Articles from 2006
The Chicago Bandits have signed former Saint Xavier and Beverly Bandits player, Colleen Kilduff to play for the 2007 season.
The Rockford Thunder of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) and General Manager Aaron M. Moore announced today that they have signed pitcher Catherine (Cat) Osterman 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) and General Manager Aaron M. Moore announced today that they have signed catcher Mackenzie Vandergeest to a contract for the 2007 season. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) have agreed to become "Official Promotional Partners", the two groups announced Monday.
The Great Britain Women's Fastpitch National Team is looking for high-level players with a British family heritage who might be eligible to play.
Rockford Thunder Pro Fastpitch has acquired infielder Jessica Williams, outfielder Amanda Williams, pitcher Missy Beseres and catcher Mackenzie Vandergeest from the Chicago Bandits in exchange for a first and second round draft pick, team General Manager Aaron M. Moore announced today.
The New England Riptide defeated the Connecticut Brakettes Monday night by a 2-0 margin, to win their first ever NPF Championship, at Frank DeLuca HOF Field in Stratford, CT.
National Pro Fastpitch announced its awards for the 2006 season today.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) selected its All-NPF Team as announced today by president Pat Linden at the 2006 Championship series.
The New England Riptide needed two extra frames to defeat the Chicago Bandits, but advanced to the National Pro Fastpitch Championship with a 1-0 win, Saturday afternoon at Frank DeLuca HOF Field in Stratford, CT.
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As the season ends for the sixth place Arizona Heat, players are awarded for their outstanding achievement...
The Philadelphia Force ended their season by splitting a double header against the Connecticut Brakettes on Tuesday.
The Philadelphia Force dropped 9-2 in game one to the Connecticut Brakettes, Monday, August 21st at ECTB Stadium at Bicentennial Park.
The Arizona Heat dropped the final game of the 2006 season to Michigan Ice by a score of 7-6. The Heat took a four run lead into the seventh, but could not hold off the Ice. Michigan scored six unearned runs in the seventh to go ahead and win their first game of the series.
The Akron Racers finished off the regular season in grand fashion Sunday by completing the three-game sweep of the Chicago Bandits by a final score of 4-2.
The Arizona Heat won their third straight game over the Michigan Ice behind a complete game shutout by Celena Velasquez. Velasquez kept the Ice off balance all night and the Heat played outstanding defense on their way to 7-0 victory.
The New England Riptide took the field at home Saturday August 19 for the last game of the 2006 regular season and the final game in a series of four with the Texas Thunder. The Riptide could not pull out a victory dropping the game to the Thunder 3-1.
The Arizona Heat won their second straight game against the Michigan Ice, coming from behind to win 3-2. The Heat came into the game just 1-22 when trailing after five innings, but used a two run sixth to come out ahead. Leslie Wolfe hurled a complete game to pick up her seventh victory of the season.
The New England Riptide fell flat in game three in the four game series with the Texas Thunder dropping the game 6-3 and falling behind one game to two in the series.
The Chicago Bandits may hold the best record in the NPF, but it is the Akron Racers that look like the top team in the league. For the second night in a row the Racers shutout the Bandits (30-11), this time in a 1-0 contest. Not only did Akron (28-17) take one from the league's best team, but the defending champions also moved up to third in the standings.
The Arizona Heat ended their eight game losing streak by defeating the Michigan Ice 6-1 at Hi Corbett Field. Desiree Serrano picked up her ninth win of the season and Heather Scaglione led the offense with a pair of hits and three RBIs.
Strong defensive play by the Riptide could not stop the Texas Thunder who rolled to a game two victory with the help of a fourth inning rally. New England ended up on the wrong side of a 3-1 decision.
Twelve strikeouts by Jocelyn Forest helped the New England Riptide earn a victory over the Texas Thunder in game one of the four game series. The Riptide shut out the Thunder 2-0.
The Philadelphia Force (13-26) of National Pro Fastpitch lost the third and final game of the series to the first place Chicago Bandits (29-9), 4-1 on Wednesday, August 16th at ECTB Stadium at Bicentennial Park. Stephanie VanBrakle took the loss for the Force, dropping to 5-9 on the season, while Gina Oaks improved to 9-3 on the season. Jaime Dacey led the Force offensively with two hits on the night.
After a one week hiatus, NPF weekly is back with Player of the Week Christa Williams of the Texas Thunder...
Chicago Bandits (29-9) stole game three against the Philadelphia Force (13-25) after ten innings. Jodie Cox took the loss on the night bring her record to 2-6. Jessica Sallinger was the winning pitcher for the Bandits to boost her record to 7-4. The Bandits won in the
tenth inning after the international tie breaker was put into affect by executing a bunt followed by a ground ball to the opposite side of the field, scoring the winning run. Ryan Realmuto and Lindsey Cameron were both 2-for-4 on the night leading the Force offensively.
