OKLAHOMA CITY -- USA Softball announced the final 2019 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) for the Pan American Games, held August 4-11 in Lima, Peru.
Monica Abbott (Salinas, Calif.), Ali Aguilar (Orangevale, Calif.), Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.), Rachel Garcia (Palmdale, Calif.), Sahvanna Jaquish (Highland, Calif.), Haylie McCleney (Morris Ala.), Kirsti Merritt (Lake Panasoffkee, Fla), Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.), Dejah Mulipola (Garden Grove, Calif.), Aubree Munro (Brea, Calif.), Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas), Janie Reed (Placentia, Calif.), Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif.), Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) have been named to the 15-member roster. Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.), Jazmyn Jackson (San Jose, Calif.) and Shelby Pendley (Rio Rancho, N.M.) have been named as replacement players.
“It’s not easy when you have to choose 15 among 18 great athletes,” said WNT Head Coach, Ken Eriksen. “The nice part for us is that all 18 will be with us all summer, but it just so happens to be that the roster for the Pan American Games has to be 15. This is a very tight group, and we will use the Pan American Games as a motivator going into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Trials and then the 2020 tour.”
Prior to taking to the field in Lima, the WNT will participate in the Japan All-Star Series June 22-25 and then the USA Softball International Cup, July 1-7 in Columbus, Ga. The team will break briefly before heading to Lafayette, La. July 20-24 and Houston, Texas July 25-30 for training and exhibition games against Scrap Yard Fast Pitch, an independent professional softball team. Information on exhibition games will be announced at a later date. From Houston, the WNT will participate in the Pan American Games, where Team USA has been nothing short of dominant. In 10 appearances at the Pan American Games, the WNT has compiled an all-time record of 93-4 with eight Gold Medal and two Silver Medal finishes.
*All Pan American Games roster nominations are pending final approval of the United States Olympic Committee.
-- Courtesy of USA Softball