“Dallas Charge is a new program and being from Texas, it’s a pretty cool opportunity,” said Fichtner. “The general manager got in touch with (Alabama Coach) Patrick Murphy and asked if I’d be interested. The NPF just keeps growing and the opportunity to play with such amazing athletes and play against them will be an amazing experience for me.”
Fichtner, a Houston native, played the past two seasons at Alabama after transferring from UT-San Antonio, where she was the 2012 Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year. At Alabama, she was a 2014 All-SEC selection and an Academic All-American, leading the Crimson Tide with a .391 average in SEC play as a senior. This season, she is serving as a volunteer assistant on the coaching staff.
“We are so happy that Molly gets to continue to play the game she absolutely loves,” said Alabama Head Coach Patrick Murphy. “The GM of the Dallas club, Kevin Shelton, emailed me and asked if Molly would be interested in playing this summer. I don’t think it took her very long to decide. We are really happy that she gets to play for a NPF franchise in her home state of Texas. It will be fun to see her play against the best softball players in the world.”
Fichtner becomes the third Texas native to join the Charge roster, joining second year pro Natalie Villarreal (Texas A&M) and fellow rookie Taylor Thom (University of Texas). A total of seven players have now signed so far with brand new Dallas franchise.
“I’m looking forward to meeting the players, building friendships with them and to the challenge of competing at the highest level,” said Fichtner. “This will also help me network with other former players and coaches and help further my coaching career.”
The Dallas Charge are the fifth team to join National Pro Fastpitch, joining the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Pride. In addition to Fichtner, three other Alabama alums are currently playing in the NPF: Kelley Montalvo and Charlotte Morgan with the Akron Racers and Kelly Kretschman with the USSSA Pride. Opening day of the 2015 NPF season is set for June 3.