A few weeks ago, Tony and I went to Peoria for a Women's Professional Fastpitch (WPF) game between the USSSA Pride and the Oklahoma City Smoke. One of the main reasons and a highlight was seeing Jordyn Rudd.
Jordyn was a catcher for Northwestern. A Gold Glove winner, she was drafted by the WPF and Athletes Unlimited. She chose the WPF and joined the Pride.
I have the pleasure of watching Jordyn for her entire career with the Wildcats. I interviewed her earlier this year. That interview is at On the Beat With Jordyn Rudd.
Jordyn is a very talented player and a leader on and off the field. She was excellent from the start and developed into one of the best I have seen.
I messaged Jordyn telling her I would be at the game. She hit a home run in the game, as the Pride went on to win in extra innings. After the game, we hung by the dugout hoping to catch up with her. She was one of the first out and we talked for a few minutes.
It was great seeing this young athlete now a pro. She seems to be soaking it all in, as well she should. She worked hard for everything she has and has earned a sport on the Pride. I hope she has a long career and I hope to see her again.
I only wish the WPF had a team in Chicago. In its second season, the WPF has teams in Oklahoma City, Texas, Alabama and Florida (the Pride). Both seasons, they played a series in Peoria. Hopefully, next year they will do so again and I will be there again!