Articles from June 2007
The Comcast Chicago Bandits and the Chinese National team kicked off their first game of a four game series tonight at the Benedictine Sports Complex in Lisle, Ill. Gina Oaks (3-3) started in the circle for the Bandits as Wang Lan took the mound for China.
The Washington Glory (13-5) were edged by the Akron Racers (10-4), 2-0 on Saturday night at the George Mason Complex. The score
remained tied at zero until a two-run home run by Iyhia McMichael in the top of the sixth.
It was home run derby in Fairfax, as the Washington Glory
pounded four home runs en route to a 9-3 victory over the Akron Racers on
Friday night at the George Mason Softball Complex.
The Rockford Thunder of National Pro Fastpitch knocked off the visiting Mid-Michigan Ice at Sportscore One on Friday night by a final score of 4-0.
It would be Henderson (Danielle) for the New England Riptide vs. Hennessey (Meagan) for the Philadelphia Force, the Riptide looking to win their third straight game of the series.
The Rockford Thunder tied a season-high with 11 hits on Thursday night to defeat the Michigan Ice 7-2 at Sportscore One.
The Philadelphia Force dropped a 2-0 road decision to the New England Riptide (11-7) Thursday night. Riptide pitcher Erica Beach held the Force (6-8) to just three hits and did not walk any batters.
The New England Riptide and Philadelphia Force played the first game of a four game series. The Riptide Scored early and jumped out to a 7-0 lead, before hanging on to win 7-3.
In a must-win type game, the Thunder dropped a 2-1 decision to the Mid-Michigan Ice on Wednesday night, dropping to 15-7 on the season.
The Philadelphia Force (6-6) prepared for their upcoming series with the New England Riptide by hosting the China National Team in a non-NPF game Tuesday night. The Force beat China by a score of 6-3. The Force has previously taken four NPF games from China.
The Rockford Thunder got back on the winning ways Tuesday night, as they knocked off the visiting Mid-Michigan Ice by a final score of 4-1.
Four members of the Philadelphia Force attended the F.L.A.M.E.S. (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere in Sport) program held on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Shortstop Chelsea Spencer, third baseman Clare Burnum, catcher Ashley Smith, and first baseman Kellie Wilkerson appeared at the event which was sponsored by the Philadelphia Sports Congress, in partnership with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
The China National Team defeated the Philadelphia Force 4-0 in a non-NPF game on Monday night.
In a series ruled by pitching and defense, it was fitting that the Akron Racers and Rockford Thunder would save the best performances for last, as the Racers won the series finale 1-0.
Pitcher Kristina Thorson threw a no-hitter and the Philadelphia Force used nine walks and two home runs to post a 7-0 victory against the China National Team.
The New England Riptide hosted the Chicago Bandits for the fourth and final game of the series tonight and the Bandits managed to even the series when Jaime Clarke broke open a scoreless game with two outs in the top of the seventh.
Jessica Moore went 3-3 with two home runs, a double, and five RBIs to lead the Washington Glory (12-4) to a 11-0 win over Venezuela, and took over first place in the NPF standings. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak.
The Akron Racers dropped their second game in a row to the Rockford Thunder Saturday afternoon 4-2.
The New England Riptide and the Chicago Bandits met for game three of a four games series in Lowell tonight with the series tied at one all.
The National Pro Fastpitch leading hitter Chelsea Spencer went 3-for-4 to lead the Philadelphia Force to a 5-3 win over the China National Team in game three of their series.
Washington committed five errors and allowed 14 hits as the Glory fell to Venezuela, 9-4, on Friday night at the George Mason Softball Complex.
One day after Cat Osterman and Alicia Hollowell battled in a classic pitcher's duel, the Racers went up against the Thunder in game two of their four game series in a very similar manner. Although, the style was similar the result was different as Rockford (13-5) edged out a victory 2-0.
The Philadelphia Force took two games from the China National Team tonight. The Force edged China 4-2 in the completion of Thursday’s suspended game, and then followed with a dramatic 6-5, 10-inning victory in the originally scheduled game.
The New England Riptide and Chicago Bandits met for the second time this series and this time it was the Riptide that was unable to hold the lead into the seventh.
Often when a game has a lot of hype and expectations it fails to meet those standards.
The Washington Glory (11-3) fell to Venezuela, 4-2 on Thursday night at the George Mason Softball Complex. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Glory, and was just the second home loss this season for Washington.
The New England Riptide and the Chicago Bandits played the first of a four game series here tonight. It was the first meeting of the teams since their last game in the 2006 playoffs. Coincidently, the starting pitchers were Jocelyn Forest for the Riptide and Gina Oakes for the Bandits, the same starters as the last game who pitched eight scoreless innings each. Neither pitcher was as good tonight.
The game between the Philadelphia Force and the China National Team on June 21 has been suspended in the top of the fourth inning with the score 0-0.
All of the Glory's six runs came as a result of home runs as Washington defeated Venezuela, 6-2 on Wednesday night, at the George Mason Softball Complex. Sara Larquier hit her fourth home run of the season, which is tied for the team lead while Nichole Thompson hit her third bomb of the year.
The Thunder and the Bandits squared off tonight for the series finale. Amy Harre took the mound for Chicago while Cat Osterman started in the circle for Rockford.
