Articles from 2005
The 2006 NPF schedule to be released in mid-January
Lynsey Grace Heads Back to Philadelphia
Philadelphia Adds Power to Their Lineup
Philadelphia Force set to play in 2006
The battle of the top-two teams in National Pro Fastpitch lived up to its championship setting. After trailing by four runs early in the game, the Akron Racers took the 2005 NPF Championship in a 5-4, eight-inning championship game.
McMichael's two-run homer gives East the big win.
Akron Racers knock the Texas Thunder out of the playoffs and advance to the Championship Game, 1-0. The Racers will face off against the Chicago Bandits in the title game at noon on Sunday, August 28th. The game will be televised on ESPN at 4 p.m. Central Time.
Bandits knock out the New York Juggernaut to advance to the Championship Game at noon on Sunday, August 28th. Jennie Finch hit a walk-off homerun to win the game in the bottom of the seventh.
Gold Medalist Cat Osterman will throw out the ceremonial pitch for Saturday's first game and the Championship Game on Sunday will be thrown out by Chicago Bulls' Chris Duhon.
Motion DNA CEO Zig Ziegler will be testing members of the Chicago Bandits, including Jennie Finch and Lauren Bay, using the company's advanced motion-capture systems to evaluate their pitching and hitting mechanics.
Five power hitters from each division have been selected to represent their teams in the National Pro Fastpitch Homerun Derby.
Fans were able to see some impressive hitting, however this time, it came from the visiting Akron Racers.
LOWELL, MA--The New England Riptide lost their season finale in front of a packed house at Martin Softball Field last night by a score of 5-2 to the New York
Juggernaut, despite outhitting them 9-7.
The Chicago Bandits (41-7) finished up their inaugural regular season with a full forced comeback against the Arizona Heat, 5-2.
Lisle, Ill. - The Arizona Heat dominated in all aspects of the game to beat the first place Chicago Bandits, 10-0. Although Arizona was extremely sharp on the field, their aggressive offense is where they greatly surpassed the Bandits.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Christa Williams returned to the winners circle with her league-leading 17th win as the Texas Thunder eased past the Akron Racers 3-2.
LOWELL, MA---Jess Merchant's two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning lifted the New England Riptide to a 3-2 come from behind victory over the New York
Juggernaut at Martin Softball Field last night.
Piper Marten showed her All- Big Ten form, going the distance, giving up six hits, two unearned runs and striking out two on the evening.
Lisle, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits are officially named the number one team in the NPF after they defeated the Arizona Heat, 3-0. The win broke the gap open that guarantees the Bandits the top spot, even though there are two games for each team left in the season.
Team USA and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Amanda Freed used her strong right arm in the circle pitching a two-hit complete game shutout, 3-0, Thursday night at the Big League Dreams Sports Park in League City.
For the first time in Chicago Bandits history, they went into extra innings at their home complex against the Arizona Heat. Bandits Mackenzie Vandergeest hit a two run homer in the bottom of the 8th inning to win, 2-0.
LOWELL, MA--The New England Riptide dropped the third game of a five game series to the New York Juggernaut last night by a score of 5-1.
LOWELL, MA---The New England Riptide sloppiness caught up with them in the fifth with an unearned Juggernaut run, the only run scored by either team as the Nauts prevailed 1-0.
Lisa Iancin and Sara Jewett each belted her second homerun of the year and Lyndsey Angus had a bases loaded double to lead the New England Riptide to a 6-1 victory over the New York Juggernaut last night at Martin Softball Field.
The Chicago Bandits will be hosting the 2005 NPF Playoffs & All-Star Game. The details have been finalized with some slight changes since it was announced.
Erica Beach picked up her fifteenth win of the season by tossing four strong innings and allowing only two earned runs.
Oli Keohohou hit a two-run home run and added an RBI double to lead the Akron Racers to a 5-1 NPF win over the New York Juggernaut Sunday afternoon at Firestone Stadium.
Lisle, Ill. - With a three run homer from Bandit Selena Collins in the first and Riptide Jen Scavone in the second inning, Sunday's game started off as a battle. The first place Chicago Bandits snagged the final game of the series against the New England Riptide, 7-5.
