Articles from 2007
The Philadelphia Force are offering specials in their holiday webstore to get you outfitted for the 2008 season!
Local Penn State grad signed by Force to the 2008 developmental squad.
The 2007 NPF Champion Washington Glory were recently honored with a ceremonial resolution proclaiming a Washington Glory Recognition Resolution of 2007 in the District of Columbia at the seventeenth legislative meeting at the John A. Wilson Building.
Chicago Bandits owner Bill Conroy was disappointed his 2007 team didn't make the National Pro Fastpitch playoffs.
The Philadelphia Force are gearing up for another exciting season in 2008.
Schedule increased to 48 games league-wide...
Tennessee's All-Time Career Batting Champion headed to Akron
The Philadelphia Force have launched their FIRST Holiday Webstore.
The owners approved a 48-game schedule which is up from 44 games last season.
The Philadelphia Force have announced they have acquired utility player Jackie Wong and pitcher Abbie Sims from the Rockford Thunder. In exchange for the pair, the Force sent to the Thunder a fourth-round pick, 20th overall, in the 2008 draft.
The Rockford Thunder has re-signed utility player Jamie Davison, team General Manager Aaron M. Moore announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
Owner/General Manager Tom Kleinman has announced the trade of pitcher Kristina Thorson to the Chicago Bandits. In return for the 2007 Rookie of the Year, the Force acquired the services of OF Autumn Champion, P Peaches James, P Amy Harre, and the first pick overall in upcoming 2008 NPF draft.
The Rockford Thunder announced today that they have traded its second round draft pick, No. 9 overall, to the Chicago Bandits for their third and fourth round picks in the upcoming NPF Senior Draft.
The Rockford Thunder announced today that they have traded veteran Amanda Freed to the Chicago Bandits in exchange for Megan Willis, Krista Jessup and Gina Oaks.
Check out ESPN.COM for several great stories about Rockford Thunder Players and Staff, including VELA, SCOGGINS, VANDERGEEST, OSTERMAN AND MOORE, plus a feature on the Osterman/Finch match-up earlier this season.
After 263 regular season games and six post-season games, National Pro Fastpitch has a new champion, as the Washington Glory knocked off the Rockford Thunder 3-1 in Sunday's championship game.
Needing to win three straight games on Sunday to win the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Championship, the Rockford Thunder got things started off right with an impressive 5-0 win over the New England Riptide.
MUST BEAT ROCKFORD TO ADVANCE TO FINALS.
The Thunder's thrilling 6-3 win over Akron on Saturday in an elimination game of the 2007 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Series kept those title dreams alive another day.
Riptide defeats the Akron Racers 3-0 in Kimberly, Wisconsin.
The first round of games will now start at 10:00 am CDT on Saturday (8/25) and 12:00 pm CDT.
Amber Jackson Named 2007 NPF Player of the Year.
Glory Contribute Five to All-NPF Team
The season for the Philadelphia Force came to end on a rainy Sunday afternoon virtue of a 3-2, extra innings defeat at the hands of the New England Riptide. 656 rowdy Force fans attended the final game of the season in support of the team. The Force finish with a record of 24-20, tied for 4th in the NPF standings, but the Rockford Thunder gets the playoff nod based on the tiebreakers.
The Comcast Chicago Bandits closed the books on the 2007 season with a stirring 4-0 victory over arch rival Rockford Thunder in front of a standing room only crowd of 2,412. The Bandits ended the year with a record of 23-21 while the Thunder fell to 24-20.
The Philadelphia Force were defeated by the New England Riptide, 5-0, Saturday night at ECTB Stadium. The Force and Riptide are now tied in the standings with 24-19 records. They play the final regular season game Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. The winner of that game will earn a playoff berth.
After giving up one hit and a walk in five innings of work Thursday night, Alicia Hollowell returned to the circle for the Racers (26-17) Saturday and got even closer to perfection. Hollowell's performance guided Akron to a 2-0 victory that clinched Akron the second seed in the NPF playoffs.
If the mad scramble for National Pro Fastpitch postseason berths is any indication, the NPF Championship Series is going to be dripping with suspense.
The Comcast Chicago Bandits run toward the 2007 National Professional Fastpitch playoff spot finally came to an end Friday as the Rockford Thunder scored a 7-1 victory that mathematically eliminated the Bandits. The Bandits will wrap up the 2007 season with fan appreciation night.
The Akron Racers dashed out to a 4-0 lead early and then stopped a Michigan rally short to win their 25th game of the year 6-4.
Clare Burnum knocked a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh to score Sharonda McDonald to lift the Philadelphia Force to a 2-1 victory over the New England Riptide. With the win, the Force improved their record to 24-18 which puts them alone in third place in the NPF standings with two games remaining.
