THE WOODLANDS, TX – January 30, 2017 – Scrap Yard Dawgs General Manager Connie May announced today the signing of former Pennsylvania Rebellion infielder Olivia Watkins.
Watkins, a middle infielder from Florence, AL, entered the league in 2014 after signing a free agent contract with the Akron Racers. While with the racers, she proved to be a speedster at the top of the line up for 21 games during the 2014 season. During her first season in the NPF she earned a .600 stolen base percentage and crossed the dish 11 times. During her 2015 season with the Rebellion, Watkins appeared in 33 games, had 16 hits, and earned 17 total bases. She earned a .667 stolen base percentage in 2015, which was among her team’s highest.
During last season for the Rebellion, Watkins appeared in 29 games, 18 of which she earned a spot in the starting lineup. She was able to acquire 17 hits and 23 total bases. She was tied for 1st on her team for stolen base percentage with a perfect 1.000. Watkins was also an asset in the field for the Rebellion with a .978 fielding percentage, which was among the top 5 on her team.
Before joining the NPF, Watkins was a standout 2nd baseman at Western Kentucky University (WKU). At WKU, Watkins was a two-time NFCA All-Region honoree and a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference First Team selection, along with being named SBC Preseason Player of the Year prior to her senior season in 2014. A consistent speed threat in the lineup, Watkins finished her career as the all-time leader in batting average (.380), stolen bases (117) and stolen base attempts (129), while ranking in the top five in career runs (130), hits (200), multi-hit games (55), hit streaks (13, twice) and on-base percentage (.421).
On signing with the Dawgs, Watkins said, “I am overjoyed about joining The Scrap Yard Dawgs this upcoming season. I am thankful that this organization is giving me an opportunity to continue playing softball. Becoming apart of this team means a lot to me. I get to continue to make myself a better player and to continue to gain knowledge to help others along the way. I am blessed to get to play along the side of some pretty awesome individuals and to develop new relationships. This team has an incredible staff that is a building block to a successful team. I am thankful to be a part of this fantastic team and am looking forward to a successful season with The Scrap Yard Dawgs!"
On the addition of Watkins to the Dawgs roster, Connie May said, “Olivia is an experienced athlete in the NPF that brings incredible speed to our team! We are excited to see how dynamic she will be for the Dawgs!”
About the Scrap Yard Dawgs
The Scrap Yard Dawgs began competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2016. The Dawgs provides 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 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 and has been since 2002.