National softball team beckons local trio

Three area players have been invited to Softball Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team’s Selection Camp, June 15-22 in Oklahoma City.

Included in the pool of 26 invitees are Carey-Leigh Thomas of Ohsweken, Megan Timpf of Port Dover, and Erika Polidori of Brantford.

The 19-year-old Thomas played for Canada’s national Junior team at the world championships last year in South Africa.

Timpf, 28, is no stranger to the national team. She has competed internationally in the Olympics, Pan-Am Games, and World Cup tournaments, as well as Canadian championships.

Polidori, 20, was a teammate of Thomas’ last year.

“We are pleased to be finalizing selection camp plans and expect a very competitive camp in June,” said Senior Women’s National Team head coach Mark Smith. “We have a strong veteran core returning and a number of young players who are capable of challenging for positions on the Senior roster.”

The 2012 Senior Women’s National Team will compete at the US World Cup of Softball VII (June 28-July 2 in Oklahoma City), the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship (July 4-9 in Surrey, BC) and the ISF XIII Women’s World Championship, which will take place from July 13-22 in Whitehorse, YK.