OKLAHOMA CITY – With the 2016 international calendar approaching, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced additions to two USA Softball National Teams that will compete this summer both in the U.S. and abroad. A member of the 2015 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship (JWWC) Gold Medal team, Paige Halstead (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) will now join the 2016 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) roster, while an additional six athletes have been added to the USA Softball Women’s Elite Team roster.
Representing the U.S. this summer as a member of the USA Softball WNT, Halstead has had a stellar breakout season in her first year at UCLA. Most recently honored to the First Team All-Pac-12 Conference All-Freshman Team, Halstead has previous international experience, having competed at the World Cup of Softball X and WBSC JWWC last summer. Halstead finished the 2015 summer with a .273 (6-for-22) batting average, seven RBI and seven runs scored. Halstead and the USA Softball WNT will compete later this summer in the World Cup of Softball XI, a Japan vs. USA All-Star Series, the XV WBSC Women's World Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada and the Japan Cup.
Representing the U.S. for the first time in their career, the additional six athletes to the USA Softball Women’s Elite Team roster, will participate in a series of exhibition games against the USA Softball WNT in addition to the World Cup of Softball XI. The Women's Elite Team will also participate in exhibition games at the USA Softball JO Cup in Marietta, Ga.
For updates on the USA Softball Women’s National Team and events throughout the 2016 season visit www.ASAUSASoftball.com.
-- Courtesy of ASA/USA Softball