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June 25, 2014

Haylie McCleney named to USA Softball women's national team

Chalk up yet another major honor in the career of Haylie McCleney.

The college all-American and former standout for Mortimer Jordan High has been named to the USA Softball Women’s National Team, and will play on the squad that represents our country in both the World Cup of Softball, and also the ISF World Championships to be  played in the Netherlands in August.

McCleney joins fellow Alabama Crimson Tide standout Jackie Traina on the national team. She’s one of six former or current Southeastern Confer­ence players on the 17-woman roster.

The selection finishes off a stellar season for McCleney, who famously led the Blue Devils to three AHSAA Class 5A state championships. Along­side high school teammate Danae Hays, McCleney and the Tide rolled to the finals of the Women’s College World Series, where they were runners-up to Florida.

McCleney was also one of the top 10 finalists for USA Softball’s Player of the Year, along with Traina.

It’s not the first time that McCleney has been picked by the sport’s governing body for national-team duty. She played last year on the junior women’s national team as well in 2013.

The USA Softball National Team will begin play with a set of exhibition games in Morgan­town, W. Va. next week. From there they go to the World Cup IX tournament in Irvine, Calif., the week following.

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