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Kelly Franks

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped KELLY REPRESENT THE USA IN THE NETHERLENDS!!



The Team:

The USAAI team were all NCAA division three girls except for one division one girl, a relief pitcher, and two division two players, one being Kelly. The cather who was to be a member of their team was unable to go and notified USAAI a week before they were to leave. Another catcher was recruited, but again was unable to go with just days to go. So USAAI picked up one of the catchers from the pro team in the Netherlands.

The Opponents:

After hearing about other USAAI trips Kelly was concerned about the level of competition. On some of the previous trips, teams had trouble handling pitchers who threw 60 MPH, let alone Kelly's 68 MPH fastball.
Her worries were soon erased as the first game was against The Netherlands Olympic team, rated number 6 in the world.
Unlike the United States, the Netherlands has club teams rather than teams organized in leagues by age. These club teams have women from ages 13 to 40. Players are paid up to $20,000 to play on the teams. Most trying to compete to be "the" Olympic team. The teams with the biggest budget sign the best girls. The oldest player they played against was 36, the youngest was 13.

The Games:

Needles to say, a team that hasn't even practiced together was not much of a match for the Netherlands Olympic team.
Kelly entered the game in the 2nd inning with two outs and the USAAI team already behind 11-0 and pitched the remainder of the game. She gave up one earned run on an inside the park home-run down the right field line, and one unearned run in 2 innings of work.
The next opponent was the Netherlands Pro team. This team was organized to give the Olympic team a competative opponent.
The remmaing teams were rather inexperienced and young club teams. The manager decided to give pitching opportunities to the other pitchers since Kelly pitched the majority of the first two games. Kelly however, got the opportunity to play first and also bat (which she really enjoyed!). She hadn't batted since high school and enjoyed hitting again ending her career with a double.


Kelly pitching vs The Netherlands Olympic team
June 10th, 2015

 
 
 
 
 
 

Kelly playing vs one of the Netherlands Club teams
MP4 videos
June 13th, 2015

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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