ASBA Welcomes NPF Champion, Former Big 12 Pitcher, Towson University Powerhouse Centerfielder and Talladega College Head Coach to the League.
Mobile, AL hosts inaugural summer season beginning June 15, 2018
Mobile, Alabama – April 9, 2018 – The American Softball Association (ASBA) is pleased to announce the first registrants for the summer draft of their all-new women’s professional softball league. The draft will be held June 6, 2018 and will be aired live on the ASBA Network.
In recognizing the void in opportunities for post-college softball players, the ASBA has created a professional women’s softball league that will debut in Mobile this summer.
“We are beyond excited that players of this caliber are reaching out to us,” said Michael Chiaradio, CEO and Chairman of Pro SB Club, Inc., which is ASBA’s parent company. “The young women who are registering for the draft are Division I players, professionals, coaches, and college stand-outs. That speaks volumes for the credibility and future potential of the league.”
Among the first registrants are RT Cantillo, NPF Champion, 2015; Rebecca Arbino, Big 12 pitcher, 2013; Allison Barbee, Southern Wesleyan, 2016 and current head coach at Talledega College; Makayla Reed, current player at Belhaven University; Rachel Carlson, current outfielder for University of Maine and Kendyl Scott current center fielder for Towson University.
RT Cantillo won a 2015 NPF Championship with the Chicago Bandits after graduating from Ole Miss in 2014. Her storied career includes NFCA All-Region First Team, All-SEC Second Team and SEC Academic Honor Roll awards, and a PGF Championship. She holds records in 13 offensive categories at Ole Miss. RT coached with the Explosion Organization in Southern California and also ran camps and clinics in both California and Louisiana. She is currently an assistant softball coach at the University of Minnesota Crookston.
Rebecca Arbino, who pitched at Texas A&M and San Diego State, went on to play professionally in Italy where she enjoyed a National Championship and boasted a 0.00 ERA throughout the entire post season. While in college she had a season in which she allowed zero earned runs in over 30 consecutive games, was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week on multiple occasions, earned Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Year and ended up with 82 career wins and an ERA of 2.08. Rebecca was an assistant coach at UNLV and is currently interim head coach at University of Minnesota Crookston.
Allison Barbee is a 2016 Southern Wesleyan University graduate who hit 39 homeruns over the course of her college career. She was named Player of the Week numerous times, earned many all-conference awards and holds records in RBI and Homerun categories. Allison, at 23-years- old, is currently the head coach at Talladega College in Alabama.
Makayla Reed currently plays at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi where she leads her team in RBI, total bases and slugging percentage as well as a two-time Conference Watch List honoree.
Rachel Carlson plays outfield at University of Maine and will graduate this spring. In 2017 she earned First Team America East All-Conference and started all 44 games. She was the team leader in hitting, runs, hits, stolen bases and on-base percentage. Rachel tallied a team-high 15 multi-hit games and posted Maine’s longest reached base streak of the year with 18.
Kendyl Scott plays centerfield at Towson University and will graduate in May 2018. As one of the most dynamic players in the CAA, she has led her school in multiple categories. She has earned First Team All-CAA and third team NFCA All-Region awards and was named to the All-CAA Tournament team. During her college career she has consistently hit over .300, tied the CAA lead in triples in 2017 and was 76th nationally in triples per game. Kendyl is a member of the British National Softball Team.
The ASBA is a women’s professional softball league debuting in Mobile, AL. For more information on registering for the Player Draft, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.