Height: 5’8″ Bats: R Throws:R
Years Pro: 7th year
Hometown: Chandler, AZ
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PROFESSIONAL: Willis enters her 7th season in the NPF. Willis started her NPF career with the Chicago Bandits in 2007, moved to the Rockford Thunder in 2009 after missing the 2008 season, and finally made it to the USSSA Pride in 2010. Willis has a career batting average of .221 with 54 runs scored, 12 doubles, 13 HR’s, 66 RBI’s and 36 walks.
2013 Season: Willis continued her steady play behind the plate without committing a single error while catching 18 games. She hit .256 with 7 RBIs. During the Pride’s run through the championship series, Willis came up big gunning out two base runners.
2012 Season: Willis batted .271 with 5 HR and 12 RBI while accumulating 12 walks. As the starting catcher she had only 4 errors on the season. She finished the NPF Championship series going 1-11 with the 1 hit being a 2-Run Home run.
2011 Season: Played in her 2nd USSSA Florida Pride season, missed a large portion of the season due to a hand injury, had 181 putouts, tallied 5 assists, had 10 RBI, posted a 1.000 fielding average, had a .255 batting average, achieved a .304 on-base percentage, had a .392 SLG.
2010 Season: Joined the Pride. Won NPF Championship. Named to the All-NPF Team. Started 40 out of 57 games, had 172 putouts, had 7 assists, had 18 RBI, batted for a .248 average, achieved a .308 on-base percentage, racked up a .390 slugging percentage.
2009 Season: Joined the Rockford Thunder, reuniting with former college teammate Cat Osterman. Helped the Thunder earn their first NPF Championship, had 9 RBI, had an slugging percenentage of .230, averaged .195 batting, had an OBP of .271.
2007 Season: Drafted by the Chicago Bandits in the 2nd Round of the 2007 NPF Draft. Finished her Rookie season with a .169 batting average, 5 runs scored, 6 RBI’s and 5 walks.
COLLEGE: Graduated from the University of Texas in 2007, Named a 2nd Team All-Big 12 selection twice (2005, 2006), 2005 All-Big 12 Tournament Team, 2-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2007 and 2006), Set University and Big 12 single season records for putouts with 762 (2006), Set University and Big 12 single season records for total chances with 795 (2006).
PERSONAL: Born Megan Jo Willis on February 8, 1985, Graduated from the University of Texas in 2007 with a degree in corporate communications and volunteers as an Assistant Coach at the University of Texas.
Quote: I may not make as much as a big leaguer, have the riches and fame that comes with it…fancy cars,fancy house, my last name on a jersey selling in sport’s stores, but I do have the same title in front of my name PROFESSIONAL! And I wear it proudly. There are not many that can say, “I’m a professional athlete. I can only keep dreaming for professional softball to keep rising in the right direction. Blessed to be apart of paving the way for the little girls who dream to be a professional softball player someday. – Megan Jo Willis