Five athletes have been invited to Team USA tryouts in January, the organization announced in a press release last week.
|Clockwise: Bell; Crane; Elkins; Wilson; Stephens|
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Juniors Bianka Bell of LSU; Emily Crane of Missouri; Lexie Elkins of Louisiana-Lafayette; and Lindsey Stephens of the Texas Longhorns, along with senior Paige Wilson of Georgia, will work out with Ken Eriksen’s national squad with the hope of putting on the red, white, and blue next summer.
Crane is the only member of the quintet with Team USA experience, having played on the Junior Women’s National Team in 2013.
The additions take the number of players in camp to thirty-three. Only one number higher than the original list of thirty-two, the five fill holes left by four departed veteran players in Nicole Hudson, Destinee Martinez, Jessica Plaza, and Hallie Wilson. Worthy of note is that, with years of national team experience between the vets, they are effectively being replaced by Team USA rookies.
The changes bring the makeup of the squad to four 2012 graduates; five 2013 graduates; three 2014 graduates; nine seniors; eleven juniors; and one lone sophomore in Tennessee’s Annie Aldrete.
Nine pitchers will enter camp, along with five catchers; thirteen infielders; and six outfielders. Some players, such as Amanda Chidester and Ally Carda, will be relied upon at more than one position if they make the squad.