The Philadelphia Force (14-24) fell in game two against the Chicago Bandits by a score of 5-1 on Monday evening at ECTB Stadium at Bicentennial Park in Allentown. Jennifer Stewart took the loss for the Force, dropping to 6-10 on the season. Gina Oaks earned the win for the first-place Bandits, improving to 8-3. The Bandits were led offensively by Nicole Trimboli who was 3-for-4 on the night.
On a cool summer Saturday evening, the Philadelphia Force (13-23) of National Pro Fastpitch completed their four game home sweep against the Arizona Heat, 8-0, behind the home run power of Jenna Hall, Chelsea Spencer and Jaime Dacey. Spencer and Dacey led the Force offense with two hits a piece and a combined total of four RBIs. Southpaw Jennifer Stewart shut out the Heat and earned the win for the Force, improving to 5-9 on the season. The Force powered past the Heat with 12 hits on two errors. Heat pitcher Desiree Serrano took the loss on the night falling to 8-12.
In front of the largest crowd of the season, the Chicago Bandits took on the Connecticut Brakettes for the final Bandit home game of the year. Jessica Sallinger started for the Bandits and Nikki Myers took the mound for the Brakettes.
With wind gusts up to 25 mph, the windy city was living up to its name tonight as the Chicago Bandits took on the Connecticut Brakettes for the third game of the series. Missy Beseres started in the circle for the Bandits this evening. Beseresí record is currently 1-0 with three saves. Sarah Pauly took the start for the Brakettes. Pauly has a record of 13-4 on the season.
The Texas Thunder lost its third straight game to Team Canada on Saturday night by a final score of 7-1 to fall to 17-26 on
the season in front of 421 at Big League Dreams in League City.
Every aspect of the Akron Racers was in sync Friday night, as the Racers defeated the New England Riptide, 6-0, and clinched their
third consecutive National Pro Fastpitch playoff berth.
The Philadelphia Force (12-23) of National Pro Fastpitch won their third straight game, powered by shortstop Chelsea
Spencer's two run homerun in the bottom of the first inning, as the home team defeated the Arizona Heat (17-26) in front of 1,800 fans at Bicentennial Park in Allentown, PA on Friday evening. Jodie Cox earned the win in the circle, holding Arizona to only two hits as she improves to 2-5 on the season. Celena Velasquez took the loss for the Heat, dropping to 1-6 on the season.
The Thunder's (17-25) offense was held to just two hits for the second consecutive game and for the second straight game they came in consecutive at-bats.
With a record of 6-3, Gina Oaks took the mound for the orange and black. Nikki Myers, with a record of 7-3, started in the circle for the Brakettes.
It will not be a game to remember for the Akron Racers as
the New England Riptide had its way at the plate in an 8-3 win at Firestone
Stadium Thursday night.
The Philadelphia Force (11-23) took game two against the Arizona Heat (17-25) on Thursday, August 10th at ECTB Stadium at Bicentennial Park. Stephanie VanBrakle had four strikeouts for the Force, as the home team's offense exploded for nine runs on 13 hits, defeating April Valdez and the Heat by a score of 9-3. Carri Leto and Sarah Fekete had three hits a piece for the Force and shortstop Chelsea Sepncer blasted a three run home run, her first of the season.
It was another slow game offensively for the Thunder on Wednesday night at Big League Dreams as they collected just two hits in a 6-0 loss to Team Canada to fall to 17-24 on the season.
The Chicago Bandits kicked off what is sure to be an exciting series against the Connecticut Brakettes tonight at the Sports Complex at Benedictine University. Amy Harre took the start for the Bandits this evening. Harre pitched a no hitter against the Michigan Ice in her last start. Her ERA of 1.01 is currently atop the NPF league leaders.
The Philadelphia Force (10-23) took on the Arizona Heat (17-24) on Wednesday, August 9th at ECTB Stadium at Bicentennial Park. The Force snapped their seven game losing streak, defeating the Heat 2-0. Southpaw Jennifer Stewart had three strikeouts or the Force, improving to 5-9 on the season. Desiree Serrano took the loss for the Heat, dropping to (8-11).
It was a long day at Firestone Stadium, one that ended in a split of a doubleheader between the Akron Racers and Texas Thunder. Both games went into extra-innings with the Racers taking the afternoon contest by a score of 1-0 in eight innings, followed by an 11-inning, 6-4, Thunder
(17-23) victory in the night-cap.
The Connecticut Brakettes scored just one run Saturday night against the Philadelphia Force, after recording just one hit the night before. Thankfully for the locals, the modest offensive output was enough to get the best of the Force, 1-0, at Frank DeLuca HOF Field in Stratford, CT.
The Arizona Heat got caught up in the Riptide and was swept away in the final game of the four game series. New England shut out the Arizona with a 3-0 victory, sweeping the series four games to none. This marks the sixth win a row for the Riptide who has enjoyed a 15-3 record since July 1.
After putting on an electrifying performance highlighted by Amy Harre's no hitter last night, the Chicago Bandits took on the Michigan Ice for the second game of the series tonight. Jessica Sallinger took the start for the Bandits this evening. Sallinger's record is 5-3 with two saves so far this season.