For the second night in a row, the Bandits found some late inning heroics to pull out a must-win victory. Nicole Trimboli single handedly kept the Bandits in the playoff hunt with one crack of the bat in the bottom of the seventh with a two run bomb.
The Philadelphia Force opened their critical four-game series with a 10-2 lost at the hands of the New England Riptide. Erica Beach pitched a complete game and slammed a three-home run in the first inning to help the Riptide gain game one in front of 553 fans at ECTB Stadium. Both teams are now tied in the NPF standings with identical 23-18 records with just three games remaining for each team.
Alicia Hollowell was near perfect Thursday night for the Akron Racers (24-17) against the Mid-Michigan Ice as the Racer starter shut out the visitors to lead Akron to a 5-0 victory.
Starting Thursday night, the Philadelphia Force battle the New England Riptide in an important series to conclude the NPF regular season. Both the Force and Riptide are in the thick of the playoff race where five teams are fighting for just three remaining playoff spots.
After an hour and a half weather delay, the Comcast Chicago Bandits took on familiar foe, the Rockford Thunder in a must win game to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Come experience elite softball instruction with your women's pro softball team, the Philadelphia Force! The team is offering a professional softball clinic on Saturday, September 15, 2007 at Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley, Pa.
After dropping the first three games of the series to the visiting Washington Glory (34-10), Jennie Finch and the rest of the Chicago Bandits (20-20), rebounded to win the series finale 1-0.
The New England Riptide took the field for the final regular season home game tonight at Martin Softball Field, but not before a pre game ceremony honoring Riptide player and Leominster native, Lyndsey Angus.
The Washington Glory (31-12) won their third consecutive game over the Comcast Chicago Bandits (19-20) thanks to a 5-3 victory on Sunday at the Benedictine Sports Complex. This win keeps the Glory atop the National Professional Fastpitch standings. The Bandits topped the Glory in most every category today except the one that counted most, the runs. Chicago out hit Washington by a 9-5 margin. Washington even committed more errors than the Bandits (4-3).
Today's game between the New England Riptide and the Akron Racers was highlighted by the awarding of two $5,000 scholarships to Anna Maria College.
What began as a pitcher's duel between Jennie Finch and Sarah Pauly evaporated into a game of errors as the Comcast Chicago Bandits (19-19) lost a 2-1 decision to the first place Washington Glory. Both Washington runs tallied versus Finch (5-2) were unearned as was the lone Bandit run against the Glory (30-12).
The New England Riptide and the Akron Racers took the field for the second of a four game series on a perfect night at Martin Softball Field. In a well pitched, exciting game the Racers evened the series at one game apiece with a 1-0 win.
Philadelphia Force pitcher Kristina Thorson (13-4) struck out 14 Michigan Ice batters enroute to a 6-1 victory for the Force in front of 513 fans at ECTB Stadium. The win puts the record for the Force at 23-17, good for fourth place in the tight NPF standings. The Force will host the New England Riptide August 16-19 to complete the regular season.
The Comcast Chicago Bandits played the National Professional Fastpitch league’s first place team even, for three innings, but the Washington Glory erupted for four runs in the fourth inning on it’s a way to a 5-1 victory. The loss put the fifth place Bandits at 19-18 overall, while the Glory improved to 29-12.
The New England Riptide returned to action Friday night at Martin Softball Field after a 12 day layoff to face the Akron Racers in a four game series critical to the playoff pairings.
The Philadelphia Force completed a day/night doubleheader sweep of Michigan Ice by taking the nightcap by a score of 5-4. Third baseman Clare Burnum was 3-for-3 and recorded six infield assists in the game. The Force had won the day game by a score of 7-1. The record for the Force improves to 22-17 with just five games remaining in the 2007 regular season.
Designated player Megan McAllister went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs to spark the Philadelphia Force to a 7-1 win over the Michigan Ice in the day portion of a day/night doubleheader. The offense for the Force backed pitcher with Margo Pruis with 10 hits, including four extra base hits. The second game of the doubleheader is scheduled for tonight at 7:05.
As Wednesday turned into Thursday the Comcast Chicago Bandits took on the Akron Racers for game two of the doubleheader.
Torrential downpour caused an hour and half delay between the Comcast Chicago Bandits and the Akron Racers as they tried to make up Monday nights game.
Allentown, Pa. - Kristina Thorson pitched a complete game one-hitter, and catcher Ashley Smith drove in the game's lone run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Philadelphia Force a 1-0 victory over the visiting Michigan Ice. With the win, the Force improved their record to 20-17 with 7 games remaining in the regular season.
With a single crack of the bat, Oli Keohohou made history Sunday night. The first baseman's seventh-inning, two-out, full-count home run to right field off Rockford pitcher Cat Osterman clinched the Washington Glory's first National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) regular season championship.
