Articles from August 2005
The battle of the top-two teams in National Pro Fastpitch lived up to its championship setting. After trailing by four runs early in the game, the Akron Racers took the 2005 NPF Championship in a 5-4, eight-inning championship game.
McMichael's two-run homer gives East the big win.
Akron Racers knock the Texas Thunder out of the playoffs and advance to the Championship Game, 1-0. The Racers will face off against the Chicago Bandits in the title game at noon on Sunday, August 28th. The game will be televised on ESPN at 4 p.m. Central Time.
Bandits knock out the New York Juggernaut to advance to the Championship Game at noon on Sunday, August 28th. Jennie Finch hit a walk-off homerun to win the game in the bottom of the seventh.
Gold Medalist Cat Osterman will throw out the ceremonial pitch for Saturday's first game and the Championship Game on Sunday will be thrown out by Chicago Bulls' Chris Duhon.
Motion DNA CEO Zig Ziegler will be testing members of the Chicago Bandits, including Jennie Finch and Lauren Bay, using the company's advanced motion-capture systems to evaluate their pitching and hitting mechanics.
Five power hitters from each division have been selected to represent their teams in the National Pro Fastpitch Homerun Derby.
Fans were able to see some impressive hitting, however this time, it came from the visiting Akron Racers.
LOWELL, MA--The New England Riptide lost their season finale in front of a packed house at Martin Softball Field last night by a score of 5-2 to the New York
Juggernaut, despite outhitting them 9-7.
The Chicago Bandits (41-7) finished up their inaugural regular season with a full forced comeback against the Arizona Heat, 5-2.
Lisle, Ill. - The Arizona Heat dominated in all aspects of the game to beat the first place Chicago Bandits, 10-0. Although Arizona was extremely sharp on the field, their aggressive offense is where they greatly surpassed the Bandits.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Christa Williams returned to the winners circle with her league-leading 17th win as the Texas Thunder eased past the Akron Racers 3-2.
LOWELL, MA---Jess Merchant's two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning lifted the New England Riptide to a 3-2 come from behind victory over the New York
Juggernaut at Martin Softball Field last night.
Piper Marten showed her All- Big Ten form, going the distance, giving up six hits, two unearned runs and striking out two on the evening.
Lisle, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits are officially named the number one team in the NPF after they defeated the Arizona Heat, 3-0. The win broke the gap open that guarantees the Bandits the top spot, even though there are two games for each team left in the season.
Team USA and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Amanda Freed used her strong right arm in the circle pitching a two-hit complete game shutout, 3-0, Thursday night at the Big League Dreams Sports Park in League City.
For the first time in Chicago Bandits history, they went into extra innings at their home complex against the Arizona Heat. Bandits Mackenzie Vandergeest hit a two run homer in the bottom of the 8th inning to win, 2-0.
LOWELL, MA--The New England Riptide dropped the third game of a five game series to the New York Juggernaut last night by a score of 5-1.
LOWELL, MA---The New England Riptide sloppiness caught up with them in the fifth with an unearned Juggernaut run, the only run scored by either team as the Nauts prevailed 1-0.
Lisa Iancin and Sara Jewett each belted her second homerun of the year and Lyndsey Angus had a bases loaded double to lead the New England Riptide to a 6-1 victory over the New York Juggernaut last night at Martin Softball Field.
The Chicago Bandits will be hosting the 2005 NPF Playoffs & All-Star Game. The details have been finalized with some slight changes since it was announced.
Erica Beach picked up her fifteenth win of the season by tossing four strong innings and allowing only two earned runs.
Oli Keohohou hit a two-run home run and added an RBI double to lead the Akron Racers to a 5-1 NPF win over the New York Juggernaut Sunday afternoon at Firestone Stadium.
Lisle, Ill. - With a three run homer from Bandit Selena Collins in the first and Riptide Jen Scavone in the second inning, Sunday's game started off as a battle. The first place Chicago Bandits snagged the final game of the series against the New England Riptide, 7-5.
Dana Sorensen once again out dueled Christa Williams to pick up her second complete game shutout win of the series.
Center fielder Iyhia McMichael's 10th home run of the season, just inside the left field foul pole, gave the Racers a 1-0 lead in the third frame.
Lisle, Ill. - Fans did not leave disappointed this game as the excitement carried over from the previous night's game. The Chicago Bandits picked up the victory over the New England Riptide, 2-1 with another homerun from Jaime Clark.
The Chicago Bandits took the victory in this wild game against the New England Riptide, 7-2. Jaime Clark and Jennie Finch produced back-to-back homeruns.
The Akron Racers blasted three home runs and Jamie Southern pitched a complete game in a 10-1 NPF win over New York Friday evening at Firestone Stadium.
A night after the Heat pulled off a thrilling 1-0 victory over the Thunder, the visitors got their revenge with a 1-0 win of their own.
The Arizona Heat pulled off a win in the opening game of the series against the Texas Thunder with a 1-0 lead.
After traveling with Team USA and making special appearances, Jennie Finch returned to the Chicago Bandits to take the first game over the New England Riptide, 2-1.
Peaches James tossed a two-hit shutout as the defending National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) champion New York Juggernaut topped Akron, 3-0, Thursday evening at Firestone Stadium.
East vs. West, Sunday, August 28th at 3 PM at St.Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.
Win streak continues at 20 straight...Amanda was in “gold medal” form as she tossed five and a third no- hit innings before giving up a single in the sixth to Garland Cooper.
Olympic gold medalist Kelly Kretschman had two RBI and scored one run to lead Akron to a 5-1 win over Illinois Sunday afternoon at Firestone Stadium.
The first place Chicago Bandits lost another game to the fourth ranked New York Juggernaut 5-1. Jaime Clark's double drove in the Bandits' only run.
The battle continues in Chicago as the Bandits won their second game this weekend against the New York Juggernaut 3-2. The two teams have been exchanging the wins since last weekend in New York.
The New England Riptide took the fourth and final game of their series with the Long Island Angles last night to complete a four game sweep, this time a 5-0 decision.
Texas Thunder won both games on Saturday against the visiting Caifornia
Sunbirds. Piper Marten took the win in game one with a score of 6-0
Crystl Bustos hit two home runs and Radara McHugh pitched a complete game as Akron topped Illinois, 10-3, Saturday afternoon at Firestone Stadium.
Texas Thunder won 10-0 over the visiting California Sunbirds increasing
their win streak to 17.
Amy Kyler tossed a two-hit shutout and Jenn Poore’s first-inning sacrifice fly plated the only run as Akron nipped Illinois, 1-0, Friday evening at Firestone Stadium.
Returning home, the Chicago Bandits bounced back on Thursday to take the win over the New York Juggernauts, 1-0 . The two teams continued competition from four game match the previous weekend in New York.
Danielle Henderson, Tammy Nielsen and Leigh Ann Ellis combined to fire a no hitter as the New England Riptide easily handled the Long Island Angels 9-0 last night at Martin Field.