The Connecticut Brakettes managed just one hit off of Philadelphia Force pitcher Stephanie Van Brakle Friday night, but it came in grand fashion. Germaine Fairchildís sixth inning grand slam provided all the offense the Brakettes would need, and Nikki Myers went the distance to pick up the 4-2 victory. Myers gave up two seventh inning runs, both of which were unearned, and improved to 7-3 with the win. She lowered her ERA to 2.24 in striking out seven and walking none.
Danielle Henderson earned her sixth pitching victory of the season against the Arizona Heat in game three. The Riptide went on to a 4-3 victory leading the Heat in the series three games to none.
The Chicago Bandits were looking to get back on track tonight against the Michigan Ice, after only winning one game against the USA World University Team last weekend. Amy Harre started on the mound for the Bandits this evening. Harreís ERA of 1.15 currently leads the NPF.
The Connecticut Brakettes held off the Philadelphia Force Thursday night, 3-1 at DeLuca HOF Field, as Mother Nature allowed the teams to sneak a game in. The tarp had been put on the field around 6:00, a joint venture by both the Brakettes and the Force, as rain and strong winds moved into the Stratford, CT area. Game time was delayed, as lightning was seen striking close by the field.. After a 40 minute delay, the first pitch was fired in at 7:45.
Destiny Frankenstein sent game two in a series of four with the Arizona Heat into extra innings with a seventh inning solo homerun. Frankenstein was handed the walk off walk in the bottom of the tenth
inning sending the winning run home for a 4-3 Riptide victory in game two.
The 2006 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Series will be held in Connecticut, home of the Brakettes.
The Akron Racers made sure that when the Texas Thunder came to town their welcoming wasn't a happy one. The Racers (21-15) dominated every aspect of the game Wednesday night defeating the Thunder 4-0.
Strong defensive play helped the New England Riptide squeeze past the Arizona Heat to take the first game in a series of four, 2-1. Jocelyn Forest started the game in the circle for New England. Forest has been the Riptide's most successful pitcher this season compiling an 11-2 record with two saves in ten starts and currently leads the league in pitching wins.
This week's Player of the Week is Jocelyn Forest, from the New England Riptide.
The Arizona Heat completed a sweep of the Southern California Hurricane with a 9-0 victory at Hi Corbett Field. April Valdez threw her first career complete game shutout to improve to 2-1 on the season. Jackie Coburn hit her first homerun to pace the Heat offense
The series finale between the Chicago Bandits and the USA World University Team was eventful to say the least. Both teams went through three pitchers throughout the course of the game, proving that the batters were on for both teams today.
After playing an eight-inning, extra inning game on Saturday night with Team USA, the Texas Thunder went 11 innings with the National Team before falling 2-1.
The Bandits broke their three game losing streak tonight by defeating the World University Team 3-2.
The Arizona Heat won their third consecutive game over the Southern California Hurricane, 5-1. Celena Velasquez picked up her first career win, hurling a complete game and allowing only one run.
For fans attending the doubleheader with Team USA and the Texas Thunder on Saturday, they saw the best and worst of both teams at Big League Dreams in League City.
The New England Riptide was set to take on the Connecticut Brakettes in game three of the four game series Friday July 28 when thunderstorms moved into the area postponing the contest. The weather cleared and the Riptide was back on the field Saturday July 29 for a double header with the Brakettes. A seventh inning rally sent the Riptide to a 5-4 victory over the Brakettes in game three.
The Arizona Heat took their second consecutive game against the Southern California Hurricane, but this time in different fashion. The Heat fell behind in the fourth before a big two-out rally in the bottom of the inning turned the game around. Leslie Wolfe picked up her sixth win of the season, striking out 12 in a complete game.
Fresh off their loss to the USA World University Team, the Chicago Bandits were looking to avenge the defeat they received the night before in the second game of the series tonight. Jessica Sallinger, with a record of 5-1, started the game for the Bandits.
After the first inning the Thunder and Team USA played six scoreless innings, but it was a first inning run that decided the game for the U.S. National Team and they beat Texas 1-0 on Friday night.
Coming off of their first loss since June 18th, the Chicago Bandits took on the USA World University Team this evening. Bandit Ace, Amy Harre, took the mound for the contest.
The Arizona Heat used a big first inning to defeat the Southern California Hurricane 12-4. The Heat bats started and ended hot, totaling 18 hits on the night. Desiree Serrano hurled her seventh complete game of the season, improving her record to 8-7.
Brakettes Coach John Stratton and Player of the Week Iyhia McMichael of the Akron Racers...
The New England Riptide was back on Martin Softball Field Wednesday July 26, 2006 for the first in a four game series with the Connecticut Brakettes. Riptide pitcher Jocelyn Forest faced tough opposition from the Brakettes at the plate, but the New England defense was able to prevent a Connecticut rally.