Dana Sorensen once again out dueled Christa Williams to pick up her second complete game shutout win of the series.
Center fielder Iyhia McMichael's 10th home run of the season, just inside the left field foul pole, gave the Racers a 1-0 lead in the third frame.
Lisle, Ill. - Fans did not leave disappointed this game as the excitement carried over from the previous night's game. The Chicago Bandits picked up the victory over the New England Riptide, 2-1 with another homerun from Jaime Clark.
The Chicago Bandits took the victory in this wild game against the New England Riptide, 7-2. Jaime Clark and Jennie Finch produced back-to-back homeruns.
The Akron Racers blasted three home runs and Jamie Southern pitched a complete game in a 10-1 NPF win over New York Friday evening at Firestone Stadium.
A night after the Heat pulled off a thrilling 1-0 victory over the Thunder, the visitors got their revenge with a 1-0 win of their own.
The Arizona Heat pulled off a win in the opening game of the series against the Texas Thunder with a 1-0 lead.
After traveling with Team USA and making special appearances, Jennie Finch returned to the Chicago Bandits to take the first game over the New England Riptide, 2-1.
Peaches James tossed a two-hit shutout as the defending National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) champion New York Juggernaut topped Akron, 3-0, Thursday evening at Firestone Stadium.
East vs. West, Sunday, August 28th at 3 PM at St.Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.
Win streak continues at 20 straight...Amanda was in “gold medal” form as she tossed five and a third no- hit innings before giving up a single in the sixth to Garland Cooper.
Olympic gold medalist Kelly Kretschman had two RBI and scored one run to lead Akron to a 5-1 win over Illinois Sunday afternoon at Firestone Stadium.
The first place Chicago Bandits lost another game to the fourth ranked New York Juggernaut 5-1. Jaime Clark's double drove in the Bandits' only run.
The battle continues in Chicago as the Bandits won their second game this weekend against the New York Juggernaut 3-2. The two teams have been exchanging the wins since last weekend in New York.
The New England Riptide took the fourth and final game of their series with the Long Island Angles last night to complete a four game sweep, this time a 5-0 decision.
Texas Thunder won both games on Saturday against the visiting Caifornia
Sunbirds. Piper Marten took the win in game one with a score of 6-0
Crystl Bustos hit two home runs and Radara McHugh pitched a complete game as Akron topped Illinois, 10-3, Saturday afternoon at Firestone Stadium.
Texas Thunder won 10-0 over the visiting California Sunbirds increasing
their win streak to 17.
Amy Kyler tossed a two-hit shutout and Jenn Poore’s first-inning sacrifice fly plated the only run as Akron nipped Illinois, 1-0, Friday evening at Firestone Stadium.
Returning home, the Chicago Bandits bounced back on Thursday to take the win over the New York Juggernauts, 1-0 . The two teams continued competition from four game match the previous weekend in New York.
Danielle Henderson, Tammy Nielsen and Leigh Ann Ellis combined to fire a no hitter as the New England Riptide easily handled the Long Island Angels 9-0 last night at Martin Field.
Win streak increases to 16 straight
Two games scheduled for Saturday, July 30th.
Hempstead, NY - An errant throw in the fifth inning by Peaches James proved to be the game winner as the Bandits outlasted the Juggernaut 1-0.
Karrie Rider goes yard for a solo home run over left field fence.
Leah Nelson hit her first professional home run and Ryan Realmuto belted her seventh to provide the Juggernaut with the only two RBIs of the game, as the Juggernaut overcame the New England Riptide 4-3 in a nail-biter
The Chicago Bandits waited until the very last inning of the series to give the St. Louis Saints their one and only run for the 5-1 victory. Jennie Finch had went 2 for 3 with a triple and 2 RBI's.
Texas Thunder starter Amanda Freed tossed another complete game shutout
for her second of the series to take the win over the Canadian National Team with a final score of 1-0.
