Warrick named to National Team softball pool
Oklahoma, Okla. -- The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball has announced that University of Tennessee at Martin freshman Katie Warrick has been identified for the National Team athlete pool following her participation at the 2015 USA Softball Junior Olympic (JO) Cup in Chino Hills, Calif. The inaugural event served as an identification opportunity for athletes wishing to compete in front of members of the Women's National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC).
In total, 69 athletes were identified as either 2017 Junior Women's National Team age-eligible or as Women's National Team age-eligible. These athletes will enter into the identification pool with other athletes who have been previously identified at various ASA/USA events, the National Identification Program through Softball Factory, recommendations from college coaches, high school coaches and ASA/USA Junior Olympic (JO) Coaches.
A native of Chapel Hill, Tenn., Warrick joined the Skyhawks after earning All-American honors from MaxPreps after a stellar prep career. Warrick led Forrest High School to a TSSAA Class A state championship both on the rubber and inside the batter's box. She paced the Lady Rockets in the circle with a 32-3 record while maintaining a miniscule 1.81 earned run average, picking up four wins in as many days en route to a state title.
Warrick was even more of a threat inside the batter's box where she finished her season hitting .594 with 14 home runs en route to being named District 9-1 Offensive Most Valuable Player as a senior. She launched a 51 career home runs at Forrest High School, shattering the school's previous mark. During her junior campaign, she belted a single-season school record 17 home runs while posting a lofty .648 batting average along with a 17-3 record in the pitching circle.
"This is an incredible achievement for both Katie and our program," said UT Martin head coach Donley Canary. "Not only is she our first potential representative on the USA Junior National Team, but she is the OVC's only candidate. We know she is a special talent and we can't wait for her to hit the field this spring to help us get UT Martin right back into championship contention."
Founded in 1933, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball is the National Governing Body Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation's largest sports organizations, ASA/USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 71 local associations and has grown to over 165,000 teams, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million. ASA/USA is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in international and domestic competitions.
Members of the USA Softball WNTSC are responsible for selecting the rosters that represent the United States in a variety of international competitions, including the Pan American Games, the World Cup of Softball, World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championships, and potentially the Olympic Games.
"The inaugural USA Softball JO Cup was proof that the United States has some of the best future National Team players at the youth level," said Women's National Team head coach Ken Eriksen. "The USA Softball JO Cup gave the entire USA Coaching Staff a great look at how far these players have been developed and where our programs can best be benefited from."
Warrick and the Skyhawks will officially open the season on Friday, Feb. 12 at the Southeastern Louisiana Lion Classic against Southern Illinois.