SYFP Selects 8 Collegiate Seniors
Conroe, TX – May 11th, 2018 - Scrap Yard Fast Pitch, an independent women’s professional softball team, announced today that they have selected eight NCAA D1 seniors who will be invited to join the 2018 Summer Roster. The seniors include Kylee Hanson (Florida State), Emily Griggs (LSU), Ashley Walters (Texas A&M), Carlee Wallace (Baylor), Jazmyn Jackson (Cal), Erika Piancastelli (McNeese), Holly Ward (Mississippi State), and Carley Hoover (LSU).
Florida State University Seminole Kylee Hanson of Jupiter, Florida. Hanson played three seasons at Florida Atlantic University and is currently in the circle for the Seminoles. Her impressive resume includes NFCA Second Team All-American (2016), Top 10 Finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year (2016), and the 2016 Conference USA Pitcher of the Year. In addition, she is currently leading the Florida State pitching staff with a 0.94 ERA, 25 wins, 194 strikeouts, and an opponent batting average of .134. She was just recently named ACC Pitcher of the Year with a First Team All-ACC nod.
Holly Ward, a Haleyville, Alabama native, and starting pitcher for the Mississippi State Bulldogs will also be invited to join the SYFP pitching staff for the 2018 Summer season. Ward has been a solid 4-year starter for the Bulldogs and an important staple on their pitching staff. She boasts a career 2.59 ERA, with 36 wins, 357 career strikeouts, and a .231 opponent batting average. Her pitching styles will complement the Scrap Yard Fast Pitch staff in the circle.
The Scrap Yard Fast Pitch team will also invite Clemson, S.C. native and current Team USA member, Carley Hoover. Hoover will be competing with Team USA in the 2018 Japan All-Star Series alongside three other SYFP players. Carley Hoover has become a household name for the LSU Tigers during her tenure and holds NFCA All-American Honors for her 2015 season. She has proven herself among the pitching elite with her career 1.67 ERA, 71 career wins, 742 strikeouts, and a .195 opponent batting average.
The Scrap Yard Fast Pitch team will also invite 3 catchers to participate in the 2018 Season. The first of which is a Center Point, Texas native and current Texas A&M standout, Ashley Walters. Walters has been a 4-year starter behind the plate for the Aggies and has made her mark on the record books by hitting a program high 49 doubles. She also holds a .315 batting average, with 206 hits, 20 home runs, and an impressive 159 RBI’s. In addition, she was most recently named to the SEC All-Defensive Team at catcher along with an All-SEC First Team selection in 2016 and SEC All-Freshman selection in 2015 to round out her career as an Aggie.
Another invitee for the 2018 summer season is Alpine, California native, Carlee Wallace. After 3 successful seasons with the Auburn Tigers (2015-2017), Wallace will finish her collegiate career with the Baylor Bears. Wallace has represented herself well both on the field and in the classroom where she has garnered Academic All-SEC Honors (2016, 2017) as well All-SEC First Team Honors in 2017. She also helped lead her team to the Women’s College World Series in 2015 where she was named to the WCWS All-Tournament Team.
The third catcher that will be invited to join the SYFP Organization in 2018 is Erika Piancastelli of Carlsbad, California. Piancastelli has made a name for herself during her tenure at McNeese State University, hitting an impressive 74 career home runs and batting average of .383 with 18 doubles, 21 home runs, 57 RBI’s, a .922 slugging percentage, 57 walks, and 14 stolen bases this season. Piancastelli’s impressive stats have earned her two-time NFCA All-American Honors (2015, 2016) a first for McNeese Softball. She is also a 4-time Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the Year (2015-18), and is only the third Southland Conference athlete to garner POY honors four years in a row in any sport.
Also being invited to join the Scrap Yard Fast Pitch team from the Pac-12 Conference is San Jose, California native, Jazmyn Jackson. The all-around utility player for the Bears of Cal-Berkeley has made a name for herself on the collegiate level as well as with Team USA. Jackson has been a U.S. National Team Member since 2016 and will be joining Team USA in the 2018 Japan All-Star Series. She has posted very impressive career statistics with the Bears including a .381 batting average, 215 hits, 34 doubles, 8 triples, 6 home runs, a .507 slugging percentage, and 36 stolen bases.
Emily Griggs of Wichita, Kansas, center fielder for the LSU Tigers, will also be invited to play for the Scrap Yard Fastpitch team for the 2018 Season. Griggs has been a 4-year starter for the Purple and Gold of Baton Rouge and has played in more games (254) than any other active player in the country. During her career, she has posted a .314 batting average with 236 hits, 24 doubles, 6 triples, 1 HR, and 29 stolen bases. She will add more depth to the outfield for SYFP as well as bring in some fresh speed on the base-paths.
Scrap Yard Fast Pitch Head Coach, Mike Steuerwald had nothing but praise for the collegiate players that will be invited to join the 2018 SYFP roster. When asked about the invitees, Steuerwald said, “I am excited for the group of seniors that we have invited to join Scrap Yard Fast Pitch team this summer. This group contains some of the best players in the country, and each one of these players will provide depth at their position. Knowing the quality of coaching each of these players has received at the collegiate level will allow them to fit right in with the veterans and will help each of them be successful competing against the best players in the world.”
Scrap Yard Fast Pitch Director Connie May is committed to providing these young with the opportunity to continue their playing careers beyond college. When asked, she said, “We are excited to be able to have such a talented group of athletes that are as good off the field as they are on the field. They will make an immediate impact on both the team and the community, and leave the fans in AWE every time they step out on the field.”
About Scrap Yard Fast Pitch
Scrap Yard Fast Pitch, LLC was established to create sustainable professional softball opportunities for elite female athletes so they could earn a living while playing the game they love. It will begin competition in the summer of 2018, not only providing elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career, but to inspire future generations of professional softball players. Located in the Houston area, Scrap Yard Fast Pitch is committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow Scrap Yard Fast Pitch on Facebook (@ScrapYardFP), Twitter (@ScrapYardFP), or Instagram (@ScrapYardFP) to keep up with the latest happenings.