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 eighth 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.
Valdez, Scaglione and the Heat faced off against the Connecticut Braketts where they ended the series in a 2-2 tie.
Valdez led the Heat at the plate where she delivered a two-out, bases loaded RBI single to score the winning run in the 10th inning of game two. In addition, Valdez drove in the only run of the night in game three with a bases loaded sacrifice fly and added another RBI single in game four. Scaglione also added a hit in game three with a single.
It was hit and miss with the weather for Vesley and the New England Riptide, with games two and four cancelled due to rain. However, in the two games played against the Chinese National Team, Vesely was a dominating figure at the plate. Her two-out RBI single in the 7th brought in the tying run. Vesely then scored the winning run after teammate Lyndesy Angus’s RBI single brought her in, sending the Riptide to a 3-2 victory.
The weather was also a challenge for Enea and the Chicago Bandits in the series against Stewart and the Philadelphia Force. After playing only two games, Stewart and the Force came out with a 1-1 series tie, beating Enea and the Bandits in game four. It was the Bandits' first loss since June 18th. Stewart pitched a total of four innings, striking out two.
With four weeks remaining in the 2006 season, Enea and the Chicago Bandits are leading the league while Vesely and the New England Riptide are in third. Scaglione, Valdez and the Arizona Heat sit sixth in the standings while Stewart and the Force are rounding out the bottom in seventh place.