Alton Telegraph April 25, 2017
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Monday was nearly a perfect day for Alexis Silkwood.
Moments before she sealed her 14th win of the year, Silkwood, a Mississippi State senior pitcher from Marquette Catholic High, was selected in the fifth round by the Akron Racers in the 2017 National Pro Fastpitch softball draft.
Following the draft, Silkwood led the Bulldogs to a 4-3 victory over 24th-ranked Arkansas (28-18, 6-15 SEC), sealing a third-straight SEC series win for the Maroon and White.
With the 24th pick in Monday night’s 2017 NPF draft, the Racers selected Silkwood to cap an impressive night for the senior.
Meanwhile, SIUE ace Haley Chambers-Book was also drafted Monday. She was selected as the 14th overall selection by the Texas Charge.
“I feel just so blessed,” Silkwood said. “I am so thankful for everything and everyone here that has helped me along the way. It was definitely a long road, but we’re not done yet. It’s just exciting to go out there with my sisters and compete.”
Created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, NPF has operated since 1997. NPF has been the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.
Silkwood, an East Alton native, becomes the 13th MSU Bulldog to reach the pros, joining the most recent MSU draftee, Kayla Winkfield, who was taken in last year’s NPF Draft by the Pennsylvania Rebellion. Currently a student assistant for the Dogs, Winkfield now plays for the Scrap Yard Dawgs, along with MSU’s graduate assistant Rachel Fox.
During her prep career at Marquette Catholic, Silkwood etched her name into the IHSA record book in several categories. Silkwood is No. 1 in career prep victories with 124 from 2010 through 2013, is tops in career strikeouts with 1,907, No. 1 most strikeouts in a season with 5-1 in 2011 (and No. 2 with 500 in 2012), No. 1 in career shutouts with 100, tops in season shutouts with 28 in 2012, tops in career no-hitters with 545, No. 1 in season no-hitters with 19 in 2-12, and is No. 2 in career perfect games with 15, trailing only former Roxana High standout Dylan Mathis, who had 19 perfect games from 2002 to 2005.
The MSU ace is 14-5 after Monday night’s series-clinching win against No. 24 Arkansas. This season, she has set the MSU all-time records for wins (58), strikeouts (542), innings pitched (642.2), complete games (50) and appearances (139).
Silkwood and the Racers open the season on June 1 against the Chicago Bandits.
Against Arkansas, MSU’s senior ace went 7.0 innings, her 50th career complete game, notching a pair of strikeouts to lead the Dogs to their third straight SEC series win.
Information from MSU Athletics, NPF and Telegraph staff.