Charters Selected In National Pro Fastpitch Draft

Feb. 17, 2009

AKRON, Ohio - Washington senior All-American shortstop Ashley Charters was the 11th overall selection in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) draft held on Tuesday. She was chosen with the first pick of the third round by the Rockford Thunder.

The 2009 version of the draft featured five rounds and a total of 25 selections. Due to NCAA regulations, an active college senior-athlete is not eligible to sign with her respective franchise until her 2009 college season is finished.

Charters is the spark plug for the 9-0 Huskies, who are ranked No. 3 in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. The senior leads the team with a .458 batting average, 11 hits, 11 runs scored and six stolen bases and is tied for the team lead with seven RBI.

The senior redshirted the 2008 season after earning Second Team All-America honors in 2007, leading the Huskies to the Women's College World Series where she was named to the All-Tournament Team. She batted .391 with nine doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 36 stolen bases as a junior. Charters was a Third Team All-American as a sophomore in 2006, leading the team with a .368 average 75 hits and 27 stolen bases.

The speedy leadoff hitter has six stolen bases this season, moving her into third on the all-time list with 102 steals, just 11 shy of tying the all-time school record. She also ranks in the top 10 all time at UW in batting average, on base percentage, runs and triples.

Charters is one of several Huskies selected in recent NPF drafts and is the first since Aimee Minor was chosen by the Connecticut franchise in 2006. Other recent Husky draftees include Kristen Rivera, who was a first round pick and the sixth pick overall in 2005 by the Texas Thunder, and Tia Bollinger, who was selected in the fifth round by the Akron Racers in 2004. Former UW All-Americans Jaime Clark, Jennifer Spediacci and Jenny Topping have also played in league. Clark was a four-year member of the Chicago Bandits and was named the 2008 NPF Offensive Player of the Year.

Additionally, current Husky assistant coach Gina Carbonatto played in the NPF the last two seasons with the New England RipTide.

The Huskies take their undefeated record to Palm Springs this weekend for the prestigious Cathedral City Classic, which includes a showdown between the No. 3/7 Huskies and No. 2 Florida, Friday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. PT.

NPF 2009 Draft Selections

ROUND 1
1 (1) Akron (Trade from Washington)- Kaitlin Cochran, OF, Arizona State
2 (2) Akron - DJ Mathis, P, Oklahoma
3 (3) Rockford - Laurie Wagner, OF, Houston
4 (4) Philadelphia - Brette Reagan, IF, Baylor
5 (5) Chicago - Brandice Balschmiter, P, Massachusetts

ROUND 2
1 (6) Rockford - Jenae Leles, IF/3B, Arizona
2 (7) Akron - Brittany Weil, P, Iowa
3 (8) Washington - Kim Waleszonia, OF/CF, Florida
4 (9) Philadelphia - Lillian Hammond, OF, Tennessee
5 (10) Chicago - Tammy Williams, SS, Northwestern

ROUND 3
1 (11) Rockford - Ashley Charters, IF/2B, Washington
2 (12) Akron - Samantha Ricketts, 1B, Oklahoma
3 (13) Washington - Stacey Nelson, P, Florida
4 (14) Chicago - Jaime Schloredt,C, Sacramento State
5 (15) Chicago - Jessica Valis, OF, Houston

ROUND 4
1 (16) Philadelphia - Danielle Kinley, OF, Penn State
2 (17) Akron - Melissa Pura, SS, Cal Poly
3 (18) Akron (Traded from Washington) - Micaela Minner, C/1B/OF, Missouri
4 (19) Akron - Sari-Jane Jenkins, OF, Oregon
5 (20) Chicago - Amber Patton, 3B, DePaul

ROUND 5
1 (21) Rockford - Ashley Holcombe, C, Alabama
2 (22) Akron - Missy Penna, P, Stanford
3 (23) Washington - Maddy Coon, SS, Stanford
4 (24) Rockford - Breanna Brown, OF, North Carolina
5 (25) Chicago - Izmena Cabrera, OF, Sacramento State

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