CONROE, TX – July 8, 2017
Scrap Yard Dawgs General Manager, Connie May, announced today the signings of former Texas Charge standouts Amanda Kamekona and Katiyana Muaga. Both infielders have signed through the 2018 season. The Dawgs traded Alisa Goler to the Charge for Kamekona and Mauga.
Kamekona is a five-year NPF veteran, first signing as an undrafted free-agent with the Carolina Diamonds in 2012. The former UCLA standout helped the Chicago Bandits grab its second consecutive Cowles Cup in 2016, in a season that saw the Chino Hills, Calif. native hit .300 with two home runs and six RBIs. In addition, Kamekona has had stints with the USSSA Pride and the now defunct NY/NJ Comets. With the Charge in the 2017 season, Kamekona had a home run and two RBIs against the Dawgs on June 9.
Kamekona ended her senior campaign with the Bruins with a Women’s College World Series appearance in a season that saw the right-hander lead UCLA in homers with 14.
General Manager May said Kamekona’s post-season experience will help in the Dawgs’ quest for the Cowles Cup.
“I am excited to have AK as a Dawg! Her veteran presence in the clubhouse and championship experience will help reinforce a winning culture with the Dawgs,” May said.
Mauga was selected sixth overall by the Charge in the 2017 NPF Draft. The right-handed slugger had one of the most storied collegiate careers ever at the plate with the University of Arizona. The San Diego, Calif. native is the only player in NCAA history to hit more than 20 home runs in all four seasons of her career. In addition, Mauga is second all-time in homeruns with 92. In her senior season, Mauga surpassed Wildcat legend Stacie Chambers for most long balls in Arizona history. Mauga led the Pac-12 in homers with 25 and RBIs with 61 in her senior campaign, and was named a NCFA Second-Team All-American. She finished her Wildcat career with a .829 slugging percentage.
With the Charge in her rookie campaign, Mauga has appeared in 21 games and has one homerun, hit June 11 against the Dawgs.
May said Mauga has the potential to be a huge threat at the plate for the Dawgs.
“I could not be more excited to have Katiyana in a Dawg uniform. Her offensive prowess will be a huge addition to our line up and her work ethic epitomizes what it is to be a Dawg,” May said.
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National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chose 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 and has been since 2002.