Rebellion trade for former Olympian

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The Pennsylvania Rebellion have acquired USSSA Pride infielder Jenn Salling and a player to be named later in a trade announced Wednesday.


Salling, a member of last season’s National Pro Fastpitch championship team, will join former Pride teammates Lauren Lappin, Sarah Pauly and Nikia Williams on the Rebellion’s inaugural roster.


The former first round pick and third overall selection by the Pride in the 2011 NPF Draft, Salling was a mainstay at shortstop for USSSA the last three seasons. In 2013, Salling batted .305.


“Getting another veteran and Olympian to make up the Rebellion’s infield and help our offense is a huge acquisition for us,” Rebellion manager Rick Bertagnolli said. “We are looking forward to Jenn’s leadership in assisting the new players and draftees as we go through the 2014 inaugural season.”


A native of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Salling was a member of the Canadian national team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Bejing and played for her country during the World Championships in 2009 and 2010.


Salling spent her freshman season at the University of Oregon, where she hit .481 and was named Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year and was a first team All-American.


She then played three years at the University of Washington and was a two-time All-American for the Huskies. She was Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and was awarded the Female Athlete of the Year at the 2011 WESPYs.


To get Salling, the Rebellion gave up the rights to second baseman Amanda Kamekona, who played last year for the New York/New Jersey Comets.


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