Articles from 2008
The National Pro Fastpitch League Office announced today the establishment of the position of League Supervisor of Officials and the appointment of Denny Mader to fill the position.
Thunder send Rendon-LaFountain to Force
The Rockford Thunder named assistant coach James Sherwood the team’s third manager in club history on Tuesday afternoon. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
...in an attempt to centralize the Championship geographically and to grow the fan-base of the Series, the League office has decided to try the well-attended and city-supported venue of the Akron Racers in Akron, Ohio.
Lobpries named to WCWS All-Tournament Team after leading her Texas A&M Aggies to the Championship Series.
James Loney Hosts Special to Highlight the kids and coaches that make up MLB's Inner City Baseball Program.
The fantastic journey for the Chicago Bandits came to a magical end on Sunday evening in Kimberly, Wis. as they defeated the Washington Glory by a final score of 6-4 to win the 2008 NPF Championship Series and Cowles Cup Trophy.
One of the themes of the 2008 NPF Championship Series continued in the first game on Sunday, as the Washington Glory scored three first inning runs to beat the Philadelphia Force 3-2. The win moved the Glory into the championship game for the second consecutive season.
The Chicago Bandits lineup posted for game no. 6 of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Championship Series in Kimberly, Wis. This is the championship game. The Bandits will play the winner of the Force/Glory game at 2:45 p.m.
Lineups posted for game no. 5 of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Championship Series in Kimberly, Wis. This is an elimination game. The winner will advance to the championship game where they will take on the Chicago Bandits.
When things are going well, you can put a first baseman and a shortstop in the outfield and good things will happen.
The National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) issued a statement today to remind fans that they can tune in to the championship game of the NPF Championship Series live tomorrow afternoon from Kimberly, Wis.
For the second straight day the Washington Glory was involved in a first inning offensive outburst, but this time they were on the plus side, as they plated five runs against the New England Riptide.
Lineups posted for game no. 4 of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Championship Series in Kimberly, Wis. This game features the two winning teams from the games on Friday night.
Lineups posted for game no. 3 of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Championship Series in Kimberly, Wis. This game features the losers from the two games on Friday night.
Philadelphia scored seven runs, committed five errors and escaped a bases loaded jam through the meat of the Glory order to win its first-ever playoff game on Friday night in round one of the National Pro Fastpitch Championship Series.
The Comcast Chicago Bandits knocked off the No. 4 seeded New England Riptide in game one of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Championship Series on Friday night in Kimberly 4-1 to move to the winner’s bracket where they will face either Philadelphia or Washington.
Lineups posted for game no. 2 of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Championship Series in Kimberly, Wis.
Entering the finals of the Battle of the Bats competition seven players were within two home runs of each other and when it was all said and done it was an at-large alternate that took home the prize.
On the eve of the 2008 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Championship Series in Kimberly, Wis., the league handed out its annual awards to the top players in the league during the 2008 season.
The National Pro Fastpitch league have announced their 2008 All-NPF Team and the winners of the 2008 special awards. The league announced the winners at the first-ever FanFest event held on Thursday in Kimberly, Wisconsin, site of the 2008 NPF Championship Series.
The top two players for each manufacturer will compete in the BATTLE OF THE BATS finals this evening during NPF FanFest which starts at 4:30 p.m. at Sunset Point Park in Kimberly, Wisc..
Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Commissioner Cheri Kempf, and Don Hooton of the Taylor Hooton Foundation (THF), jointly announced today that NPF and The Taylor Hooton Foundation are partnering to educate fans of women’s softball about the dangers of steroids.
The bracket is set for the 2008 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Championship Series to be held this August 21–24 in Kimberly, Wis...Glory looks to defend title.
In a season that the Chicago Bandits hit 61 home run after a combined 46 in the franchise's first three years, it was only fitting to end the regular season with a walk off grand slam.
The New England Riptide and the Washington Glory met for their final game of the season. Eileen Canney took the circle for the Riptide looking for win number 13 to tie her with Katie Burkhart for the league lead.
With a loss by the Rockford Thunder to the Chicago Bandits, the Riptide did not have to win tonight’s game to advance to the playoffs. It was not relevant as the Riptide, not willing to back into the playoffs, came out swinging and scored two runs in each of the first two innings off Desiree Serrano (11-7) on route to a convincing 5-1 win over the previously first place Glory.
When the Chicago Bandits and Rockford Thunder played each other in the opening series of the 2008 season, the Thunder won three of four games.