Jenn Poore’s three-run double jump-started a seven-run third inning as Akron completed a four-game sweep of the Canadian Elite Team, 8-1, Sunday afternoon at Firestone Stadium.
TUCSON, ARIZ - The Arizona Heat completed the sweep of Saturday's doubleheader with a 9-1 victory over the Mexican National Team.
TUCSON, ARIZ - The Arizona Heat overcame an early lead, to beat the Mexican National Team in a dramatic come from behind victory.
AKRON, Ohio – Amy Kyler tossed a no-hitter and shortstop Kristin Johnson drove home four runs to lead Akron to a 12-0 win over the Canadian Elite Team.
Bandits pitcher Lindsay Chouinard dominates the Saints' hitters for sixth win of the season.
A four run outburst by the New York Juggernaut in the second inning with the score tied 1-1 broke the game open as they went on to best the New England Riptide 5-3.
Texas Thunder decided to take a different approach to game three against
the Canadian National Team that led them to a 1-0 victory.
July 22, 2005 - TUCSON, ARIZ – The Arizona Heat returned home this week and won their tenth consecutive home game with a 1-0 win over Mexico.
Houston, Texas - Thunder continued their winning ways in front of a patient crowd at Big League Dreams Sports Park tonight, with a final score of 1-0 as they rallied in the bottom of the seventh to take game two for their second consecutive win over the Canadian National Team.
AKRON, Ohio – Iyhia McMichael’s two-run homer snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted Akron to an 8-2 win over the Canadian Elite Team Friday evening at Firestone Stadium.
The Bandits returned on Friday with their bats swinging to pick up another win against the St.Louis Saints. Bandit Laura Harms went 2-3 with a triple and 3 RBI's.
Lisle, Ill.— The Chicago Bandits maintain their number one spot in the National Pro Fastpitch league as they picked up a win against the St.Louis Saints, 9-0.
AKRON, Ohio - Brandee McArthur tossed a no-hitter and Lindsey Bashor and Oli Keohohou hit home runs to lead Akron to a 7-0 win over the Canadian Elite Team Thursday evening at Firestone Stadium.
Lisle, Ill. -- The Chicago Bandits won their fourth and final game of the series against the Canadian Elite Team, 4-1. Pitcher Lauren Bay picked up her third win against her home country's team with a record of 11 strikeouts in just this one game.
Houston, Texas-- Starter Mayumi Murakami (Mt. Sac) tossed a complete game shut out with three strikeouts to take game four, 3-0 against the Phoenix Flames.
The Chicago Bandits record their third shutout this weekend against the Canadian Elite Team, 3-0. Lindsay Chouinard started the game for the Bandits on the mound to pick up the win.
Houston, Texas-- First baseman Kristen Zaleski (Texas State) became the first Thunder player to go yard at Big League Dreams Sports Park tonight, as she belted a deep fly ball over the left field fence to increase Thunder's lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth.
Akron, Ohio -- The National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) contest between Akron and Arizona scheduled for 7:35 p.m. Saturday was postponed because of rain.
Lisle, Il.-- Chicago Bandits Lauren Bay finished off what she started in the sixth inning of Thursday night's game on Friday, giving herself another win against the Canadian Elite Team.
Houston, Texas-- Piper Marten (Minnesota) made her first professional start tonight as she took the mound against the Phoenix Flames in game two of this four game series at Big League Dreams Sports Park in League City.
Hempstead, NY-Trena Peel hit her first home run of the season to break open a 0-0 tie in the fourth inning. Jodie Cox came on in relief in the top of the same inning to register the win for the Juggernaut.
AKRON - The National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) game between the Akron Racers and the Arizona Heat scheduled for Friday evening at Firestone Stadium has been postponed and will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader tomorrow (Saturday, July 16).
Lisle, Ill - The Chicago Bandits saved the best for last on Thursday night's game against the Canada Elite Team. As the top ranked team in the National Pro Fastpitch league, the Bandits shutout the opposing team 3-0.
Houston, Texas-- Thunder ace Christa Williams (UT) paced her team with eleven strikeouts and third baseman Clare Burnum (Oregon State) provided the offense with twelve RBI’s as the Thunder picked up the win in the series opener against the Phoenix Flames.
