Lye earns spot on Team Canada roster for 3rd straight season

Scoreboard in Oklahoma City while Joey Lye '09 was batting
Scoreboard in Oklahoma City while Joey Lye '09 was batting

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Joey Lye '09, an All-American shortstop at Williams, is one of 20 players that has been named to the Canadian Women's National Team and will represent their country at the Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game against the United States and the World Cup of Softball VII in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

On Saturday, Team Canada and the USA Women's National Team were a part of ESPN's weekend celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the signing of Title IX, meeting at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. The USA preveiled 9-1, with Lye starting at shortstop for Team Canada and going 0 for 2. The two teams will meet again Saturday, June 30, back at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. That game will be broadcast live on ESPN at 7 p.m.

Team Canada now moves onto the World Cup of Softball VII, which begins play Wednesday.

The World Cup of Softball VII will feature six national teams who will be competing in a single round robin, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico and the United States. The top two teams from the round robin will advance to the Gold medal games while the third and fourth-place teams will square off for bronze.

In two seasons with Team Canada, Lye has won three international medals, earning a silver medal at the 2011 Pan American Games and two bronze medals at the 2011 World Cup of Softball and the 2010 ISF World Championships in Caracas, Venezuela.

She led all hitters at the 2011 World Cup of Softball by posting a .625 batting average, going 10-for-16 with six runs and two RBIs while starting all six games at shortstop. She also had three walks and was 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts.

Lye is entering her second season as the head softball coach at Stevenson University on Owings Mills, Md. She is also an assistant women's ice hockey coach at Stevenson.