Burkhart throws one-hitter to lead Force to win
Two former Arizonans squared off today at Martin Softball Field in the first game of a double header. It was Erica Beach for the Riptide and Taryne Mowatt for the Glory. Both pitchers pitched well and got themselves out of jams with the Glory coming out on top 2-1.
The Chicago Bandits had everything going.A four run first inning with three home runs, two more blasts in the third
inning and Jessica Sallinger had a perfect game going into the fourth
Gibson's 9 K's leads Force to extra-inning win
Eileen Canney and Sarah Pauly took the circle tonight in the first of a four game series between the New England Riptide and Washington Glory. Each was seeking to win her 12th game of the year to tie Angela Tincher and Katie Burkhart for a share of the league lead.
Friedman's clutch hitting lifts Force to another win
After having to overcome a 3-0 first inning disadvantage and 4-3 deficit in the second, the Chicago Bandits didn't want to dig themselves into anymore holes.
The Rockford Thunder (18-26) had just two hits on the night, but managed to score three runs to move back to within one game of the final playoff spot in the NPF.
There were signs of 2007 as Amber Jackson and Oli Keohohou each hit home runs while Keohohou hit the final home run of the home season for the Glory who swept Akron with a 4-1 victory on Monday night.
With the game tied at 2-2 and the bases loaded with Rachel Folden up to bat, Folden didn't need to hit a grand slam. A simple base hit would have done its justice. Three consecutive one-run wins would have been fine. But Folden wanted to get the crowd excited and did just that.
Several Rockford players had good hitting nights, but the Thunder (17-25) stranded 11 runners and lost to the Philadelphia Force (26-16), 6-1 Saturday night.
Taryne Mowatt struck out 12 Racers, including striking out the side twice in the game, in her second complete-game victory of the season and Sara Larquier hit her league-leading 13th home run of the season to propel the Glory to a 3-0 victory on Saturday night.
The Chicago Bandits clinched the franchises third playoff berth in four years, but it did not come easy.
Bures hits ninth home run to lead Glory
Kristina Thorson (9-5) pitched a complete game an allowed five hits for Chicago.
Savannah Long scored from third base on a seventh-inning wild pitch to push the Philadelphia Force to a 3-2 win over the Rockford
The Thunder (17-23) came into Thursday's game with the opportunity to move to within one game of the final playoff spot, but could not come up with hits in key situations, and fell to the New England Riptide (19-21), 5-1
The Rockford Thunder (17-22) scored six unanswered runs Wednesday to defeat the New England Riptide (18-21) 6-2.
The Rockford Thunder (16-22) mounted a seventh inning rally that scored two and saw five hitters reach base, but came up just short against the New England Riptide (18-20) on Tuesday.
The Akron Racers brought a three run comeback and an extra inning effort to their final home game of the 2008 season, but the Chicago Bandits (24-16) were determined to ruin their night and did. Samantha Findlay’s eighth inning home run (6) carried the Chicago Bandits to a 4-3 victory over the Akron Racers at Firestone Stadium on Tuesday evening. The game completed the four-game sweep.
Kime earns win after long rain delay
Bandits offense comes alive in win
The fans at Firestone Stadium cheered as right fielder Susan Odgen rounded the bases after hitting an apparent three-run home run to tie the game at four in the first inning.
The Chicago Bandits scored three runs in the eighth inning and defeated the Akron Racers 5-2 Saturday night at Firestone Stadium in National Pro Fastpitch play. Stacy May hit her ninth home run of the season that gave Chicago a 2-0 lead in the third and Kristina Thorson (7-5) gave up five hits and had six strikeouts in seven innings.
Force and Glory split series
RACERS CRUISE PAST THUNDER WITH SEVENTH INNING RALLY
Serrano throws one-hitter to lead Glory to victory
Thursday evening’s game at Firestone Stadium provided loads of offense early.
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.
Despite a two-run home run by Oli Keohohou, which gave Washington the lead, the Glory fell 3-2 in extra innings to the Chinese Taipei National Team Monday night at the Westfield Softball Complex.
Thorson 2-hits Venezuela, Bandits’ bats explode
On a hot and steamy afternoon at ECTB Stadium, the Philadelphia Force defeated the Chinese-Taipei national team by a score of 5-2. The bats came alive for the Force as they pounded out nine hits
during the contest.
Prior to the Game Three between the Chicago Bandits and Venzuelan National Team, both of the teams biggest power hitters debuted the first "Battle of the Bats" home run derby promotion.
Pinch runner Lin Pei Chun of the Chinese-Taipei scored from second base on a stolen base and a throwing error as the Philadelphia Force fell to the Olympic contenders by a score of 3-2 in eight innings on Saturday night at ECTB Stadium.