After having their game called the night before due to bad weather, the Comcast Chicago Bandits and the Akron Racers played game two at the Sports Complex at Benedictine University this evening.
The Philadelphia Force was beaten by the Rockford Thunder, 6-4, in the final tune-up game before their final eight-game push for the NPF playoffs. The game which did not cut in the standings featured both teams using multiple pitchers and each team recording seven hits.
Emily Friedman launched a two-run home run against Cat Osterman, and the Philadelphia Force added a run in the fourth inning but they were defeated, 5-3, by the Rockford Thunder in a game that does not count in the NPF standings.
Oli Keohohou drilled the game-winning home run in the seventh inning in walk off fashion to give the Washington Glory a 6-5 win over the Rockford Thunder on Sunday afternoon at the George Mason Softball Complex. With the victory, the Washington Glory (31-9) clinched the NPF regular season title in their home finale.
When it came to offense for Akron (19-14) it was like a game of Clue…the Butler did it. Other than the lone fifth inning single by the Racers Kristin Butler, the game belonged to the Bandits (18-15) Jennie Finch who had double digit strikeout totals with 13.
The Washington Glory took advantage off six walks issued by Cat Osterman and two costly errors to defeat the Rockford Thunder, 2-1, on Saturday night at the George Mason Softball Complex.
Kristina Thorson continued to have the Racers hitters' number as she shut out Akron for the second time this series, leading Philadelphia to a 2-0 victory.
The Comcast Chicago Bandits and the Michigan Ice wrapped up their series tonight at the Sports Complex at Benedictine University. Jennie Finch took the mound for the second time this series since her time with the National team.
After struggling to get any offense going in the first two games of the series against Philadelphia(18-17), only getting one run in two games, the Akron Racers bats exploded Friday night. The Racers scored in every inning except the first, culminating in a seven run sixth inning.
The Washington Glory clinched a spot in the NPF playoffs after shutting out the Rockford Thunder, 3-0, at the George Mason Softball Complex on Friday night.
Oli Keohohou collected two hits, including the game-winning single in the tenth inning, to lead the Washington Glory to a 3-2 victory over the Rockford Thunder. Keohohou, who had homered in the first inning, hit a dribbler that rolled about eight feet, but far enough to allow LaDonia Hughes to score from third.
The third game between the Comcast Chicago Bandits and the Michigan Ice was highlighted by a pair of two run homers. This 5-0 win brings the Bandits’ record to 16-15 on the season.
Kellie Wilkerson provided the offensive spark for the Philadelphia Force with her second home run in as many days. This one was a two run shot that broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth inning and led Philadelphia to a 3-1 victory.
Bandit ace, Jennie Finch, took the mound for the home team tonight making her first start since the month of June. Finch dominated striking out 16, walking none and allowing only one hit.
Kristina Thorson pitched a complete-game shutout and the Philadelphia Force pounded out 11 hits to compile a 5-0 victory over the host Akron Racers. First baseman Kellie Wilkerson and right fielder Trena Peel both were on base four times, each going 3-for-3 with a hit by pitch, to lead the attack for the Force.
After playing just one game in the previous four weeks, the Bandits shook off the rust and posted a 5-0 victory over the Michigan Ice. The victory opened a 16 game homestand which will carry throughout the month of August.
The Thunder (24-12) left 11 runners on base, but they managed to come up with the only two runs in the game, as they knocked off China 2-0 in the team's home finale.
The Thunder needed two home runs and a solid defensive play from Erin Evans to knock off China 3-2 in game three of the four game series.
After three games of pitching and defense dominated softball the Washington Glory evened up the series with a back and forth offensive exhibition in the finale.
The Akron Racers struck last in a back and forth battle to gain victory for the second straight night over the Washington Glory. Last night, it was Tracee McCoy who won the game for the Racers with a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Thunder (22-12) came back from an early 3-0 decifit to beat China 4-3 in a pivotal game in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) standings.
The New England Riptide, winners of their last 9 of 11 games took the field against the Philadelphia Force. Jocelyn Forest, last year’s NPF leader in wins with 15 went into the circle for the Riptide.
In a game dominated by pitching, it only took one run for the Akron Racers to defeat the Washington Glory. That run came courtesy of a Tracee McCoy home run to left field with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning snapping the scoreless game witha final score of 1-0. McCoy's home run was her third home run of the season.
Philadelphia Force pitcher Margo Pruis allowed just one hit, but the Force dropped a 1-0 outcome to the New England Riptide in game two of a four-game series. The Force had taken game one the night before.
The Thunder started the day in second place in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) standings, but after dropping the opener to China 1-0 in eight innings, they fell back down to third place.
