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Maple Ridge softball players heading to Columbia for Pan Am Championship

CeCe Brown, Tegan Harnett, and Rylee Ruppel will be on Canada’s U18 women’s team
Rylee Ruppel (left) will be one of three local athletes competing in the 2024 WBSC Americas Pan American Championship as part of Canada’s U18 women’s team. (Michelle Jones-Ruppel/Special to The News)

Several Maple Ridge softball stars will be headed down to Colombia at the end of March for the 2024 WBSC Americas Pan American Championship.

Softball Canada recently announced its roster for the U18 women’s national team, which included three Maple Ridge players.

CeCe Brown, Tegan Harnett, and Rylee Ruppel will be part of the 16-girl squad that will compete against women’s teams from ten other countries in the Pan American Championship.

As a member of Group B in the tournament, Team Canada will find themselves battling alongside Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.

If Team Canada manages to finish in the top three spots, they will advance to the Super Round and have a chance to qualify for the 2024 WBSC U18 Women’s Softball World Cup Group Stage.

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Head coach Keith Mackintosh explained that he is very proud of every Team Canada athlete who will be competing in the upcoming Pan American Championship.

“It is always an honour to represent Canada and we look forward to showcasing our talent in Montería, Colombia,” said Mackintosh.

The Pan American Championship will take place from March 30 to April 6 in Montería, Colombia.

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Brandon Tucker

About the Author: Brandon Tucker

I have been a journalist since 2013, with much of my career spent covering sports and entertainment stories in Alberta.
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