The reports of the Pennsylvania Rebellion's demise may exaggerated... I just read through the recent NPF headlines and saw that earlier this month the Pennsylvania Rebellion signed former Tennessee 3B & OF four time first team All American standout Raven Chavanne. As a senior at Tennessee Chavanne hit .435 with 7 home runs, 3 RBI, 70 runs and 41 stolen bases.
in 2013 Chavanne was also named to the SEC all defensive team and was a top 3 finalist for softball player of the year (which was won by Keilani Ricketts). Chavanne was drafted 13th overall by the Chicago Bandits in 2013 but she spent the year with Team USA instead and never suited up for the Bandits.
Which makes it all the more interesting that Raven would sign with the Rebellion for 2016... Others on this message board have said that the Rebellion as a team may not be long for this world... they have very few home games next season and were not supposed to be a particularly good team. But with a big name signing like Chavanne the game has changed. I don't think a top tier player like Chavanne would sign with a team that may be on the outs so soon. And maybe the Rebellion have a chance at a winning record and a chance at winning a fan base if they have some star power with a player like Chavanne.
I'm sure the Bandits, who drafted her 3 years ago, would gladly have accepted her services on the team. The Rebellion must either be paying her a very competitive salary or they must have convinced her that the team's long term prospects are decent enough for her to sign on.
All very interesting... I wonder how this move will shake out...