AKRON, Ohio – Crystl Bustos hit three home runs, including a sixth-inning grand slam, as Akron rallied for a 9-5 NPF win over Arizona Thursday evening at Firestone Stadium.
AKRON, Ohio - Selena Collins' two-run single in the 10th inning lifted Chicago to a 2-0 NPF win over the Akron Racers Sunday afternoon at Firestone Stadium.
Houston, Texas-- Texas Thunder held off a late inning rally today by the Venezuelan National Team to take game four and get the series sweep with a final score of 7-4.
The Heat have made a schedule change. The Arizona Heat will play the Mexican National Team in a four game series starting July 22nd.
TUCSON, ARIZ – The Arizona Heat made it eight straight wins, with a 7-2 victory over the California Sunbirds.
Houston, Texas-- Texas Thunder battled hard into extra innings against the Venezuelan National Team tonight as they scrapped for one run for a final score of 1-0 to take game three and the series in this regular season match-up.
AKRON, Ohio – Jenny Topping’s two-run home run and Brandee McArthur’s 11-strikeout pitching performance highlighted a 4-1 Akron NPF win in the nightcap, after Chicago had rolled the Racers in the opener, 10-3.
Lowell, MASS--The New York Juggernaut received another solid performance by league leader in wins and strikeouts, Peaches James, tonight against the Riptide.
Olympic gold medal winner Jennie Finch pitched a three-hit shutout and added an RBI single to lead the Chicago Bandits to a 2-0 win over the Akron Racers Friday evening at Firestone Stadium.
Olympic gold medalist Amanda Freed (UCLA) took the mound and made her home debut at Big League Dreams tonight in League City against the Venezuelan National team as she notched her fourth victory of the regular season to lead the Thunder to a 4-2 victory.
TUCSON, ARIZ – The Arizona Heat won their seventh in a row, with a 16-3 victory of the California Sunbirds. Heat starter Aja Sherman went four strong innings and center fielder Ladonia Hughes went four for four as the Heat continued to roll.
Due to rainy weather conditions, game three of the series against the Riptide has been cancelled.
The Arizona Heat made it six straight wins, with a 9-0 shutout of the California Sunbirds. Erica Beach tossed her seventh complete game of the season, holding the Sunbirds to only two hits. Lauren Bauer and Jessica Mendoza led the Heat offense, combining for four hits and four RBIs.
The Texas Thunder returned to their winning ways on Thursday with a 12-4 victory over the Venezuelan National Team at Big League Dreams Sports Park in League City.
The New York Juggernaut extended their winning streak to six tonight, as they overpowered the Riptide 9-2.
The Arizona Heat once again feasted on the Phoenix Flames pitching, slugging 19 hits on their was to a season-high 17 run outburst, winning 17-3.
The Arizona Heat made it a clean sweep of the five game series, by beating the Phoenix Flames 16-3. The Heat used four homeruns and a season high twenty hits to score all their runs in the first four innings.
On the Fourth of July weekend, the Chicago Bandits provided enough fireworks on the field for spectators as they combined for fourteen hits against the Stratford Brakettes for the win, 8-4.
The New York Juggernaut completed the series sweep of the Texas Thunder, their fourth come from behind victory in as many days. Utility player Chelsea Spencer had another stellar day at the plate going three for three with two runs scored.
The Akron Racers erupted for six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and cruised to an 8-1 win over the California Sunbirds.
The New England Riptide and Venezuelan National Team concluded their four game holiday weekend series yesterday afternoon at Martin Softball Field, with the Venezuelans hoping to salvage one game out of the series. It would be Danielle Henderson for the Tide, winning pitcher in the game on Friday against Lelis Gomez, making her first start this series for the Venezuelans.
Defense was the name of the game for the Bandits, recording three double plays, behind pitcher Lindsay Chouinard.
The Arizona Heat played homerun derby with the Flames pitching tonight, setting a franchise record with five in one game.
