Krebs signed by pro team

By Doug Fitzgerald published May 19, 2005

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs All-American catcher Crystal Krebs signed a contract Thursday with the Texas Thunder of National Pro Fastpitch.

Krebs broke the NCAA Division II record for home runs per game this past season, belting 25 in 48 games (0.52 per game). The old record was 0.47 set by Wisconsin-Parkside's Jackie Aiken in 1996.

Krebs, who transferred from Division I Texas-Arlington, hit .490 with 44 home runs and 129 RBIs during her Mountain Lions career. Despite playing only two seasons at UCCS, Krebs is the school's career leader in home runs and is second in RBIs. She holds the school single-season records for home runs, RBIs, hits and runs.

Krebs was named UCCS' student-athlete of the year in both 2003-04 and 2004-05.

The NPF consists of six teams: Akron Racers, Arizona Heat, Chicago Bandits, New England Riptide, NY/NJ Juggernaut and Texas Thunder. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL).The league features most of the players from the U.S. Olympic Team, including Jennie Finch, Crystal Bustos and Natasha Watley.

"This league has most of the best players in the world," said UCCS coach Scott Peterson. "It's a great testament to Crystal that the NPF wants her."

Last year, the Texas Thunder won the inaugural NPF regular season with a 41-17 record. Seven of its players were named to the NPF West All-Star team and the coaching staff received the NPF Coaching Staff of the Year Award. Local Houstonian and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Christa Williams won the "NPF Pitcher of the Year Award" and Lindsay Gardner won the "NPF Defensive Player of the Year Award." The Thunder plays its home games at the University of Houston's Cougar Softball Stadium.

The 2005 NPF season will run from June 2nd through August 28th and will consist of a 48-game regular season schedule for each team, play-offs and Championship Series. NPF continues to be the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of fastpitch softball and has recently developed a new alliance with ASA/USA Softball and the International Softball Federation (ISF). This alliance will help promote international play by inviting teams from China, Japan, Canada, Russia, Australia and Venezuela to play against NPF teams.

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