Mizzou second baseman Emily Crane is a member of USA Softball's Junior National Team and will blog for MUTigers.com along the way. Crane was selected to the prestigious 17-person squad from a national pool of 40 players, becoming the first Tiger under head coach Ehren Earleywine to receive the distinction.
The JWNT finished with a silver medal at the ISF X Junior Women's World Championship in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, played from July 1-7. Crane was one of the standouts of the tournament across all teams, batting 14-for-24 (.583) with five RBI and 11 runs scored. Of her 14 hits, six were doubles.
I want to start off by saying thanks to everyone who supported me and the rest of the Junior Women's National Team on our crazy Canadian journey! I really appreciate everything you all did and just wanted to extend my thanks here on the blog!
All in all, the trip was so much fun. The outcome wasn't what we wanted or expected, however, the experience was like none other, and I am so happy I got the chance to play with this group of girls! I said this in my first blog, but being one of 17 players picked was something truly special, and I will cherish the memories forever. Throughout this experience, I learned more about myself and about people who I plan to be friends with for a long time. That's what was SO cool about it... meeting everyone and getting to play for an unbelievable coaching staff!
In the beginning, I can honestly say I didn't plan on getting so close with my JWNT teammates within just two weeks. It's kind of crazy, if you think about it! Being able to play against different countries for Team USA helped us all mesh so well together. I know I may sound like a broken record, but it's the truth!
Anyway! Wearing Red, White and Blue never meant so much to me, and I can't stress enough what an awesome opportunity this was for me. I really hope I get the chance to play with some of these girls again, of course, all wearing our country's colors!
Thanks again for all the support, and I hope you guys are ready for some Mizzou Softball this fall! MIZ-USA!
Over and out,
#2 Emily Crane