The New England Riptide and Team Venezuela met for the third time last night at Martin Softball Field in Lowell, the Venezuelans attempting to avenge the previous two night’s losses.
Oli Keohohou delivered a pair of two-run singles and Amy Kyler pitched five strong innings as the Akron Racers thumped the California Sunbirds, 11-1, Saturday afternoon at Firestone Stadium.
Chelsea Spencer hit a solo homerun to tie up the game in the bottom of the seventh inning en route to a 4-3 Juggernaut win over the Texas Thunder in nine innings.
After Lauren Bay and the Chicago Bandits made history with the franchise's first no-hitter on Friday night, Jennie Finch continued the trend on Saturday against the Stratford Brakettes. Finch, on top of her game, refused to surrender a single hit to the Brakettes, shutting Stratford out, 3-0.
On a rainy night at Hofstra Softball Stadium, the Juggernaut offense took the game over to earn a come-from-behind win over the Texas Thunder in an 8-3 ball game. The New York offense was led by Chelsea Spencer who hit her first home run of the season.
Phelan Wright and Cheryl Schaefer led the Heat offense as they pounded out a season high 19 hits in a 12-0 win over the Phoenix Flames. Wright led the way by going four for four with an RBI, while Scheafer went three for three with four RBI and three doubles.
Rookie Lindsey Bashor doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning as Akron rallied to defeat the California Sunbirds, 10-5, in a wild game Friday evening at Firestone Stadium.
The New England Riptide and Venezuelan National Team continued their four game series at Martin Softball Field Friday night.
Lauren Bay struck out nine batters en route to earning the first no-hitter in Chicago Bandits' history.
Heat got back on track with a 9-0 win over the Phoenix Flames on Thursday night. The Heat bats got it going early and the pitchers mowed down batter after batter to give the Heat the win in the series opener.
Peaches James, the NPF leader in strikeouts, recorded eight more Thursday night, to tame the Texas offense. She allowed just two runs on four hits, picking up a complete game victory extending her record to 7-2. Alicia Smith recorded two hits and added an RBI to lead the Juggernaut offense.
Jamie Southern tossed a four-hit shutout and Iyhia McMichael hit her sixth home run of the season as the Akron Racers defeated the California Sunbirds, 3-0.
New England Riptide opened a four game series with the Venezuelan National Team last night at Martin Softball Field. The Venezuelans did not play up to their ability Thursday, however, and the Riptide ended the night winning 11-1. Ten Riptide hits and three Venezuelan errors contributed to the rout.
Jennie Finch was in the circle again for the Bandits, and much like Thursday night, the Heat could not get a run across the plate. Finch’s second complete game shutout of the series, combined with a two-run home run by Jaime Clark pushed the Bandits over the Heat, 2-0.
After a come from behind win Saturday night, the New York Juggernauts dropped the fourth game of their series with the Chinese National Team, 5-2.
The New England Riptide and Texas Thunder met for the fourth and last time at Martin Softball Field in Lowell on Sunday. Riptide pitcher Jocelyn Forest and Thunder pitcher Amanda Freed were locked in a classic pitchers duel through the first four innings, each giving up only one hit.
The New York Juggernaut came from behind to take game three of the series from the Chinese National Team. Natasha Watley just missed the cycle going 3-for-4 with a single, double and a triple on the day.
The Chicago Bandits took their third straight one-run game from the Arizona Heat. Jaime Clark led the offense, with Lindsay Chouinard collecting the win.
It was another exciting night at Martin Softball Field when the New England Riptide and Texas Thunder met again for game three in a four-game series in front of the largest crowd of the season.
Despite a vigorous come back by the hometown Heat, the Chicago Bandits held on to win their 12th game of the year by a score of 7-6.
The Texas Thunder ended the New England Riptide's five-game winning streak on Friday night, by defeating the 'Tide 4-3 in the second game of the four-game series.
Crystl Bustos hit two home runs and Jamie Southern tossed a two-hit shutout in her Akron debut as the Racers blanked the Venezuelan National Team, 8-0.
