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Team USA, Central Virginia All-Stars Set for Lynchburg Exhibition Games, Friday
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The USA Softball Women's National Team will begin its 2014 exhibition tour, tomorrow at 7 p.m., competing in a doubleheader against the Central Virginia All-Stars at City Stadium.
The Lynchburg Hillcats will handle ticketing for the doubleheader. Tickets can be purchased at the Lynchburg City Stadium ticket office or online at Lynchburg-Hillcats.com. Tickets for tomorrow's doubleheader cost $25 for reserved seats and $15 for general admission.
The USA national team has been conducting its selection camp at Liberty Softball Field this week. A total of 24 athletes are vying to earn one of 17 spots on the Women's National Team. The final roster will be announced on June 22, and those 17 players will compete in the 2014 World Cup of Softball in Irvine, Calif., and the 2014 ISF World Championships in Haarlem, Netherlands.
Included among those trying out for Team USA are six players who competed in the 2014 Women's College World Series. Infielder Kelsey Stewart, from 2014 national champion Florida, is trying out, along with pitcher Jaclyn Traina and outfielder Haylie McCleney from national runner-up Alabama. The 2014 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year, pitcher Lacey Waldrop from Florida State, has been training with the team as well.
Dot Richardson, Liberty's first-year head coach, will field a team of 16 collegiate and post-collegiate student-athletes, the Central Virginia All-Stars. This team will be comprised of four of Liberty's 2014 graduating seniors (Alyssa DiMartino, Marybeth Sciolino, Sammi Shivock and Katie Zavodny) in addition to several standouts from the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond.
The Central Virginia All-Stars' roster includes the 2014 VaSID State Player of the Year (Megan Baltzell, Longwood), along with the State Pitcher of the Year (James Madison's Jailyn Ford) and State Rookie of the Year (Niki Prince, James Madison). Five out of the 15 players on the roster were named to the 2014 VaSID All-State University Division Softball Team.
Richardson, a softball legend, was a standout for the USA Softball Women's National Team. She helped Team USA win two Olympic Gold medals, in 1996 and 2000 along with Gold at five Pan American Games and four World Championships. Among her many honors, Richardson is enshrined in the ASA Softball Hall of Fame and the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.
Central Virginia All-Stars
|0||Casey Price||1B||George Mason|
|1||Marybeth Sciolino||2B||Liberty ('14)|
|3||Alyssa DiMartino||P||Liberty ('14)|
|4||Niki Prince||UTL||James Madison|
|6||Sammi Shivock||SS||Liberty ('14)|
|8||Brooke Blankenship||3B/SS||George Mason|
|11||Jena Pate||3B||Florence Darlington Tech|
|12||Katie Zavodny||OF||Liberty ('14)|
|13||Hope Johnson||P||Lynchburg College|
|14||Danielle Powell||OF||Lynchburg College|
|15||Morgan Price||C||Appalachian State ('11)|
|17||Jailyn Ford||P/1B||James Madison|
2014 USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Camp Invitees
|Valerie Arioto||INF||California ('12)|
|Raven Chavanne||INF||Tennessee ('13)|
|Amanda Chidester||INF||Michigan ('12)|
|Aimee Creger||P||Tulsa ('14)|
|Samantha Fischer||INF||Loyola Marymount ('12)|
|Amber Freeman||C||Arizona State|
|Lauren Gibson||INF||Tennessee ('13)|
|Jolene Henderson||P||California ('13)|
|Taylor Hoagland||INF||Texas ('13)|
|Nicole Hudson||OF||Missouri ('14)|
|Destinee Martinez||OF||Oklahoma ('14)|
|Jessica Moore||P||Oregon ('13)|
|Michelle Moultrie||OF||Florida ('12)|
|Sara Nevins||P||South Florida ('14)|
|Rhea Taylor||OF||Missouri ('11)|
|Jaclyn Traina||P||Alabama ('14)|
|Lacey Waldrop||P||Florida State|