The University of Louisville’s Paige Schindler and Jordyn Wolfe will return to action on the softball field this summer when they participate the inaugural Florida Gulf Coast Softball League in Sarasota, Florida.

Both Schindler and Wolfe will play for the Manatee Squeeze. The players will report on Sunday, June 14 with a mini-camp taking place June 15-17 and opening day slated for June 18. The Manatees’ schedule will feature 24 regular season games, along with the league’s All-Star Game and Championship series. Selected contests will be televised on StreamLiveTampa.

Schindler, a rising senior pitcher from Borden, Ind., made three appearances in the circle in the shortened 2020 season. The right-hander tossed 1.2 innings of relief against No. 10/13 Alabama and did not allow a runner while issuing a strikeout (2/22). Against Texas State, she entered the game with the bases loaded and two outs and delivered a strikeout to end the inning.

“I feel so excited. I can hardly wait to get back on the field,” said Schindler. “I was really excited and jumped at the chance to be able to play softball again this summer.”

When the 2020 campaign ended, Wolfe (South Elgin, Ill.) was on a five-game hitting streak and had started in right field in four of Louisville’s final five games. The rising senior registered a .324 batting average, placing her third on the team.  Some of her season highlights included registering two hits, with a triple in the 4-3 win against Illinois on March 8.

“I think going to Florida to play in a summer league is something very cool!” said Wolfe. “It’s a way to get better and make some memories. I get to meet new people and also get one percent better each day. Having the season cut was very hard to adjust to but I’m happy I have the opportunity to get back out there.”

About the Florida Gulf Coast League

The league will feature a 30-game schedule for baseball and a 25-game schedule for softball, both complete with a playoff and all-star gala event.  With multiple teams in both baseball and softball present here in the Florida Gulf Coast League, scheduling will include day and night games while playing games in baseball parks such as Pirate City (Pirates), Twin Lakes (Orioles), Ed Smith Complex (Orioles), Braves Complex (Braves), Baseball City (St. Pete) and the softball at complexes such as Lakewood Ranch Complex, Miss Sarasota, Palma Sola Park, Madeira Beach and others like State College of Florida.   The league will be made up of collegiate athletes from all over the United States, covering all divisions and conferences of collegiate baseball and softball.

For more information on the Florida Gulf Coast League, visit their website here: http://flgulfcoastleague.com/

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Description automatically generatedLori Korte HarmonAssistant Sports Information Director | Louisville Athletics

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