USSSA Pride Announces Fall Tour.................USSSA Pride Announces Fall Tour.................USSSA Pride Announces Fall Tour.................USSSA Pride Announces Fall Tour.................

NPF News


Team NPF Defeats Huskies

SEATTLE - On a windy and rainy Sunday afternoon, the Washington women's softball team took on some of the most talented players in the world, while also welcoming back a few of their own in Nikia Williams, Ashley Charters, and Jenn Salling. The Huskies fell 6-0 to the All-Stars in a game that was called after the sixth inning due to heavy rain.  NPF pitcher Kristina Thorson showed why she is an all star, going all six innings and only giving up two hits. The Huskies used three pitchers on the afternoon--junior Bryana Walker, freshman Jocelyn Cater, and junior Kaitlin Inglesby --each going two innings.

For head coach Heather Tarr, this game was not about the score, but about her team gaining experience and learning from the opportunity to play such high caliber players. "For our program to be able to bring some of the best softball players in the nation or in the world to play us is a huge opportunity," says Tarr. "Facing a pitcher like Kristina Thorson--who is an amazing pitcher--is an opportunity for our hitters to learn from their experiences and to get better. So we thank them for coming out here and giving us a great game and helping us learn some lessons that we are going to need down the road."

Tarr also believed that a game like this was not only good for the team, but good for the growth of the sport in this region. Along with hosting the game, the Huskies held a youth clinic on Sunday morning that drew kids from around the area. "We are trying to grow our game within our state, so it was so awesome to see how many young players were here for the camp before the game," says Tarr. "There were about 150 kids here this morning, and for them to get to watch the best players play the game, it was an amazing experience for everybody." Despite the weather, the crowd stuck around for most of the game and then headed over to Dempsey, where NPF players were signing autographs for the fans.

This game marks the end of UW's fall ball, and Tarr is encouraged by what she saw during this short but important season.

"We've had a great fall. We have a new coaching staff as far as with [Assistant Coach] Brad Ditter, so he has really been helping us offensively, understanding what we are really going to need to do, and from an offensive vision standpoint, where we want to be at the end of the season," Tarr says. "I think fall games in total, especially this game, have taught us a lot about ourselves--that we are pretty good--but what I think is more important is learning from today's experience."

As the Huskies head into their off-season Coach Tarr and her staff believe that it's these kind of games that will prepare them for not only their tough conference schedule but the teams outside the conference that they will face in the Spring.

"Overall this kind of a game will teach us the lessons that we are going to need to have when we play against our conference opponents and some of the other opponents on our schedule."

About National Pro Fastpitch:
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. 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 of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.

Search Archive »

Browse by Month »

September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
May 2004
April 2004
March 2004
February 2004
January 2004
December 2003
October 2003
September 2003
August 2003
July 2003
June 2003
May 2003
February 2003
November 2002
July 2002
December 2001