The Aussie Spirit’s debut campaign in the National Pro Fastpitch league has been given a huge boost with the signing of two top-quality American pitchers.
With some Australian players not available for the first few weeks of the season, the Aussie Spirit needed some extra arms for their hectic schedule over the next few weeks.
With that in mind, they have recruited Monica Perry and Hannah Rogers to boost their pitching stocks.
Perry, 28, is no stranger to Australian softball, having played for the SA Starz as an import in the Gilley’s Shield. Playing for the Sturt Falcons, she won the league MVP in 2015-2016.
Before that, she had an outstanding college career with Florida State. In her senior year with the Seminoles she compiled a 19-9 win-loss record with a 1.95 ERA.
Aussie Spirit Head Coach Fabian Barlow remembers Perry from her time with the SA Starz.
“Monica kept some very good hitting lineups in check during her time pitching for the SA Starz in the Gilley’s Shield and it was always a tough day in the batter’s box facing her,” he says.
“It is a great signing for the Aussie Spirit to get Monica on our pitching staff for the NPF and she will certainly put the team in positions to win games she’s involved in.
Rogers, 26, was traded to the Aussie Spirit in exchange for a second-round draft selection. She brings three years of NPF experience to the Spirit.
“Hannah had an outstanding collegiate career with the University of Florida, which finished in 2014 with her pitching the Gators to a Women’s College World Series victory over Alabama,” Barlow says.
“She has also been a very successful pitcher for the USSSA Pride the last three years in the NPF.
“Hannah will bring a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge about what it takes to compete in the NPF, which will be critical as a majority of our playing group have never experienced it before.
“Hannah’s signing just added significantly to the credibility of the Aussie Spirit team in the NPF.”
The Aussie Spirit’s first game in the NPF is against the Beijing Eagles on May 19.
After the 48-game NPF season, the Spirit will head to Japan to prepare for the XVI Women’s Softball World Championship from August 2-12.