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Colton High School's Maddy Pierce will visit Melbourne, Australia with the team

COURTESY PHOTO: PIERCE FAMILY - Maddy Pierce swings the bat for Colton High School.Colton High School softball player, junior Maddy Pierce, has been chosen for the America's Team.

Pierce said the selection committee went through OSAA softball pages and recruiting websites to help make their decision, and she feels lucky to have been chosen. Her coaches said she was chosen for her dedication to the sport and her hard work to develop her talents to the top levels.

"Maddy Pierce will be an asset for The America's Team," CHS varsity softball coach Jim Brochis said. "She can play every position on the field skillfully, including pitcher. This is what The America's Team and colleges are looking for in their players."

According to the group's website, America's Team is a way to learn about the world through sports.

"I am looking forward to playing teams from different countries, Pierce said, "and getting to meet the players."

Pierce will travel to Melbourne Australia as part of the team. To help with costs, her father has set up a Go Fund Me page: "Help Me Compete with America's Team in Australia." Donations can also be dropped off at the Colton Coffee Company.

So, what skills did Pierce need to be chosen for the America's Team? Her accomplishments include pitching in what she said is the lower 60 mph range. Her coaches said she is a good team player.

She is also a member of the leadership class at CHS; her favorite class is Medical Opportunities. She works at Colton Coffee Company each morning from 5:30-8 a.m. when she heads off to school.

"I am very busy with homework, sports and school," Pierce said, "but it is worthwhile."

Pierce has been playing softball for 12 years. She also plays volleyball and basketball for CHS. She said she would love to earn a softball scholarship to Oregon State and major in pre-dentistry to go on to become an orthodontist.

When asked about her favorite softball memory, Pierce doesn't talk about her best play or ERA but the story from her freshman year when the CHS softball team was playing a game against Blanchet and her teammate hit a grand slam homerun to win the game.

Pierce said she encourages younger girls to play the sport of softball and said she tells them to stick with it. At the beginning, you might feel you are not good enough, but if you stick with it your confidence grows on and off the field and it is worth the work you have to put into it.

Pierce is looking forward to this year's softball season and said CHS has such a good team, with good friendships and they work well together.

"Maddy is a special kid and has so much love for the game of softball," said Chris West, softball coach. "She's a great teammate on and off the field. She's always trying to better herself and her team. I've known Maddy for many years and it's been a blessing to be part of her journey. I look forward to what she accomplishes next."

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