11-18-2013 November 18 Spy Update


USA Softball Olympian Monica Abbott will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Class Act Federal Credit Union Louisville Softball Bullpen Club Dinner presented by MPC Promotions. The annual dinner will be held on January 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Brown & Williamson Club at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

“The Bullpen Club Dinner is an event we look forward to every year,” said UofL head coach Sandy Pearsall. “This year we are bringing in one of the most accomplished pitchers in the game as our keynote speaker. We faced Monica Abbott a few times while she was at Tennessee and can I just say that we’re excited that she will be on our side this time. This event is an excellent opportunity for our players to connect with fans and alums and learn from the great players of our game such as Monica Abbott.”

About Monica Abbott: Monica Abbott is one of the most recognized names in the world of softball for her domination in the circle on the collegiate, international and professional levels. She helped lead USA Softball to a Silver Medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, still holds several NCAA records set during her four-time All-American career at Tennessee. She has spent six years in the National Professional Fastpitch league and is in her fourth season with the Japan Softball League.

Abbott first made her mark while playing at the University of Tennessee from 2003-07. She was a four-time All-America selection, three-time Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year, USA Softball Collegiate Pitcher of the Year and Honda Award Winner while leading the Lady Vols to three Women’s College World Series appearances and a runner-up finish in 2007. During her time at Tennessee, she led the nation in victories in each of her seasons and still holds the NCAA records for career victories, strikeouts, shutouts and single season strikeouts.

While playing for USA Softball, Abbott helped lead the team to a Silver Medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and recorded the first-ever perfect game in the Olympics in USA’s win over the Netherlands. She also helped USA Softball to four World Cup Championships, two World Championship Gold Medals and a Pan American Gold Medal.

Upon graduation from Tennessee, Abbott went on to play for the Washington Glory in the National Professional Fastpitch league and helped capture the league championship, while earning series MVP honors in 2007.  After the 2008 Olympic campaign, Abbott resumed play in the NPF from 2009-12, spending the last three seasons with the Chicago Bandits and earned back-to-back Picher of the Year honors in 2011 and 2012.  Abbott has also played in the Japan Softball League for the past four seasons and has led her team to the league championship while earning MVP honors three times.

About Louisville Softball: UofL posted a 47-13 overall record in 2013. The Cardinals finished the season at No .19 in the USA Today/NFCA rankings and No. 23 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball coaches’ poll.  Louisville reached as high as No. 7 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll – matching a program high – and spent four weeks in the top ten.  The Cardinals return eight letter winners from that team, including 2013 All-America selection Katie Keller, All-BIG EAST team members: Whitney Arion, Caralisa Connell, Hannah Kiyohara, Rachel LeCoq and Maggie Ruckenbrod; and 2012 All-America selection Taner Fowler.

Sandy Pearsall enters her 15th season as UofL’s head coach. After building the program from scratch in 2000, Pearsall has guided the Cardinals to five conference championships. Under her watch, Louisville has made 10 consecutive NCAA regional appearances and served as a host site in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Louisville will open the 2014 season in Boca Raton, Fla., at the FAU “Kickoff” Classic Feb. 7-9.

More Class Act Federal Credit Union Bullpen Club Dinner Information
The Bullpen Club Dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Brown & Williamson Club at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. A reception and silent auction start at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the evening are $50/individual or $500/$750 for a table of 10.



January 25, 2014

6:00 pm- 7:30 p.m.  – Reception/Cash Bar/Silent Auction

7:30 p.m.  – Dinner/Program


Brown & Williamson Club

Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium

2800 South Floyd Street, Louisville, KY 40292



February 8-9 Las Vegas, CA – Valentines Day Heartland  http://lvtourneys.com/ValentinesDay/

May 24th – 26th – Memorial Day Heartland Classic
Roseville / Sacramento

June 5th – 8th – Alabama Heartland Elite Summer Showcase, Gulf Shores, AL  www.alheartlandelitesummershowcase.com

