Scrap Yard Fast Pitch
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|Scrap Yard Fast Pitch|
National Pro Fastpitch (2016–2017)|
|Ballpark||Scrapyard Softball Complex|
|Year founded||October 23, 2015|
|League championships||1 (2017)|
|Regular season championships||0|
|General Manager||Connie May|
The Scrap Yard Fast Pitch are an independent women's professional softball team based in Conroe, Texas, just north of Houston. Established in October 2015 as the Scrap Yard Dawgs, the team played in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The Dawgs are the first NPF team to be based in the Houston area since the Texas Thunder became the Rockford Thunder in the 2007 season. In 2017, the Dawgs won their first NPF title against Pride in the best of 3 game series.
After having its franchise terminated by the NPF, the team went independent under the name Scrap Yard Fast Pitch.
On May 5, 2016, the Dawgs signed free agent Monica Abbott to a six-year contract, believed to be worth $1 million; the contract was believed to be the most lucrative paid by an individual American professional franchise to an active female athlete in any team sport.
For the 2017 season, the Dawgs hired Texas A&M associate head coach Gerry Glasco as their head coach. Glasco's assistants would be Oregon's Jimmy Kolaitis and Joe Guthrie of Bucknell. Glasco was head coach of the USSSA Pride in 2014. Kolaitis was an assistant coach for the Chicago Bandits in 2013. The Dawgs finished second during the regular season and won the 2017 Cowles Cup Championship.
On January 28, the Dawgs announced via press release they would no longer be affiliated with the NPF. The NPF terminated their franchise on January 29 citing that the team had violated several league operating rules and franchise requirements. The team indicated they would continue as an independent team under the name Scrap Yard Fastpitch.
Scrap Yard Dawgs roster
(YYYY = Final season of player contract)
All-time head coaches
|1||Javier Vela, Tripp MacKay||2016||48||29||19||.604||3||1||2||.333|
|2016||29||19||0||2nd place National Pro Fastpitch||Lost to Chicago Bandits 2-games-to-1 in NPF Semifinals|
|2017||31||18||0||2nd place National Pro Fastpitch||Won NPF Championship 2-games-to-1 over USSSA Pride, Defeated Akron Racers 2-games-to-0 in NPF Semifinals|
- "NPF Announces Houston Expansion Team in 2016". ProFastpitch.com. October 23, 2015. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
- "NPF adds sixth team, Houston". Observer–Reporter. Washington, Pennsylvania. October 23, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
The National Pro Fastpitch added an expansion team for the 2016 season. The new team will be known as the Scrap Yard Dawgs and will be based in Conroe, Texas, just north of Houston.
- "NPF announces Scrap Yard Dawgs as Newest Expansion Team". ScrapYardDawgs.com. October 23, 2015. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
- Graham Hays (May 5, 2016). "Monica Abbott wants change after signing $1 million contract with NPF expansion team". espnW.com. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
- Kayla Lombardo (October 17, 2016). "Scrap Yard Dawgs set coaching staff for second NPF season". Excelle Sports. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
- "National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Terminates Houston-Based Scrap Yard Dawgs". NPF. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
- Chez Sievers (January 28, 2018). "Scrap Yard Dawgs Announce They Are Leaving NPF". FloSoftball.com. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
| Cowles Cup NPF Champions
Scrap Yard Dawgs