Articles from July 2008
Burnum's walk-off home run makes Force winners
Peel hits eighth home run of the season as Force take loss
The Akron Racers and Rockford Thunder were locked in a back and forth battle all of Wednesday night.
TINCHER CLOSE TO PERFECT, THREE RUN 6TH INNING CARRIES RACERS TO
The New England Riptide fell behind early to the Chicago Bandits 5-0 but came back with four runs in the fifth, capped by Jess Merchant’s three run home run and then two more runs in the sixth to sweep the double header 6-5.
It's was a team effort Monday night as Jessica Moore homered, LaDonia Hughes scored a pair of runs, Courtney Bures came up with big plays defensively and Desiree Serrano took care of business from the circle as Washington downed Philadelphia 4-2 to earn sole possession of first place in the NPF.
Sunday’s game between the New England Riptide and Chicago Bandits took place 23 hours later than scheduled as the teams met for a double header today.
Sara Larquier's first-inning grand slam was more than enough for Taryne Mowatt to earn her first career professional victory as the Glory downed Philadelphia 4-1 on Sunday night.
The Chicago Bandits took the second game of the four game series at Martin Softball Field tonight by a score of 2-0.
When the first pitch was thrown at 7:09 p.m., nobody thought they'd be 30 minutes shy of midnight when the game ended but that's what happened Saturday night at the Westfield Softball Complex as the Glory fell 10-7 to Philadelphia despite two home runs each by Oli Keohohou and Sara Larquier.
Three straight three-run innings pushed the Rockford Thunder (14-18) to defeat the Akron Racers (16-16). Stephanie Best helped propel Rockford to victory with a mammoth home run to left field and three runs batted in on the night.
With Jocelyn Forest and Jessica Sallinger pitching lights out, runs would come at a premium.
Katie Burkhart improved to 8-3 on the season as she struck out seven Glory batters and allowed only a three-run home run to Catalina Morris, as the Glory dropped the first game of this eight-game split-site series 6-3 at the Westfield Softball Complex.
Second baseman Lindsay Gardner went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI's Friday night, but the rest of the lineup had trouble getting hits in key situations, and fell to the Akron Racers, 9-2.
A day after taking the opening game of the current series 5-0, the Thunder (13-17) fell by that same score Thursday. The Racers (15-15) were fueled by three doubles by leadoff hitter Veronica Wootson, and solid pitching by Angel Shamblin.
Long (6 RBIs) leads Force in game one. Bandits' Thorson pitches shutout in game two.
The Akron Racers hung tough on Tuesday night against the United States National team in an exhibition, but wound up falling just short 6-2.
A solo home run by Mindy Cowles and Jamie Clark's two hit, two RBI performance sparked the Chicago Bandits as they hit their way to a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Force (19-11).
A three-run home run by the Comcast Chicago Bandits’ Jamie Clark was not only enough to put the Bandits on the board, but it also lifted the them over the Philadelphia Force 3-1 in the first game of the four game series at ECTB Stadium.
The Rockford Thunder (12-16) tied the game in the top of the seventh, but just couldn't hold on to tie the series against Washington (21-11), and ends the year's games against the Glory 3-5.
Catalina Morris tied the game at one in the first with an RBI single then delivered again with an RBI double in the fifth two break the 2-2 tie and send the Glory to their 20th victory on the season, 3-2 over Rockford on Saturday night.
With the first three games between the Philadelphia Force and Chicago Bandits each reaching thrilling climaxes in the seventh inning, Game 4 of series was up to the challenge of delivering another heart stopper.
Erica Beach and Angela Tincher hooked up for a pitcher’s duel at Martin Softball Field last night. Beach out pitched Tincher, but wins have been tough to come by for Beach this year as the Riptide fell to the Racers 3-2 in extra innings.
Erin Evans, Lindsay Gardner and Sandy Vojik each hit a two-run home run to lead Rockford to a 7-2 victory over the Glory on Friday night at the Westfield Softball Complex.
The Chicago Bandits' and Philadelphia Force's roles were reversed in the third game of the series after the Force won Game Two with a grand slam. This time, Chicago (14-13) trailed 5-2 in the seventh inning with one final chance to win or tie the game.
Tincher was on her game tonight and shutout the Riptide by a score of 3-0 in a game that saw a twenty minute rain delay in the sixth. The loss cut the Riptide winning streak at five.
It was St. Patrick’s Day out of season at Martin Softball Field tonight. The fans celebrated in the stands and in the end it was the Riptide also celebrating as they scored early to cruise to an 11-6 win.
Amber Jackson (Bethune Cookman and University of Maryland) may have broken out of her slump and did so in big fashion by smacking a pair of extra-base hits and driving in three as the Glory took a 5-1 victory over Rockford in the first of a four game series at the Westfield Softball Complex
Trailing 4-2 a down to it's final out, Chelsea Spencer hit a grand slam to center field and the Philadelphia Force took a 6-4 lead.
The New England Riptide met the Akron Racers tonight at Martin Softball Field to begin the second half of their away-home series.
With head coach Micky Dean coaching a softball camp at Radford University, the Chicago Bandits put together a near flawless game plan to top the National Pro Fastpitch leading Philadelphia Force and did something no other team had done in 2008: winning against Megan Gibson.
The Washington Glory of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) softball league today announced they agreed to release rookie infielder Bianca Cruz from her contract to pursue other opportunities.
