NORMAN – Roughly a month and a half into the 2017 National Pro Fastpitch season, all three former Sooners in the league are sitting atop the standings with the USSSA Pride.
Keilani Ricketts, Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley have helped guide the Pride to a 23-6 record, good for a six-game lead over the Scrap Yard Dawgs, who are in second place at 16-11. The Akron Racers have a hold on third place at 17-15, followed by the Chicago Bandits (15-14), Texas Charge (15-16) and Beijing Eagles (1-25).
Ricketts is second on the team with 44.2 innings pitched on the season, sporting a 1.57 earned run average and 6-3 record over 10 appearances and six starts. She ranks second on the Pride in strikeouts with 41 and has walked just eight batters on the season.
Ricketts ranks third in the league in both strike percentage thrown (70.7) and wins, while also holding the No. 6 spot in strikeouts and No. 10 in ERA.
Offensively, Chamberlain and Pendley have spent most of the season in the Pride lineup with Chamberlain appearing in 26 games and Pendley playing in all 29.
Chamberlain is having her best season so far in the NPF, hitting .247 with a .330 on-base percentage and .506 slugging percentage. She’s tied for the league lead with eight doubles, has scored nine runs, hit four home runs and driven in 18 (ranking fifth in the NPF) with one stolen base. Notable performances on the year include six RBI against Texas on June 20 and a 3-3 game with a double and two RBI vs. Beijing on July 6.
After two strong seasons to start her career, Pendley’s numbers have dropped slightly early in year three. She’s hitting .228 but does have a .367 OBP and .494 slugging percentage thanks to a team-leading six home runs, one off the league lead. In addition to 16 runs scored, Pendley has three doubles, 15 RBI, 17 walks and three stolen bases recorded on the year.
Pendley had a stretch with home runs in three straight games over June 24-25 and had a four-RBI game after going 3-4 against Texas on June 20. She also produced three RBI against Akron in the second game of the season on June 9 and hit safely in seven of eight games between June 16-30.