Kissimmee, FL– August 11, 2016- With 36 wins on the season, the USSSA Pride clenched their third consecutive regular season championship (2014, 2015, 2016) and earned the top seed in this month’s NPF Championship Series.
Since 2009, the USSSA Florida Pride has claimed the regular season title five times in the seven years they’ve been a part of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) League. Of those seven years, the Pride have gone on to win three NPF Championships and hope to finish off the 2016 season with their fourth NPF championship title.
“It’s good to keep rolling and keep us on a high going into the championships, it’s sure going to help, but we won the regular season for the last three years and didn’t win the title last year so that’s in the back of our minds. We know we’re not done yet and we’re going to continue to work hard the rest of the season,” commented Kelly Kretschman on the milestone.
There’s only one regular season game left before the Pride make their run for their fourth NPF Championship Series title. It all begins next Thursday in Tuscaloosa with the 2016 NPF Banquet where this year’s stand out players will be recognized by the league for their accomplishments.
Last summer, the NPF recognized Shelby Pendley (Rookie of the Year) and Kelly Kretschman (Player of the Year) for their outstanding performances. This summer, Pride veteran Kelly Kretschman has had an even bigger year and looks to be in the running for a few more recognition’s. Kretschman currently leads the NPF with 12 HR and 43 RBI. She has 61 hits on the season and has been named Offensive Player of the Week four times and recently surpassed former teammate Natasha Watley’s all-time hits leader record with 400 career hits.
The 2016 NPF Championship Series will be held in Tuscaloosa, Alabama from August 19th– 23rd. It will mark the return of two Alabama greats in Kelly Kretschman and Haylie McCleney. Get your tickets at profastpitch.com today!
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About USSSA Florida Pride: The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.
About USSSA: The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com. Also be sure to visit USSSAToday.com for the latest USSSA.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF): National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball