What To Watch For: USSSA Pride vs Texas Charge
NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf said, "The NPF is constantly working to build our brand and reach new fans with our product and content. We realize FloSoftball has a large following of young softball players, and we look forward to exposing those players to the extraordinarily talented athletes of the NPF. The aspirations of the next generation will be fed by seeing the very best athletes compete at the highest level."
USSSA Pride (20-4)Deemed the "Yankees" of the NPF, the USSSA Pride are stacked with talent from top to bottom and have the best record to back it up. The top hitter in the league, outfielder Kelly Kretschman is leading the NPF in four different offensive categories: runs, batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. Batting behind Kretschman is 2016 USA Player of the Year, Sierra Romero who is No. 1 in RBIs (21) and No. 2 in home runs (5). In the circle, the Pride boast a killer combo of southpaws and righties with No. 1 draft pick Jessica Burroughs, Angel Bunner, Keilani Ricketts, Jolene Henderson, Kelsey Nunley and closer Jordan Taylor. Don't be surprised to see the Pride work in some of their rookies Mo Mercado, Bianca Bell, Alex Powers, and Mandie Perez.
|54||Jolene Henderson||P||Cal Berkley|
Texas Charge (13-15)The Charge are looking for a resurgence in Kansas City after losing by one run on Sunday and winning the first game in the Kansas City series. Expect 2015 USA Player of the Year Lauren Haeger and former National Champion Dallas Escobedo to share the majority of innings. Escobedo is No. 2 in strikeouts (62) and Haeger is No. 3 (54). Their offense has relied heavily on Haeger and Nadia Taylor for most of their run production. Lefty slugger Alisa Goler was just acquired earlier this week in a trade deal for Amanda Kamekona and Katiyana Mauga. Be sure to watch for outfielders Bailey Landry and Taylor Gadbois making the highlight reel on defense or stealing bases on offense.
|1||Brittany Gomez||UTILITY||Iowa State|
|20||Breja'e Washington||OF||University of Texas|
|10||Haley Outon||C||University of Houston|
|15||Mandy Ogle||C||University of Texas|
|5||Renada Davis||SS||North Carolina State University|
|11||Kylee Lahners||IF||University of Washington|
|33||Missy Taukeiaho||IF||Cal State Fullerton|
|88||Nadia Taylor||IF||University of Texas|
|12||Dallas Escobedo||P||Arizona State|
|13||Delanie Gourley (Draftee)||P||University of Florida|
|16||Jill Compton||P||Fresno State|
|17||Lauren Haeger||P||University of Florida|
|18||Coley Ries||P||Minnesota State|
|35||Alisa Goler||IF||University of Georgia|