Momentum continued to rise as the Philadelphia Force (9-16) took on the Akron Racers at ECTB Stadium at Bicentennial Park. The Force prevailed in game one of their home series by a score of 7-0, pounding out seven hits and forcing five Racer errors. Shortstop Chelsea Spencer paced the way for Philadelphia going 3-for-4, with Jenna Hall adding three RBIs and Jennifer Stewart securing the win by pitching a three-hit
The Connecticut Brakettes used a six run first to beat the Arizona Heat and earn a series split. Jessica Merchant delivered two homeruns to pace the Brakettes offense. Nikki Myers picked up her second complete game victory of the series and improved to 6-2 on the season.
After dodging rain drops for two days straight, it was nice to have a sunny day for the final game of the series between the Philadelphia Force and the Chicago Bandits.
The Arizona Heat won their second straight 1-0 game over the Connecticut Brakettes. The Heat used three pitchers to combine on the four hit shutout. Firday's hero April Valdez once again drove in the only run of the night, this time with a bases loaded sacrifice fly in the third.
The visiting Akron Racers took a 2-1 series lead over the Thunder on Friday night by defeating Texas 3-1 at Big League Dreams in League City.
The Arizona Heat ended a five game losing streak with a dramatic extra-innings victory over the Connecticut Brakettes. April Valdez delivered a two-out bases loaded RBI single to score the winning run in the tenth.
The visiting Akron Racers took a 2-1 series lead over the Thunder on Friday night by defeating Texas 3-1 at Big League Dreams in League City.
The Arizona Heat dropped their first ever game with the Connecticut Brakettes by a score of 5-2. The Brakettes twice recovered from one-run deficits and used a four run fifth to pull away from. Jessica Merchantís two-run homerun in the fifth gave the Brakettes the lead for good
There was not much offense again on Thursday night at Big League Dreams as the Texas Thunder dropped a 1-0 decision to the visiting Akron Racers.
The New England Riptide was back at home on Martin Softball Field Wednesday July 19 for the first in a four game series with the Chinese National Team. The Riptide took the game 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh.
Although the offense for the Thunder continues to struggle, it was a big, two-run base hit by Clare Burnum that gave Texas all the offense it would need against the Racers on Wednesday night to defeat Akron 2-0.
This week's broadcast...The playoff picture becomes a little clearer, and two teams prepare to play for their playoff lives.
After taking three straight from the Arizona Heat this week, The Bandits completed the sweep over the Heat, giving the Bandits there second straight sweep at home. Amy Harre took the mound for the squad this afternoon, picking up her eighth win of the season. In the 10-5 win, Harre only gave up two runs in her seven innings of passionate pitching.
Kellie Wilkerson lined a two-out, seventh-inning single to left center field to score Kelly Kretschman from second base as the Connecticut Brakettes completed a four-game sweep of the Texas Thunder by a score of 7-6 Sunday at Frank DeLuca Hall of Fame Field before a crowd of 674.
The Philadelphia Force snapped their five game losing streak with a come from behind, 3-2 victory over the New England Riptide.
The Brakettes won their fourth straight game against the Thunder to improve to 15-7 on the year.
The Bandits were back again tonight to try and pick up their thirteenth straight win.
After losing the first game to Denso Japan 1-0, the Akron Racers bounced back to win the second game of the doubleheader 2-0.
Last evening, the Bandits took the first game of the series from the Arizona Heat, with a score of 2-1. Tonight, the Bandits took the field behind starting pitcher, Gina Oaks, for the second match-up in the four game series against the Heat. Coming into the game, Oaks is 3-1 on the season, looking to pick up her fourth win. In picking up her fourth win of the season, Oaks only allowed three hits, in the Bandits' 6-3 victory over the Heat, increasing the team's record to 18-3.
The Connecticut Brakettes won their third straight game against the Texas Thunder, Friday night at DeLuca HOF Field in Stratford. The 5-3 win was capped as four Brakette runs came home in the fifth inning, the last two on wild pitches. The Brakettes rode a solid effort by starting pitcher Kaci Clark, who won her third game of the year, all against the Thunder.
The Philadelphia Force (6-14) continue to struggle, dropping their fifth game in a row, as the New England Riptide
scored early to defeat the home team, 3-1. Both teams had seven hits a piece, as the Force left 8 runners on base and the Riptide 4. Force starter Jenn Stewart dropped to 3-6 with the loss, and Erica Beach improves to 1-0 . The Force offense was led by shortstop, Chelsea Spencer, who had two hits.
Tonight the Bandits faced off for the first of four games in the Banditsí homestand against the Arizona Heat.
Brakette slugger Germaine Fairchild got the best of Christa Williams and the Texas Thunder for the second time in a week, Thursday night at DeLuca HOF Field in Stratford. Fairchildís first inning RBI single was all the offense that Sarah Pauly needed, as Connecticut was able to give Williams her second loss of the season, both at the hands of the Brakettes.
Perseverance was the name of the game at Firestone Stadium as the Akron Racers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-2, 11-inning win over Denso Japan.
After last night's cancelled game due to inclement weather, the Philadelphia Force of National Pro Fastpitch took on the New England Riptide at ECTB Stadium at Bicentennial Park. The Riptide won their fourth straight against the Force, 3-1, behind another strong pitching performance from Jocelyn Forest. Forest held the Force to six hits and struck out four on the night, while her defense committed three errors. Stephanie VanBrakle took the loss for the Force, her fourth on the season, as the team dropped to 6-13.
