University of Missouri

Trio of Missouri players selected in pro softball draft

By Tod Palmer

Each of Missouri’s three senior softball players were all selected Thursday during the 2016 National Pro Fastpitch College Draft in Nashville.

Shortstop Sami Fagan was the No. 4 overall pick in the first round by the Akron Racers, while outfielders Emily Crane and Taylor Gadbois also were among the top-15 picks.

Fagan leads the Tigers with a .450 average and also has socked 10 home runs with 20 stolen bases, 40 RBIs and a team-high 43 runs scored this season.

Crane was chosen with the first pick of the second round — No. 7 overall — by the Scrap Yard Dogs from suburban Houston and Gadbois went 15th overall in the third round to the Dallas Charge.

Crane is batting .398 with a team-high 12 home runs and 42 RBIs. Her .843 slugging percentage also leads Mizzou.

“I’m not sure I can imagine not playing with Emily by my side or Sami playing in front of me, but I’m excited to see where this journey takes us all,” Gadbois, who is hitting .421 with a team-best 36 steals, said in a release MU athletics.

Kansas shortstop Chaley Brickey went No. 16 overall to the Pennsylvania Rebellion in suburban Pittsburgh.

Two other players with local ties also were selected.

Nebraska outfielder Kiki Stokes, an Olathe East graduate, was the No. 6 overall selection in the first round by the Scrap Yard Dogs in suburban Houston and Georgia second baseman Alex Hugo, an Olathe South graduate, was picked 10th by Akron.

Finally, Florida’s Kelsey Stewart, a graduate of Maize (Kan.) High in Wichita, went No. 12 overall in the second round by the Florida-based USSSA Pride and Missouri-St. Louis left-hander Hannah Perryman was chosen No. 37 in the sixth round by Akron.