Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup Softball Coach John Eyer has selected 16 sophomores and juniors to represent the Lehigh Valley at the Carpenter Cup Classic Softball Tournament next week in Philadelphia.

Sponsored by the Philadelphia Phillies, the double-elimination tournament is a showcase for high school players to display their talents for college coaches.

The Lehigh Valley roster includes Liberty's Dior George, Erin Wilson, and Katie Souders; Emmaus's Sami Ashley, Emily Hockman, and Jessica Light; Parkland's Taryn Zietlow, Alex Neikam, and Kristie Smerdon; Southern Lehigh's Corinne Ozanne and Shelby Wilson; Palmerton's Martina Herring; Northern Lehigh's Erika Bowman; Allen's Sara Scraden; and Nazareth's Megan Hull and Lindsay Mastro.

"We have a really strong defense," Eyer said. "Hitting-wise, it's really hard to tell, but I've seen them hit during the season. As long as we get the right batting order."

Lehigh Valley's first and only practice is scheduled for Wednesday. Eyer, who also coaches Emmaus's softball team, recently wrapped up an appearance at the state softball tournament while holding try-outs for the Carpenter Cup team.

"We'll try to get a scrimmage," said Eyer. "I hope the girls will get to know each other better."

The assistant coaches are Barry Williams, Scott Bortz, and Don Kies.

Lehigh Valley's first game is scheduled for Monday, June 21 at 9 a.m. at FDR Park.