June 6-8 – Fun Valley Heartland College Showcase – Hutchinson, KS www.tournamentasa.com

June 6-8 – Heartland College Showcase – Blue Springs, MO www.tournamentasa.com

June 13-15 – Heartland NSC Recruiting Tournament – Overland Park, KS www.tournamentasa.com

June 13-15 Sioux Falls, SD Heartland  www.sdasoftball.com

 June 20-22 Valley Invitational College Exposure Heartland Tournament www.valleyinvite.com 

June 27-29, Chattanooga TN, Eastern Elite/Heartland Series http://www.chattanoogaasa.com/

July 10-13, 2014 Atlantic Coast Elite Heartland Showcase Virginia Beach, VA  http://gfp.tournamentasa.com/17/


July 11-13 St. Louis, www.tournamentasa.com


 August 29th – Sept. 1st – Alabama Heartland Elite Labor Day Showcase, Gulf Shores, AL (website will come at a later date)


August 29th – Sept. 1st Gulf Shores, Heartland Alabama (Link will come at a later date, website still under construction)


July 19th & 20th – ASA Nationals Warm up
Roseville / Lincoln www.asatournaments.com


Sept 19-21 – Fun Valley Heartland College Showcase – Hutchinson, KS www.tournamentasa.com


Sep 20-21 Heartland College Showcase Roanoke Valley Roanoke Valley, VA http://gfp.tournamentasa.com/17/


Sept. 26-28 Fountain Valley, CA www.tournamentasa.com

 October 10-12 –  2014 Valley South College Exposure Tournament.(Heartland)www.valleysouthinvite.com

October 18th & 19th – Halloween Bash, Heartland
Roseville / Lincoln

October 24-26 Broken Arrow, OK Heartland Showcase, http://www.tournamentasa.com/ or http://www.bagsl.org/

October 31st-November 2nd, Heartland Fall Showcase, Chattanooga TN. http://www.chattanoogaasa.com/  


NPF Championship Series Awarded to Hoover, Alabama


Keilani Ricketts, USSSA Pride 2-time NCAA Player of the Year

Birmingham, AL – November 19, 2013
– The National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league has awarded their Championship Series to Southern Sports Group, a Birmingham based event management and marketing agency, in conjunction with the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Championships.


This will be the first time the NPF Championship Series will be held in Alabama with all games to be played at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, a venue that also hosts the SEC Baseball Championships.


The Championship Series is the league’s hallmark event and the culmination of regular season competition.  The Series will feature all four league teams and begin Wednesday, August 20th with four days of play concluding with the “best of 3” Finals on Friday, August 22 and Saturday August 23, 2014.


“We are excited about bringing professional softball to Alabama and the city of Hoover and believe our Championship Series will be welcomed by an avid group of fans in the South as well as across the nation, “ said NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf.  “The fastpitch softball fan base has exploded over the past 17 years with the addition of softball to the SEC slate of competitive sports, and we are so thrilled to share with this group the extraordinary talents of our professional athletes.”


The South has experienced dynamic softball growth in the recent years as college programs in the Southeastern Conference continue to rise to the top of the college ranks, with the University of Alabama capturing the WCWS Championship in 2012. The Series will undoubtedly return some of Alabama’s and the SEC’s superstars along with other of the nation’s most celebrated and decorated college players, Olympic gold and silver medalists, as well as top players and Olympians from both Canada and Japan.


“There has never been a better time to bring the NPF Championship Series to the Deep South, as we have some of the best softball fans in the country, “ said Southern Sports Group President, Sandy Thompson. “This top level of play, along with a great facility to showcase this talent, will make this event something special. “


About National Pro Fastpitch

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.



About Southern Sports Group (SSG)

Southern Sports Group is a full-service firm offering sports marketing, athlete management, sponsorship opportunities, and event management and marketing services for a variety of clients. For more information on SSG, its offerings, and partnership opportunities, contact Jennifer Wilson, Managing Partner, at (205) 202-4121 or jwilson@southernsportsgroup.com.



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