Germaine Fairchild took over the head coaching position for the Riptide today and the Thunder gave her a few gifts in the beginning but were unable to drive in the winning run when they had the chance and lost in ten innings 4-3.
The Akron Racers moved back to the .500 mark once again as they utilized a home run off the bat of Veronica Wootson and a stellar pitching performance by Angel Shmblin to defeat team Canada 1-0.
Coming off their biggest offensive explosion of the year on Friday, the Akron Racers were unable to cross the plate enough during the first game of their double header as they dropped the third game of their series against the Canadian National Team 6-2.
The Akron Racers finally caught some good luck on Friday night as the bad weather subsided in time for them to defeat the Canadian National Team 10-2.
Force are 9th inning walk-off winners, again
The New England Riptide and Rockford Thunder met for the third time tonight. It was Erica Beach (0-2) for the Riptide and Allison Kime (2-2) for the Thunder.
With bases juiced in the bottom of the sixth, Bandits' veteran short stop Jaime Clark stepped up to bat and sent a two RBI pop-single to shallow leftfield, putting the Bandits' up 6-4 over the Venezuelan Olympic team.
Eileen Canney (5-4) starter for the Riptide entered the game leading the league in strikeouts and was able to hold the Thunder scoreless for the six innings she pitched while striking out seven to increase her total to 60 as the Riptide won for the second straight time 4-0
Force grab walk-off win in 9 innings
RACERS BATS GO MISSING IN ACTION, TEAM CANADA THROWS NO-HITTER
Jocelyn Forest took the circle tonight hoping to reverse the Riptide fortunes and she did just that as she threw six innings, allowing two runs and four hits in a 5-2 Riptide win.
Desiree Serrano threw the first perfect game in team history as the Washington Glory defeated the Venezuelan National Team, 3-0 Sunday night at the Westfield Softball Complex.
The Thunder kept the score close for most of the game, but could not come from behind to beat the Canadian national team Sunday afternoon. Team Canada won 8-4 in part because of two three-run home runs by second baseman Jennifer Yee.
Oli Keohohou tied and later broke the NPF career record for home runs as the Washington Glory defeated the Venezuelan National Team, 8-2 in five innings at the Westfield Softball Complex.
Kristen Zaleski went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, and moved into first place in the NPF with two stolen bases on Saturday (five on the season). Serena Settlemier pitched 4.2 innings in relief without allowing an earned run, but four Rockford (8-7) errors proved to be their undoing, losing a heart-breaking 6-5 decision.
The New England Riptide were looking to salvage one game in their series with the Philadelphia Force at Martin Softball Field tonight. The pitchers were both College World Series MVPs, Katie Burkhart for the Force (2008) and Jocelyn Forest for the Riptide (2002).
The Akron Racers continued their winning ways on Friday night as they won their fourth consecutive game and their third straight against the Netherlands National Team 7-4.
The Thunder's Tonya Callahan and Kristen Zaleski broke out of long slumps Friday, but strong hitting performances from Canadian batters proved to be enough to get by the Thunder (8-6) for the second straight night, this time by a score of 9-2.
Sheena Lawrick and Erin McLean combined for a 4-for-7 night with two home runs and five runs batted in to produce most of Team Canada's offensive production in an 8-1 victory over the home-standing Rockford Thunder Thursday night at Players Park in Roscoe.
After the first game of the series, Akron thought their offense was geared up for the rest of the season.
The Washington Glory could not get the bats going as they fell to the Venezuelan National Team, 5-2, Thursday night at the Westfield Softball Complex.
The Riptide faced a starting pitcher from the College World Series Finals for the second time in two nights, this time Megan Gibson.
The Philadelphia Force came to town in first place to continue their rivalry with the New England Riptide after the two teams split games in Philadelphia.
Whatever the Akron Racers’ hitters did over their three days off worked, as they came out swinging Wednesday night to start their four game series against the Netherlands Olympic Team
The Washington Glory of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) women’s softball league return home this week following a long, grueling, but successful 5-3 road trip, including victories in three of the four games against the Akron Racers this past weekend.
With the score tied at one and Mindy Cowles on second, Bandits’ designated player Nicole Trimboli stepped in to bat in the bottom of the sixth against Canada.
The New England Riptide, looking for a sweep of the Venezuelan Olympic team fell short as they could not stop Venezuelan bats, despite a valiant effort at the end, and dropped a 10-7 decision to fall to 6-6 on the year.