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The Philadelphia Force of National Pro Fastpitch returned home on Wednesday, July 12th to face the Riptide in a four game series...
The Arizona Heat completed a series sweep of the Dominican Republic by scoring early and often. Leslie Wolfe picked up her fourth win of the season, going five strong innings and allowing only one run. The Heat offense pounded out 16 hits on its way to a 10-1 win.
The Chicago Bandits have been on a role this homestand. After closing the door on the 2005 NPF Champion Akron Racers, three games in a row at Benedictine University, the Bandits walked onto the field Sunday afternoon, with the passion needed to close out the weekend with the clean sweep.
The Arizona Heat won their third straight game over the Dominican Republic with another dominating pitching performance from Desiree Serrano. The Heat used small ball on their way to a 6-0 win, stealing a franchise record seven bases on the night.
The New England Riptide and the Philadelphia Force met to conclude their four-game series Saturday night at Martin Softball Field. The Riptide shut out Philadelphia in a 5-0 victory.
The Connecticut Brakettes of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) earned a series split with the Texas Thunder on Saturday night by knocking off the home team 7-1 at Big League Dreams in League City.
After starting the homestand off with a bang against the Akron Racers, the Chicago Bandits were looking to pick up their third straight win of the series. Taking control in the circle for the night was righty, Jessica Sallinger. Coming into game, Sallinger was 2-1 on the season for the Bandits. After seven straight innings of precision pitching, Sallinger was able to pick up her third win of the season, as well as the Banditsí third win of the season over the 2005 NPF champions. Sallinger ended the game striking out four, while only giving up six hits. Due to her dominating pitching performance this evening, Sallinger was named the Banditsí Player of the Game for the night.
The Arizona Heat struck early to win their second straight game against Dominican Republic. Leslie Wolfe hurled a complete game two-hitter and the Heat used three first inning runs to beat the Dominican Republic 4-1. Nichole Thompson delivered a clutch, two-run double in the first to provide the Heat with the early lead.
After defeating the defending 2005 NPF champion Akron Racers, in 10 innings, the Chicago Bandits returned to Benedictine for the second match-up of the homestand. Starting on the mound for the Bandits was Gina Oaks, coming into the game with a record of 2-1, and a season earned run average of 1.34. After striking out seven and only giving up three hits to the Racers for the night, Oaks earned her third win of the season. The game ended 1-0 with the Bandits racking up six hits in the eveningís competition, bring the series to the Bandits leading 2-0.
The Thunder scored two early runs on Friday night and Danyele Gomez launched her second home run of the season to help Texas defeat the Connecticut Brakettes by a final score of 3-1.
The Arizona Heat snapped a five game losing streak by blowing out the Dominican Republic 21-1. The Heat bats stayed hot all night, collecting a franchise record 21 runs on 23 hits. Desiree Serrano and Celena Velasquez combined to give up only one run on three hits.
After two long weeks on the road, the Chicago Bandits returned back home to Benedictine University to face the 2005 NPF Champion Akron Racers. Starting on the mound for the Bandits was pitching ace, Amy Harre. Harre has started off the season with some very impressive stats, while picking up 4 more strikeouts to add to her totals in her seven innings of stellar pitching against Akron. As the game reached extra innings, Jessica Sallinger entered the game in relief for Harre.
The Texas Thunder played their second consecutive 1-0 game on Thursday night, but this time they came out on top to even the series with the Connecticut Brakettes at one game a piece.
The New England Riptide was back in action at home on Martin Softball Field on Wednesday July 5 for the first in a four game series with the Philadelphia Force. The Force is an expansion team new to the NPF this season. The Riptide dropped the first game of the series to the Force 4-2.
The Arizona Heat fell for the fourth straight game to Team USA thanks largely to the pitching of Cat Osterman and the hitting of Jessica Mendoza. Osterman threw a no-hitter while striking out 12. Mendoza delivered two hits including a grand slam in the fifth to bust the game wide open.
The Arizona Heat could not rebound in the second game doubleheader versus Team USA, dropping the game 10-3. Natasha Watley led the USA offense delivering two hits including a homerun and driving in five. Catalina Morris belted a three-run homerun in the fourth to pull the Heat within one run, but that was as close as it would get.
The Arizona Heat fell to the US National Team in game one of Saturdayís doubleheader 4-1. Crystl Bustos paced the USA offense and Monica Abbott kept the Heat bats cold for six innings
A night after being shut out by Philadelphia, the
Texas Thunder jumped out to an early 4-0 lead before having to hold on for a 5-4 win at the Big League Dreams Sports Complex on Saturday night.
The US National Team proved too much for the Arizona Heat to handle, winning the series opener 17-1. The Heat hung tough through three innings before Team USA pulled away. Tairia Flowers, a Tucson native, blasted two homeruns including what proved to be the go ahead runs.
