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Force acquire Wong and Sims from Thunder

Allentown, Pa. - The Philadelphia Force have announced they have acquired utility player Jackie Wong and pitcher Abbie Sims from the Rockford Thunder. In exchange for the pair, the Force sent to the Thunder a fourth-round pick, 27th overall, in the 2008 draft.

With the deal, the Force adds another quality bat to their lineup and adds to their overall team speed as well as gives the team another outstanding arm in the circle.

Wong, a 2006 graduate of the University of Utah, batted .342 in 2007 and was tied for second on the team with seven stolen bases. In her senior year of college, she was a first-team Easton Bell All-American and was 10th in the nation in hitting finishing the season with an average of .439 and 22 stolen bases. Wong also brings solid defense with her as proven by her .996 fielding percentage (1 error in 239 chances) in her senior year.

“I am trilled to have her on the team and was very impressed when she played against us for two games in August. We have no doubt that her bat will be an important part of our campaign to a championship. We expect her to start for us in either the infield or outfield,” said Owner/General Manager Tom Kleinman referring to Wong.

In Sims, the Force obtains a pitcher who started 11 games for the Thunder in her rookie season of 2007. She posted a 4-4 record with a 2.57 ERA in 60 innings of work. The 2007 graduate of North Carolina State was the ACC Player of the Year in her senior year when she tossed four no-hitters, including a perfect game, and posted a 1.75 ERA while going 27-7. Sims also helped herself with the bat in her senior year by batting .292 and knocking 11 home runs.

“We feel Abbie’s numbers speak for themselves,” said Kleinman.

This deal marks the second deal of the off-season for the Force, as last week they traded Kristina Thorson to the Chicago Bandits for Amy Harre, Autumn Champion, Peaches James, and the overall number one pick in the upcoming draft.

-PHL-