Weber invited to camp at start of 2017
TAMPA – A former Tri-Valley High School sports standout will be a part of a tryout in January for the country’s national softball team.
Juli Weber, a 2013 graduate of Tri-Valley High School and senior softball player for the University of South Florida, was named in the initial pool of 43 players invited to try out for 17 roster spots for the USA Softball Women’s National Team. Weber is among four players connected to the school invited to the camp, which will take place Jan. 1-5, 2017 at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla.
Weber was the 2016 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, a first-team all-region member and had two SportsCenter Top 10 plays during her junior year. She led the conference with a .406 average, 49 runs, 78 hits, 18 doubles and 117 total bases in 2016, career highs for her. The outfielder scored in five straight games, three different times during the season. This is her first invitation to the selection camp.
In addition to her offensive prowess, Weber has been recognized for her defensive play as well, having two defensive plays featured on ESPN’s “SportsCenter’s Top 10” when she robbed opposing players of home runs.
At Tri-Valley, Weber was named Pennsylvania female athlete of the year and earned Class A player of the year honors in softball and basketball as she led Tri-Valley to the 2013 PIAA Class A state championship. She is the daughter of Robert and Vicki Weber of Hegins.
During the selection process, athletes will participate in position drills as well as simulated games and be evaluated by the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC). Athletes who make the 2017 USA Softball WNT roster will be competing at a Pan American Games/World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championship Qualifier in Florida, where the U.S. will look to qualify for the 2018 WBSC Women’s World Championship to be held in Chiba, Japan and the 2019 Pan American Games to be held in Lima, Peru. The complete 2017 schedule for the WNT, including exhibition games, will be announced at a later date.
Vying for a spot on the 2017 roster are all members of the 2016 USA Softball WNT, which reclaimed the Gold Medal at the WBSC Women’s World Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada after defeating defending champions Japan, 7-3, in the Gold Medal Game. As a team, the U.S. finished the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Championship with a .436 team batting average, 19 home runs, 80 RBI and outscored opponents 83-10 while the pitching staff allowed just eight earned runs for a 1.19 ERA.
For updates on the USA Softball Women’s National Team and events throughout the 2017 season visit http://www.ASAUSASoftball.com.