Runners were on first and third in the top of the sixth when Canada's Jennifer Salling cranked an RBI single to centerfield, breaking the three inning tie with the Bandits (4-7), putting Canada up 2-1.
The Comcast Chicago Bandits (4-6) started game two of the four game series off with an impressive defensive stop by Stacy May laying out and barely snatching the ball before hitting the grass, giving Chicago their first out of the game.
After a four game losing streak and 17 straight scoreless innings of softball, the Akron Racers found themselves against the ropes on Saturday in the finale of a four-game series against the Washington Glory.
Rookie starting pitcher Allison Kime (2-2) threw her first professional no-hitter in defeating the Netherlands National Team Saturday, 8-0, in the first game of Saturday’s double-header.
Tonight’s game between the New England Riptide and the Venezuelan Olympic team figured to be a good one, with Eileen Canney, winner of Thursday’s game, facing Venezuelan star Mariangee Bogado
Zaleski’s Web Gem highlights the day.
The Force’s offense did not come alive in either game of a doubleheader that concluded the Force’s exhibition series with Team China.
With Canada’s leadoff hitter Melanie Matthews on third, Canadian second baseman Jennifer Yee laced a liner to center field, opening the scoring for Team Canada with an early 1-0 lead.
A productive fourth inning, capped by Stephanie Best's first home run as a member of the Thunder (7-3), saw all of Rockford's scoring Friday, but was enough to take a win from the Netherlands national team for a second consecutive night.
Thunder second baseman Lindsay Gardner continued her hot hitting streak Thursday night, getting hits in both of her plate appearances on the night and driving in three runs, as Rockford (6-3) defeated the Netherlands National Team, 4-1 in five innings.
The New England Riptide opened their 2008 home stand against the Venezuelan Olympic team tonight.
Thursday night’s game between the Washington Glory and Akron Racers pitted two teams both eyeing a win but for different reasons.
The Akron Racers started their home season on Wednesday night, against the defending champion Washington Glory, on the short end of the stick
Washington Glory President & General Manager Paul Wilson announced a trade today of utility infielder Stephanie Best to the Rockford Thunder in exchange for future undisclosed draft considerations.
The massive third inning broke an NPF record when 16 batters scored the 11 runs on eight hits. The Bandits (4-4) went on to win the game, 14-1, over the Racers (1-3) in the final game of the four game set.
Down 3-0 in the top of the sixth and with the bases juiced, Bandits’ designated player Kristie Fox stepped up to the plate, battling her way through multiple pitches until she struck out looking on a pitch that tip-toed the outside corner of the plate, ending the Bandits’ (3-4) threat.
Bandits’ rookie catcher Rachel Folden kept her bat hot, launching a solo shot off the scoreboard in left field –her second homerun in two nights – giving the Bandits a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third.
Behind the superb professional debut of Megan Gibson, the Philadelphia Force shut-out the visiting New England Riptide 3-0. The Force (6-2) and Riptide split the four game series.
In the last game of the series against the Washington Glory (5-3), the Rockford Thunder (5-3) sat through several rain delays, and took game four, 2-0, to even the series at 2-2.
Team NPF made an impressive showing Friday night against the U.S. Olympic Softball Team at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City before falling 8-10 in a hard fought battle .
Despite some good individual performances from the Thunder (4-3) Friday, the Washington Glory (5-2) came away with a 7-3 win.
The Bandits defeated the Akron Racers (0-1) in their home opener with over 700 people in attendance by a score of 4-0.
The Force (5-2) did not waste any time as they looked to rebound after dropping the first two games in the series versus New England (3-4).
Beginning this weekend, fans will have a chance to catch the best home-run hitters in the League swinging the best bats in the industry as part of the NPF Battle of the Bats manufacturers Home Run Challenge. In the competition which will take place in all NPF markets, four athletes from each team will represent four different manufacturers take five swings for the fence. The manufacturer line-up includes Combat, Mizuno, Wilson/DeMarini and Worth.
Team NPF defeats China 7-4 in eight innings; Game Two cancelled in the third inning due to lighting
For the second straight game, the Philadelphia Force were held in check by a New England Riptide pitcher and came out on the short side of an 8-2 outcome.
A seventh-inning rally, led by doubles from 3B Audrey Rendon and CF Amanda Williams, came up just short in a 4-2 loss to the Washington Glory (4-2) Thursday night
Don't miss the chance to follow Team NPF as they compete against National Teams from China and Canada tonight on Field No. 4 at Hall of Fame Stadium. Game times are scheduled for 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and live scoring from Gametracker is available for both games.