Peaches James registered ten more strikeouts Thursday night en route to a 5-3 win over the Chinese National Team. Natasha Watley led the Juggernaut offense, going 2-for-3 on the night with a run scored. Four different Nauts recorded an RBI in a complete team effort to capture game one of the series.
With Selena Collins providing a fifth-inning solo homer, Chicago Bandits' pitcher Jennie Finch threw a phenominal game against the Arizona Heat to win 1-0.
Thursday night's game between the New England Riptide and the Texas Thunder figured to be a battle between two great pitchers, as Jocelyn Forest and Christa Williams hooked up in the opening game of the four game series.
Crystl Bustos hit her league-leading sixth home run and Brandee McArthur tossed a two-hit shutout as the Akron Racers cruised to an 8-0 win over the Venezuelan National Team.
The New York Juggernaut Sunday games will now be televised by Telecare television.
The Arizona Heat finished off the sweep of Venezuela with a 10-2 victory over the National Team at Hi Corbett Field. Dana Sorensen overcame some early problems to shutdown the Venezuelan bats, while the Heat's sticks caught fire.
On the strength of Jaime Clark's two for three afternoon, the Chicago Bandits shut out the Chinese National Team for the fourth time in their four game series.
On a beautiful Father's Day at Hofstra University Stadium, the Juggernaut took the series from the Stratford Brakettes winning game four with a score of 1-0. Jodie Cox remains unbeaten on the mound, picking up her season high sixth win of the season.
The New England Riptide completed the sweep of the California Sunbirds Sunday night at Martin Softball Field with a 3-0 victory. Former Olympian and UMass star Danielle Henderson pitched a three-hit shutout while striking out 13.
Crystl Bustos hit a titanic home run and Nicole Trimboli enjoyed a four for four day at the plate as the Akron Racers blanked Peoria, 14-0, on Sunday afternoon at Firestone Stadium.
Texas Thunder closed out their four game series against the Russian National Team Sunday, completing their first series sweep of the season with a 13-2 victory.
Jennie Finch blasted her third home run of the year, giving the Bandits a 1-0 victory over the Chinese National Team, while Lauren Bay pitched her third shutout.
The Arizona Heat defeated the Venezuelan National Team for the third night in a row by a score of 5-2. Erica Beach tossed a complete game for the Heat to pick up her third win of the season.
Peaches James, the NPF leader in strikeouts, recorded eight more tonight to shut down the Stratford Brakette offense, picking up her fourth win of the season with a 2-0 shutout. The Juggernaut offense was led by Leah Nelson and Jackie Pasquerella, both going two for three with an RBI.
Texas Thunder pitcher Christa Williams collected her third consecutive shut out of the season as the Thunder improved to 5-2 on the regular season with a 4-0 victory over Russia Saturday evening at Big League Dreams Sports Park in League City.
The New England Riptide extended their winning streak to three tonight with a 2-0 win over the California Sunbirds, behind the combined three-hit pitching of Jocelyn Forest and Danielle Henderson.
Jenn Poore hit two home runs and Radara McHugh tossed a one-hit shutout as the Akron Racers overwhelmed Peoria, 13-0, at Firestone Stadium.
The New England Riptide bats came alive at Martin Softball Field in Lowell on Saturday, when they banged out 12 hits in route to a 10-1 win over the California Sunbirds.
With Jennie Finch in the circle, a first inning two-RBI double by third baseman Gina Oaks, was enough to earn the Chicago Bandits their eighth victory on the season.
The Texas Thunder bats continued to stay hot on Friday, as they collected their second win over the Russian National Team to improve to 2-0 on the series.
Jodie Cox picked up her league leading fifth win of the season as the Juggernaut came back to win game two of the series, 2-1, against the Stratford Brakettes. Carri Leto went 2-for-4 with a walk-off RBI single to get the Juggernaut the win. Leah Nelson and Alicia Smith went two for three in the game to lead the Juggernaut offense against the Brakettes.
The Arizona Heat defeated the Venezuelan National Team for the second time in as many nights, thanks to exceptional pitching from Dana Sorensen and Erica Beach. Much like the previous night, the Heat jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, winning the game 7-1 on Friday. Sorensen pitched five innings of one-run ball to earn her third victory of the year. The Heat bats also came around, pounding out eight hits on their way to seven runs.
