04/21/2016 12:00 AM -
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS – April 22, 2016 – Scrap Yard Dawgs General Manager Connie May announced today that Ivy Renfroe and Ellen Renfroe Reed have been signed for the 2016 season. The Dawgs 2016 season will be the first time the sisters have played together since 2013.
Ivy Renfroe, a right handed pitcher from the University of Tennessee (2010-2013), comes to the Dawgs with professional experience after being drafted to the Akron Racers as the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NPF Draft. Prior to her time with the Racers, Ivy had a standout career as a Lady Volunteer including three trips to the Women’s College World Series in 2010, 2012, and 2013. She has two younger sisters, Ellen and Anna, who both followed her footsteps to play for Tennessee and made trips the Women’s College World Series with the Lady Vols.
Ivy posted a career 2.01 ERA at her alma mater and ranks second in career victories in program history with a record of 97 wins and 24 losses. In the 749 innings she pitched, she struck out 737 batters including posting 5 no hitters, 28 shutouts, and one perfect game. She was named to the 2010 All-SEC 2nd Team, the All-SEC Team all four years at UT, as well as the WCWS All-Tournament team in 2010.
A Jackson, Tennessee native, Ellen Renfroe Reed will also join the Scrap Yard Dawgs with NPF experience after being drafted to the Chicago Bandits in 2014. While with the Bandits, she had three wins and struck out 19 batters over 30 innings of work. Prior to joining the NPF, Ellen played for the University of Tennessee along with her two sisters and was there from 2011 to 2014. Her career ERA as a Lady Vol was an impressive 1.65 which ranks second in program history and her overall record of 102-25 earned her second in program history for wins. Ellen’s 1005 career strikeouts also ranks second in career stats at Tennessee as does her career record of 41 shutouts. She is one of only 3 Lady Vols, including her sister Ivy, to win 30 games in a single season. Along with her admirable career stats, she was also named the 2014 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year for softball, two-time NFCA All-American (2011 and 2012), 2014 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and three-time Capital One Academic All-American (2012, 2013, 2014).
“Ivy and Ellen will help solidify our pitching staff with players that have experience at some of the highest levels in softball” said GM Connie May. “We are excited to have them and happy to be able to give them the opportunity to play together at the professional level.”
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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.
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.