Articles from July 2004
Just before the Arizona Heat thanked the 1,398 fans of Tucson for their loyal support with a fireworks extravaganza, Tarrah Beyster got the show started early with a towering homerun over the left field fence to seal the victory for Arizona over California 3-1.
Due to inclement weather conditions at Firestone Stadium in Akron, this afternoon’s National Pro Fastpitch 1:05 p.m. doubleheader between the Akron Racers and Texas Thunder has been rescheduled.
The Arizona Heat of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) announced this afternoon that the team will host a Fireworks Extravaganza immediately following their home game with the California Sunbirds on Saturday, July 31.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) and the Arizona Heat announced today that Pro Sports Radio has agreed to webcast four of the Heat’s remaining nine home games live from Hi Corbett Field in Tucson.
The Akron Racers won the series, but were unable to take the series finale as they fell to the New England Riptide 5-1 on Thursday night at Firestone Stadium. NPF All-Star center fielder Iyhia McMichael hit her third home run in the effort.
The NY/NJ Juggernaut (27-16) swept their doubleheader against the Arizona Heat (13-29) with a 1-0 win in the nightcap.
The NY/NJ Juggernaut defeated the Arizona Heat 2-0 in the first game of the night’s doubleheader behind a two-hit shutout by Amanda Scott. Scott pitched six innings, giving up no runs on two hits, one walk, and six strikeouts. Gina Oaks earned the save for the Nauts, giving up one hit and striking out two in the seventh inning.
Every Wednesday during the regular season and throughout the playoffs, National Pro Fastpitch will release "NPF This Week". "NPF This Week" will highlight the upcoming schedule from around the league, recap the games from the week before and will give statistical leaders. Every week a Player of the Week will also be announced.
The California Sunbirds lost the second game of their three game home stand against the visiting Texas Thunder, 4-0, on Wednesday, July 28. The loss drops the Birds to 12-30 on the season while the Thunder improve to 26-11
For the second straight night, the Akron Racers downed the New England Riptide with a thrilling late-inning rally, grabbing an 8-0 win on Wednesday night at Firestone Stadium. Catcher Jenn Poore blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to cap off the offensive surge and assure the Racers at least a share of first place in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) standings.
Game two of the Arizona Heat and NY/NJ Juggernaut series has been cancelled this evening due to constant rain showers in the Northeast. The teams will try and play a doubleheader tomorrow evening, with the first pitch scheduled for 5:05 p.m. EDT.
The Akron Racers will play two double headers this weekend at Firestone Stadium as part of a make up series and regularly scheduled home series with the Texas Thunder.
The California Sunbirds lost the first game of their three game homestand against the visiting Texas Thunder, 2-0, on Tuesday, July 27. The loss drops the Birds to 12-29 on the season while the Thunder improve to 25-11.
An eventful six-run sixth inning gave the Akron Racers the edge in their 6-2 defeat of the New England Riptide on Tuesday night at Firestone Stadium.
The Arizona Heat's series opening game against the NY/NJ Juggernaut was cancelled this evening due to heavy rain. The teams will try and play a doubleheader tomorrow evening beginning at 5:05 p.m. EDT.
The California Sunbirds dropped the third and decisive game against the Akron Racers, 14-2 on Sunday, July 25. The loss was the Birds fourth in six games and dropped their overall record to 12-28 while the Racers improved their league best record to 25-12.
Behind a solid pitching effort from the recently acquired, Danielle Henderson, Arizona takes the final game of the three-game series with the Riptide by a final score of 3-1.
The NY/NJ Juggernaut (25-16) dropped the second game of the series to the Texas Thunder (24-11) 7-0 with the Thunder stringing together two hits for three runs in the fourth inning.
The California Sunbirds took game two of their three game set against the visiting Akron Racers, 3-0 on Saturday, July. 24. With the win the Sunbirds improve to 12-27 on the season while the Racers drop to 24-12.
Be sure to tune into ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in Sports, on Sunday, July 25 at 1p.m. (EDT), as the NPF East All-Stars take on Team USA from Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
The Texas Thunder took the NY/NJ Juggernaut to 11 innings, before Selena Collins (Texas A&M) won the game with a solo homerun to end the contest at 2-1.
The California Sunbirds fell in the opening game of their three game homestand against the Akron Racers by the score of 8-3 on Friday, July 23. With the loss the Sunbirds fall to 11-27 on the season while the Racers improve to 24-11.
The New England Riptide took a step toward securing the final playoff spot in the National Pro Fastpitch League tonight with a 3-1 win over their nearest rival, the Arizona Heat.
The Arizona Heat scattered nine hits and starting pitcher Danielle Henderson struck out three Akron hitters to earn her first win with the Heat and give her former team their first losing series 3-2. Erica Beach picked up her first save of the season.
The Arizona Heat dropped their second game of their home series against league-leaders Akron 2-1 before 751 fans at Hi Corbett Field.
The second game match up between the Texas Thunder and the New England Riptide got off to a quick start, as the Riptide came out and scored in the top half of the first inning.
