NORMAN, Okla. Senior centerfielder Kristin Vesely, a 2005 All-American, was one of 30 senior softball players taken in the 2006 National Pro Fastpitch Senior Draft. Vesely was the fourth overall pick and the New England Riptide’s first overall selection.
Vesely was one of five Big 12 players selected in the annual draft. Texas pitcher Cat Osterman highlighted the draft after being selected as the No. 1 overall pick.
The New England Riptide play out of Lowell, Mass., and finished last in the NPF standings in 2005. Also drafted by the Riptide were Kristi Durant, third base/catcher from the University of Tennessee, outfielder Tiffany Stewart from the University of South Florida, and Lisa Allen, catcher from Oregon State.
Vesely becomes the seventh Sooner drafted to the NPF league since its inaugural draft prior to the 2004 season. She joins Sooner alums Heather Scaglione, Kami Keiter, Christina Enea, Erin Evans, Christy Ring and Leah Gulla who have were all drafted by the league. Earlier this season, Vesely was chosen to participate in the Pro Fastpitch X-Treme Tour, which will play selected tournaments on weekends this summer.
Due to NCAA regulations, an active college senior-athlete may not sign with her respective franchise until their 2006 college season is over.
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 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).