Articles from June 2006
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.