Kelly Wilkerson smashed a three-run homerun and drove in all four Brakette runs, as Connecticut topped China for the third straight game. It was her second straight game with both a homerun and four RBIís, and her third smash of the year.
The expansion Force continued their dominance of the Thunder on Friday night as they beat Texas 2-0 at Big League Dreams Sports Park in League City, Texas.
Thursday night was a night the Thunder will hope to soon forget, as they were beat for the fourth time this season by the Philadelphia Force of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), 8-2, at Big League Dreams in League City.
The New England Riptide was back in action Friday night at Martin Softball Field on a night that saw Shonda Schilling, Red Sox star Curt Schilling's wife, throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Riptide took the field for the third in a four game series with the Akron Racers. New England ended up falling to the Racers 8-4.
After struggling from the plate for the last few nights, the Connecticut Brakettes flashed some power in their 7-1 victory over China on Thursday night. Kellie Wilkerson smashed a grand slam to break open a 1-1 deadlock in the fifth inning in what had been a pitcher's duel.
The Connecticut Brakettes snapped a four-game losing streak, defeating the Chinese National Team 3-1 Wednesday night. Sarah Pauly led the way again for the Brakettes from the mound, throwing seven quality innings, getting stronger as the game went on. She finished with four strikeouts, and held China to three hits and two walks.
After dropping three of four games to Philadelphia two weeks ago back East, the Thunder of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) was determined to even the score. They got off on the right foot on Wednesday night by taking game one of the series 3-1 at Big League Dreams in League City.
The Connecticut Brakettes lost 2-1 to the Chinese National Team on Tuesday night in heartbreaking fashion. After taking a 1-0 lead in the sixth of a pitching duel, the Brakettes gave up two unearned runs in the top half of the seventh, in losing their fourth straight and fifth out of six.
Before Sunday night's game, The Akron Racers said they had something to prove. After losing starters Crystl Bustos, Jenny Topping and Jamie Southern to the US National Team, the Racers proved they could go on, beating the Chinese Taipei National Team, 2-1.
After watching Cat Osterman throw out the first pitch on Saturday night, the Texas Thunder used the long ball to beat the Arizona Heat 4-3 behind a solid pitching effort from staff ace Christa Williams.
Jamie Southern pitched her second no-hitter of the season and led the Akron Racers to a 2-0 victory in game one of a doubleheader against the Chinese Taipei on Saturday. The Racers (9-5) also won game two 5-2 to complete the sweep of the doubleheader.
The Texas Thunder offense continues to struggle as they were shut out for the second straight night by the Arizona Heat, 2-0, at Collins Park in Spring, Texas.
The Connecticut Brakettes lost their third straight game Friday night, a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Bandits. Sarah Pauly pitched her best game of the year, but the Brakettes could not capitalize offensively
Rain and thunderstorms continue to pound the Akron area resulting in yet another rain delay for the Akron Racers. This is the second night in a row that the Racers and Chinese Taipei have been forced to postpone a game. A 1:05 pm doubleheader has been set for Saturday that will consist of Saturday's normal contest (1:05 pm), followed by Thursday's make-up game 20 minutes after the conclusion of the first game (app. 3:30 pm).
The Philadelphia Force were scheduled to take on the Chinese National Team Friday, June 23 at 7:05 PM and Saturday, June 24 at 7:05 PM at ECTB Stadium at Bicentennial Park. Due to severe thunderstorms and flood watch conditions, the games have been rescheduled. The Force will now play a double header on Sunday, June 25 at 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Tickets from Friday and Saturday nightís games can be used for Sundayís double header and must be exchanged at the box office.
U.S.A Olympian Danielle Henderson (Commack, NY) received the start for the Riptide and was relived by Jocelyn Forest (Berkeley, CA) in the bottom of the second inning after allowing four runs. Forest handcuffed Canada's offense allowing only one run in 5 innings pitched.
After taking game one of the series with Arizona on Wednesday night, the Texas Thunder had difficulties getting things going on Thursday, as they were shut out 3-0 by Leslie Wolfe and the Heat.
The Chicago Bandits' long travel day did not stand in their way Thursday night, as they beat the Connecticut Brakettes 7-2. The Bandits arrived late at DeLuca HOF Field, as thunder storms forced many flights to be delayed throughout the Midwest and Northeast.
The New England Riptide played their first game against the Canadian National Team Thursday night and overcame deficits...
China's offense exploded in game two of the series, defeating the Philadelphia Force for the second consecutive night by a score of 8-2.
Due to strong thunderstorm cells in the area the Thursday night National Pro Fastpitch contest between the Akron Racers and Chinese Taipei has been postponed.
The Texas Thunder of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) beat the Arizona Heat 2-1 in their final at-bat of the game to improve to 9-4 on the season. The loss drops the Heat to 5-8 in the young season.
The Chinese National Team defeated the Philadelphia Force 2-0 on Wednesday, June 21 at ECTB Stadium at Bicentennial Park.
The Akron Racers struggled in the field and at the plate in a 3-1 loss to the Chinese Taipei, Wednesday at Firestone Stadium.
