Former Texas softball All-American Taylor Thom took no time putting her name in the Dallas Charge record books.
Thom hit the first home run in the National Pro Fastpitch franchise’s history in the second inning of a 5-1 win over the Pennsylvania Rebellion Thursday night. It was also the first win for the Charge. The Vista Ridge High School graduate was 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
“It’s kind of an amazing honor to be the first person to ever hit a home run on the Dallas Charge. That’s super exciting, I think,” Thom said. “You know, my first at bat I was kind of struggling, wasn’t seeing too good of pitches and then the second at bat I really just wanted to make sure I got a pitch in the zone and lucky enough, I did,”
The Dallas Charge is playing in their first season in the NPF. The Charge’s roster is made up heavily of former Longhorns, including assistant coach Chez Sievers, infielder Nadia Taylor and Thom. Current Texas assistant coach Jennifer McFalls is the head coach of the Charge.
There are six former Longhorns playing professionally in NPF. Cat Osterman, Megan Willis and Brejae Washington play for the USSSA Pride in Orlando, Fla. and Mandy Ogle plays for the Rebellion.
Thom and Taylor will meet the USSSA Pride this weekend in a four-game series at the The Ballfields at Craig Range in McKinney beginning Saturday. The June 8 and June 9 games between the Charge and USSSA Pride will be televised on CBS Sports Network beginning at 6 p.m.