Nicole Trimboli belted her first home run of the season and Brandee McArthur tossed a complete game two-hitter as the Akron Racers knocked off the Peoria Outlaws, 13-1, at Firestone Stadium.
The Arizona Heat used a big first inning, and solid relief pitching to hold off the Venezuelan National Team on Thursday. The Heat scored six runs in the bottom of the first off Venezuelan pitcher Mariange Bogado.
The New England Riptide celebrated their return to Martin Softball Field wilth a convincing 5-1 win over the California Sunbirds behind the two-hit pitching of Danielle Henderson and the offense of Lyndsey Angus (three for three, one walk, and two runs).
Kate Varde drove in Lindsey Hamma to score the game's only run in the bottom of the seventh to move the Bandits' record to 7-2 on the year. Pitcher Lauren Bay struck out eight, allowing only two hits.
The Texas Thunder rolled over the Russian National Team in an 11-0 victory in front of a capacity crowd at Big League Dreams Sports Park in League City Texas tonight.
Peaches James tallied 11 strikeouts, but it was not enough as the Stratford Brakettes topped the NY Juggernaut in game one of the four game series.
Amy Kyler pitched a two-hit shutout and Jenn Poore went 3-for-3 as the Akron Racers defeated the Peoria Outlaws, 4-0, Thursday evening at Firestone Stadium. The Racers won their sixth straight game and improved to 8-1 on the season. The Outlaws are 5-3. Peoria and Akron meet again Friday at 7:05 p.m.
The Texas Thunder and the Arizona Heat squared off again to determine the winner of their first regular season series as opponents.
Saturday's rematch between the Texas Thunder and the Arizona Heat proved nothing more than a pitching duel between Thunder ace Christa Williams and Heat hurler Erica Beach.
...the Arizona Heat used flawless defense, aggressive hitting and consistent pitching to accomplish their own goals...
A heartbreaker for the Chicago Bandits as they lost game two in the series against Team Venezuela, leaving the two teams even at 1-1 through the first two games of the series.
The Akron Racers made it two in a row over the California Sunbirds, 13-1, Friday night thanks in large part to a two-run homer to left by Crystl Bustos, which snapped a 1-1 tie in the third inning.
The Chicago Bandits opened their second series of the season by welcoming the Venezuelan National Team to Benedictine University. After going 3-1 against Australia the previous week, the Bandits recorded their first shutout in team history to open up against Venezuela.
Texas Thunder scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to claim their first victory of the season besting the Arizona Heat in front of a sold out crowd at Big League Dreams Sports Park in League City Thursday night.
First baseman Oli Keohohou belted her second home run of the season and Tobin Echo-Hawk added two hits as the Akron Racers defeated the California Sunbirds, 7-1, in the first of a four-game series.
The New England Riptide continued their winning ways on Wednesday. The 'Tide improved to 3-0 with a 4-2 victory over the previously undefeated NY Juggernaut.
The broadcast schedule for National Pro Fastpitch will include an umbrella of TV coverage by ESPN2, Comcast Sports Net Chicago and Telecare.
The Arizona Heat of the National Pro Fastpitch League is proud to announce the signing of former University of Arizona standout, Jackie Coburn.
The New England Riptide completed the sweep of a double-header tonight with a 4-1 win, as former Olympic star Danielle Henderson (inset photo) debuted with the Riptide, pitching six masterful innings, striking out eleven while allowing one run on only two hits.
The New England Riptide matched up in the team's season opener, the first of a double-header, with the Stratford Brakettes, who will be joining the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2006, and came out with a 4-2 victory.
Jennie Finch and Anne Steffan paced the Bandits to a 6-4 win over Australia. Finch started the offensive scoring with a three-run shot in the first. Steffan reached base in all four at bats, via two singles and two walks.
The New York Juggernaut finished up a four-game sweep of Venezuela with a 2-1 win on a beautiful afternoon at Hofstra University Softball Stadium. Peaches James had nine strikeouts and allowed five hits in the circle for New York.
