A Drumheller area soft-ball player is on her way to the national championship, and if her team is success-ful, she will be playing in the international Junior Softball World Series in Kirkland, Washington.
In June, she tried out for the provincial team and the pitcher earned her spot on the team. Team Alberta has been practicing since the be-ginning of July in communi-ties all over East Central Al-berta in preparation for the national championship. Th e nationals are in Oyen from August 11-13. It is a best of three series, and Team Alberta will be up against Team Ontario. Th is is her ﬁ rst year on the team, and she was the only player from the area that tried out for a spot. She says she was noticed for having the second fastest pitch of all the girls that tried out for her position. “We have a good chance, three-quarters of the girls have played on this team,” said Faubion. “I feel we can play with the best.” Whichever team wins the tourney will be in for a whirlwind ride to the World Series. After all, it begins just three days after the national championship. Th e 2009 Junior Softball World Series is from August 16-22 and will see 10 teams compete from the United States, Puerto Rico, the Phil-ippines, Italy, and team Can-ada. It has been played since 1999. Not only has the team been practicing three times a week, they have also been furiously fundraising to host the national championship. Th is includes bottle drives, a 50/50 draw and running con-cessions at various events. Th ey are still actively fund-raising for the tournament. For more information on sponsoring the team, or to wish Faubion luck in her pursuits, call 403-822-2109.