Articles from August 2006
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. Beseres’ 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 Fairchild’s 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. Harre’s 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.