In a game showcasing the NPF's top two teams going into Wednesday, the Washington Glory (26-7) utilized a sixth-inning, two out rally to defeat the Racers 3-2.
Kristina Thorson pitched a complete game shutout to give the Philadelphia Force a 3-0 road victory over the New England Riptide. With the win the Force (14-15) moved to within two games in the loss column of the Riptide (20-13) for fourth place in the NPF standings.
The New England Riptide and Chinese National team met for the last time today. Starters were the same as the first game, Eileen Canney for the Riptide and Li Qi for China. Qi has appeared as a starter or reliever in each of the four games.
The Comcast Chicago Bandits (13-15) took the field for the first time in three weeks to take on neighbor and rival, the Rockford Thunder (21-11). The close-to capacity crowd was treated to an extra inning pitchers duel that featured a combined six hurlers between the two teams.
During the Riverbank's Beach Ball Give Away night, the New England Riptide faced Team China for the third of a four game series. Zhou Yin started in the circle for Team China as the Riptide started Danielle Henderson who is no stranger to international play.
The Philadelphia Force (13-15) were defeated by the Washington Glory (25-7) Saturday night by a score of 10-0. The Glory used five extra base hits, including three home runs, to complete the four-game series sweep.
The New England Riptide and Chinese National team resumed their series tonight at Martin Softball field after an unscheduled day off due to rain. The Riptide collected nine hits, four walks and seven stolen bases off of three Chinese pitchers to come away with a 6-4 victory. Jocelyn Forest picked up the win, her second of the year while Yin Zhou took the loss for China
Oli Keohohou and Jessica Moore both blasted home runs in the fourth inning to lead the Washington Glory (24-7) to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Force (13-14) on Friday night at the George Mason Softball Complex. Washington had a well balanced offensive attack as each starter reached base safely on the night.
Amber Jackson provided the game-winning run with a walk-off solo home run to give the Washington Glory (23-7) a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Force (13-13) on Thursday night at the George Mason Softball Complex. Sarah Pauly received the win in her complete game effort.
The Chinese National Team rolled into Lowell last night fresh from a fourth place finish in the World Cup. Meanwhile the Riptide were coming off a five game winning streak.
The Philadelphia Force dropped a 5-0 decision to the first-place Washington Glory in game one of a four-game series. The Force, who came into the game winners of seven of their last nine games, could not push a run across against Glory pitchers Desiree Serrano and Jen Musillo.
The Washington Glory knocked off the Rockford Thunder by a final score of 4-2 on Sunday afternoon to earn a split of the four-game series.
After three straight games of the deficit being two or less runs, the Akron Racers exploded and blew out Denso Japan 10-0 to end the series.
The New England Riptide came to Martin Softball Field Saturday night looking for a sweep of their series with the Michigan Ice. It would be two first year players starting for the teams, Eileen Canney sporting a 5-2 record and 1.10 ERA, second best in the league.
For the second night in a row the Akron Racers and Denso Japan battled evenly to the end, this time with Akron coming out on top 3-2.
For the second straight night the winning team knocked out three homeruns, but on Saturday night it was the Thunder doing the clubbing, as they beat the Washington Glory by a final score of 5-4.
Denso Japan evened up the series at one game a piece against the Akron Racers, but they needed three hours and three extra innings to defeat the Racers 4-3.
The Rockford Thunder came out flat on Friday night, as they dropped game two of the series with Washington 7-0 at Sportscore One.
Philadelphia Force designated player Jenna Hall drove in both runs to lead the Force to a 2-0 victory over the Stratford Brakettes. The Force took three of the four games in the series to improve their record to 13-11.
The Riptide scored three runs in the first at Martin Softball Field against the Michigan Ice and looked like they were going to run away with it, however the Michigan Ice tied it in the third with three of their own. It remained that way until the Riptide pushed the winning run over in the bottom of the sixth to win the game 4-3.
Center fielder Sharonda McDonald went 2-for-2 with a run scored and a RBI in the nightcap to lead the Philadelphia Force to a doubleheader split with the Stratford Brakettes. The Brakettes had taken the early game by a score of 4-2, and the Force rebounded to win the late game, 4-3.
The Rockford Thunder (20-9) defeated the Washington Glory (19-6), 1-0 on Thursday night. Serena Settlemier improved to 9-3 on the season as she pitched a complete game, four-hit shutout on the night. Settlemier helped her own cause with a double in three plate appearances.
The Akron Racers and Denso Japan officially kicked off their series Thursday night with the Racers coming out victorious 5-3.
Tonight’s second game between the Michigan Ice and the New England Riptide would feature the pitching match up of Ashley Hamby against Eileen Canney, who was coming off a complete game shut out of the Philadelphia Force last week.
