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The Texas Smoke Kicks off Inaugural Season with Uniforms, Gear from EvoShield

EvoShield, part of the Wilson Sporting Goods Portfolio of Brands, is the Official Uniform and Apparel Partner of the Smoke

AUSTIN, Texas (June 15, 2023) – Today, The Texas Smoke, Austin’s newest professional women’s sports team, plays the opening game of their inaugural season. Today’s game, which Austinites will be enjoying at Concordia University, will have the team sporting uniforms and gear from EvoShield, the leading sports protective brand that is a part of the Wilson Sporting Goods Portfolio of Brands.

Texas Smoke co-owner Brandon Phillips is an MLB All-Star and World Series Champ with a nearly 25-year relationship with Wilson. And when it came time for Phillips to transition from player to owner, he called back his friends at Wilson.

“Brandon used a Wilson glove for his entire career and was one of the first players to make a statement with his glove. He would visit our office and custom design his gloves for the season with our team,” says Jennette Rauch, Senior Global Marketing Director for Wilson Baseball & Softball. “He brought that same level of detail to the uniforms, gear and apparel for the Texas Smoke players.”

The uniforms, which are made in the USA, are fully-customized with a sublimated twill design. Rather than having the name and numbers printed flat on the uniform, the multi-color color is sublimation and printed before being sewn onto the jerseys. This level of detail and design gives them the same look and feel as any Major League Baseball team uniform.

“Our pros deserve the best in uniforms and protective gear,” says Brandon Phillips, owner of the Texas Smoke and World Series Champion. “Wilson took care of me during my career, and so I knew I had to work with them again to take care of my players and execute my vision.”

The Smoke also will be decked out in EvoShield protective gear including elbow guards, leg guards and catcher’s gear. Evoshield’s Gel-to-Shell Technology creates a custom fit that will keep the players safe while defending the 512.

EvoShield and Wilson are also providing apparel for the team, and there will be apparel for fans to purchase as well. For more information and for the 2023 season schedule of The Texas Smoke, visit

About The Texas Smoke

The Texas Smoke is Austin’s second professional sports team in Austin and the fourth franchise in Women’s Professional Fastpitch (WPF). Coach Tori Tyson coaches the Texas Smoke with Asstistant Coach Monique White and pitching coach Cat Tarvin. The Texas Smoke’s roster consists of Janae Jefferson, Alyssa Rivera, AnaMarie Bruni, Alexa DiFeo, Elizabeth Mason, Madysen Grimm, Lindsay Thomas, Samantha Show, Kenna Wilkey, Ciara Bryan, Charla Echols, Morgan Howe, Destini Brown, Jordan Dail, Marta Gasporotto, Shelbi Sunseri, Autumn Pease, Charla Echols, Baylee Klingler and Sahvanna Jaquish. For more information, visit

About Brandon Phillips and Jade Cargill, owners of The Texas Smoke

Brandon Phillips is a World Series Champion (Boston Red Sox, 2018). He has 17 years of major league experience playing for the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox. Phillips is a 3-time MLB All-Star, 4-time Gold Glove winner, Silver Slugger Award winner, 30-30 Club Member, and is currently an MLB Hall of Fame candidate. Professional wrestler and serial entrepreneur Jade Cargill is signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW), where she is a former one-time and inaugural AEW TBS Champion. Her reign of 508 days is the longest for any AEW championship.

About EvoShield

EvoShield is a leading sports protective brand that elite athletes look to for ultimate protection and comfort. EvoShield protects more than 300 professional and collegiate programs across baseball, softball, lacrosse, football, hockey and other sports, and serves as the Official Protective Gear of Major League Baseball®. The brand’s proprietary Gel-To-Shell™ technology has created a new standard in protective gear, making bulky and restrictive foam or plastic padding a thing of the past. EvoShield’s form-fitting, ergonomic shields enable free athletic movements while maintaining strong protection. EvoShield is part of the Wilson Sporting Goods family of brands. Wilson is based in Chicago, IL. For more information, please visit 

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