The Florida State Seminoles emerged as the winner of Women’s College World Series over the Washington Huskies last night. Their 2-0 series victory marked the first time that an ACC team was able to capture the national title, and officially ended the 2018 collegiate softball season. But while no college will be playing an official game until next spring, The American Softball Association (ASBA) will be hosting it’s inaugural draft tonight at 5pm EST in Mobile, Alabama. Games are scheduled to start in the middle of the month.
Former Pittsburgh Panthers, catcher Giorgiana Zeremenko and infielder McKayla Taylor will be a part of the pool of draft eligible players.
The #ASBA proudly welcomes 2018 First Team All- @ACCsoftball selection and @Pitt_SB great, Giorgiana Zeremenko‼️ Giorgiana holds @Pitt_ATHLETICS Single Season AND Career home run records ☄️ pic.twitter.com/01koZNNTZt— ASBA Pro Softball (@ASBAsoftball) May 16, 2018
Both enjoyed decorated careers while at Pitt.
The #ASBA proudly welcomes @Pitt_SB and @ACCsoftball standout, McKayla Taylor‼️ McKayla finished her career first in program history in career assists (597)and first in program history in career RBIs (150). pic.twitter.com/bC4VfDK65o— ASBA Pro Softball (@ASBAsoftball) June 4, 2018
Given that it’s the inaugural season, it’s hard to say if both have a good chance of being drafted. For what it’s worth, @realSportsFan11 posted a mock draft on Twitter, which the official ASBA account (@ASBAsoftball) retweeted. Both Zeremenko (#20) and Taylor (#35) were comfortably in the top-76, and within the first 56 players selected which are the players officially on one of the four teams.
The draft will be streamed on the ASBA Network which is a subscription-based service that is $9.99 a month. Not only will you be able to stream any game, but it will also include pregame and postgame coverage and interviews.
Only time will tell, but from everything I’ve read about the ASBA it’s far more than just a professional softball league. The association hopes to create career and mentoring opportunities for its players.
Best of luck to Zeremenko and Taylor tonight. The latter is set to be in attendance during the draft. Here’s hoping that the ASBA creates more opportunities, not only for graduating Panthers, but for elite softball players who are looking to continue playing a game they love.
UPDATED— ASBA Pro Softball (@ASBAsoftball) June 5, 2018
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