The Evolution of Recruiting: Chelsea Thomas

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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 from Chelsea Thomas whose story is not your conventional recruiting story! Though Thomas is one of the best college pitchers of all-time and remains Missouri’s all times wins, … [Read more...]

Pride fall to Charge 4-1 during Henderson Gem

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Columbia, MO -June 15 2015 - Behind a stellar outing from the Dallas Charge starting pitcher Jolene Henderson, the visiting Charge defeated the USSSA Florida Pride 4-1 Monday evening at the University of Missouri.  Henderson allowed a first inning run, but rebounded in fine fashion with six consecutive shutout innings to seal the win. Pride centerfielder Megan Wiggins opened up the night's scoring with an RBI single in the first inning.  Two of the Pride's six hits Friday night came in the first inning, as they appeared to be primed for a strong showing at the plate. In the top of the … [Read more...]

Series Preview: USSSA Pride vs Dallas Charge Battle in Missouri

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Kissimmee, FL--June 15, 2015- The USSSA Florida Pride will play a two game series against the Dallas Charge on June 15th and 16th at the University of Missouri. This series marks the return of former Missouri All-American and current Pride pitcher Chelsea Thomas. The two game series will be played at University Field at 8:05 PM each night. Chelsea Thomas returns to Columbia after rewriting the record books for the Tigers. The third year pro finished her college career in 2013 as Missouri’s all-time wins and strikeout leader. The former Big 12 and SEC Pitcher of the Year helped the Tigers … [Read more...]

Pride Face Dallas Charge at the University of Missouri

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Kissimmee, FL -June 3, 2015- The USSSA Florida Pride will play a two game series against the Dallas Charge on June 15th and 16th at the University of Missouri. The two game series will be played at University Field at 8:05 PM each night. This series marks the return of former Missouri All-American and current Pride pitcher Chelsea Thomas. “I’m excited to return to University Field with the Pride this summer. I have so many amazing memories in that circle and I can’t wait to play on my ‘home’ field again! The outpouring of support I still have from my Mizzou family is incredible and I can’t … [Read more...]

Chelsea Thomas: The Pride of Pleasantville

Chelsea Thomas is finally returning to 100% health in 2014. Photo by Paige Jones

By: Jami Lobpries Often, when an athlete slips through the cracks of a professional sport draft, experts use the term sleeper pick. When it came time for the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) draft, Chelsea Thomas was no sleeper in the softball world, but the 2013 SEC Pitcher of the Year did slip through the cracks all the way to number 20 [the last pick] and into the hands of USSSA Florida Pride General Manager Don DeDonatis. Slipping through the cracks of the NPF draft wasn’t due to a question of talent, it was more to due with questions concerning Thomas’s health and whether or not … [Read more...]