04/16/2016 12:00 AM -
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THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS, April 16, 2016 – The Scrap Yard Dawgs selected their first 8 draftees in program history last Thursday at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. The 2016 NPF Draft aired live on CBS Sports in front of a sold out crowd and introduced 40 new players to the league. The Dawgs had 8 draft picks in its inaugural season and selected athletes from 8 different alma maters to join the team for 2016.
For their first ever NPF draft selection and the 6th overall pick, the Dawgs selected outfielder Kiki Stokes from the University of Nebraska. An Olathe, Kansas native, Stokes has been a staple for the Husker lineup with a career .315 average, 208 hits, 26 doubles, 13 triples, and 101 RBI’s. She has 62 career stolen bases in 76 attempts and brings an element of power from the left side with a .531 career slugging percentage and 20 home runs. In 2015, she was a Third-Team NFCA All-American and First-Team All-Big Ten and set 3 school records for runs in a season (66), season on base percentage (.532), and season hit-by-pitches (17).
Immediately following Stokes, the Dawgs selected outfielder Emily Crane from the University of Missouri as the 7th overall pick. Crane a Troy, Missouri native, was named to the 2015 First Team All-SEC, 2015 SEC All-Defensive Team, and the 2015 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll. So far in her career, she has batted .382 with 225 hits, 45 doubles, and 22 home runs. She will add even more speed to the Dawgs lineup and boasts 69 stolen bases in 74 attempts as a Tiger.
As the 19th overall selection, the Scrap Yard Dawgs took catcher and infielder Lexi Overstreet from the University of Tennessee. "I'm very excited to be a part of the Dawg family and look forward to a great summer! Go Dawgs!" said Overstreet. Lexi, originally from Suwanee, Georgia, comes to the Dawgs with a .312 collegiate career average with the Lady Vols as well as 125 hits, 25 doubles, and 26 home runs. She will add necessary depth to Dawgs roster as both a catcher and an infielder.
The 26th overall selection for the Dawgs was infielder Christian Stokes from the University of Kentucky. “First I would like to thank God for giving me the talents to perform at a high level” said Stokes. “I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be drafted by the Scrap Yard Dawgs. I also want to thank Coach Lawson and all of the great people at Kentucky for helping me to get to this point and all of my amazing teammates. My family has always been an important part of my life – and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. I look forward to getting to Texas soon and starting my career as a professional softball player.” Stokes has proven herself as a leader both offensively and on the field as a Wildcat. She has posted 179 hits, 32 doubles, 5 triples, and 27 home runs in her tenure. On the field at short stop, Stokes is known as having the strongest arm on the Kentucky roster, and has been a defensive staple for Kentucky.
The Scrap Yard Dawgs opened the 5th round with the 27th overall selection and took pitcher Sara Driesenga from the University of Michigan. As a Wolverine from Hudsonville, Michigan, Sara has made a strong name for herself in the Michigan record books. She has a 2.19 career ERA with 63 wins in 139 appearances. She has 477 career strikeouts and has held her opponents to a .238 batting average. Driesenga’s accolades include being a two-time All Big Ten first team selection, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Selection, and was named to the Academic All-Region second team in 2013.
Lee Ann Spivey, a catcher and outfielder from the University of South Florida, was the 6th pick for the Dawgs and the 33rd overall draft pick in 2016. "I’m super excited to be playing with Sara Nevins again and having a chance to catch her, as well as getting to know some new teammates” said Spivey. “I’m also thrilled to have the opportunity to continue pursuing my passion." Spivey will be the second USF Bull to join the Dawgs Roster for their inaugural season. She was named to the NFCA Mideast All-Region First Team in 2015 as well as the All-American Athletic Conference First Team. She also posted 52 RBI’s in 2015 which ranks third all-time for a single season in program history at USF. During this record season she led the Bulls in eight offensive categories including a career high batting average of .378, 59 hits, 10 home runs, and a .672 slugging percentage.
In the 34th overall draft pick for 2016, the Dawgs selected utility player from the University of Florida, Taylore Fuller. “I am really looking forward to this experience and very grateful and blessed to have an opportunity to play with the Scrap Yard Dawgs” said Fuller. Fuller will come to the Dawgs with a very long resume including two National Championships with the Florida Gators in 2014 and 2015. From Trenton, Florida, Fuller has hit eight grand slams in her career which ranks third in NCAA history and second in program history for the Gators. In 2015, she finished the season with four grand slams which tied for the second highest total in a single season in NCAA History. To compliment an impressive offensive career, she is also solid on defense where in 2014, she made only one error in 117 chances.
In the 40th and final selection of the 2016 NPF draft, the Scrap Yard Dawgs selected infielder Mikela Manewa from Oregon State University. “I am still in shock and it hasn't hit me yet that I am able to be apart it of the NPF. This is incredible!” said Manewa, a Kapolei, Hawaii native. Mikela was an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention selection in 2015 where she also hit .338 while playing numerous defensive positions before winning the starting spot at second base. In her current and final season thus far, she has posted a .328 batting average, with 20 doubles and a .483 slugging percentage.
The Scrap Yard Dawgs are looking to make a strong run for the Cowles Cup in their inaugural season. They will play their season opener against the defending league champions the Chicago Bandits at The Ballpark at Rosemont on June 2nd as well as their home opener against the USSSA Pride at The Scrap Yard Sports Complex on June 10th.
What’s New with the Scrap Yard Dawgs?
General Manager, Connie May, announces the signing of Anaheim, California native and NPF Rookie, Amanda Fama. Amanda played two years at Cypress Junior College as well as two years at Concordia University where she amassed some impressive stats. While playing at Cypress she was named all-conference in both seasons as well as set the single season and career home run records. As a Concordia Eagle, Fama posted a .415 career batting average as well as 26 home runs and 70 RBI’s in her senior season. After her collegiate career, Fama went on to play internationally in Italy for La Loggia and played there for 3 years prior to signing with the Dawgs for the 2016 season.
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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
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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.