The Oklahoma Sooners continue to produce top talent on the softball diamond evidenced by the number of players being selected in the National Pro Fastpitch League Draft each year. Held on Monday night, the 2019 Draft featured three players from the program.
Selected third overall by the USSSA Pride, Sydney Romero will join a couple of former teammates. More importantly, the third baseman now possesses an opportunity to play alongside her sister and former NCAA Player of the Year, Sierra Romero.
In 2018, Syndey earned First Team All-American honors. According to SoonerSports.com, the senior “ranks in third nationally this season in total bases (122), sixth in hits (61), eighth in batting average (.462) and ninth in slugging percentage (.924) and runs per game (1.18). Additionally, her 15 home runs as a senior rank 17th, while her strikeout rate (33.0 at-bats per strikeout) is 16th nationally.” The numbers have Romero in contention for National Player of the Year.
With the ninth overall selection, the Chicago Bandits selected Caleigh Clifton. Producing her best offensive season to date, the second baseman leads the Big 12 in on-base-percentage at .542 on the year. As an Oklahoma native, Clifton has earned All-Big 12 honors three times and looks to add a fourth to her resume.
Last but certainly not least, Shay Knighten was selected with the twentieth overall pick. Headed to USSSA Pride as well, the first baseman rounds out the trio of picks hailing from Norman. As a two-time All-American, Knighten earned Most Valuable Player honors at the 2017 Women’s College World Series.
Placing 23 different players into the NFPL, the Oklahoma Sooners lead all programs.