Rockford Thunder was first on the board tonight after scoring a quick run in the top of the first with two outs. Mackenzie Vandergeest roped an RBI double down the left field line scoring Abbie Sims.
The Washington Glory (10-2) completed a sweep of the Chinese National Team after defeating China, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at the George Mason Softball Complex.
A night after the Thunder recorded just one hit in the 4-0 loss to Chicago, they returned the savor on Sunday, as they knocked off by the Bandits by a score of 1-0.
The New England Riptide were back on the field looking to make a clean sweep of the Venezuelan National Team in the fourth and final game of the series. A Jessica Merchant single in the bottom of the tenth inning, and a flawless performance by Eileen Canney in the circle paved the way for a 1-0 extra inning Riptide victory.
Bandit faithful flocked in thousands to the Benedictine Sports Complex to witness round two of the Jennie vs. Cat showdown.
Shortstop Chelsea Spencer hit a two-out sixth-inning inside-the-park home run to give the Philadelphia Force a 4-3 victory over the Akron Racers. The home run earned a win for pitcher Kristina Thorson (1-2).
The New England Riptide was back in action Saturday for game three of the series with the Venezuelan National Team. An unbelievable performance on both sides of the plate helped the Riptide blow the game open in a 12-1 victory.
Pitcher Sarah Pauly shut down the Chinese National Team for the Glory, as Washington defeated Team China, 3-0 on Saturday night at the George Mason Softball Complex. Pauly pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits, while striing out nine, in her seven innings of work.
The New England Riptide was back on Martin Softball field for game two in a series of four with the Venezuelan National Team, and walked away with a 7-2 victory giving them a 2-0 advantage in the series.
Amber Jackson crushed two home runs, and Desiree Serrano, as well as Jen Musillo pitched combined on a three hit shutout, to lead the Washington Glory (8-2) to a 6-0 victory over China, Friday night, at the George Mason Softball Complex.
The Philadelphia Force were defeated by the Akron Racers (7-0) by a score of 7-0 at ECTB Stadium.
The Force dropped game two of a four-game series to the Akron Racers (6-0) by a score of 6-4.
For the second straight game the Rockford Thunder shut out Team Venezuela, this time winning 7-0 behind a complete game effort from rookie Abbie Sims.
The Racers pounded out 18 hits against Force pitching.
After struggling with the bats all weekend against the New England Riptide, the Thunder wasted little time jumping on Team Venezuela, as they cruised to a 7-0 victory.
The undefeated Akron Racers travel to Allentown, PA to battle the Philadelphia Force in a four-game series, June 13-16. Akron convincingly took command of their opening weekend series against archrival Chicago sweeping the Bandits in four.
Every Friday this season, the Philadelphia Force will honor a local treasure.
Behind the pitching of Cat Osterman and the timely hitting of Abbie Sims, the Thunder salvaged a series split with the New England Riptide, as they won Sunday's game 1-0.
Desiree Serrano pitched a complete game to lead the visiting Washington Glory to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Force. The expansion Glory (6-2) took three of the four games in the National Pro Fastpitch series.
In maybe the most thrilling game of this exciting series, the Akron Racers (4-0) stormed back from down 3-0 to win the final game of this four game series 4-3.
Sarah Pauly and Jen Musillo combined on a five-hit shutout to give the visiting Washington Glory (5-2) an 8-0 victory over the Philadelphia Force (1-2) in National Pro Fastpitch league action.
After beginning the season with seven straight victories, the Thunder has now lost two straight games, including tonight's game to the New England Riptide 3-0.
Illinois State graduate Stacy Birk went the distance in the circle to lead the Philadelphia Force to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Washington Glory in game two of a four game National Pro Fastpitch league series.
After taking a day off due to Mother Nature, The Akron Racers and Chicago Bandits were back in action Saturday for a double header.
The expansion Washington Glory spoiled the season opener of the Philadelphia Force by taking game one of the four-game series by a score of 13-4.
The Akron Racers kicked off the 2007 campaign in much of the same fashion as they closed out the 2006 regular season beating the Chicago Bandits 4-1.
It wasn't the prettiest game of the season, but the Thunder will definitely take another win, tonight defeating the defending NPF Champion New England Riptide by a final score of 8-2.
Friedman recently trekked to the impoverished Central America nation to help launch a youth baseball league.
During the winter of 2007 the New England Riptide traded a future draft pick for Carri Martin. Martin had played 2nd base for the New York Juggernaut and Philadelphia Force during the last three years, and during her career with Northwestern she had played mostly shortstop.
The Philadelphia Force have announced the signing of Loren Anguiano to a contract for the 2007 season.
The Philadelphia Force of the National Pro Fastpitch league have announced they have signed Margo Pruis, a recent graduate of Wichita State University. The right-handed pitcher posted a record of 23-12 with a 2.45 ERA for the Shockers in 2007. Opponents batted only .168 in her 228.1 innings in the circle. Pruis recorded 242 strikeouts during her senior year.
Amy Harre started in the circle for the Bandits but it was Jessica Sallinger that picked up the win this afternoon giving her a 1-1 record on the season.
The Comcast Chicago Bandits kicked off their home season with a 2-1 win tonight against international foe, Venezuela. The Bandits swept the Venezuelan National team during their four game home series last year.