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Trio of former Foothill softballers join national teams at Canadian Open

Posted: July 7, 2012 5:50 p.m.
Updated: July 7, 2012 5:50 p.m.

Team USA athletes Jessical Shults, left, a 2009 Hart graduate and Jordan Taylor, right, a 2007 Valencia graduate, join Great Britain representative and 2009 Valencia graduate Amy Moore as the trio compete for their national teams at the 2012 Canadian Fastpitch Open Championships in Surrey, British Columbia this week.

By Jon Stein
Signal Staff Writer

The scene around Surrey, British Columbia this week might look familiar to fans of Foothill League softball.

A trio of former Santa Clarita Valley athletes are participating in the Canadian Open Fastpitch Championships.

Amy Moore, a 2009 Valencia graduate is playing for Great Britain, while 2009 Hart graduate Jessica Shults and 2007 Valencia graduate Jordan Taylor are playing for Team USA.

Taylor and Shults combined last week to help the United States win its sixth straight Softball World Cup title.
It’s been a busy month for Shults, who played in the NCAA Division I College World Series championship series with the University of Oklahoma before falling to Alabama in the final game on June 7.

Shults then headed to the Women’s National Team Selection Camp three days later, where she made her second national team and has been playing for the past month.

Taylor, who was the 2007 National High School Coaches Association High School Softball Player of the Year and Gatorade California State Player of the Year, is playing on her second Team USA squad after making the team in 2011.

Moore, a senior-to-be at the University of the Pacific, became the first Tigers’ player to be named to a national team when she made the Great Britain squad on Feb. 17.

Born in the United States, Moore was eligible to participate for the Great Britain team because her father was born on the Royal Air Force Base Burtonwood near Warrington, Lancashire, England to a British mother, according to

The Canadian Open will continue through July 9, and all three players are expected to compete in the 2012 World Championships in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada from July 13 to July 22.


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