The NY/NJ Juggernaut (25-14) capped off a three game series against the California Sunbirds (11-26) with a 2-0 win. Pitcher Gina Oaks earned the win for the Nauts with a two-hit shutout. She went a full seven innings, giving up no runs on just two hits, three walks and three strikeouts.
The New England Riptide women’s professional softball team, sporting a 16-20 record in fourth place, holds a 4 ½ game lead over the Arizona Heat (11-24) for the final playoff spot with 24 regular season games remaining to be played in the National Pro Fastpitch league.
A five-run second inning by the Arizona Heat gave Akron pitcher Radara McHugh her first loss of the season and ended a seven-game losing streak which dates back to July 5th.
The NY/NJ Juggernaut (24-14) defeated the California Sunbirds (11-25) 3-0 behind a two-hit shutout by Nauts’ starter Kaci Clark in the second game of the nights’ doubleheader. Clark shut down the Sunbirds, going a full seven innings, giving up no runs on two hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts.
In an attempt to climb into contention for the postseason, the Arizona Heat have acquired right-hander Danielle Henderson from the Akron Racers in exchange for a 2005 and 2006 second round draft pick.
Despite a 13 strikeout performance by NY/NJ Juggernaut (23-14) starter Amanda Scott, the California Sunbirds (11-24) defeated the Nauts 2-1 behind the strong pitching performance of Jodie Cox in game one of tonight’s doubleheader. Scott pitched seven full innings, giving up two runs on five hits, three walks, and 13 strikeouts. Cox pitched a complete game as well, giving up one run on six hits, three walks, and nine strikeouts.
Sue Candrea, 48, wife of University of Arizona and USA Softball Olympic team head coach Mike Candrea, passed away suddenly early Sunday morning due to extreme complications caused by a brain aneurysm. Sue was traveling with Coach Candrea and the USA Softball Women’s National Team in Stevens Point, WI, when she became ill.
After a one hour and seven minute rain delay, the Texas Thunder/Arizona Heat softball game was officially postponed. Preliminary reports are that the game will be made up in a future series at Texas. An official decision will be made later in the week.
The Akron Racers picked up their ninth series win this weekend, but fell 3-2 on Saturday afternoon to the New York/New Jersey Juggernaut at Firestone Stadium. 2004 National Pro Fastpich (NPF) All- Star second baseman Brandi Stuart hit a solo home run in the third inning. The Racers still hold a 1.5 game advantage over the Juggernaut for first place in the NPF.
The Texas Thunder unloaded for six runs in the top of the first inning and later added three more to coast to a 9-0 victory over the Arizona Heat before 787 fans at Hi Corbett Field.
The Akron Racers pulled out their second straight come-from-behind win over the New Jersey Juggernaut with a 7-5 victory at Firestone Stadium on Friday night. The Racers offense exploded for four runs in the fifth inning to keep them in first place in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) standings with a two and a half game lead over the Juggernaut.
Trena Peel’s walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted the first place Akron Racers to a 2-1 victory over the second place New York/New Jersey Juggernaut on Thursday evening at Firestone Stadium. With the win, the Racers improve to 21-8 on the season and increase their first place lead in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) standings by one and a half games over the Juggernaut.
Arizona Heat infielder and former University of Arizona Wildcat Nancy Evans was named the Most Valuable Player in the 2004 National Pro Fastpitch All-Star game at Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium on July 14 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
With the game deadlocked at 0-0 going into the top of the seventh inning, Cheryl Bolding (Arizona Heat) came up big with a sacrifice fly, scoring Lisha Rebellia (Arizona) to give the West National Pro Fastpitch team a 1-0 victory over the East National Pro Fastpitch team Wednesday night at Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) almost did something that hasn’t happened to Team USA in 162 games, and that is beat them. It was a feat that was almost accomplished on Tuesday night at Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium, when both teams gave the National team all they could handle.
In front of a crowd over 1000, NY/NJ Juggernaut (22-11) starting pitcher Kaci Clark pitched the first no-hitter in Juggernaut history in a 2-0 win over the Arizona Heat (10-22). Clark pitched seven full innings, giving up no runs on no hits, three walks and seven strikeouts. Clark’s no-hitter is also the third in NPF history. Texas pitcher Christa Williams and New England ace Leigh Ann Ellis have each thrown a no-hitter this year.
Rain in the Houston area forced the Texas Thunder to cancel the final two games of the series with the California Sunbirds.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) announced today the six players that will take part in the inaugural NPF Home Run Derby prior to the league all-star game on Wednesday, July 14 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The Texas Thunder were forced to postpone their originally scheduled day doubleheader to this evening because of rain in the Houston area.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) announced today that California Sunbirds infielder Brandy Thurman will replace Arizona’s Wendy Allen on the West roster in the league’s first all-star series on July 13 and 14 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
NY/NJ Juggernaut catcher Germaine Fairchild had two RBI singles, designated player Lisa Iancin had two doubles, and pitcher Gina Oaks had 11 strikeouts in a 4-0 Juggernaut victory over the Arizona Heat in the second of a three game series. Iancin went 2-for-3 with two doubles and one run scored while Fairchild went 2-for-3 with two RBI.
