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NPF Holds 2007 College Draft

 

The six teams of National Pro Fastpitch held a four-round draft of the NCAA elite college softball athletes Wednesday. Players selected in the NCAA draft will be permitted to pursue any available roster spot on their assigned team after completing their college season. 

“The NPF showcases the nation’s best softball players. The NPF Draft gives us the opportunity to tap into the elite softball talent from the college level and bring it to our fans,” said newly appointed NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf. “We are excited at the prospect of adding the hottest college players to our teams and bringing even more electricity to our 2007 season.” 

As was announced on Feb. 9 that the six NPF teams competing in 2007 include the 2006 defending champions New England Riptide, the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Rockford Thunder, the Washington Glory, the league’s newest team, and the Philadelphia Force who will be operating under new ownership. The Michigan Ice will fill-in on a limited basis as the seventh team in 2007 with hopes of getting qualified investors to support the team which would allow them to join the league on a full-time basis in 2008. The Arizona Heat intend on returning to the mix with new team owners in 2008. 

Following is a list of college players in order of selection: 

Round One: 
Chicago Bandits - Lindsay Schutzler – Tennessee – Shortstop 
New England - Eileen Canney – Northwestern – Pitcher 
Philadelphia Force - Brianne McGowan – Oregon State – Pitcher 
New England - Garland Cooper – Northwestern – First Base 
Chicago Bandits - Kristie Fox – Arizona – Shortstop 
Akron Racers - Norrelle Dickson – Oklahoma – Utility 
Akron Racers - Kellie Middleton – Georgia – Outfield 
Philadelphia Force Ashley DeBuhr – Nebraska – Pitcher 

Round Two: 
Philadelphia Force - Leslie Klein – LSU – Outfield 
Chicago Bandits – Megan, Willis – University of Texas - C/Utility 
Chicago Bandits - Stephanie Brown - Notre Dame - Outfield 
*Washington Glory - Monica Abbott – Tennessee – Pitcher 
Akron Racers - Kasi Carroll – Georgia – Pitcher 
Washington Glory – Amber Jackson – Univ. of Maryland – Utility 
Washington Glory - Lisa Ferguson – Baylor – Pitcher 

*Pick traded from Chicago Bandits 

Round Three: 
Rockford Thunder – Abbie Sims – North Carolina State - Pitcher 
Rockford Thunder - Audrey Rendon – Louisville – 3B 
New England Riptide - Alex Sutton – California – Outfield 
Akron Racers - India Chiles – Tennessee - Outfield 
Washington Glory - Chelsi Lake – Baylor – Infield 
Philadelphia Force - Emily Turner – LSU – Pitcher 

Round Four: 
Philadelphia Force - Megan McAllister – Georgia – Infield 
Rockford Thunder - Cassidy Scoggins – Southern Illinois - Pitcher 
Philadelphia Force – Sharonda McDonald – Texas A & M - Outfield 
Akron Racers - Britteny Robinson – Kent State - Pitcher 
Washington Glory – Ashley Monceaux – Baylor – 1B 
Philadelphia Force – Mia Longfellow – Oregon State – Utility 

Due to NCAA regulations, an active college senior-athlete is not eligible to sign with her respective franchise until her 2007 college season is finished. 

Major League Baseball is the Official Development Partner of National Professional Fastpitch in the category of women's professional fastpitch softball. The partnership, which began the fall of 2002, is part of The Commissioner's Initiative on Women and Baseball, a league-wide effort to help Major League Baseball and the 30 Major League Clubs build stronger relationships with female audiences. 

National Pro Fastpitch, the Official Promotional Partner of the NFCA, is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL). The league was acquired by team owners in January of 2005 from the Cowles family, founders of the league. 

For more information on National Pro Fastpitch, click here