USSSA Pride, Scrap Yard Dawgs Announce 2020 Summer Tour
The USSSA Pride and Scrap Yard Dawgs have joined forces and announced a 2020 summer tour.
According to a press release, the two women's professional softball teams plan to face each other multiple times this summer at major youth tournaments across the country.
"By bringing the best professional players to these events, young players will be able to experience the shear elegance and awesome power of the game in a way that they may have never seen before," Scrap Yard Dawgs General Manager Connie May said in a statement. "Witnessing the intensity of professional competition will blow their minds—and hopefully inspire many of them to dream about their own futures."
Throughout the summer, Scrap Yard plans to host several players from Team USA on its roster, including pitchers Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott. USSSA will reportedly return the majority of its championship-winning National Pro Fastpitch roster from last season. Shortly after winning the NPF's Cowles Cup in August, the Pride announced their departure from the league.
"By bringing two of the world’s best professional softball teams to these USSSA events, we are able to inspire players and their families and entertain fans of all ages," USSSA CEO Donny DeDonatis said in a statement. "We are also able to give back to our USSSA member teams by creating opportunities for them to interact with professional and Olympic all-stars off the field."
The Pride and Dawgs, who both previously competed in the NPF, faced off in the 2017 NPF Championship Series, which the Dawgs won in three games.
The 2020 summer tour is slated to begin June 4 in Houston.