Articles from June 2005
Lauren Bay struck out nine batters en route to earning the first no-hitter in Chicago Bandits' history.
Heat got back on track with a 9-0 win over the Phoenix Flames on Thursday night. The Heat bats got it going early and the pitchers mowed down batter after batter to give the Heat the win in the series opener.
Peaches James, the NPF leader in strikeouts, recorded eight more Thursday night, to tame the Texas offense. She allowed just two runs on four hits, picking up a complete game victory extending her record to 7-2. Alicia Smith recorded two hits and added an RBI to lead the Juggernaut offense.
Jamie Southern tossed a four-hit shutout and Iyhia McMichael hit her sixth home run of the season as the Akron Racers defeated the California Sunbirds, 3-0.
New England Riptide opened a four game series with the Venezuelan National Team last night at Martin Softball Field. The Venezuelans did not play up to their ability Thursday, however, and the Riptide ended the night winning 11-1. Ten Riptide hits and three Venezuelan errors contributed to the rout.
Jennie Finch was in the circle again for the Bandits, and much like Thursday night, the Heat could not get a run across the plate. Finch’s second complete game shutout of the series, combined with a two-run home run by Jaime Clark pushed the Bandits over the Heat, 2-0.
After a come from behind win Saturday night, the New York Juggernauts dropped the fourth game of their series with the Chinese National Team, 5-2.
The New England Riptide and Texas Thunder met for the fourth and last time at Martin Softball Field in Lowell on Sunday. Riptide pitcher Jocelyn Forest and Thunder pitcher Amanda Freed were locked in a classic pitchers duel through the first four innings, each giving up only one hit.
The New York Juggernaut came from behind to take game three of the series from the Chinese National Team. Natasha Watley just missed the cycle going 3-for-4 with a single, double and a triple on the day.
The Chicago Bandits took their third straight one-run game from the Arizona Heat. Jaime Clark led the offense, with Lindsay Chouinard collecting the win.
It was another exciting night at Martin Softball Field when the New England Riptide and Texas Thunder met again for game three in a four-game series in front of the largest crowd of the season.
Despite a vigorous come back by the hometown Heat, the Chicago Bandits held on to win their 12th game of the year by a score of 7-6.
The Texas Thunder ended the New England Riptide's five-game winning streak on Friday night, by defeating the 'Tide 4-3 in the second game of the four-game series.
Crystl Bustos hit two home runs and Jamie Southern tossed a two-hit shutout in her Akron debut as the Racers blanked the Venezuelan National Team, 8-0.
Peaches James registered ten more strikeouts Thursday night en route to a 5-3 win over the Chinese National Team. Natasha Watley led the Juggernaut offense, going 2-for-3 on the night with a run scored. Four different Nauts recorded an RBI in a complete team effort to capture game one of the series.
With Selena Collins providing a fifth-inning solo homer, Chicago Bandits' pitcher Jennie Finch threw a phenominal game against the Arizona Heat to win 1-0.
Thursday night's game between the New England Riptide and the Texas Thunder figured to be a battle between two great pitchers, as Jocelyn Forest and Christa Williams hooked up in the opening game of the four game series.
Crystl Bustos hit her league-leading sixth home run and Brandee McArthur tossed a two-hit shutout as the Akron Racers cruised to an 8-0 win over the Venezuelan National Team.
The New York Juggernaut Sunday games will now be televised by Telecare television.
The Arizona Heat finished off the sweep of Venezuela with a 10-2 victory over the National Team at Hi Corbett Field. Dana Sorensen overcame some early problems to shutdown the Venezuelan bats, while the Heat's sticks caught fire.
On the strength of Jaime Clark's two for three afternoon, the Chicago Bandits shut out the Chinese National Team for the fourth time in their four game series.
On a beautiful Father's Day at Hofstra University Stadium, the Juggernaut took the series from the Stratford Brakettes winning game four with a score of 1-0. Jodie Cox remains unbeaten on the mound, picking up her season high sixth win of the season.
The New England Riptide completed the sweep of the California Sunbirds Sunday night at Martin Softball Field with a 3-0 victory. Former Olympian and UMass star Danielle Henderson pitched a three-hit shutout while striking out 13.
Crystl Bustos hit a titanic home run and Nicole Trimboli enjoyed a four for four day at the plate as the Akron Racers blanked Peoria, 14-0, on Sunday afternoon at Firestone Stadium.
