Lauren Gibson, a four-time All-Met softball player who graduated from Chesapeake in 2009, has been selected to the U.S. national team. She is believed to be the first player from the Washington area to be chosen to the team.
Gibson, who just completed her sophomore season at Tennessee, will play in a handful of exhibition games against the U.S. junior national team, including two at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie on July 1.
On the junior national team, which was selected last year for a two-year commitment, is 2010 Broadneck graduate – and four-time All-Met - Kourtney Salvarola, who just finished her freshman year at South Florida. Four-time All-Met Megan Elliott, who graduated from Calvert and completed her college career at Arizona State in 2010, played for the junior national team in 2007. Salvarola and Elliott are believed to be the only local players to have played on the junior team.
Gibson was a first-team All-Southeast Region selection at second baseman last season at Tennessee, where she batted .420, slugged .667, hit eight homers with 63 RBI and stole 12 bases.
Salvarola, meantime, started all 53 games at shortstop for South Florida last season, and batted .290 with six homers, 43 RBI and 42 runs scored.
The national and junior national teams will play exhibition doubleheaders in Plant City, Fla., on Saturday, and Salem, Va., on June 29, before capping its warmup run in Bowie two days later.
Afterwards, the national team will head to the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., July 9-17. Then, it will play in the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, July 21-25, and the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, in October.