The Akron Racers pitched, ran and powered their way past Denso Japan 2-1 in an exhibition game, before their series officially begins Thursday.
The Michigan Ice came to Lowell to for the first time last night to take on The Riptide in the first game of a four game set. It would ace Jenny Mackson for the Ice against Erica Beach for the Riptide.
The Washington Glory (19-5) rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat the Michigan Ice, 3-2, to complete a game four game sweep on Sunday afternoon at the George Mason Softball Complex. Catalina Morris ended the game with a walk-off single to right field.
For the third time this season the Rockford Thunder knocked off the Chicago Bandits in extra innings, this time in the 11th by a final score of 1-0.
The Akron Racers saved their best game for last against Team China, as they won easily 8-2.
New England Riptide first baseman Garland Cooper hit a one-out, third inning home run to give the Riptide a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Force. The Force had taken the previous three games of the four-game series against the Riptide.
Right fielder Trena Peel hit a two-out grand slam in the bottom of the fifth to spark the Philadelphia Force to a 7-6 win over the New England Riptide (12-11). The win moves the Force (10-9) into sole possession of fourth place in the NPF standings, ahead of the Riptide and the Chicago Bandits.
Sarah Pauly and Jen Musillo combined for a one-hit shutout as the Washington Glory (18-5) defeated the Michigan Ice, 4-0 on Saturday night at the George Mason Softball Complex.
After two games of fundamentally sloppy play, the Racers finally got back to playing like they know how. Akron outperformed Team China in every aspect of the game Saturday night to win 5-2.
Saturday evening’s game started very similar to the first two games of the series, but the outcome was different, as the Thunder knocked off the Bandits 8-7 in front of a crowd of 1,027.
Kristina Thorson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the New England Riptide and the Philadelphia Force came away with a 7-1 victory in the completion of the suspended game from July 4. In the regularly scheduled game, the Force, behind the strong pitching of Margo Pruis, defeated the Riptide 1-0.
Behind seven shutout innings by pitcher Desiree Serrano, the Washington Glory (17-5) defeated the Michigan Ice, 4-0, on Friday night at the George Mason Softball Complex.
In front of 947 fans at Sportscore One the Thunder committed four errors, as they lost its second straight to the Bandits, tonight by a final score of 7-1.
The Akron Racers lost to Team China 2-1 due mostly to
uncharacteristically bad defense early.
Sarah Pauly allowed just one hit in six innings of work to lead the Washington Glory (16-5) to an 8-1 victory over the Michigan Ice on Thursday night at the George Mason Softball Complex. Amber Jackson and Nichole Thompson both recorded three hits while Oli Keohohou and Jen Chamberlin also hit back-to-back home runs.
In a series claimed to be "the Racers against the World", a thrilling seventh inning rally gave round one to Akron with a final score of 6-5.
A night with big expectations, turned into a night of big disappointment as the Rockford Thunder dropped the series opener to the Chicago Bandits by a final score of 11-0 at Sportscore One.
The Philadelphia Force vs. the New England Riptide has been suspended due to inclement weather and field conditions. Tonight’s suspended game has been scheduled to continue Thursday July 5.
For the first time in its three year history, the Bandits were no hit by an opponent as the Chinese National team took the 1-0 victory. With the loss, Chicago falls to 11-13 on the season.
The Washington Glory (15-5) took three out of four games against the Akron Racers (10-6) after taking the final game, 3-2 on Monday night at the George Mason Softball Complex. With the game deadlocked at 2, Nichole Thompson drove in the game winner in the bottom of the fifth, and fellow former Sun Devil, Desiree Serrano held on to record her league leading eighth win of the season.
Chicago brought the bats again tonight racking up a total of 13 hits en route to beating team China 9-1. Gina Oaks (3-3) took the mound for the orange and black while Zhou Yin started in the circle for China.
The Washington Glory (14-5) cruised past the Akron Racers (10-5), 1-4 on Sunday afternoon at the George Mason Softball Complex. Amber Jackson collected three hits on the day, while Nicole Barber and Catalina Morris both drove in three runs to lead the attack.
The Philadelphia Force took game four of their series with the New England Riptide by a score of 3-1. Margo Pruis (2-0) got the start and went all seven innings to earn the victory.
It was a sunny, breezy day in Lisle as the Comcast Chicago Bandits took on team China for day two of the four game series.
The Comcast Chicago Bandits and the Chinese National team kicked off their first game of a four game series tonight at the Benedictine Sports Complex in Lisle, Ill. Gina Oaks (3-3) started in the circle for the Bandits as Wang Lan took the mound for China.
