By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JUNE 06, 2006
NORMAN, Okla. - As a bonus to OU softball fans, SoonerSports.com will provide a weekly glimpse at five former players competing in the National Pro Fastpitch league this summer. Today’s installment covers the opening week of the NPF season for the Sooner alums. Check back every Tuesday for an updated look at the Sooners in the professional ranks.
Five former Oklahoma softball players have joined the National Pro Fastpitch League, which is in its third season. Jennifer Stewart, April Valdez and Kristin Vesely are making their debut in the professional ranks while Christina Enea and Heather Scaglione enter their second season with the NPF.
Former Sooner teammates Scaglione and Valdez have reunited to play for the Arizona Heat this summer. Valdez is the lone pitcher on the squad to record a win for the 1-3 Heat and owns a 6.30 ERA in two starts this season. Through four games Scaglione is second on the team with three RBI. The Heat (1-3) will meet the undefeated Akron Races on Wednesday.
Vesely and her squad, the New England Riptide, are both making their debut in the NPF. Vesely was the fourth overall pick in the NPF draft and the Riptide’s top selection. The Riptide has been unable to play any games yet due to weather cancellations, but will look to get on the board with a game scheduled against Chicago on Thursday.
Vesely will take a break from the NPF schedule and reunite with OU left fielder Norrelle Dickson this week at the 2006 World University Games Selection Camp. Based at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., the camp will run from June 9-11. Eighteen players will be selected to represent USA Softball at the World University Games in Taiwan, July 15-23.
Enea is in her second season with the Chicago Bandits, who are currently leading the league with a 4-0 mark. The first baseman has not seen any action on the field so far this season, but was one of the Bandits’ top offensive producers last season with a .333 clip.
Stewart and the Philadelphia Force are seeking their first win of the year this Wednesday as it opens a three-game series with the Connecticut Brakettes. Stewart owns a 0-1 record in two starts and has thrown 13 complete innings with five strikeouts and a 1.62 ERA.