Philadelphia Force members Natasha Watley (pictured) and Sarah Fekete have been chosen to play at the international level for USA Softball.
Bandits score four runs to capture first win of series with the Chinese Taipei
The Arizona Heat defeated the New England Riptide for the second night in a row and earned a split for the four game series. Heather Scaglione delivered two homeruns including a grand slam and finished with six RBIs. The Heat won by a score of 11-8, holding off a furious rally by the Riptide.
The Brakettes suffered their second defeat of the season, both of which have come at the hands of the Racers. In an offensive display by both teams, Akron came out on top 11-10.
The Chicago Bandits fall to 0-2 in series with Chinese Taipei
The Arizona Heat defeated the New England Riptide tonight at Hi Corbett Field by a score of 3-0. Leslie Wolfe tossed a complete game shutout and the Heat defense made spectacular play after spectacular play to preserve the victory.
The Bandits started off their second homestand of the season at Benedictine University against Chinese Taipei. Starting on the mound for the night was righty Amy Harre. Coming into the match-up, Harre is 4-0 on the season. With the teamís second loss in the books, the Chicago Bandits are looking to come back tomorrow afternoon to better there 7-2 record.
The Connecticut Brakettes returned to their winning form Saturday night in grand fashion. Stephanie Best hit a round tripper with the bases loaded in the second inning to turn a one-run deficit into a 5-2 lead.
Looking for their first sweep in franchise history, the Philadelphia Force came up short losing game four 3-1 on Saturday evening at ECTB Stadium at Bicentennial Park.
The New England Riptide once again bested the Arizona Heat, prevailing 5-1. The Riptide took their second straight game of the series after jumping out to an early lead, holding off several Heat rallies and adding some late insurance runs.
The Connecticut Brakettes fell short of the finish line, losing to the Akron Racers 7-1 Friday night at DeLuca HOF Field in Stratford.
The Philadelphia Force were victorious in their third consecutive game against the Texas Thunder, improving their record to 3-4 on the season. Force pitcher Stephanie VanBrakle went the distance earning her second win on the season.
The New England Riptide won their second game of the season, beating the Arizona Heat 7-1. Two former Heat players led the Riptide attack, one with on the mound and one with the bat. Danielle Henderson threw a complete game and Tarrah Beyster had two hits including a homerun and four RBIs.
The Connecticut Brakettes extended their win streak to begin their professional era to six games, edging out the defending NPF champion Akron Racers 3-2 at DeLUCA HOF Field, Thursday night.
After last nightís extra inning contest resulting in a 5-4 victory, the Philadelphia Force (2-4) took game two of the series against the Texas Thunder (7-3) on Thursday evening.
In search for their first victory of the 2006 season, the Philadelphia Force (1-4) took on the Texas Thunder (7-2) in game one of a four game series after a one hour rain delay on Wednesday June 14th at ECTB Stadium at Bicentennial Park.
Stephanie Hill scored in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Connecticut Brakettes a victory over the Chinese Taipei Olympic team.
The win brings the Brakettes to 4-0 in National Pro Fastpitch play, as Nikki Myers provided strong pitching for the second night in a row.
NIKKI MYERS AND SARAH PAULY REGISTER NPF VICTORIES...
The New England Riptide wrapped up their first home series of the 2006 season with a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Bandits.
The Riptide came on strong looking to take the second game of the series from the Bandits. Riptide defense remained tough behind pitcher Danielle Henderson. Catcher KJ Kelley was a force behind the plate, throwing out Chicago's leadoff batter Vicky Galindo in an attempt to steal second early in the first inning.
Lowell, MA - After rain halted the New England Riptide's opening day game against the Chicago Bandits, weather continued to haunt the Tide washing out their Saturday game.
After three days of rain outs, the Philadelphia Force opened up against the Connecticut Brakettes on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 1,073. Force southpaw Jennifer Stewart took the loss, as the Force dropped their fourth straight game on the season.
Despite a seventh inning rally by the Akron Racers, the Arizona Heat pulled out a 3-2 victory to earn a split in the four-game series.
Error costs Michigan for second straight night
Some consider Crystl Bustos to be the Babe Ruth of softball and Friday evening she displayed why she has that title. The two-time Olympian, who holds Olympic records for both home runs and RBI's, smashed two balls over the fence, including a grand slam, in the Akron Racers 12-1 victory over the Arizona Heat.
The first three games of the home series for the Philadelphia Force have been postponed due to rain. Opening Day will now be on Saturday, June 10 at 7:05pm.
The Texas Thunder used a three-run fifth inning to coast to a 4-0 win over the Michigan Ice on Thursday night at the Big League Dreams Sports Park in League City.
The Arizona Heat scored four runs in the seventh inning to come from behind and hand the Akron Racers its first loss of the season. The Racers committed three errors, a season-high, and were unable to come up with a timely hit and dropped the game by a final score of 6-4.
As rain continues to pester opening weekends throughout the NPF, The Force have postopned tonight's home opener due to inclement weather conditions in Allentown, PA.
