USSSA Pride owner, Don DeDonatis, announced in early January the team’s participation in the prestigious college tournament, the Cathedral City Classic. The Pride started off the week facing Cal Lutheran University on Monday, then face off on Tuesday against Cal St. Northridge. The Pride on Wednesday will then travel south to Palm Springs in what is hoped to be a very successful showing of professional and college softball.
The annual event will take place at its traditional venue, Big League Dreams Sports Park.The showcase features 34 college softball teams, including 22 NCAA Tournament teams from last season, five 2011 WCWS teams and 19 All-American softball student-athletes.
“Bringing our girls to this tournament not only gives the NPF (National Pro-Fastpitch) great exposure but we want to show current college players that there will be a competitive and successful professional league waiting for them once they graduate,” said DeDonatis.
The Pride will start the week off in Los Angeles, California playing an exhibition game against Cal State Northridge. Former Olympian and Matadors Head Coach Tairia Flowers said, “We’re excited to bring some of the best in our sport to our campus for what should be a great day. The Pride brings in a talented roster of former college standouts and our club is looking forward to the test.”
After facing the Matadors, the Pride will then travel to Palm Springs to face Cal State San Marcos (2/23), Concordia College (2/25), and Victor Valley (2/26).
For more information on the Cathedral City Classic and how to get tickets click here.
Pride Players for the week of 2/19-2/26
Tuesday February 21
1:00 PM USSSA Pride vs. Cal State Northridge
Thursday February 23
8:00 PM USSSA Pride vs. Cal State San Marcos
Saturday February 25
7:30 PM USSSA Pride vs. Concordia College
Sunday February 26
3:00 PM USSSA Pride vs. Victor Valley
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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