Athlete of the Week: Successful trip south

Clarkston High School senior Abbey “T” Tolmie is using her softball skills this week in South America while playing with Team Canada during the 2019 WBSC Americas U17 Women’s Fastpitch Pan American Championship.
As of Tuesday night, the team was 4-0 in pool play after beating host team Colombia, 8-0; Dominican Republic, 18-0; Venezuela, 13-1; and Puerto Rico, 6-0.
Tolmie hit a triple against Colombia and so far has a .400 batting average in pool play. Canada has played and won six games with Tolmie going .500 with two doubles and two triples.
Her dad, Scott Tolmie, shared she was starting in centerfield and making great plays.
The wins get Abbey and Team Canada a little bit closer to a spot in the
She received a phone call in late August she was selected for the Junior Olympic Women’s National Softball team for Team Canada.

Abbey Tolmie makes a run during the MHSAA Softball Regional playoffs at Oxford, June 8. Photo by Larry Wright

“I am very excited about the opportunity and am very humbled,” she shared in September. “I am so excited to play softball in college, it was one of my goals. But, playing for Team Canada and representing a country has been my dream.”
The event runs until Saturday with the top five teams earning a spot to go to the 2020 WBSC U18 Women’s Softball World Cup.
Abbey explained she can play for Canada because she has dual citizenship and has been a citizen of the U.S. and Canada since she was a baby. Her parents, Scott and Stacey, grew up in Canada and got married there. They moved to the United States before Abbey was born.
“Canada has always been really important to me with all my family living there,” Abbey said. “It’s my favorite place.”
Abbey added the experience with her travel ball teams as well as playing on the Clarkston Varsity Softball team since her freshman year will help against the competition.
She added the Clarkston community was amazing when the news broke.
“It’s really nice to know you have a town so special in your corner when I go to Colombia and compete with Team Canada,” Abbey said.
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