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Softball Great Jennie Finch To Appear At 2017 Softball Factory Pre-Season All-American Event

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Legendary USA Olympic Gold Medalist Softball pitcher and former collegiate All-American Jennie Finch will appear at the 2017 Softball Factory All-America Pre-Season Tournament, held at the Scrapyard Sports Complex in Conroe, TX, January 13-15, 2017.

The nation’s premier event features top, handpicked talent from across the country by Softball Factory’s scouting staff based on a strong performance at a previous Under Armour Softball Factory event or recommendation by a coach. Players have the opportunity to be selected to this prestigious event by attending a future Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout & College PREP event in the area of their choice.

Jennie is a great role model for young female athletes everywhere,” said Lea Ann Jarvis, Senior Director for Softball Factory. “She was that “give me the ball” type of pitcher that all coaches want in a player. Jennie’s career as a athlete is over but she continues to give back to the sport that gave to her in the right ways by teaching, coaching and being a great ambassador for the great game of softball.”

The University of Arizona alumnae who helped lead Team USA to the Gold Medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, also won a Silver Medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Her #27 jersey was retired by her alma mater, the University of Arizona in 2003 and she finished her collegiate career as the program’s career leader in strikeouts, shutouts, innings pitched and tied for no-hitters (8).

We are very excited to bring our Pre-Season All-Americans one of the best instructors and role models to ever grace the softball field,” said Steve Sclafani, CEO & Founder of Softball Factory. “This is a chance for our top players to celebrate their success with Olympic Gold Medalist and All-American Jennie Finch and also take the next step to improve as players. It’s going to be a fantastic weekend of softball!”

Players who are selected for this event will have personal interaction with Finch as she will provide special coaching for pitchers during the event, and meet with players throughout the day on Saturday.

The players will also be honored in a special ceremony as a Softball Factory Pre-Season All-American, powered by Under Armour. Jennie will be the featured speaker and be available to meet and take photos throughout the evening, prior to on-field activities.

The prestigious event is a great way for players to jumpstart their spring season, as they’ll compete against other top peers with the opportunity to be recognized as having “Top Tools” from the Pre-Season Tournament.

For more information on the event, please visit the Pre-Season Page here.

College Spotlight – University of Arizona

University of Arizona

Division: NCAA I

Conference: Pac-12

Nickname: Wildcats

School Size: 40,200

Mailing Address: Tucson, Arizona 85721

Team Site: University of Arizona Softball

Head Coach:

Mike Candrea- candrea@arizona.edu

Program Highlights:

    • Coach Candrea is coaching his 31st season with the Wildcats in 2016
    • Coach Candrea is the winningest coach in NCAA Division I Softball history with a record of 1,428-358-2 (.799)
    • Under Coach Candrea the Wildcats have made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament for 30 consecutive seasons, won eight national titles, and made 22 trips to the Women’s College World Series

Schedule Highlights:

The Wildcats are 20-9, 2-1 in the Pac-12, through their first 29 games in 2016

For information on camps held by Coach Candrea, click here.

For the Wildcats full 2016 schedule, click here.

More information for recruits can be found here.

2015 USA Junior National Team Selections – Madilyn Nickles and Alyssa Palomino

The USA Junior National Team announced team selections and Softball Factory alumni will play a pivotal role in the construction of the roster in 2015.

Softball Factory is proud to announce that six of the 17 players on this year’s team all spent time having attended training or
participated in Softball Factory camps or events.

Rounding out the selections are Madilyn Nickles, a UCLA commit and Alyssa Palomino, a signee at the University of Arizona. NiklesMadilyn

Nickles, who has committed to UCLA, attended a national tryout in Fresno, CA on November 10, 2013 is an infielder with explosive power at the plate.

She’s also solid defensively, showing off an outstanding arm with a quick release.



Palomino, an outfielder who has signed with the Wildcats, attended a national tryout in Fresno, PalominoAlyssaCA on November 9, 2014.

Alyssa demonstrated her athletic abilities, covering ground in the outfield with ease. At the plate, she had an
outstanding approach and hit to all fields with power.

We congratulate Softball Factory alumni, Rachel Garcia and Meghan Gregg for being selected to the 2015 USA Junior National Team!

Softball Factory is the official scouting partner for ASA/USA Softball in an effort to provide fast pitch players with more exposure to colleges and additional opportunities to be identified for the USA Softball Junior National Team.

To read yesterday’s Junior Team Selections, Rachel Garcia and Meghan Gregg, click here.