Five Current and Former USSSA Pride Players Announced to Pac-12 All-Century Team

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Kissimmee, FL-April 27th-Just yesterday, Pac-12 announced the All-Century Softball team, a roster full of decoratedOlympians and Women’s College World Series Champions that have left a lasting imprint on the sport of softball. Thirty players were voted onto the team by a panel of 35 members consisting of coaches, players, administrators and members of the media based on the player’s collegiate playing days. Five of the players have one more thing in common: they continued their legacy in the NPF with the USSSA Pride. These five include: Natasha Watley (UCLA 2000-2003), Jessica Mendoza … [Read more...]

The Evolution of Recruiting: Natasha Watley

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The evolution of recruiting chronicles the recruiting journeys of USSSA Pride players. Each player narrates their own story and how they ultimately made the decision on where to play college softball. Watch how recruiting has changed through the years from the stories of each player. The evolution of recruiting begins in the 1990s and ends with the recent processes of our Pride rookies. The next recruiting story is that of the legendary Natasha Watley and her journey to UCLA. Watley was one of the greatest college shortstops and hitters of all time. At UCLA, she was a four-time First Team … [Read more...]

The Evolution of Recruiting Featuring the Recruiting Stories of USSSA Pride Players

Evolution

By: Jami Lobpries Recruiting. Perhaps, the most used word in elite fastpitch by everyone involved—coaches, athletes, parents, events. Recruiting has changed drastically over the last several years to the point where unofficial visits are the norm and official visits have become the final paid vacation to a school you've been committed to for several year [read here for the difference of official and unofficial visits]. The words “verbally committed” and “showcase tournaments” are commonplace in elite fastpitch today but rewind six, seven years ago and those words were rarely used. Today, … [Read more...]

Watley, Wiggins and Ricketts Advance to Japan Softball League Championship Tournament

Japan Softball League Finals

Kisimmee, FL-Toyota, BIC Camera, Shoikki and Honda; the final four teams that have advanced to the 48th  Annual Japan Women’s Softball League Championship Tournament. In USSSA Pride terms we have Natasha Watley, Megan Wiggins and Keilani Ricketts all fighting for the top stop in the finals. Back in September the JLS season was well underway following the 2015 NPF Championship Series. Since then Wiggins, Watley and Ricketts have garnered respectable stats for the Japan Softball League. Megan Wiggins leads the Japan Softball League in home runs (10) and RBI (24). Keilani Ricketts has … [Read more...]

USSSA Pride Take on Cal Poly in Fourth Game of Fall Tour

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Los Angeles, CA- The Pride faced CSUN for their third exhibition game of the Fall Tour on Matador Diamond, the home of Matador softball. They took another close game in seven innings with a final score of 9-7. Retired Pride player and CSUN Director of Operations, Natasha Watley, had this to say about the match-up between Matador softball and USSSA Pride, “I think it's important that the league keep showcasing that there are opportunities to continue playing beyond college. By playing each other, the CSUN girls get to see that firsthand; the possibilities of continuing their careers on the … [Read more...]