Los Angeles– April 15, 2014- Former Valencia softball standout Madison Shipman, a shortstop at Tennessee, was the second overall pick Monday in the National Pro Fastpich Draft in Nashville.
Shipman was selected by the USSSA Pride and was the first position player drafted after Arizona State pitcher Dallas Escobedo went first overall to the Pennsylvania Rebellion.
Cheyenne Coyle, a Chatsworth graduate and Arizona State shortstop, was the first pick in the fourth round and 13th overall by the Chicago Bandits, the defending NPF regular-season champions.
Shipman and Coyle were two of 20 athletes selected in the second annual draft.
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.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. 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.
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