Texas Thunder closed out their four game series against the Russian National Team Sunday, completing their first series sweep of the season with a 13-2 victory.
Jennie Finch blasted her third home run of the year, giving the Bandits a 1-0 victory over the Chinese National Team, while Lauren Bay pitched her third shutout.
The Arizona Heat defeated the Venezuelan National Team for the third night in a row by a score of 5-2. Erica Beach tossed a complete game for the Heat to pick up her third win of the season.
Peaches James, the NPF leader in strikeouts, recorded eight more tonight to shut down the Stratford Brakette offense, picking up her fourth win of the season with a 2-0 shutout. The Juggernaut offense was led by Leah Nelson and Jackie Pasquerella, both going two for three with an RBI.
Texas Thunder pitcher Christa Williams collected her third consecutive shut out of the season as the Thunder improved to 5-2 on the regular season with a 4-0 victory over Russia Saturday evening at Big League Dreams Sports Park in League City.
The New England Riptide extended their winning streak to three tonight with a 2-0 win over the California Sunbirds, behind the combined three-hit pitching of Jocelyn Forest and Danielle Henderson.
Jenn Poore hit two home runs and Radara McHugh tossed a one-hit shutout as the Akron Racers overwhelmed Peoria, 13-0, at Firestone Stadium.
The New England Riptide bats came alive at Martin Softball Field in Lowell on Saturday, when they banged out 12 hits in route to a 10-1 win over the California Sunbirds.
With Jennie Finch in the circle, a first inning two-RBI double by third baseman Gina Oaks, was enough to earn the Chicago Bandits their eighth victory on the season.
The Texas Thunder bats continued to stay hot on Friday, as they collected their second win over the Russian National Team to improve to 2-0 on the series.
Jodie Cox picked up her league leading fifth win of the season as the Juggernaut came back to win game two of the series, 2-1, against the Stratford Brakettes. Carri Leto went 2-for-4 with a walk-off RBI single to get the Juggernaut the win. Leah Nelson and Alicia Smith went two for three in the game to lead the Juggernaut offense against the Brakettes.
The Arizona Heat defeated the Venezuelan National Team for the second time in as many nights, thanks to exceptional pitching from Dana Sorensen and Erica Beach. Much like the previous night, the Heat jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, winning the game 7-1 on Friday. Sorensen pitched five innings of one-run ball to earn her third victory of the year. The Heat bats also came around, pounding out eight hits on their way to seven runs.
Nicole Trimboli belted her first home run of the season and Brandee McArthur tossed a complete game two-hitter as the Akron Racers knocked off the Peoria Outlaws, 13-1, at Firestone Stadium.
The Arizona Heat used a big first inning, and solid relief pitching to hold off the Venezuelan National Team on Thursday. The Heat scored six runs in the bottom of the first off Venezuelan pitcher Mariange Bogado.
The New England Riptide celebrated their return to Martin Softball Field wilth a convincing 5-1 win over the California Sunbirds behind the two-hit pitching of Danielle Henderson and the offense of Lyndsey Angus (three for three, one walk, and two runs).
Kate Varde drove in Lindsey Hamma to score the game's only run in the bottom of the seventh to move the Bandits' record to 7-2 on the year. Pitcher Lauren Bay struck out eight, allowing only two hits.
The Texas Thunder rolled over the Russian National Team in an 11-0 victory in front of a capacity crowd at Big League Dreams Sports Park in League City Texas tonight.
Peaches James tallied 11 strikeouts, but it was not enough as the Stratford Brakettes topped the NY Juggernaut in game one of the four game series.
Amy Kyler pitched a two-hit shutout and Jenn Poore went 3-for-3 as the Akron Racers defeated the Peoria Outlaws, 4-0, Thursday evening at Firestone Stadium. The Racers won their sixth straight game and improved to 8-1 on the season. The Outlaws are 5-3. Peoria and Akron meet again Friday at 7:05 p.m.
The Texas Thunder and the Arizona Heat squared off again to determine the winner of their first regular season series as opponents.
Saturday's rematch between the Texas Thunder and the Arizona Heat proved nothing more than a pitching duel between Thunder ace Christa Williams and Heat hurler Erica Beach.
...the Arizona Heat used flawless defense, aggressive hitting and consistent pitching to accomplish their own goals...
