Former Sabino softball standout Kelsey Jenkins has been invited to the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team Selection Camp to be held Jan. 2-8 2016 in Tucson. Twenty-four players from the Women’s National Team Athlete Pool will be competing for a spot on the 2016 roster.
The Canadian Senior team is coming off a Gold medal performance at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, defeating the United States 4-2 in eight innings in the Gold medal game.
Jenkins led Canada’s Junior Women’s Team to its highest finish in international competition since 1981 when the team took fourth place at the WBSC Junior Women’s World Softball Championship in Oklahoma City in August.
Jenkins led Team Canada with 27 at-bats, 9 hits, 2 doubles, 2 triples and slugging percentage .556.
In addition, Jenkins was the only member of Team Canada to collect a hit against Team USA. Her double came against 2015 ALL-USA Player of the Year Kelly Barnhill.
Her mother, Shannah Biggan, played on the Canadian National Softball Team, her aunt Jodie Biggan Porteous also played on the Canadian National Softball Team as well as the Canadian National Soccer Team. In addition, another aunt, Alison Biggan McLeod, played for the Canadian National Junior Softball Team.
Now a sophomore at Wisconsin, Jenkins was the first freshman in Badger history to be honored as a first-team All-Big Ten selection.
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