01/13/2016 12:00 AM -
The Woodlands, Texas – January 13, 2016 - The Scrap Yard Dawgs sign California native, Katie Cotta and former West Texas A&M standout, Renee Erwin.
Cotta comes to the Dawgs on a mission to re-direct her softball destiny. Upon graduating from Linden High School, Cotta spent a semester at West Valley Community College. She pitched her team to the softball championships and then walked away. She walked away from the game that she loved. Five years later, Cotta returned and finished her college career at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California.
Cotta had legendary high school and college careers. At Linden, Cotta was twice named player of the year after. She went 28-0 with a state-high 436 strikeouts as a senior and was named Cal-Hi Sports State Softball Player of the Year.
At Delta, she went 40-2 overall and 20-9 in conference play with 459 strikeouts and a .099 earned run average in 226 innings, and she hit .430. As a junior at Concordia, she went 20-1 with a 1.02 ERA and struck out 245 batters in 130.1 innings. She was named a first-team NAIA All-American. In her senior season, she was named the Golden State Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year after leading the conference with a 0.16 ERA and 264 strikeouts. She set an NAIA season record with nine no-hitters and lead her team to the NAIA National Championship in 2013.
Cotta is the second pitcher added to the staff for the Scrap Yard Dawgs. Cotta, who was once viewed as a top pitching prospect in the state of California, will bring a lot of passion and determination in the circle for the Dawgs.
“I feel so blessed to be given an opportunity to be a part of the 2016 inaugural season for the Scrap Yard Dawgs. I am ready to compete with some of the best players in the game. Houston is a great city and I am excited to become a member of the team,” said Cotta.
Anna, Texas native, Renee Erwin, comes to the Dawgs following an impressive college career. Erwin left a legacy by leaving her mark in the Division II record books. In 2015 she registered one of the best statistical seasons in Division II history. In her senior campaign she hit .424 with nine doubles, three triples and twenty-three homeruns to drive in seventy-one RBIs. Erwin was named the Daktronics Ron Lenz National Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015, making her the only player in Division II history to win this award in back to back seasons. She was also named to the NFCA and Daktronics All-American First team, as well as earning South Central Region Player of the Year honors for two straight seasons.
“Playing in the NPF is something that a lot of little girls dream about these days. They look up to every single player no matter their name or where they came from. This is an amazing opportunity that not many people get to have. Being a Division II athlete and the first player from West Texas A&M to play in the NPF is an honor and it is something I'll cherish forever. I'm excited to get started with the Scrap Yard Dawgs for their first season and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for the Dawgs,” said Erwin.
At West Texas A&M, Erwin spent time at third base before transitioning to the outfield during her sophomore season. In 2015, she was added to the Lone Star Conference Golden Glove team for her impressive defensive play in Right Field. Erwin will bring an explosive bat and athleticism in the outfield for the Dawgs.
"The signings of both Katie and Renee demonstrate our willingness to do things differently," said Dawgs GM Kevin Shelton. There are many quality young athletes out there who want to play in the NPF and as we have shown here, there is more than one path to achieve that goal. I look forward to seeing Katie and Renee be successful in the league."
About the Scrap Yard Dawgs
The Scrap Yard Dawgs will begin competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2016. The Dawgs will provide elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Houston area, the Dawgs organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dawgs at www.scrapyarddawgs.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
About the NPF
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.