Fastest Softball Pitcher In The World
Fastest Softball pitch female is Monica Abbott. She pitched the ball at 77 miles per hour on 16 June 2012 against the Carolina Diamonds.
Abbott threw the quickest pitch of her career and Softball history at Kannapolis, South Carolina. She was playing with the Chicago Bandits against the Carolina Diamonds at the National Pro Fastpitch League.
Her achievement is listed in the Guinness World Records.
This pitch is remarkable when we look at it from a scientific perspective. A ball travels 77 miles per hour, and the distance between the batter and pitcher stands only 43 feet.
So, the batting side has less than 0.5 seconds to react to the ball for good contact, or they miss or even fail to swing.
From a baseball perspective, this may seem a smaller number as there are players like Chapman who have made 105 mph fastballs. However, the smaller pitching distance compensates for the reaction time.
This speed is all due to Moinca's constant physical training and pitching practice that helps her perform a consistent drive, making her one of the best Softball pitchers.
Monica Abbott Softball Career
Monica Abbott is a former softball player for the Toyota Red Terriers in the Japan Softball League.
Abbott started her NCAA career in 2004, enrolling at the University of Tennessee, and began marking her presence at the Tennessee Lady Volunteers. There she complied 1.03 ERA and 24 shutouts in her first season, getting named SEC Freshman of the Year.
Throughout the NCAA seasons, Monica compiled 189 wins, 112 shutouts, and 2440 strikeouts, making her the NCAA Division I leader in these statistics. Moreover, Abbott got honored in the Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame for her achievements.
After her collegiate career, Monica made her professional career in NPF for many teams like Chicago Bandits, where she was involved from 2011 to 2015.
However, she also played for Japanese league teams like Toyota Red Terriers. Monica clinched six JSL titles during her time there.
Monica also contributed her softball life to the USA's national team in 2005.
Participating in many international competitions, Abbott bagged six Gold medals in Softball's World Cup and had two Silvers in the 2008 and 2020 Olympic games.
Likewise, her team also won the Gold in the 2022 Birmingham World Games.
Canadian Raine Padgham Has Pitched Speedy Balls too
Raine Padgham plays for Abbotsford Cardinals, and she also made an 83 miles per hour pitch at the training session in 2020.
Padgham was practicing at the Whalley Athletic Park's Baseball B.C. High-Performance Camp, when she struck the powerful pitch. After that move, Raine was not fully satisfied and extended her new target to 85 miles per hour.
Her figure breaks Monica's speed, but we must note that Raine's pitching speed came at a training camp while Monica had hers at a professional match.
The closest record, second to Monica, is held by Australia's Zara Bakes, who threw for 69 miles per hour in 2017.
There have been many instances of softballers throwing more than 80+ in practice sessions. Nonetheless, Raine's pitch was great for a 15-year-old, and even the Canadian softball coach considered it remarkable.
Born in Canada's British Columbia province, Raine studies at Abbotsford Senior Secondary High School and plays for its softball team. Moreover, she has pink colored hair, which she uses to show the other team how a woman could strike them out.