Erika Polidori has wanted to play for Team Canada since attending the 2008 Canadian Open with her summer team the Brantford Bobcats. She joined the Junior Women’s National Team in 2010 when she competed in the Futures Division of the Canadian Open, the Pan Am Qualifier and went on to represent Canada at the 2011 ISF Junior Women’s World Championship. Polidori earned a spot on the Senior National Team in 2013, competing in the World Cup of Softball and the Pan Am Championship. The following season she led Canada with a .412 batting average and .467 on-base percentage in 10 appearances at the 2014 ISF Women’s World Championship. In her senior season at Oakland University in 2014 she led her team in most offensive categories including hits (41), runs (27), doubles (12), homeruns (5), runs batted in (22) and stolen bases (15). Polidori earned honours all four years at Oakland, including being named All-Horizon League First Team in 2014. She finished her collegiate career with a .333 batting average, 70 RBI, and 50 steals in 154 games.
Family: Parents Ron and Cheryl Polidori… Younger sister Andrea… Younger brother Lucas… Getting into the Sport: Started playing softball at age 6… Would hit whiffle balls over the highway barrier behind her house; when her dad got tired of driving down the highway to retrieve them, she was signed up to play in Brantford… Outside Interests: Oakland University (graduated 2014, Bachelor of Science in nursing)… Enjoys reading, board games, puzzles, playing cards (never leaves without a deck) and any of Shonda Rhimes’ TV shows… Odds and Ends: Same game-day routine always, does makeup and hair before the games… Favourite part of the game is the one-on-one battles between her and the opposing pitchers… Nickname: E Po… Credits coach Erin Fornan with helping her achieve her goal of a US college scholarship…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
|ISF WCh: 2014 – 4th||PACh: 2013 – SILVER|
|WCup: 2014 – SILVER; 2013 – 4th|