Two former Huskies, second baseman Ashley Charters and outfielder Kimi Pohlman, earned a spot on the All-National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) team as the league's season heads into the playoffs.
Also named the league's defensive player of the year, Charters finished the regular season with a .339 batting average and a team-high six homers, while not making a single error in the field. Her team, the USSSA Pride, coached by UW assistant coach J.T. D'Amico, enters the postseason as the No. 2 seed.
"Ashley is arguably the best second baseman in the world," D'Amico said. "She has been unquestionably our most clutch performer on offense in terms of runners in scoring position with 2 outs – off the charts good, the best on our team this season.
"Charters being named the defensive player of year in the NPF is a direct reflection of her work ethic," D'Amico continued. "She busts her tail to get better. I'm just very proud of one of our own Husky alums who continues to improve and continues to thrive in the game at the highest level."
Pohlman, whose Chicago Bandits finished atop the league standings and thus enters the playoffs as the top seed, batted .311 in his first season of professional softball.
The National Pro Fastpitch postseason gets underway Thursday, Aug. 22. For more information on the postseason schedule, including internet streaming of the games on the NPF website and ESPN3.com, click here.