Reigning National Pro Fastpitch Defensive Player of the Year Ashley Charters has announced her retirement as a competitive softball player.
Charters, who spent her entire three-year professional playing career as a member of the USSSA Pride, is coming off of arguably her most successful season as a pro. She was named All-NPF for the third consecutive season and, as mentioned above, took home the league's Defensive Player of the Year award.
She was drafted by the Rockford Thunder with the first pick of the third round of the 2009 draft, the eleventh selection overall. She spent 2009 and 2010 as a member of the US National team, before committing to the NPF in 2011.
Charters' name was conspicuously absent from the list of players the Pride had resigned for the 2014 season, prompting some questions about her playing future.
According to the release, her post-retirement plans include continuing cross-country traveling for camps and lessons, as well as a concentration on Glitterbandz, the headband company she co-founded.
As one of the premier players in the professional league, it's rather sad to see Ashley go, but we certainly wish her well in the future! You can follow Ashley on Facebook and Twitter @ADCharters11
You can read the full press release here. WSN247.com first broke the story.