Mizzou’s Crane Selected For Junior National Team

By Karl Roskamp

Missouri softball’s Emily Crane has been selected for the 2013 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team.

The announcement came Friday from the Amateur Softball Association of America and USA Softball.

Crane was one of 17 players selected for the team. She was picked from a national pool of 40 prospects that includes high school and collegiate players under the age of 19.

The Women’s National Team Selection Committee scouts candidates year round before identifying potential players and inviting them to tryout camps. From the camps, the top candidates are selected to represent the United States in international competition.

“I’m really happy for Emily, as I know this means a lot to her and her family,” coach Ehren Earleywine said in a press release. “It’s also a great compliment to our program, and we are certainly honored by it.”

Crane is the first player in Earleywine’s tenure to make the junior team roster. Pitcher Chelsea Thomas has been a member of the Women’s National Team since 2011. The national team is designated for players that would represent the U.S. in Olympic play.

As a freshman and the leadoff hitter, Crane is batting .379 through 22 games. She leads the team in steals with eight, doubles (nine), hits (25) and fielding errors (four).

The junior team is scheduled for exhibition games in Glenville, W. Va., on June 24 to prepare for international competition. The International Softball Federation Junior Women’s World Championships will be July 1-7 in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Sixteen countries are scheduled to participate in the tournament.

The federation is the world governing body of the sport as recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

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