CORPUS CHRISTI – Former Islanders pitcher and current Islanders pitching coach Sarah Pauly along with her USSSA Pride teammates have clinched the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) championship. The nine-year NPF veteran and the Pride notched a best-of-three series win over the Chicago Bandits with back-to-back wins on Saturday.
For Pauly it's her third championship title and second with the Pride. She garnered her first one in 2007 with the Washington Glory and her second came in 2010 when she helped the Pride to their first championship series title. On Saturday, she was named to the All-Pro team for the sixth time in her career. Every season since Pauly started playing professional, from 2006-2013, she has been in the championship game, either taking first or second.
"This was an amazing summer and I'm blessed to still have the opportunity to be playing the game I love," Pauly said. "This game has been a lifelong lesson and I will cherish every second of it."
This season, Pauly tallied 90 strikeouts in 88 innings and finished with a 9-5 record. Her nine wins tied for second with Chicago's Andi Williamson and her 90 strikeouts ranked third in the league. She also finished in seventh place with a 3.18 ERA.
She will return to the Coastal Bend this week to join Islanders Head Coach Stephanie Hughes, Assistant Coach Jessica Rogers and 19 Islanders, including seven newcomers and 12 returners.
"I'm really looking forward to getting back with the program and our Islanders," Pauly added. "We're expecting big things in the season to come and I have learned so much more this summer that I am ready to share with the girls. It will be good to be home."
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