Jun 18, 2014 3:56 PM by LSU Eunice Sports Information
A pair of outgoing LSU Eunice softball sophomores will play together on a much larger stage this summer, as Brooklynn Clark and Codi Covington were two of the 16 total players selected to play for the USA Junior Olympic Softball Team in the 2014 Canadian Open Fastpitch Women's International Championship next month.
The tournament will feature National Teams, International Club Teams, and North American Club Teams, while each team will compete in a minimum of seven games in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada July 12-21.
"It's an honor for both of them to be selected. It shows Brooklynn and Codi are great players, and I know that they will do a great job representing themselves and the Lady Bengal program on this big stage. They were outstanding here for two years, and I know that they will do the same in Canada," LSU Eunice head coach Andy Lee said.
Clark, the 2014 National Tournament MVP, and Covington, the 2013 National Tournament MVP, helped lead the Lady Bengals to back-to-back NJCAA National Championships and will continue their collegiate careers at NAIA school LSU Alexandria in the fall. This spring, the pair were both named to the NJCAA All-Region 23 team and were also both named as NFCA All-Americans.
The National Tournament saw the duo combine for 19 total hits, scoring 13 runs, driving in six RBIs and collecting two extra-base hits, while they accounted for eight total hits as part of the Lady Bengals' three-consecutive wins on the tournament's final day for the title.
In 2014, Clark finished with a .534 batting average, 102 total hits and 25 doubles, etching her name in the record books with program single season records in each category. She added three triples and eight home runs, tallying a .577 on-base percentage and a .822 slugging percentage.
Covington tallied a .407 batting average in 2014, driving in 34 RBIs, while adding 15 doubles and eight home runs, notching a .475 on-base percentage and a .624 slugging percentage to go with her overall batting average. She also finished with 23 steals while being thrown out only once all season.