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NJCAA Softball National Team showcases talent in Canadian Open
 July 21, 2014

SURREY, British Columbia – The NJCAA softball national team’s run at the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship ended Sunday with a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Team USA. Despite finishing the tournament with a 3-6 record, the NJCAA team played competitively against some of the top squads in the world and provided a stage for several student-athletes to put their talents on display.

Prior to their loss to Team USA Sunday, the NJCAA national team earned a 9-2 first round win over the White Rock Renegades. It was the second time during the week that the NJCAA defeated the Renegades after earning a 14-2 victory in their opening game. A 13-3 win over Basque County (Spain) on Saturday marked the other win in the tournament for the NJCAA team.

Earning all-tournament honors, LSU Eunice first baseman Brooklynn Clark was dominant at the plate throughout the tournament. Clark went 9-for-16 at the plate for a .563 average and tied for a team-high with six runs scored.

One of the NJCAA team’s top performers was Shelby Duncan from Indian River State (Fla.). The outfielder batted .455 (10-for-22) and recorded a team-high 9 RBIs. Duncan tallied a double, a triple and stole a base during the competition.

The top pitcher for the NJCAA squad was Shyanne Saladino from Kirkwood (Iowa). In 14 and 1/3 innings of work, Saladino struck out two and compiled a 4.39 ERA during pool play. In the first round of bracket play, Saladino tallied her first win of the tournament with three shutout innings against White Rock. Despite her solid seven-inning effort in the second round, it wasn’t enough to overcome the elite performance of Team USA’s Sara Nevins.

The NJCAA and the softball national team would like to thank official sponsors Spalding® and Marucci for their contributions. Through their parent company – Russell Athletic, Spalding® provided the team with attire, warm-up and practice gear. Marucci contributed bats and batting gloves to the national team.

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