Wednesday night at the 2019 National Pro Fastpitch Awards Dinner, the USSSA Pride's Kelly Kretschman won the first ever Legacy Award. That moment of joy was followed by her retirement announcement. It was a bittersweet moment for sure.
Kelly has been nothing short of an elite player. She is a 5x Cowles Cup champion, a 2x Offensive Player of the Year, an 8x All-NPF Team selection, a gold medal winner in the 204 Olympics, a silver medal winner in the 2008 Olympics and much more. My fingers would get tired listing all of her accomplishments.
She has been a pleasure to watch and cover and even more to know. Kelly's level of dedication and passion for the sport is unreal. She is a true professional in every sense and a real class act. I will miss her immensely on the field, but I hope to see her around the NPF in the future.
The Pride won Game One of the Cowles Cup championship series. After the game, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kelly. We talked about the game, winning the Legacy Award and her retirement. Kelly has been on my interview "wish list" for a while and I am very happy to have finally achieved it.
Thank you to Kelly for her time and consideration. Much luck to Kelly wherever her future takes her. Thank you to her for all of the great memories.
Thanks also to the USSSA Pride, the Bandits and the NPF for the hospitality and facilitating my coverage. Check NationalProFastpitch.com for more info on the league.