The Texas Thunder of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) put on a great show for the fans on Wednesday night, as they shutout the Michigan Ice behind a one-hitter from Christa Williams.
The defending National Pro Fastpitch champion Akron Racers continued its winning ways Wednesday, but in an unconventional fashion. The Racers defeated the Arizona Heat 2-1 with the winning run plated on an
Serrano, the third round pick of the Heat in the 2006 College Senior Draft became the first of the three draft picks to sign.
National Pro Fastpitch is pleased to announce that over thirty games will be broadcast during the 2006 season.
The Arizona Heat won their first game of the season in dramatic fashion over the Texas Thunder. Trailing 4-2 in the seventh, the Heat bats came alive to score three runs and pick up the victory 5-4.
The Chicago Bandits take 4-0 weekend record with 8-2 victory
If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, then it must be a duck that is sitting in the outfield grass at Frank DeLuca Hall of Fame Field in Stratford, CT.
In a 4-1 fashion, the Chicago Bandits captured their third victory of the season
The Arizona Heat will have to wait another night to try and pick up their first victory of the season. The Texas Thunder won their third straight game over the Heat thanks to five-run first and third innings on their way to a 13-1 victory.
The defending National Pro Fastpitch champion Akron Racers completed a three-game sweep of the Philadelphia Force, winning Saturday's nightcap 8-0.
You win some, you lose some and some get rained out! As far as the Connecticut Brakettes are concerned, they have had enough of this rainy weather.
The Akron Racers captured the first two games of their season-opening series with Philadelphia as all-star pitcher Jamie Southern no-hit the Force in the completion of Wednesday's suspended game.
The Arizona Heat dropped their second straight game to open the season tonight against the Texas Thunder. Christa Williams won her second straight game, this time as the starter and Heat pitcher Celena Velasquez took the loss for the second straight night.
Donning their orange jerseys for the first time this season, the Chicago Bandits improved their record to 2-0 after taking game two from the Venezuela National Team in a 6-3 fashion. Both squads are competing in a four-game series that span June 1-4.
For the third consecutive day rain has postponed play in the opening series between the Akron Racers and Philadelphia Force of the National Professional Fastpitch league.
The season opener was highlight by Peaches James' (pictured) 11 strikeout performance.
Inclement weather once again postponed play for the Philadelphia Force and the Akron Racers in the opening series of the 2006 National Pro Fastpitch season.
STRATFORD- The Connecticut Brakettes' long awaited debut in the National Pro Fastpitch league will have to wait for one more day.
The Arizona Heat and the Texas Thunder needs extra-innings to decide a winner tonight. The Thunder prevailed 4-3 in eight innings thanks to a two-out RBI double by Amanda Freed.
For the Akron Racers and the Philadelphia Force Opening Night will be played over the course of two days.
National Pro Fastpitch and B-Squared Productions in Tucson, Arizona are pleased to announce the development of NPF Weekly, an internet-based talk program that will provide a comprehensive look at the goings-on around the NPF league.
NPF does not presently intend to renew or enter into a contractual relationship with MTDX with respect to 2006.
The New England Riptide are pleased to announce that five games this summer will be televised on Fox Sports Net New England.
American Idol finalist and local favorite Ayla Brown will be a special guest of the Riptide on Wednesday July 5.
The Arizona Heat of National Pro Fastpitch League is proud to announce the signings of Celena Velasquez, Kristina Schmallen and Shana Easley. All three players just concluded their collegiate careers and are expected to add some much needed depth to the Heat roster.
The Akron Racers unveiled their new website today.
Stewart joins Lauren Bay, Jodie Cox and Alison Higgs, as the fourth southpaw in the pitching rotation for the Force.
Ramirez will make her debut as a professional softball player with the Force.
Southpaw Adds Depth to the Pitching Rotation
GERMAINE FAIRCHILD SIGNS PRO PACT WITH CONNECTICUT BRAKETTES;
PLAYER WAS MOST PROLIFIC HITTER WITH AMATEUR TEAM SINCE 1995.
Shippensburg Graduate Jaime Dacey Joins the Force...Dacey will be entering the NPF as a rookie in 2006 with the Philadelphia Force, the newest franchise of National Pro Fastpitch...
Eleven players from last year's Comcast Chicago Bandits roster will return for the 2006 campaign and will be joined by three new faces.
Texas' Cat Osterman Taken First Overall
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) and its seven affiliate teams held the annual Senior Draft on Wednesday night, with each team taking at least three college seniors in the four-round affair.
In hopes of solidifying their rosters, the seven teams picked their 2006 Senior College Player Selections this evening.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is excited to announce the 2006 schedule that will include a 48-game regular season schedule for each of the seven NPF teams...
Pitching is the key to softball success and no one knows that better than Connecticut Brakettes Manager John Stratton. That's why the veteran Brakettes field boss was ecstatic to announce the signing of 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher Sarah Pauly for the team's maiden season in National Pro Fastpitch.
The New England Riptide announced today the return of Head Coach Sharon Drysdale to lead the team in 2006.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Patrick J. Linden as its new president.