The Washington Glory (13-5) were edged by the Akron Racers (10-4), 2-0 on Saturday night at the George Mason Complex. The score
remained tied at zero until a two-run home run by Iyhia McMichael in the top of the sixth.
It was home run derby in Fairfax, as the Washington Glory
pounded four home runs en route to a 9-3 victory over the Akron Racers on
Friday night at the George Mason Softball Complex.
The Rockford Thunder of National Pro Fastpitch knocked off the visiting Mid-Michigan Ice at Sportscore One on Friday night by a final score of 4-0.
It would be Henderson (Danielle) for the New England Riptide vs. Hennessey (Meagan) for the Philadelphia Force, the Riptide looking to win their third straight game of the series.
The Rockford Thunder tied a season-high with 11 hits on Thursday night to defeat the Michigan Ice 7-2 at Sportscore One.
The Philadelphia Force dropped a 2-0 road decision to the New England Riptide (11-7) Thursday night. Riptide pitcher Erica Beach held the Force (6-8) to just three hits and did not walk any batters.
The New England Riptide and Philadelphia Force played the first game of a four game series. The Riptide Scored early and jumped out to a 7-0 lead, before hanging on to win 7-3.
In a must-win type game, the Thunder dropped a 2-1 decision to the Mid-Michigan Ice on Wednesday night, dropping to 15-7 on the season.
The Philadelphia Force (6-6) prepared for their upcoming series with the New England Riptide by hosting the China National Team in a non-NPF game Tuesday night. The Force beat China by a score of 6-3. The Force has previously taken four NPF games from China.
The Rockford Thunder got back on the winning ways Tuesday night, as they knocked off the visiting Mid-Michigan Ice by a final score of 4-1.
Four members of the Philadelphia Force attended the F.L.A.M.E.S. (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere in Sport) program held on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Shortstop Chelsea Spencer, third baseman Clare Burnum, catcher Ashley Smith, and first baseman Kellie Wilkerson appeared at the event which was sponsored by the Philadelphia Sports Congress, in partnership with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
The China National Team defeated the Philadelphia Force 4-0 in a non-NPF game on Monday night.
In a series ruled by pitching and defense, it was fitting that the Akron Racers and Rockford Thunder would save the best performances for last, as the Racers won the series finale 1-0.
Pitcher Kristina Thorson threw a no-hitter and the Philadelphia Force used nine walks and two home runs to post a 7-0 victory against the China National Team.
The New England Riptide hosted the Chicago Bandits for the fourth and final game of the series tonight and the Bandits managed to even the series when Jaime Clarke broke open a scoreless game with two outs in the top of the seventh.
Jessica Moore went 3-3 with two home runs, a double, and five RBIs to lead the Washington Glory (12-4) to a 11-0 win over Venezuela, and took over first place in the NPF standings. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak.
The Akron Racers dropped their second game in a row to the Rockford Thunder Saturday afternoon 4-2.
The New England Riptide and the Chicago Bandits met for game three of a four games series in Lowell tonight with the series tied at one all.
The National Pro Fastpitch leading hitter Chelsea Spencer went 3-for-4 to lead the Philadelphia Force to a 5-3 win over the China National Team in game three of their series.
Washington committed five errors and allowed 14 hits as the Glory fell to Venezuela, 9-4, on Friday night at the George Mason Softball Complex.
One day after Cat Osterman and Alicia Hollowell battled in a classic pitcher's duel, the Racers went up against the Thunder in game two of their four game series in a very similar manner. Although, the style was similar the result was different as Rockford (13-5) edged out a victory 2-0.
The Philadelphia Force took two games from the China National Team tonight. The Force edged China 4-2 in the completion of Thursday’s suspended game, and then followed with a dramatic 6-5, 10-inning victory in the originally scheduled game.
The New England Riptide and Chicago Bandits met for the second time this series and this time it was the Riptide that was unable to hold the lead into the seventh.
Often when a game has a lot of hype and expectations it fails to meet those standards.
The Washington Glory (11-3) fell to Venezuela, 4-2 on Thursday night at the George Mason Softball Complex. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Glory, and was just the second home loss this season for Washington.
The New England Riptide and the Chicago Bandits played the first of a four game series here tonight. It was the first meeting of the teams since their last game in the 2006 playoffs. Coincidently, the starting pitchers were Jocelyn Forest for the Riptide and Gina Oakes for the Bandits, the same starters as the last game who pitched eight scoreless innings each. Neither pitcher was as good tonight.
The game between the Philadelphia Force and the China National Team on June 21 has been suspended in the top of the fourth inning with the score 0-0.
All of the Glory's six runs came as a result of home runs as Washington defeated Venezuela, 6-2 on Wednesday night, at the George Mason Softball Complex. Sara Larquier hit her fourth home run of the season, which is tied for the team lead while Nichole Thompson hit her third bomb of the year.
