NASHVILLE, TN – April 2, 2015 – The 2015 NPF College Draft presented by Bownet took place at the CMA Theater inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum last night where 34 athletes from 10 different conferences were selected. Lauren Chamberlain from Oklahoma was the #1 pick for the USSSA Pride. Oklahoma teammate Shelby Pendley was selected #2 by the USSSA Pride making NPF history by becoming the first players to be selected back to back as the #1 and #2 pick in the NPF College Draft.
This marked the third year in a row that the Draft was held in Nashville, TN and the first time in history the Draft was televised live nationally. The Draft was co-hosted by Bernie Guenther and Barb Jordan and televised live on CBS Sports Network.
The leagues’ newest franchise, the Dallas Charge, selected Danielle Henderson from Cal-Berkley as their first player drafted in franchise history. Older sister Jolene Henderson also from Cal-Berkley holds the title of being the first player ever signed in franchise history.
The Dallas Charge also chose to exercise their option offered to them by the League to make a “Market Choice Selection” prior to the 2015 NPF College Draft. The Market Choice Selection option afforded Dallas the opportunity to choose a player that was either originally from the state of Texas or competed in collegiate softball for a Texas college or university. Renada Davis from NC State University was the Dallas Charge Market selection and was announced during the live national telecast of the Draft between the 3rd and 4th rounds.
The NPF Draft was presented for the third consecutive year by Bownet. Combat, Dick’s Sporting Goods, USSSA and The Village of Rosemont were all co - presenters for this year’s Draft and all were recognized on the CBS Sports Network live telecast as well.
Round sponsors for the Draft included Jaeger Sports (Round 1), Better Softball (Round 2), Swivel Vision (Round 3), Power Up Wedge (Round 4), Just Softball (Round 5), and V-Flex (Round 6).
The Pac 12 led all conferences with 9 selections followed by the SEC (6), ACC (6), Big 12 (4), Big 10 (2), ASun (2), USA (2), MAC (1), Mountain West (1), and Summit (1).
1. Lauren Chamberlain – IB - USSSA Pride (Oklahoma)
2. Shelby Pendley – INF - USSSA Pride (Oklahoma)
3. Lacey Waldrop – RHP - Chicago Bandits (Florida State)
4. Danielle Henderson – INF/C - Dallas Charge (Cal Berkley)
5. Kaitlyn Richardson – UT - Dallas Charge (Minnesota)
6. Miranda Kramer – LHP – PA Rebellion (Western Kentucky)
7. AJ Andrews – OF - Chicago Bandits (LSU)
8. Shelby Davis – OF - PA Rebellion (Oklahoma State)
9. Maddie O’Brien – SS - PA Rebellion (Florida State)
10. Kylee Lahners – INF/OF - Dallas Charge (Washington)
11. Amber Freeman – C - USSSA Pride (Arizona State)
12. Morgan Estell – OF/1B – Akron Racers (Auburn)
13. Brenna Moss – OF - Chicago Bandits (Fresno State)
14. Cheyenne Cordes – INF – PA Rebellion (Cal Berkley)
15. Ashley Burkhardt – INF - Dallas Charge (Purdue)
Market Pick – Renada Davis – SS - Dallas Charge (NC State)
16. Kahley Novak – SS/2B - Dallas Charge (Arizona State)
17. Emilee Koerner – OF - USSSA Pride (Notre Dame)
18. Sammy Marshall – SS - Chicago Bandits (Western Illinois)
19. Griffin Joiner – C - Akron Racers (Kentucky)
20. Devon Wallace – UT - PA Rebellion (Arkansas)
21. Lauren Haeger – RHP - Dallas Charge (Florida)
22. Emily Weiman – RHP - PA Rebellion (NC State)
23. Shellie Robinson – OF - Akron Racers (USC Upstate)
24. Branndi Melero – OF - Chicago Bandits (Auburn)
25. Emma Johnson – RHP - PA Rebellion (Kent State)
26. Janie Takeda – OF - Dallas Charge (Oregon)
27. Ally Carda – RHP - Dallas Charge (UCLA)
28. Hallie Wilson – UT - USSSA Pride (Arizona)
29. Stephany LaRosa – C/1B - Chicago Bandits (UCLA)
30. Megan Low – C/INF - Akron Racers (UTSA)
31. Amber Parrish – C/INF PA Rebellion (UNC)
32. Kaitlyn Thumann – OF - Dallas Charge (Baylor)
33. Farish Beard – RHP - Dallas Charge (South Alabama)
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.