Rosters Set For Philly College All-Stars vs. Force Softball Showdown

Philadelphia – Rosters have been announced for the Philadelphia College Softball All-Stars vs. The Philadelphia Force exhibition game that will be held on Friday, May 29 at Drexel Field. Five of the city’s six Div. I softball programs will be represented as well as all-stars from the University of the Sciences. The contest will be held a 5:00 p.m. at Drexel Field in the Vidas Athletic Complex on 43rd and Powelton Ave. A clinic for players ages six-to-18 will follow the game. Information on the clinic is available by clicking here.

Some of Philadelphia’s top collegiate softball players will take the field against the city’s Pro Fastpitch League franchise. Among the representatives is Penn sophomore Alisha Prystowsky, who is the Quakers’ lone representative in the game. The catcher was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection this season after leading Penn in batting average, home runs, doubles, and slugging percentage. The Quakers finished second in the Ivy League’s South Division behind league champion Cornell.

Representing Drexel will be Christina Rodriguez, Sandi Wambold, Kristen Beaver, Amanda Shattuck and Lisa Williams. Rodriguez recently completed her career as Drexel’s all-time leader in runs scored and ranked among the program’s best in hits doubles, homers and RBIs. Wambold is Drexel’s all-time leader in home runs and Williams ranks among Drexel’s top players in runs scored and stolen bases. Shattuck posted a winning record for Drexel this season and is among the program’s top five in saves.

La Salle’s contingent includes three seniors who were all starters for the Explorers this season. Ali Sheppard, Mary Pat Conville and Laura Gallagher will all take the field to represent their team. Conville led La Salle in runs scored this season and ranked third in batting and RBIs for first-year Head Coach Brianne Brown’s squad. Gallagher was one of the team’s top defensive outfielders this season, starting in all 38 of the Explorers’ games this year, while Sheppard ranked third on the team in hits and doubles.

Erin Gallagher and Laura Cardone will represent Saint Joseph’s on the city all-star team. Gallagher was one of the Hawks’ top starters this season. She posted an 8-6 record on the season with a stingy 3.12 ERA. Batters hit just .227 against her this season. Cardone was Saint Joseph’s top base stealer this season and ranked second on the team with 34 runs scored while helping the Hawks to a 27-20 record and a 11-7 mark in A-10 play under Head Coach Teri Adams.

Temple will be represented by pitcher/first baseman Katie Burdeaux. The versatile utility player ranked second on the team in hits, homers, RBIs and slugging percentage this season. Burdeaux was also the ace of the Quakers’ pitching staff this season. She posted a 2.65 ERA in 129.1 innings of work. She threw 12 complete games, including two shutouts and opponents hit just .243 against her on the season for Head Coach Joe DePietro’s squad.

Samantha Tu and Loren Martinez of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia will round out the roster for the city all-stars. Tu was the team’s top batter this season, she led the Devils with a gaudy .393 batting average and 24 RBIs. She also picked up her 100th career hit this season. Martinez was a key role player and senior leader for Head Coach Cindy Rabideau’s USP squad this season.

The Philadelphia Force finished second in the National Pro Fastpitch League last season with a 31-17 record and advanced to the semifinals of the NPF Championship. The team was led by the bat of Kellie Wilkerson, who hit .407 with four homers and 22 RBIs, and the arm of ace pitcher Katie Burkhart, who posted a 13-5 record with a 1.87 ERA on the season. Burkhart, Wilkerson, Sharonda McDonald, Chelsea Spencer and Emily Friedman all represented the Force as NPF All-Stars last season. The Force bolstered its roster in the off-season by signing All-Star pitcher Jessica Salinger from Chicago and trading for All-Star catcher Savannah Brown, reuniting the two All-America battery mates from Georgia Tech.

Following the exhibition game, softball players in attendance will have the opportunity to meet and work with top-notch collegiate players and professionals at the highest level of the sport. The clinic staff will include Drexel Head Coach Kim Camara, La Salle Head Coach Brianne Brown, Saint Joseph’s Head Coach Teri Adams, Temple Head Coach Joe DePietro and USP Head Coach Cindy Rabideaux and Force coaches Jeffrey Franquet and Carl Taylor. Members of both the City All-Star Team and the Force will also help as clinic instructors.

Opening pitch for the contest is set for 5:00 p.m. at Drexel Field on 43rd and Powelton Ave. in West Philadelphia. Tickets are $15 for the game and $25 for those attending the game and the clinic. For ticket information and directions to Drexel Field, visit www.drexeldragons.com. Contact Drexel Head Softball Coach Kim Camara kc392@drexel.edu for more information about the event.

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