The Thunder and the Bandits squared off tonight for the series finale. Amy Harre took the mound for Chicago while Cat Osterman started in the circle for Rockford.
Rockford Thunder was first on the board tonight after scoring a quick run in the top of the first with two outs. Mackenzie Vandergeest roped an RBI double down the left field line scoring Abbie Sims.
The Washington Glory (10-2) completed a sweep of the Chinese National Team after defeating China, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at the George Mason Softball Complex.
A night after the Thunder recorded just one hit in the 4-0 loss to Chicago, they returned the savor on Sunday, as they knocked off by the Bandits by a score of 1-0.
The New England Riptide were back on the field looking to make a clean sweep of the Venezuelan National Team in the fourth and final game of the series. A Jessica Merchant single in the bottom of the tenth inning, and a flawless performance by Eileen Canney in the circle paved the way for a 1-0 extra inning Riptide victory.
Bandit faithful flocked in thousands to the Benedictine Sports Complex to witness round two of the Jennie vs. Cat showdown.
Shortstop Chelsea Spencer hit a two-out sixth-inning inside-the-park home run to give the Philadelphia Force a 4-3 victory over the Akron Racers. The home run earned a win for pitcher Kristina Thorson (1-2).
The New England Riptide was back in action Saturday for game three of the series with the Venezuelan National Team. An unbelievable performance on both sides of the plate helped the Riptide blow the game open in a 12-1 victory.
Pitcher Sarah Pauly shut down the Chinese National Team for the Glory, as Washington defeated Team China, 3-0 on Saturday night at the George Mason Softball Complex. Pauly pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits, while striing out nine, in her seven innings of work.
The New England Riptide was back on Martin Softball field for game two in a series of four with the Venezuelan National Team, and walked away with a 7-2 victory giving them a 2-0 advantage in the series.
Amber Jackson crushed two home runs, and Desiree Serrano, as well as Jen Musillo pitched combined on a three hit shutout, to lead the Washington Glory (8-2) to a 6-0 victory over China, Friday night, at the George Mason Softball Complex.
The Philadelphia Force were defeated by the Akron Racers (7-0) by a score of 7-0 at ECTB Stadium.
The Force dropped game two of a four-game series to the Akron Racers (6-0) by a score of 6-4.
For the second straight game the Rockford Thunder shut out Team Venezuela, this time winning 7-0 behind a complete game effort from rookie Abbie Sims.
The Racers pounded out 18 hits against Force pitching.
After struggling with the bats all weekend against the New England Riptide, the Thunder wasted little time jumping on Team Venezuela, as they cruised to a 7-0 victory.
The undefeated Akron Racers travel to Allentown, PA to battle the Philadelphia Force in a four-game series, June 13-16. Akron convincingly took command of their opening weekend series against archrival Chicago sweeping the Bandits in four.
Every Friday this season, the Philadelphia Force will honor a local treasure.
Behind the pitching of Cat Osterman and the timely hitting of Abbie Sims, the Thunder salvaged a series split with the New England Riptide, as they won Sunday's game 1-0.
Desiree Serrano pitched a complete game to lead the visiting Washington Glory to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Force. The expansion Glory (6-2) took three of the four games in the National Pro Fastpitch series.
In maybe the most thrilling game of this exciting series, the Akron Racers (4-0) stormed back from down 3-0 to win the final game of this four game series 4-3.
Sarah Pauly and Jen Musillo combined on a five-hit shutout to give the visiting Washington Glory (5-2) an 8-0 victory over the Philadelphia Force (1-2) in National Pro Fastpitch league action.
After beginning the season with seven straight victories, the Thunder has now lost two straight games, including tonight's game to the New England Riptide 3-0.
Illinois State graduate Stacy Birk went the distance in the circle to lead the Philadelphia Force to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Washington Glory in game two of a four game National Pro Fastpitch league series.
After taking a day off due to Mother Nature, The Akron Racers and Chicago Bandits were back in action Saturday for a double header.
The expansion Washington Glory spoiled the season opener of the Philadelphia Force by taking game one of the four-game series by a score of 13-4.
The Akron Racers kicked off the 2007 campaign in much of the same fashion as they closed out the 2006 regular season beating the Chicago Bandits 4-1.
It wasn't the prettiest game of the season, but the Thunder will definitely take another win, tonight defeating the defending NPF Champion New England Riptide by a final score of 8-2.
Friedman recently trekked to the impoverished Central America nation to help launch a youth baseball league.
During the winter of 2007 the New England Riptide traded a future draft pick for Carri Martin. Martin had played 2nd base for the New York Juggernaut and Philadelphia Force during the last three years, and during her career with Northwestern she had played mostly shortstop.
