Ashburn, VA. The Washington Glory, the new National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) womens softball team in the Washington area, announced today that they signed outfielders Nicole Barber and Catalina Morris for the 2007 season. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Nicole Barber is a former Georgia Bulldog standout who holds the NCAA Division I consecutive stolen bases record with 73 as well the career stolen base record with 257. Nicole comes to the Glory after spending last year playing softball in Italy. Nicoles career mark of 257 stolen bases is 60 more than her closest competitor.
Catalina Morris earned Rookie of the Year honors with the Arizona Heat last year during an excellent debut season after finishing her collegiate career at Stanford University. Despite missing the first 16 games of the NPF season to complete her senior year, Catalina finished at the top of nearly every offensive category. She ended the season with a .297 batting average, hitting out of the leadoff and cleanup spots in the lineup. Catalina led the NPF in triples with seven, which also set a Heat single season and career record. She tied for the team lead in homeruns (3) and ranked second in stolen bases (9), third in RBIs (20) and fourth in runs (21). Her .535 slugging percentage was tops on the squad, and her 54 total bases place her second. Catalina also did an excellent job in left field, committing only one error on the season.
With the addition of Barber and Morris, the teams 2007 roster now stands at 12. They join Glory teammates 2006 NPF pitcher of the year Sarah Pauly, Stephanie Best, Christa Dalakis, Germaine Fairchild, LaDonia Hughes, Oli Keohohou, Sara Larquier, Callie Piper, Desiree Serrano and Nichole Thompson.
After this years NCAA softball season is complete, the Glory expects to sign its five 2007 draftees -- Monica Abbott, Lisa Ferguson, Amber Jackson, Chelsi Lake, and Ashley Monceaux. Additionally the team plans to sign Jessica Moore of Liberty University.
We expect to announce the signing of one more fantastic difference-maker later this week, said Paul Wilson, owner and general manager of the Washington Glory. This player will be the last person signed until we hold our open tryout in May.
Wilson continued, These last signings will round out our incredible inaugural season team. I feel strongly that we have put together a championship caliber ball club that is going to force our competition to bring their A game all year long.
Major League Baseball is the Official Development Partner of National Professional Fastpitch in the category of women's professional fastpitch softball. The partnership, which began the fall of 2002, is part of The Commissioner's Initiative on Women and Baseball, a league-wide effort to help Major League Baseball and the 30 Major League Clubs build stronger relationships with female audiences.
Due to NCAA regulations, an active college senior-athlete is not eligible to sign with her respective franchise until their 2007 college season is finished.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. 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 Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL).