January 20, 2020 – The California Commotion announced today the signing of outfielder, Jazmyn Jackson. Jackson becomes the first official player for the Commotion, who were added to the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) League in 2019 and will participate in their first professional competitive season in 2020.
Jackson, a California native, has a loaded portfolio of softball accomplishments from her collegiate career at Cal, that coincided with a consistent presence as a member of the USA Softball National Team.
“I am very excited to be a part of the California Commotion,” commented Jackson. “The development of the NPF and being a California based team is a perfect opportunity to help grow the love of the sport of softball on the West Coast. On a personal note, most of my career has been played in California, we have some amazing talent and being able to play alongside these women is inspiring.”
While at Cal, Jackson was a three time All Pac-12 member along with an All Pac-12 Freshman Team member in her rookie season. That season of 2015, also saw Jackson crash the national headlines as a Top 10 Finalist for Freshman of the Year. In addition, she was named All Pacific Region First Team through three consecutive seasons (2015-2017).
Throughout Jackson’s collegiate career, she was a mainstay on USA Softball rosters. First, in 2015 on the Junior Women’s squad, she contributed to that team earning a Gold Medal at the Junior Women’s World Championship. She followed that in 2016 as a member of the Women’s National Team with a Gold Medal at the World Championship, where she hit .591 with 8 RBI. From 2016 through 2019, Jackson helped the red, white and blue earn mostly silver and gold medals in international competitions such as the Pan American Championships, International Cup, and World Cup of Softball.
“We are excited to have the dynamic speed and play of Jazz Jackson joining the Commotion for our inaugural season of competition, and to have a California native sign our first player contract is a proud moment for our organization,” said Commotion General Manager, Deb Hartwig. “Jazmyn has been a top performer at every level of play, and her experiences with Team USA are invaluable as she now moves into professional softball. We look forward to seeing her on the field in a Commotion uniform very soon.”
The California Commotion will announce their complete 2020 season schedule later this month.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and California Commotion. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada, China, and Mexico, and represent the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
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