Softball's Kim DePaul Picked Eighth In The Women's Pro Softball League Senior Draft
Dec. 5, 2000
SEATTLE - University of Washington senior third baseman Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas) has been selected as the eighth pick overall by the Tampa Bay FireStix in the 2000 Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) Senior Draft. DePaul, a second-round selection, was one of 24 college seniors picked by one of the league's four teams.
DePaul has been a three-year starter at third base for the UW, appearing in over 200 games, while earning second-team all-Pac 10 honors in both 1998 and 2000. She already ranks in the Washington career top 10 in seven categories, including walks (2nd - 108), on-base percentage (5th - .432) and RBI (5th - 108).
DePaul becomes the fourth Husky to be selected by a team in the WPSL's Senior Draft. Last season, standouts Jeanine Giordano (Tampa Bay FireStix), Jamie Graves (Akron Racers) and Jennifer Spediacci (Tampa Bay FireStix) were picked 19th, 20th and 22nd, respectively. Former UW player and assistant coach Jennifer Cline also was chosen seventh in the 1999 Elite/Supplemental Draft by the Tampa Bay FireStix.
Of the four players drafted in 1999, only Cline actually saw any action last summer, playing in 31 games. Three other former UW players have competed for teams in the WPSL, including Sara Pickering (Virginia Roadsters - 1999), Leanne Rosser (Virginia Roadsters - 1999) and Heather Tarr (1998 - Tampa Bay FireStix).
The WPSL was created in 1997 and currently consists of four teams located in Akron, Ohio, and Plant City, Fla. The league plans to expand to at least six teams nationwide in 2002. The Akron Racers, Florida Wahoos, Ohio Pride and Tampa Bay FireStix will play a 40-game regular-season schedule that begins in June 2001.
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