The Washington Glory took the fourth and final game of the series to prevent being swept by the Chicago Bandits, blasting three home runs and pulling off a 7-4 win despite having four fewer hits Chicago at the Judson Sports Complex Sunday afternoon in National Pro Fastpitch action.
The New England Riptide completed their spoiling of the Akron Racers’ Tenth Anniversary celebration on Saturday night as they won the four game series against the Racers (12-12) after coming out on top in yet another one run game, 3-2.
In a near mirror image of the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, the Chicago Bandits and Washington Glory were once again tied at 1-all entering the bottom of the seventh inning.
The bats were alive for both the Philadelphia Force and the Rockford Thunder on Saturday night at ECTB Stadium, but the Thunder escaped with a 5-3 win that kept the Force from claiming a four-game sweep.
After Friday night's offensive output, the Chicago Bandits and Washington Glory settled in to a pitchers duel in the first game of a double header Saturday evening.
Taylor Hooton was a 6'2" 180 pound junior varsity pitcher like most high school kids, hoping to make the varsity team and earn a college scholarship to continue playing baseball.
The Racers sent four pitchers to the circle at Firestone Stadium on Friday night, but it wasn’t enough as the New England Riptide (12-15) stole one from Akron (12-11) in the final inning 4-3.
The Bandits recorded nine hits and defeated the Washington Glory 8-4 at the Judson Sports Complex in National Pro Fastpitch action.
The Philadelphia Force brought their bats to ECTB Stadium on Friday night as the Force rattled the Rockford Thunder and hit their way to 17-2 win. The Force offense racked up 13 hits and benefited from four Thunder errors as they took their third straight game from the Thunder.
Pinch hitter Emily Friedman hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Philadelphia Force a 1-0 win over the Rockford Thunder.
The New England Riptide took advantage of every opportunity they were given, and the Akron Racers failed to do the same, resulting in a 4-3 victory for the Riptide.
Megan Gibson tossed a three-hitter, and Savannah Long went 2-for-3 as the Philadelphia Force opened a four-game set against the Rockford Thunder with a 4-3 victory.
Akron catcher Kristen Butler supplied the Racers with the offensive firepower to overcome the visiting New England Riptide Wednesday night to open the series.
Two pitchers hooked up for the final game of the New England Riptide/Chinese Taipei series in Lowell tonight. Both pitchers, Eileen Canney for the Riptide and Chueh Ming Hui for Taipei, had won their previous outings in top form.
Jessica Moore ran over Rachel Folden in the fifth inning on a play at the plate and after some scuffling between the two, Moore touched home plate for the eventual game-winning run as the Glory took the final game of the series 2-1 at the Westfield Softball Complex.
Amber Jackson's bat came alive tonight and none too soon for the Glory as she delivered a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning to down Chicago 5-4 in a come-from-behind victory over Chicago Sunday night.
Today’s game between the New England Riptide and the Chinese Taipei Olympic team figured to be a low scoring affair with aces Jocelyn Forest going against Wu Chia Yen.
They had to play eight innings, but the Racers (11-9) eventually came from behind once again for the victory. After
Racers’ ace Angela Tincher shut down the middle of Philadelphia’s (14-6) order in the top of the eighth inning, the Racers’ offense came to life.
The New England Riptide mounted a comeback in the first game of today’s doubleheader that fell just short. In the nightcap they made sure nothing like that would happen as they scored early and often as they cruised to a 10-0 win over the Chinese Taipei Olympic team.
Catalina Morris celebrated her 24th birthday with a three-run home run in the fifth inning to put the Glory within one, but the team couldn't take advantage of several opportunities, falling 4-3 to the Chicago Bandits Saturday night at Westfield High School.
The New England Riptide returned to Martin Softball Field today for the first game of a double header with the Chinese Taipei Olympic Team. This was their first game in five days and the rust showed. Erica Beach (0-3) pitched very well for the Riptide but the defense was not behind her as the Riptide dropped a 5-4 decision.
Desiree Serrano struck out a career-high 14 batters, threw 100 pitches and took advantage of her team's offensive output to defeat the Chicago Bandits 6-3 in the first game Chicago has played in Washington.
The Racers climbed back above .500 in non-conventional fashion on Friday night as they defeated the league leading Philadelphia Force 5-4. The win in the nightcap earned them a split for the July 4th double header.
The first place Philadephia Force were too much for the Akron Racers as the Force took game one of a Fourth of July doubleheader, 3-2, at Firestone Stadium.
A pair of errors in the seventh inning gave the Washington Glory a 2-1 victory over the Chinese Taipei National Team Thursday night at the Westfield Softball Complex.
Courtney Bures (Haymarket, VA) slugged the eventual game-winning home run as the Washington Glory defeated the Chinese Taipei National Team, 4-2 Wednesday night at the Westfield Softball Complex.
The Akron Racers scored three first inning runs, and then held on to defeat the Philadelphia Force by a score of 3-2. The game was the first of a four-game set to be played at Firestone Stadium in Akron
Virginia natives Courtney Bures (Haymarket, VA) and LaDonia Hughes (Farmville, VA) both recorded a pair of hits and four RBIs as the Washington Glory pounded the Chinese Taipei National Team, 10-0 Tuesday night at the Westfield Softball Complex.