A heartbreaker for the Chicago Bandits as they lost game two in the series against Team Venezuela, leaving the two teams even at 1-1 through the first two games of the series.
The Akron Racers made it two in a row over the California Sunbirds, 13-1, Friday night thanks in large part to a two-run homer to left by Crystl Bustos, which snapped a 1-1 tie in the third inning.
The Chicago Bandits opened their second series of the season by welcoming the Venezuelan National Team to Benedictine University. After going 3-1 against Australia the previous week, the Bandits recorded their first shutout in team history to open up against Venezuela.
Texas Thunder scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to claim their first victory of the season besting the Arizona Heat in front of a sold out crowd at Big League Dreams Sports Park in League City Thursday night.
First baseman Oli Keohohou belted her second home run of the season and Tobin Echo-Hawk added two hits as the Akron Racers defeated the California Sunbirds, 7-1, in the first of a four-game series.
The New England Riptide continued their winning ways on Wednesday. The 'Tide improved to 3-0 with a 4-2 victory over the previously undefeated NY Juggernaut.
The broadcast schedule for National Pro Fastpitch will include an umbrella of TV coverage by ESPN2, Comcast Sports Net Chicago and Telecare.
The Arizona Heat of the National Pro Fastpitch League is proud to announce the signing of former University of Arizona standout, Jackie Coburn.
The New England Riptide completed the sweep of a double-header tonight with a 4-1 win, as former Olympic star Danielle Henderson (inset photo) debuted with the Riptide, pitching six masterful innings, striking out eleven while allowing one run on only two hits.
The New England Riptide matched up in the team's season opener, the first of a double-header, with the Stratford Brakettes, who will be joining the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2006, and came out with a 4-2 victory.
Jennie Finch and Anne Steffan paced the Bandits to a 6-4 win over Australia. Finch started the offensive scoring with a three-run shot in the first. Steffan reached base in all four at bats, via two singles and two walks.
The New York Juggernaut finished up a four-game sweep of Venezuela with a 2-1 win on a beautiful afternoon at Hofstra University Softball Stadium. Peaches James had nine strikeouts and allowed five hits in the circle for New York.
The Arizona Heat dropped the series finale to the Akron Racers, 6-1. The Racers took three of four from the Heat at Hi Corbett this weekend. For the fourth game in a row, the Racers jumped out to an early lead, and unlike Saturday Night, the Heat could not fight their way back.
After lightning ended action on Saturday night, play was resumed on Sunday and the 14-hour wait was well worth the dramatic finish catcher Selena Collins supplied with a two-run walk-off homerun to give Chicago the 2-1 victory.
Jodie Cox picked up her second win of the season as the Juggernaut extended its win streak to three games with a 3-2 victory over the Venezuelan National team. Cox had six strikeouts in 4.2 innings before giving way to Peaches James, who earned the save going 2.1 innings, picking up two strikeouts along the way.
After an inning and a half in the book on Friday night, lightning and inclement weather forced the postponement of Friday night’s game between the Chicago Bandits and the Australian National Team.
The Arizona Heat overcame a five-run deficit in the final three innings on Friday night to take their first game of the series versus the Akron Racers, 8-5.
With the hoopla of Opening Night behind them, the Chicago Bandits took to the field against the Australian National team on Friday night, but it was the Aussies that stole the show on this night, capitalizing on three solo home runs to defeat Chicago, 3-2.
The Juggernaut offense was more than Venezuela could handle on Friday night, scoring 18 runs on 16 hits, on a rainy night at Hofstra University Softball Stadium.
The Arizona Heat committed nine errors on Friday, after committing only one in the first four games of the season. The Akron Racers did not waste anytime capitalizing on the Heat mistakes, scoring often in an 11-5 victory.
Jodie Cox had the game winning hit and came on in relief to earn the win for the NY Juggernaut. The Juggernaut offense totaled 11 hits on the day to come from behind against the Venezuelan National Team in the 2005 season opener at Hofstra University Softball Stadium.
Jennie Finch dominated the Australian National team in the Bandits' Opening Night. Finch struck out 12 in Chicago's win over Australia, 6-2.
The Akron Racers came to Hi Corbett Field ready to play. Amy Kyler shutout the Heat by throwing a complete game four hitter in the Racers 4-0 win.