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Ripon 7th grader playing with ‘best of the best’

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Ripon 7th grader playing with ‘best of the best’

Caitlynn Campbell was selected to the top four among 240 girls to the UCA Elite Select Futures level.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin/

POSTED April 16, 2017 11:35 p.m.

Colony Oak School seventh grader Caitlynn Campbell, 13, is bound for a unique softball tournament experience this summer playing with the “best of the best” for a week in Orlando, Florida from July 28 to Aug. 6 in the ESPN Wild World of Sports Complex. 

At the end of May, all the girls – except for those top players already named – will be announced on ESPN TV nationwide revealing who had made the coveted All-American team. 

Campbell has been playing softball since she was 9 years old with the Ripon Recreation Department for two years taking in the position of first baseman.  Then she moved up to the Babe Ruth League for another two years playing third base and catcher and most recently to the Ripon Wildfires for a year and last spring joining the Oakdale Heat team playing catcher and center field – “or anywhere else my coach Kevin Bricker puts me.”

With the Oakdale Heat traveling team, she has competed against teams from as far away as Woodland and Watsonville to Santa Cruz.

 “We played in six games in a tournament in Antelope Valley and were undefeated,” Campbell noted. “Before that we lost two and won three in Fair Oaks area of Sacramento.  Then in a Turlock Pedretti Field tournament, we took the championship there.”

Campbell said she and her team members went to Martinez a month ago for a UCA Elite Select Premiere Futures tryout for spots on the All-American teams. 

“At that tournament 204 girls tried out in ages nine to 14 for the Northwest region competition of their choice in the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and Montana.  Twenty-six girls in my tryout were selected for a team of their choice in that region,” she said. “Out of 204 girls, I was chosen number four,” she said. “Sarah Martinez from Ceres made the 11-year-old team select choice.”

She added that California, Washington and Northern California tryout locations require that the players bring all their statistics from past events to the tryouts.  Each location had four direct Select choices from that location with a guaranteed birth on the team for each one. She will be competing on the Northwestern Team wearing teal and white colors.  

Her dad Paul Campbell said college scouts will be watching the girls play opening the doors to the All American 30 in Baton Rouge, LA, that serves as a softball training camp.

Science is Campbell’s favorite course of study in school where she was the only student to dissect a frog recently under the supervision of her teacher Ken Tyhurst and she loves Grey’s Anatomy as her choice of TV shows.  She is looking toward a vocation in medicine either as a vet or as a sports doctor in a Kinesiology practice.

  As for dissecting the frog, she said it was easy.

Campbell said she loves to ride quads in the sand dunes in Oregon when on vacation.

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