Although the 2016 college softball season ended over two months ago, a big professional softball event is set to take place on the University of Alabama campus.

The National Pro Fastpitch Championship gets underway tomorrow from Rhoads Stadium with first pitch for game one at 5 PM. Four teams will compete for the chance to win the NPF title.

Four of Alabama’s former softball stars will return to compete this weekend. One of the four stars that will play in the NPF Championship and an all-time great for the Crimson Tide Kelly Kretschman offered a preview of the weekend on The Gary Harris Show.

Kretschman plays for the USSSA Pride and is in her 11th season in the league. The former Alabama star made history this season as she was the first NPF player to win the Triple Crown.

An 11-year veteran of professional softball, Kretschman detailed her vision for the sport.

“When I started 11 years ago in this league, it was always a goal for us to have an avenue for girls to have an opportunity to play softball after their college careers.” Kretschman said.

As Tuscaloosa has become one of college softball’s premier destinations, the former Alabama star expressed how fellow teammates and competitors appreciate the softball atmosphere in Tuscaloosa.

“I always hear it every summer from the players that have played here at Rhoads (Stadium) that aren’t on Alabama how awesome it is to play here, just because the atmosphere is so phenomenal and that they enjoy it so much.” Kretschman said.

Kretschman starred at Alabama from 1998-2001 and was part of the Crimson Tide’s first WCWS team in 2000. She described her pride for the progress of Alabama softball under head coach Patrick Murphy.

“There’s no words that can describe how proud and how amazed I am at where this program started at and where it has come to now.” Kretschman said.

Kretschman and the USSSA Pride face the Akron Racers Friday at 8 PM.

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