The Philadelphia Force have announced the signing of Loren Anguiano to a contract for the 2007 season.
The Philadelphia Force of the National Pro Fastpitch league have announced they have signed Margo Pruis, a recent graduate of Wichita State University. The right-handed pitcher posted a record of 23-12 with a 2.45 ERA for the Shockers in 2007. Opponents batted only .168 in her 228.1 innings in the circle. Pruis recorded 242 strikeouts during her senior year.
Amy Harre started in the circle for the Bandits but it was Jessica Sallinger that picked up the win this afternoon giving her a 1-1 record on the season.
The Comcast Chicago Bandits kicked off their home season with a 2-1 win tonight against international foe, Venezuela. The Bandits swept the Venezuelan National team during their four game home series last year.
Rockford pitcher Serena Settlemier did it all on Thursday night at Sportscore One in the Thunder's 8-2 win over the Chicago Bandits. The win was Rockford's third straight to begin the season.
The New England Riptide continued to struggle offensively in the beginning of the season as they were shut out for the second time in as many nights, this time 2-0 by the Washington Glory.
Two nights and two wins for the Rockford Thunder. This time they defeated the Chicago by a final score of 5-4 on Wednesday night to take game two of the series with the Bandits.
The New England Riptide's road to a repeat began with a bust last night in Washington as they fell to the Washington Glory 4-0. In the matchup of last year's championship game pitchers the result was reversed as Glory pitcher Sarah Pauly allowed the Riptide just four hits in a complete game performance. Pauly had eigjht strikeouts on the night.
Cat. Jennie. That's pretty much all that needs to be said after watching tonight's Opening Day match-up between the Rockford Thunder and Chicago Bandits.
Members of the Philadelphia Force were guests at the Philadelphia Phillies annual Women's Softball Celebration and Parade on Saturday, May 19th at Citizens Bank Park.
National Pro Fastpitch has renewed a partnership agreement with Nocona Athletic Goods as an official supplier and licensee of softball equipment.
Washington Glory to call George Mason University home...
Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts with the Chinese National Team, the 2007 NPF SCHEDULE
has been revised.
GM, Joey Arrietta inks Four-Time All-American with help from Bustos & Topping
The Rockford Thunder rookie shattered the NCAA career strikeout record with 2,265 during a brilliant career at the University of Texas.
The Philadelphia Force has announced the signing of outfielder Trena Peel for the 2007 season.
Stanton is the first Thundering Herd coach to reach 200 career victories. Her teams won Mid-American Conference championships in both 2003 and 2005. She was selected MAC Coach of the Year in 2003.
The Washington Glory announced today that they signed outfielders Nicole Barber and Catalina Morris for the 2007 season.
Thomas Kleinman is the the new hands-on owner/general manager of the Philadelphia Force.
An overview of the 2007 Philadelphia Force
The Rockford Thunder of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) and General Manager Aaron M. Moore announced today that they have re-signed pitcher/outfielder Amanda Freed and pitcher/designated player Serena Settlemier for the 2007 season. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
The Washington Glory, the new National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) women's softball expansion team, announced today that it has signed ten players to contracts for its 2007 inaugural season.
Chicago Bandits owner Bill Conroy made no attempt to hide his enthusiasm.
Today the six teams of the NPF held a four-round draft of the NCAA elite college softball athletes.
National Pro Fastpitch is excited to announce that Cheri Kempf has been hired as its new commissioner and manager of game-day operations.
The 2007 NPF season will kick-off on May 29th and run through August 19th, 2007.
Jamie Southern, a 2005 NPF All-Star selection and National Team Member, will be suiting up for the Bandits this season.
National Pro Fastpitch is pleased to announce that Paul Wilson has purchased rights to a team in the Washington D.C. area.
The Rockford Thunder of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) have acquired the No. 16 draft pick from the Philadelphia Force in exchange for third baseman Clare Burnum and outfielders Julie Watson and Raquel "Rocky" Spencer, team General Manager Aaron M. Moore announced today.
The Rockford Thunder of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) and General Manager Aaron M. Moore announced today that they have agreed to terms with first baseman Kim Wendland for the 2007 season. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
National Pro Fastpitch coming to Sunset Park for next three years...
The Rockford Thunder of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) and General Manager Aaron M. Moore announced today that they have signed Rock Valley College Head Coach Jim Sherwood to serve as the team's assistant coach for the 2007 season. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Rockford Thunder of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) and General Manager Aaron M. Moore announced today that they have signed second baseman Lindsay Gardner and catcher DeAnn (De De) Justice to a contract for the 2007 season. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Rockford Thunder of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) will host its fourth clinic of the offseason on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4, General Manager Aaron M. Moore announced today.