Former Coastal Standout Dominik Drafted Into The ASBA
MOBILE, ALA. - Former Coastal Carolina softball standout Kelsey Dominik was selected in the inaugural American Softball Association (ASBA) Draft Wednesday evening, becoming the third Chanticleer in program history to be drafted to play professional softball.
With the fourth pick of the third round, Dominik was taken by the Future 1s with the 12th overall pick.
In her two seasons with the Chanticleers, Dominik was an honorable mention member to the All-Big South team as a pitcher in 2015 and in 2016 she was selected as the First Team Utility Player.
Head Coach of the Chanticleers Kelley Green remembers the two great seasons that Dominik spent in Conway and remembers what a tremendous player and person she is.
"She is one of the hardest working and passionate players I have ever coached. She is an explosive offensive player who can match anyone in the country with exit speeds off the bat. She is also a solid pitcher who always keeps her team in the game. When she is not pitching, she is very strong at third or first base. Off the field, you will not find a more exceptional human being." Green said.
In 2015, she started 56 games with 28 appearances in the circle. She led the Big South with six shutouts, ranked second in the league with a 3.31 earned run average, and was tied for fifth in the league with 14 wins. At the plate that year, Dominik showed her power when she hit 11 homers which were good for eighth best in the Big South.
In her second year in Conway, Dominik was the senior presence that Chanticleers needed. In the circle, Dominik was tied for second with 19 wins in the Big South and ranked second with 203.1 innings. At the plate, she was just as good as she hit .290 and was tied for second in league with 16 homers and 52 runs batted in.
Dominik says she's grateful to have this opportunity and wants to get back on the field to resume her dream. "I got to thinking, this is an opportunity of a lifetime that not all get to experience. I have put the hard work in, have gotten back into shape after taking a break and I have so much support by my side. Softball is something I am very passionate about, so I was going to do everything I could to make it work. I'm excited for the memories I will make, the connections I will create and getting to play softball again." Dominik remarked
Even though Dominik has stayed in great shape, she said she's ready because of the extra preparation after hearing of the possibility of playing again.
"About a year ago, I made my first step into a crossfit box and fell in love, but when I heard about this league and possibly entering the draft, I decided to bump up my number of days attending classes as well as softball training in all areas (pitcher, 3rd/1st and hitting). I have never completely stopped softball since playing at Coastal. I played on two 23U teams over the summer and did batting practice throwing while being a graduate assistant at LaSalle University. " Dominik said.
"Future 1s Head Coach PJ Anadio actually had a chance to watch me play while at Coastal when he was traveling with Herkimer College softball team. He actually told me after I got drafted that he would be using me in all areas. I was excited to hear that because I love hitting, playing the corners and pitching. I will go anywhere I am needed that will help the team win!" explained Dominik.
Prior to her time at Coastal Carolina, Dominik was a two-year starter at Temple University before the program was dropped. In 2013, Dominik was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team after setting the program's all-time freshmen record with 14 home runs and leading the owls in the circle with Temple with a 15-8 record in 139 innings with a 3.37 earned run average.
Offensively in the two years with the Owls, Dominik totaled 84 hits in two seasons, including 19 home runs, 13 doubles, 59 RBIs and 37 runs. In 2013, she became the seventh player in NCAA Division I history to hit home runs in five consecutive games.
Both Green and Dominik both agree having ASBA around will continue to give women opportunity to fulfill their dream to the very end.
"Softball is growing tremendously each year and the ASBA will more opportunities for women to follow their dreams.," explained Green.
"I think the foundation of this league allows for so many possibilities. Not only is this allowing former college softball athletes to continue playing, but also the league is helping grow the sport of softball overall. Even though the league is based out of Alabama, all of these women are from different states. This will bring fans, supporters, networks, and connections from all over the United States to help grow this league and the sport more. Another thing I love is they are not just focused on about what is happening on the field but off the field as well. The ASBA wants to help develop `education, community involvement, and mentorship . . . the ASBA empowers young women to be both productive and benevolent members of society.' I am honored and blessed to be a part of the ASBA and their journey to success!" exuded by Dominik.
When Dominik sets foot on the field, she will be only is the second player in Coastal softball history that has played on a professional level. Sara Graziano ('94) played in Women's Pro Softball League and was selected to the 1999 WPSL All-Star team while playing for the Tampa Bay Firestix. Also, she spent time with the first-ever women's baseball team the Colorado Silver Bullets in their inaugural season of 1994.
The ASBA is the newest pro league in women's softball, joining the National Pro Fastpitch league. The 2018 ASBA season will run from the middle of June through the end of July, beginning June 15, with all games being played in Mobile, Ala. The league is comprised of four teams - Moh-BEEL! USA, Outkast, E1 Pro Ballers and Future 1s - that will compete for a chance to play in the ASBA Championship, July 27-31.
Currently, Kelsey is finishing up her master's degree and expects it to be completed by the end of the summer all the while playing for the Future 1s. Once her summer is over, Kelsey would like to continue her coaching career at the college level.
Dominik explained "I have gone back to help my dad's travel team along with giving lessons to younger players. I think it's important to give back to this sport since this sport has given me so many opportunities over the years."