Articles from July 2006
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 Merchant’s 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.
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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 Bandits’ 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. Fairchild’s 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 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 Bandits’ 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 Bandits’ 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 evening’s 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 Saturday’s 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.