The New England Riptide got off to a shaky start on Friday night at Martin Field, surrendering three runs in the first inning, as the Akron Racers held on to win 3-1.
NY/NJ Juggernaut (20-11) outfielder Venus Taylor’s two-run double off of Monica Triner (3-7) in the fourth inning put the Nauts up for good in a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Heat (10-20). Taylor finished 1-for-3 with two RBI.
The Akron Racers completed a four-game sweep of the California Sunbirds with a 5-0 win at Firestone Stadium on Wednesday night. The Racers eight-game winning streak secures them first place in the league standings with a two game lead.
Centerfielder Venus Taylor brought in shortstop Lyndsey Klein with a single to right field in the sixth inning plate the winning run for the NY/NJ Juggernaut in a 2-1 win over the Texas Thunder. The Juggernaut took the series from the Thunder, winning two of the three games. Taylor finished 1-for-2 on the night with an RBI and Klein was 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Klein was also recently earned a spot on the NPF East All-Star team.
Every Wednesday during the regular season and throughout the playoffs, National Pro Fastpitch will release "NPF This Week".
Pitching has carried the fourth-place New England Riptide women’s professional softball team through the first-half of the inaugural National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) season and it should be no surprise that The Riptide’s two recently named NPF all-stars are pitchers Jocelyn Forest and Leigh Ann Ellis.
The NY/NJ Juggernaut will be at the celebrity softball game between Sweeny Murti’s WFAN All-Stars and the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center All-Stars, managed by Yogi Berra, on July 12th at 7 p.m. at the Juggernaut’s home field, the Montclair State University Softball Stadium.
The NY/NJ Juggernaut will celebrate Women in Sports Day on Monday, July 19th at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. Sue Enquist, the head softball coach of UCLA, Ariana Solimando, a former Emerson High School softball player who was paralyzed last year, and Monica Garret, the Senior Manager of the Women’s Sports Foundation, will all be speaking at the event.
The National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league office, based in Denver, Colorado, has released the names of the players who have been selected to the 2004 NPF All-Star Team.
A three-run fifth inning sparked a 3-1 Texas Thunder (16-10) victory over the NY/NJ Juggernaut (18-11).
The Akron Racers took game three of four from the California Sunbirds 3-1 at Firestone Stadium on Tuesday night. The Racers rallied in the fifth inning with two runs to overcome a 1-0 deficit. The Racers are now securely in first place in the league with a 2.5 game lead.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) today announced the twenty-eight players that represent the East and the West in the league’s first all-star series on July 13 and 14 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The Akron Racers completed a day-night doubleheader sweep over the California Sunbirds with an 11-2 victory in game two. The Racers scored six unanswered runs in the bottom of the fifth to give them their sixth straight win and keep them in first place in National Pro Fastpitch league standings with a 17-7 record.
With two outs and a full count, NY/NJ Juggernaut (18-10) catcher Courtney Scott nailed a grand-slam over the centerfield fence to pull out the 4-0, 11-inning victory over the Texas Thunder (15-10).
The Akron Racers scored early and often as they defeated the California Sunbirds 9-1 on Monday afternoon at Firestone Stadium. Right fielder Trena Peel led the way, going two-for-two with three RBIs and a triple in Akron’s 16th win of the season.
The Riptide women’s professional softball team, going into Monday (July 5) night’s game versus the Arizona Heat at Lowell, had won two in a row, four of their last six, and moved into fourth place in the National Pro Fastpitch league.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) announced today that Pro Sports Radio has agreed to webcast the three games in Oklahoma City, live on July 13 and 14.
The Akron Racers Foundation announced Saturday, July 17 as the date for the inaugural “Akron Racers Foundation 9K Opportunity Walk for Women and Girls in Sports.”
The California Sunbirds fell in the rubber game of their three game series versus the NY/NJ Juggernaut, losing 3-0 on Saturday, July 3. With the loss the Sunbirds drop to 9-17 for the season while the Juggernaut improve to 17-10 overall.
A six-run explosion in the top of the eighth inning in game two and four runs in the top of the sixth inning in game three propelled the Racers to series sweep of the Arizona Heat on Friday night.
The New England Riptide lost to the first-place Texas Thunder today at Martin Softball Field in Lowell despite a no-hit performance by Riptide pitcher Leigh Ann Ellis.
Behind a two pitch shutout by Jodie Cox, the California Sunbirds broke their recent losing streak with a 1-0 win over the NY/NJ Juggernaut, their first win over NY/NJ this season. With the win Sunbirds improve to 9-16 for the season while the Juggernaut drop to 16-10 overall.
The Arizona Heat/Akron Racers game went into extra innings then ended after the timed sprinklers went on deeming the field unplayable. The remainder of the game will take place prior to the third and final game of the series Friday night at 7:35.
The California Sunbirds fell for the fourth straight time to the NY/NJ Juggernaut, losing 2-0 on Thursday, July 1. With the loss the Sunbirds fall to 8-16 on the season while the Juggernaut improve their record to 16-9.