A three-run fourth inning was too much for the Philadelphia Force as the New England Riptide rallied to a 5-1 win in front of a small crowd at ECTB Stadium. The loss was the first for the Force in the 2008 season.
Rookie Sandy Vojik picked an excellent time to go off for her first professional home run Wednesday as the Thunder (4-1) defeated defending champion Washington (3-2) in extra innings.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) League commissioner Cheri Kempf confirmed today that Fox Sports Net will telecast eleven NPF games this summer.
Two Future Forces in the NCAA Finals
Joey Arrietta, 330-376-8188
AKRON, Ohio—The Akron Racers added some depth to their pitching staff on Thursday as General Manager Joey Arrietta signed undrafted free agent Angel Shamblin from the University of Houston.
RACERS FIRST ROUND PICK,
ANGELA TINCHER COLLECTS NATION’S TOP AWARDS
AKRON, OH---The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has announced the selection of Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher (Eagle Rock, Va.) as the recipient of the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. After being a top 10 finalist in 2007, Tincher has dominated the competition in 2008 with a nation-best 0.62 ERA and a 38-8 overall record.
The USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award, in its seventh year, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by NCAA Division I collegiate softball players across
The 2008 ACC Pitcher of the Year, Tincher has put her mark in the NCAA record books this season. At No. 3 for most NCAA career strikeouts (2,121), the senior hurler is currently leading the nation in ERA at 0.62 behind former Player of the Years Monica Abbott and Cat Osterman. With 651 strikeouts this season in 329.0 innings pitched, she also leads the nation with 14.0 strikeouts per seven innings.
"It's very exciting and right now I am just trying to let it sink in. This is something I have watched on TV and read about before and now it be even in that group is so amazing," said Tincher. "I am excited for our team mostly. If we had not had the success as a team this year, I don't think I would have ever had this opportunity. We have great coaches and support staff behind us and this is such an honor."
A day after winning the National Player of the Year award, it came as no surprise that Virginia Tech senior softball player Angela Tincher was named a NFCA First-Team All-American. The award marks the final in a whirlwind 24 hours for the Eagle Rock, Va., native as she was named the winner of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year, as well as the Academic All-America of the Year by CoSIDA.
With a 38-8 record, Tincher has led the Hokies to their first-ever Women's College World Series appearance. She has 37 double-digit strikeout performances this season and four no-hitters. She picked up her 100th career win at NC State on March 22 and became the ACC's all-time leader in victories on April 16. On March 26, 2008, she made softball history with a no-hit 1-0 shutout against the USA Softball Women's National team. Tincher has not only excelled on the field but off as she had made the Dean's List every semester of College. She recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in finance, insurance and business law with a 3.84 GPA.
Abbott won the 2007 award days before she led the Tennessee Lady Vols to its first-ever WCWS best-of-three Championship series. Osterman of the University of Texas became the first three-time winner of the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award in 2006 after leading her Longhorns to the Big 12 regular season title and a berth into the NCAA Women's College World Series. Past winners of the award include Stacey Nuveman (UCLA-2002), Osterman (Texas-2003, 2005, 2006) and Jessica Van der Linden Florida State (2004).
Tincher was the Akron Racers first selection in the 2008 NPF Draft and the third selection overall. GM, Joey Arrietta was elated at the news of her selection. “She is a very special person and an incredible athlete. Our entire organization is applauding her latest accomplishments.”
Force Powers Past The Netherlands To Take 2
Starting pitcher Cassidy Scoggins (2-0) allowed just one Chicago run for her second straight game en route to a 2-1 Thunder victory over the visiting Bandits.
Third baseman Sara Larquier hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to give the Washington Glory a 5-2 walk-off victory over the New England Riptide Saturday night at the Westfield Softball Complex.
Rookie Shanna Diller went deep for the Thunder, but it wasn't enough as the Thunder dropped game three of the series to Chicago 5-2.
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Third baseman Clare Burnum scored two runs and Margo Pruis pitched a complete game to lead the Philadelphia Force to a 5-2 win over the visiting Netherlands National Team
Tonya Callahan belted her first home run of 2008 to open the scoring in the sixth inning of Friday night’s game to help the Thunder beat Chicago 2-0.
Three errors proved costly for the Glory who evened out their season at 1-1 with a 6-2 loss to the New England Riptide Friday night.
The 2007 NPF Champion Washington Glory got things started off right on Thursday night, as they knocked off the New England by a final score of 4-0.
Cassidy Scoggins (1-0) pitched a complete game three-hitter and gave up just one run in seven innings to help guide the Thunder to a game one victory over the rival Chicago Bandits.
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