“By bringing the best professional players to these events, young players will be able to experience the shear elegance and awesome power of the game in a way that they may have never seen before,” said Scrap Yard Dawgs GM Connie May. “Witnessing the intensity of professional competition will blow their minds—and hopefully inspire many of them to dream about their own futures.”
The Pride and the Dawgs last faced each other in the 2017 National Pro Fastpitch championship; a series won by the Dawgs two games to one, for its first national championship. The USSSA Pride rebounded to win the NPF championship each of the next two seasons before exiting the league earlier this year.
With the Olympics postponed until 2021 theses two teams will represent the best in the game using an “old school” barnstorming approach that will see them tour together throughout the summer. The Scrap Yard roster will host several Team USA players including Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott while the Pride return the majority of their roster including Amanda Lorenz and Sydney Romero.
Donny DeDonatis, the CEO of USSSA, said the two organizations are excited about the opportunity to tour with the Dawgs and showcase the highest level of fastpitch in the world, all around the country. “It is really important for us to focus our season around USSSA amateur events. By bringing two of the world’s best professional softball teams to these USSSA events, we are able to inspire players and their families and entertain fans of all ages,” he said. “We are also able to give back to our USSSA member teams by creating opportunities for them to interact with professional and Olympic all-stars off the field.”
The tour is scheduled to begin in Houston at the Scrap Yard Sports Complex from June 4th to June 7th, and it will also bring the two sides to the World Fastpitch Championship (June 20 to June 27) and the Space Coast World Series (June 29 to July 4) at USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Fl.
Further stops are planned for the USSSA Southern National Championship in Chattanooga (July 6 to July 8), the USSSA Great Lakes National Championship in Evansville, Indiana (July 14 to July 16) and to the USSSA Fastpitch All American Games in Viera (July 20 to July 25).
Everywhere they go, the USSSA Pride and the Scrap Yard Dawgs will be ambassadors for the advancement and enjoyment of the game, pulling together to create opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to come on out to the ballpark
“The Pride and Dawgs players will be accessible throughout the tour; they will sign autographs and interact with the fans at the conclusion of every game,” DeDonatis continued, “the Dawgs and the Pride will be the first ones to arrive at the ballpark and the last ones to leave—players from both teams will also be hosting and participating in clinics and seminars, with the primary goal of giving back to the softball community.”
Additional dates and locations may be added to the tour, depending on how the country rebounds from coronavirus over the coming weeks and months.