Mizzou’s Marston and Thomas selected in pro fastpitch draft

By Karl Roskamp

Missouri softball players Jenna Marston and Chelsea Thomas were selected 19th and 20th respectively in the National Pro Fastpitch college softball draft  in Nashville on Monday.

The Chicago Bandits picked Marston, a catcher and former shortstop. The Kissimmee, Fla.,-based USSSA Pride subsequently took two-time All-American Thomas.

Marston made the transition to catcher for her junior season and has caught Thomas and the Tigers’ pitching staff since. She currently ranks second in school history with 171 career runs scored and 120 walks. Marston was named a First Team Academic All-American in 2012.

Thomas is school leader in strikeouts with 1,048 and is the only two-time First Team All American in program history. She was also named Big 12 Pitcher of the Year in 2011 and 2012.

Coach Ehren Earleywine said on Tuesday that National Pro Fastpitch softball “hasn’t really taken off” despite being around for 14 seasons. He suggested that Thomas might honor her obligations to the women’s national softball team. Marston was unavailable for comment.

National Pro Fastpitch consists of four teams and the season opens on June 5, with many of the games broadcast on ESPN. USSSA Pride won the conference last year with a record of 31-12. The Chicago Bandits were second with a 25-19 record.

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