching staff will participate in training camp and exhibition games at the Softball Capital of the World®. As the team begins preparations for the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship this July 24-30 in Clearwater, Fla., the JWNT will conclude their training camp with five exhibition games June 16-18.
This marks the first time the team has come together since the announcement of the 2017 roster in January following the JWNT Selection Camp. Set to conduct training throughout the week at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex, the Red, White and Blue will participate in five exhibition games against elite Junior Olympic (JO) travel clubs from across the United States: Absolute Blast – Rhinehart, Lady Gators – Jackson, LA VooDoo, South Dakota Renegades and the Texas Bombers. The U.S. will face the Texas Bombers at 5 p.m. CT on June 16 followed by a 7 p.m. CT game against the South Dakota Renegades. The team continues exhibition games on Saturday, June 17 with a 3 p.m. CT game against LA VooDoo and a 5 p.m. CT game against Absolute Blast before concluding their schedule on Sunday, June 18 at 9 a.m. against the Lady Gators.
Led by Head Coach Laura Berg (Corvallis, Ore./Head Coach at Oregon State), Trisha Ford (Fremont, Calif./Head Coach at Arizona State), Kristie Fox (San Diego, Calif./Head Coach at UT-Arlington), two-time Olympian Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif./Director of Operations at CSUN), and three-time Olympian Lori Harrigan-Mack (Las Vegas, Nev./Pitching coach at College of Southern Nevada) will serve as Assistant Coaches for the 2017 USA Softball JWNT.
Fans can follow along with free live stats and live streaming during the training camp and exhibition games by visiting USASoftball.com.