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Pitchers Dominate 1998 WPF Draft
PALM SPRINGS, CA, DECEMBER 7 -- Pitching was the focal point for the 1998 WPF
Draft, held in conjunction with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association
convention in Palm Springs, Calif. The top four selections and six of the first
eight picks were pitchers. A complete list of the 1998 WPF Draft is attached.
Georgia opened the draft by taking Desarie Knipfer, an all-American pitcher
from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo who struck out 232 batters in 203 innings in her
junior season. Carolina followed with the selection of pitcher Eve Gaw of
Washington, a key player who has been a part of two NCAA Womens College World
Series teams in Seattle. Tampa Bays third pick was Iowas Debbie Bilbao, one
of the top pitchers in the Big Ten, and a three-time participant in the NCAA
Womens College World Series. Durham followed with pitcher Sheryl Shreve of
Purdue, an all-Big Ten performer. ***ias first selection was Ohio State
outfielder Jodi Dolan, an all-Big Ten selection for the Buckeyes. Tampa Bay
ended the first round by selecting shortstop Ali Viola of Nebraska, an
all-American who is one of the top hitters in the country.
Carolina participated in both draft-night trades. In its first transaction, the
Diamonds sent the rights of second baseman Patty Becker to ***ia for the
Roadsters third-round selection, the 17th overall pick. The Diamonds also sent
the rights of shortstop Crystal Boyd to Georgia for the Prides fourth-round
selection, the 20th overall pick. The Diamonds ended the night with six of the
top 20 selections in the draft.
"WPF provides a professional playing opportunity for the very finest fastpitch
athletes in the nation," said Rayla Allison, WPF vice president/league
director. "The 60 draft selections represent the top senior athletes graduating
from the finest college programs in the nation. The WPF fans will have an
opportunity to see these stars in action during the 1998 season."
The second season of WPF will commence on May 29, 1998, with the Carolina
Diamonds, Durham Dragons, Georgia Pride, Tampa Bay FireStix and ***ia
Roadsters chasing the 1997 WPF champion Orlando Wahoos for the league
championship. The 66-game schedule will be played over a 14-week period in two
halves, with the majority of games occurring Thursday through Sunday. The
championship series featuring the winners of each half of the season will take
place the first week of September.
AT&T Wireless Services, the title sponsor of WPF, provides a full range of
wireless services to more than 7 million customers across the nation. In 1997,
AT&T Wireless Services will expand the southeast regions comprehensive,
state-of-the-art digital PCS communications system providing wireless data,
voice and messaging communications. AT&T Wireless Services meets the business
and personal communications needs of people, anywhere, anytime.
1998 WPF DRAFT -- December 6, 1997 -- Palm Springs, Calif.
Round 1 Player Pos. School
1. Georgia Desarie Knipfer P Cal
2. Carolina Eve Gaw P Washington
3. Tampa Bay Debbie Bilbao P Iowa
4. Durham Sheryl Scheve P Purdue
5. ***ia Jodi Dolan OF Ohio State
6. Tampa Bay Ali Viola SS Nebraska
Round 2 Player Pos. School
7. Carolina Leanne Tyler P Oklahoma
8. Georgia Whitney Floyd P California
9. Tampa Bay Kristi Bolle IF Oklahoma
10. Georgia Cheri Shinn UT
11. ***ia Jennifer Jaime P Oklahoma
12. Orlando Sandy Rhea OF Utah
Round 3 Player Pos. School
13. Georgia Chelo Lopez IF CS-Northridge
14. Carolina Jodi Otten 2B Louisiana
15. Tampa Bay Rachel Johnson OF Oklahoma
16. Durham Jennifer Smith C Nebraska
17. Carolina Raja Woods UT Arizona St.
18. Orlando Monica Armendarez 3B Indiana
Round 4 Player Pos. School
19. Carolina Jen Buford 2B Colorado
20. Carolina Stephanie Bonillas 3B N. Mexico St.
21. Tampa Bay Kim Slover 1B Missouri
22. Durham Jenny Schoen OF Purdue
23. ***ia Kelly Buckley C
24. Orlando Kellyn Tate OF Michigan
Round 5 Player Pos. School
25. Georgia Tia Morenz C Hawaii
26. Carolina Victoria Ruelas IF San Jose St.
27. Tampa Bay Cara Johnson UT W. Illinois
28. Durham Roxanne Tsosie P Arizona St.
29. ***ia Kim Peck P Fresno St.
30. Orlando Kristy Hull C Florida
Round 6 Player Pos. School
31. Carolina Corina Lilly P San Jose
32. Georgia Nina Lindenberg 2B Fresno St.
33. Tampa Bay Jennifer Kintz OF Fla. Atlantic
34. Durham Jill Haas 3B Sacramento
35. ***ia Julie Garcia OF
36. Orlando Lori Osterberg SS USL
Round 7 Player Pos. School
37. Georgia Amanda Favorite IF Long Beach St.
38. Carolina Erin Hickey OF DePaul
39. Tampa Bay Michelle Reeve OF Centenary
40. Durham Sky Brown P South
41. ***ia Sara Fredstrom SS Colorado
42. Orlando Amy Robertson P TN-Chattanooga
Round 8 Player Pos. School
43. Carolina Brandy Arthur P/OF North Carolina
44. Georgia Lety Pineda C Arizona
45. Tampa Bay Nicola Walsh OF Long Beach St.
46. Durham Julie Crandall IF UNLV
47. ***ia Jenny Ackley 1B California
48. Orlando Trish Charbonneau IF Ill.-Chicago
Round 9 Player Pos. School
49. Georgia Diedre Shores OF SW Mo. St.
50. Carolina Jen Dean 3B Northern Iowa
51. Tampa Bay Laurie Fritz 2B/OF UCLA
52. Durham Kristen Drake 2B/SS California
53. ***ia Lith Webb 3B
54. Orlando Michelle Oswald SS NE Illinois
Round 10 Player Pos. School
55. Carolina Kim Guthridge 1B Massachusetts
56. Georgia Carolyn Wilson C Fresno State
57. Tampa Bay Alison Johnsen OF Arizona
58. Durham Laura Redding IF CS-Northridge
59. ***ia Tammy Pytel 2B N.
60. Orlando Missy Kazcor C N. Illinois
Notes--Selection #6 was acquired by Tampa Bay from Orlando in an earlier trade.
Selection #10 was acquired by Georgia from Durham in an earlier trade.
Selection #17 was acquired by Carolina from ***ia on draft night for the
rights to Patty Becker. Selection #20 was acquired by Carolina from Georgia on
draft night for the rights to Crystal Boyd.
Georgia and Carolina tied with the same record during the 1997 regular season.
Georgia lost more games to Carolina in the 1997 head-to-head series and chose
ahead of Carolina in the odd-numbered rounds. Carolina chose ahead of Georgia
in the even-numbered