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NPF Sets College Draft for March 18 in Orlando

NASHVILLE - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) and its four affiliate teams will hold the 2011 NPF Senior Draft on March 18, 2011. The draft will be streamed at 8 p.m. EST from the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. For the third consecutive year, the NPF will broadcast the draft on MLB.com. 

"The NPF College Senior Draft is an event we all look forward to. It is a time for us to see who the NPF owners and coaches believe are the talents for the future of professional fastpitch softball. We are in a great place right now in building the league, and these draftees will certainly play a role in that process," stated NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf. 

The 2010 draftees made a significant impact during the NPF season. Those players included 2010 No. 1 draft pick Charlotte Morgan from Alabama playing her rookie season with the USSSA Florida Pride. Morgan not only contributed to the eventual Cowles Cup champions but also captured the NPF Battle of the Bats title. Nikki Nemitz, a 2010 Chicago Bandits draft pick, was named NPF Rookie of the Year. Another strong Rookie of the Year candidate was the Diamonds' Loryn Johnson, who played various defensive positions and hit .291 with eight home runs over the season. 

This will also be the second year the draft is held in Orlando, Fla., but the first year it will take place in the Amway Center. “Each year we try to improve our draft from an aesthetics point, building the event to be worthy of the importance it carries. Broadcasting from the Amway Center in Orlando, prior to the NBA's Orlando Magic hosting the Denver Nuggets, is a privilege for the NPF League and the young women whose names will be announced," Kempf said. 

Each team has at least four selections in the five-round draft with Florida currently sitting with six picks total. Here is the tentative order of the draft as trades may happen prior to draft day : 

First Round: 
1. NPF Diamonds 
2. Akron Racers 
3. USSSA Pride 
4. Chicago Bandits 

Second Round: 
5. USSSA Pride (2011 Trade with the Diamonds) 
6. Akron Racers 
7. NPF Diamonds (2011 Trade with the Pride) 
8. Chicago Bandits 

Third Round: 
9. NPF Diamonds 
10. Akron Racers 
11. USSSA Pride 
12. Chicago Bandits 

Fourth Round: 
13. NPF Diamonds 
14. Akron Racers 
15. USSSA Pride 
16. Chicago Bandits 

Fifth Round: 
17. NPF Diamonds 
18. USSSA Pride (traded from Akron in 2010) 
19. USSSA Pride 
20. Chicago Bandits 

Visit www.profastpitch.com on March 18th to watch the draft live.