A trio of former Huskers will compete as teammates with the Scrap Yard Dawgs in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2017. Two-time All-American Taylor Edwards is in her fourth season in the NPF in 2017 and first with the Dawgs, while two-time All-American Kiki Stokes enters her second season with the Dawgs after an impressive rookie season in 2016. The duo will be joined by 2016 first-team All-American MJ Knighten, who was selected by the Scrap Yard Dawgs in the fifth round of the 2017 NPF Draft and signed a contract with the team in May.
The Scrap Yard Dawgs open their season on Thursday, June 8 at the Texas Charge. The trio of former Huskers will be looking to lead the Dawgs to an NPF title in the franchise's second season of existence. The Dawgs made the 2016 NPF playoffs, when Chicago - led by Taylor Edwards and her twin sister Tatum - won its second consecutive league title.
Taylor Edwards has been one of the league's top players the past two seasons, earning All-NPF honors in 2015 and 2016. Edwards, the 2014 Division I Catcher of the Year at Nebraska, ranked second in the NPF in 2016 in doubles (10) and 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). Stokes, the No. 6 overall selection and the first outfielder taken in the 2016 draft, put together a stellar rookie season last summer. 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.
Knighten begins her rookie season after ranking in the top five in Nebraska history in batting average, hits, runs, home runs, RBIs, extra-base hits and slugging percentage. She was Nebraska's first four-time All-Big Ten selection and was a three-time all-region honoree in addition to being named a 2016 first-team All-American.