Jade Rhodes and Janelle Lindvall Photo Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
THE WOODLANDS, TX (August 1, 2016) – Scrap Yard Dawgs General Manager Connie May announced today the signing of former Oregon Ducks catcher Janelle Lindvall, along with Auburn standout Jade Rhodes. Both players are signing contracts through the 2017 season.
Janelle Lindvall, a catcher from the University of Oregon (2013-2016) and Stevenson Ranch, California native, comes to the Dawgs with experience playing for the USA National Team. Prior to her time with Team USA, Janelle had a standout career as a Duck, including a 201-36 overall record, resulting in a .848 winning percentage over her four years with Oregon. She has two sisters, Devon and Lauren. Devon played four years of softball as a UCLA Bruin (2010-2013) while younger sister Lauren followed in Janelle’s footsteps and is currently a sophomore utility player for the Oregon Ducks softball team.
Janelle impressed both behind the plate and at the plate in her first three seasons and combined for a .316 batting average, .587 slugging percentage, and .430 on base percentage. Lindvall was a part of three NCAA Regional tournaments, along with two WCWS appearances, playing an integral role in the Ducks 2014 season, the winningest in program history when they reached the semifinals of the WCWS, defeating Florida State and defending champions Oklahoma. The 2014 season marked their first number one ranking as well. She was named to the 2013 PAC-12 Freshman Team, 2014 Pacific All-Region Team and 2nd Team All PAC-12. Producing a stellar junior campaign earned herself 2015 1st Team All PAC-12, PAC-12 All Defense Team, and 1st Team All-Pacific Region accolades.
“I am excited to see what this unique opportunity has to offer. I think it will be fun!” said Janelle Lindvall on her thoughts of playing in the NPF.
The former Tigers player (2013-2016) Jade Rhodes is most recently remembered for her senior campaign with Auburn Softball in their best season yet. Rhodes scored the lone run in homerun fashion during the Tigers 2-1 loss in game three of the Championship series at the WCWS against Oklahoma. A Sarasota, Florida native, the first baseman ended her collegiate playing career on a high note, earning NFCA 3rd Team All-American, NFCA All-Region 2nd Team, All-SEC 2nd Team, and SEC All-Defensive Team in 2016. A solid defensive player, Jade holds a career fielding percentage of .991, committing just 12 errors in 1,361 total chances. An equal threat up to bat, she slugged an incredible .703 on the 2016 season with 20 home runs and 74 RBIs.
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About the Scrap Yard Dawgs:
The Scrap Yard Dawgs will begin competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2016. The Dawgs will provide elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Houston area, the Dawgs organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dawgs at www.scrapyarddawgs.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF):
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
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