Huskers in the Pros - 2016
A trio of Huskers who were multi-time All-Americans at Nebraska competed in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2016. Twin sisters Tatum and Taylor Edwards played their third professional season and second season with the Chicago Bandits in 2016, while Kiki Stokes was a rookie for the Scrap Yard Dawgs expansion franchise. The Huskers' three NPF players opened their season against each other on June 2 in Chicago, with the Bandits defeating the Dawgs, 6-4.
Tatum and Taylor Edwards - both two-time All-Americans at Nebraska - helped lead the Bandits to a second consecutive NPF title in 2016 after Chicago took home the championship in 2015. Taylor Edwards has been an All-NPF selection in both 2015 and 2016. Edwards, the 2014 Division I Catcher of the Year, ranked second in the NPF in 2016 in doubles (10) slugging percentage (.640) and was third in home runs (11) and RBIs (35). In 2015, she ranked second in the league in home runs (9) and RBIs (29). Tatum Edwards has won three games for the Bandits in the circle the past two seasons, and she slugged five doubles and drove in eight runs at the plate in 2016.
Kiki Stokes was a first-round draft pick in 2016 as she went No. 6 overall to the Scrap Yard Dawgs. The first outfielder taken in the 2016 NPF College Draft, Stokes became the highest draft pick in school history, just edging out Taylor Edwards, who was the No. 8 overall selection in the 2014 NPF Draft. A two-time All-American for the Huskers, Stokes ranked fourth in the league with a .600 slugging percentage and was fifth with two triples, while hitting .320 with seven doubles, eight homers and 25 RBIs. She helped the Dawgs to a playoff appearance in their inaugural season.