National Softball Team selected for IX Women’s Pan-American Championship

By Virgin Islands Softball/Baseball Association

A team of qualified female athletes has been selected to represent the Virgin Islands in the IX Women’s Pan American Softball Championship from August 4 through August 13, 2017 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

15 from the pre-selected 31 female athletes will compete against 20 countries at the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center.

Trainer, Allen Smith “Woodrow” said that the team experienced a few setbacks due to a number of unforeseen injuries but stated that he is confident that the selected team will represent the Virgin Islands to the best of its ability.

The selected players are Che’Vaunne Richanna Richardson, Claury Scatliffe, Darier Dee Malone, Denecia Hodge, Donniesha George, Javlyn Frett, Jelisa Potter, Kaynesha Stoutt, Khiayah Doward, Khyra Powell, Kimesha Adams, Makeda Çhärü Kâlā Fahie, Shamora Molly Penn, Shanika Forbes and Monet Daly.

Public Relations Officer for the Virgin Islands Softball-Baseball Association, Ms. Shamora Penn expressed gratitude to the BVI Olympic Committee who played a vital role in ensuring that the Territory has representation in the tournament. “The Virgin Islands Softball-Baseball Association is extremely proud of its athletes who worked day in and day out in preparing for this Championship. However, I must express gratitude to the BVI Olympic Committee for their undying support, contribution and motivation,” said Ms. Penn.

The WBSC Americas Softball announced that 20 countries will compete in the IX Women’s Softball Pan American Championship. Those countries include Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States and Venezuela.

The last time a Pan American Championship registered this amount of teams was Maracay 2009, also with 20 countries.

The Pan American Championship is the qualifying event for two continental multi-sport games — the Pan American Games Lima 2019, and the Central American and Caribbean Games Barranquilla 2018 — and the 2018 WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship.

The top five teams in Santo Domingo will join Peru to compete in the Softball event in Lima 2019.

The top five countries from the Central American and Caribbean region, and the best ranked by the English Caribbean region (ECASC), along with Colombia, will play Softball in Barranquilla 2018.

Five teams will also qualify for the 2018 WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship, to be held in Chiba, Japan.

All games of the IX Women’s Pan American Championship will be streamed through Internet TV at

The public is strongly encouraged to support the Women’s Softball Team as the Virgin Islands Softball-Baseball Association formerly known as the British Virgin Islands Amateur Softball Association continues to develop softball-baseball in the Virgin Islands among all sections of the community and Virgin Islands’ citizens.