The Arizona Heat dropped the series finale to the Akron Racers, 6-1. The Racers took three of four from the Heat at Hi Corbett this weekend. For the fourth game in a row, the Racers jumped out to an early lead, and unlike Saturday Night, the Heat could not fight their way back.
After lightning ended action on Saturday night, play was resumed on Sunday and the 14-hour wait was well worth the dramatic finish catcher Selena Collins supplied with a two-run walk-off homerun to give Chicago the 2-1 victory.
Jodie Cox picked up her second win of the season as the Juggernaut extended its win streak to three games with a 3-2 victory over the Venezuelan National team. Cox had six strikeouts in 4.2 innings before giving way to Peaches James, who earned the save going 2.1 innings, picking up two strikeouts along the way.
After an inning and a half in the book on Friday night, lightning and inclement weather forced the postponement of Friday night’s game between the Chicago Bandits and the Australian National Team.
The Arizona Heat overcame a five-run deficit in the final three innings on Friday night to take their first game of the series versus the Akron Racers, 8-5.
With the hoopla of Opening Night behind them, the Chicago Bandits took to the field against the Australian National team on Friday night, but it was the Aussies that stole the show on this night, capitalizing on three solo home runs to defeat Chicago, 3-2.
The Juggernaut offense was more than Venezuela could handle on Friday night, scoring 18 runs on 16 hits, on a rainy night at Hofstra University Softball Stadium.
The Arizona Heat committed nine errors on Friday, after committing only one in the first four games of the season. The Akron Racers did not waste anytime capitalizing on the Heat mistakes, scoring often in an 11-5 victory.
Jodie Cox had the game winning hit and came on in relief to earn the win for the NY Juggernaut. The Juggernaut offense totaled 11 hits on the day to come from behind against the Venezuelan National Team in the 2005 season opener at Hofstra University Softball Stadium.
Jennie Finch dominated the Australian National team in the Bandits' Opening Night. Finch struck out 12 in Chicago's win over Australia, 6-2.
The Akron Racers came to Hi Corbett Field ready to play. Amy Kyler shutout the Heat by throwing a complete game four hitter in the Racers 4-0 win.
The Arizona Heat completed the sweep of the Phoenix Flames with a 15-0 win at Hi Corbett Field. Dana Sorensen followed up her complete game on Thursday, by hurling a no-hitter on Sunday.
The Arizona Heat won again, but this time, the pitching was the headline in a 7-0 win over the Phoenix Flames. Erica Beach hurled a two-hit shutout, striking out eight in a dominating pitching debut this season.
The Arizona Heat started the season off with an impressive offensive and pitching display. Dana Sorensen struck out 11 over her complete game performance and held the Flames to just two runs in a 15-2 victory.
Olympic Athletes, International Competition and Expanded TV Coverage Highlight Strength of NPF.
The Arizona Heat of the National Pro FastPitch League begin their second season of play on Thursday May 26th.
The Arizona Heat of National Pro Fastpitch is proud to announce the signing of two-time Gold Medalist Stacey Nuveman, the fourth member from the 2004 USA Olympic Team to join the Heat for 2005.
Juggernaut to play at Hofstra in Long Island, NY- Texas Thunder to play at Big League Dreams Sports Park (inset picture) in League City, TX.
The New York Juggernaut is scheduled to play three-off site games this season. Fans of fastpitch can watch the Juggernaut in Middletown, New York, Montville, New Jersey and Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Girls ages 8-17 will have the chance to receive softball instruction from some of the biggest names in the sport at the Arizona Heat's 2005 "Super Camp".
Canada native Lauren Bay is ready to take her skills to the professional level.
New fields & partnership with NY/NJ Juggernaut result in two summer softball camps
Company's motion capture technology will assist the teams in developing off-season strength and conditioning programs, rehab programs, and skill enhancement.
2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and her teammates reach out to the local community
The Ex-Juggernaut Chooses Coaching Over Playing in 2005
2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Will Play Shortstop for the World Champs