There isn't a future for women to play softball after college. It may just be that those girls who are the best players, are also smart, and realize that if they go to a "top" D1 school, they are going to have to either major in philosophy or early childhood development and either work at Starbucks or teach pre-school after college. While a lot of D1 schools have good education programs, a kid who plays for UF is NOT going to be able to attend their award winning engineering or architecture program, Chemistry at AU, or Astronomy at UA. The smart kids pick their school for reasons unrelated to softball.
Boys who "dream" of attending the big D1 sports programs probably also have dreams of playing pro ball too. That dream doesn't really exist for female athletes. . . and in the case of the NPF, is more of a hobby then a job.
And that's just the thing. Athletics for young women stresses academics. If the kid is even going to try to get a sports scholarship, she still needs a 4.3W GPA and a 2000+ on her SAT's. . . where as the boy who is great at sports can get a scholarship without even speaking English. Female athletes are generally much more intelligent then their male counterparts, or at least more educated.