Articles from August 2007
After 263 regular season games and six post-season games, National Pro Fastpitch has a new champion, as the Washington Glory knocked off the Rockford Thunder 3-1 in Sunday's championship game.
Needing to win three straight games on Sunday to win the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Championship, the Rockford Thunder got things started off right with an impressive 5-0 win over the New England Riptide.
MUST BEAT ROCKFORD TO ADVANCE TO FINALS.
The Thunder's thrilling 6-3 win over Akron on Saturday in an elimination game of the 2007 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Series kept those title dreams alive another day.
Riptide defeats the Akron Racers 3-0 in Kimberly, Wisconsin.
The first round of games will now start at 10:00 am CDT on Saturday (8/25) and 12:00 pm CDT.
Amber Jackson Named 2007 NPF Player of the Year.
Glory Contribute Five to All-NPF Team
The season for the Philadelphia Force came to end on a rainy Sunday afternoon virtue of a 3-2, extra innings defeat at the hands of the New England Riptide. 656 rowdy Force fans attended the final game of the season in support of the team. The Force finish with a record of 24-20, tied for 4th in the NPF standings, but the Rockford Thunder gets the playoff nod based on the tiebreakers.
The Comcast Chicago Bandits closed the books on the 2007 season with a stirring 4-0 victory over arch rival Rockford Thunder in front of a standing room only crowd of 2,412. The Bandits ended the year with a record of 23-21 while the Thunder fell to 24-20.
The Philadelphia Force were defeated by the New England Riptide, 5-0, Saturday night at ECTB Stadium. The Force and Riptide are now tied in the standings with 24-19 records. They play the final regular season game Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. The winner of that game will earn a playoff berth.
After giving up one hit and a walk in five innings of work Thursday night, Alicia Hollowell returned to the circle for the Racers (26-17) Saturday and got even closer to perfection. Hollowell's performance guided Akron to a 2-0 victory that clinched Akron the second seed in the NPF playoffs.
If the mad scramble for National Pro Fastpitch postseason berths is any indication, the NPF Championship Series is going to be dripping with suspense.
The Comcast Chicago Bandits run toward the 2007 National Professional Fastpitch playoff spot finally came to an end Friday as the Rockford Thunder scored a 7-1 victory that mathematically eliminated the Bandits. The Bandits will wrap up the 2007 season with fan appreciation night.
The Akron Racers dashed out to a 4-0 lead early and then stopped a Michigan rally short to win their 25th game of the year 6-4.
Clare Burnum knocked a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh to score Sharonda McDonald to lift the Philadelphia Force to a 2-1 victory over the New England Riptide. With the win, the Force improved their record to 24-18 which puts them alone in third place in the NPF standings with two games remaining.
For the second night in a row, the Bandits found some late inning heroics to pull out a must-win victory. Nicole Trimboli single handedly kept the Bandits in the playoff hunt with one crack of the bat in the bottom of the seventh with a two run bomb.
The Philadelphia Force opened their critical four-game series with a 10-2 lost at the hands of the New England Riptide. Erica Beach pitched a complete game and slammed a three-home run in the first inning to help the Riptide gain game one in front of 553 fans at ECTB Stadium. Both teams are now tied in the NPF standings with identical 23-18 records with just three games remaining for each team.
Alicia Hollowell was near perfect Thursday night for the Akron Racers (24-17) against the Mid-Michigan Ice as the Racer starter shut out the visitors to lead Akron to a 5-0 victory.
Starting Thursday night, the Philadelphia Force battle the New England Riptide in an important series to conclude the NPF regular season. Both the Force and Riptide are in the thick of the playoff race where five teams are fighting for just three remaining playoff spots.
After an hour and a half weather delay, the Comcast Chicago Bandits took on familiar foe, the Rockford Thunder in a must win game to keep their playoff hopes alive.
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After dropping the first three games of the series to the visiting Washington Glory (34-10), Jennie Finch and the rest of the Chicago Bandits (20-20), rebounded to win the series finale 1-0.
The New England Riptide took the field for the final regular season home game tonight at Martin Softball Field, but not before a pre game ceremony honoring Riptide player and Leominster native, Lyndsey Angus.
The Washington Glory (31-12) won their third consecutive game over the Comcast Chicago Bandits (19-20) thanks to a 5-3 victory on Sunday at the Benedictine Sports Complex. This win keeps the Glory atop the National Professional Fastpitch standings. The Bandits topped the Glory in most every category today except the one that counted most, the runs. Chicago out hit Washington by a 9-5 margin. Washington even committed more errors than the Bandits (4-3).
Today's game between the New England Riptide and the Akron Racers was highlighted by the awarding of two $5,000 scholarships to Anna Maria College.
What began as a pitcher's duel between Jennie Finch and Sarah Pauly evaporated into a game of errors as the Comcast Chicago Bandits (19-19) lost a 2-1 decision to the first place Washington Glory. Both Washington runs tallied versus Finch (5-2) were unearned as was the lone Bandit run against the Glory (30-12).
The New England Riptide and the Akron Racers took the field for the second of a four game series on a perfect night at Martin Softball Field. In a well pitched, exciting game the Racers evened the series at one game apiece with a 1-0 win.
Philadelphia Force pitcher Kristina Thorson (13-4) struck out 14 Michigan Ice batters enroute to a 6-1 victory for the Force in front of 513 fans at ECTB Stadium. The win puts the record for the Force at 23-17, good for fourth place in the tight NPF standings. The Force will host the New England Riptide August 16-19 to complete the regular season.
The Comcast Chicago Bandits played the National Professional Fastpitch league’s first place team even, for three innings, but the Washington Glory erupted for four runs in the fourth inning on it’s a way to a 5-1 victory. The loss put the fifth place Bandits at 19-18 overall, while the Glory improved to 29-12.
The New England Riptide returned to action Friday night at Martin Softball Field after a 12 day layoff to face the Akron Racers in a four game series critical to the playoff pairings.
The Philadelphia Force completed a day/night doubleheader sweep of Michigan Ice by taking the nightcap by a score of 5-4. Third baseman Clare Burnum was 3-for-3 and recorded six infield assists in the game. The Force had won the day game by a score of 7-1. The record for the Force improves to 22-17 with just five games remaining in the 2007 regular season.
Designated player Megan McAllister went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs to spark the Philadelphia Force to a 7-1 win over the Michigan Ice in the day portion of a day/night doubleheader. The offense for the Force backed pitcher with Margo Pruis with 10 hits, including four extra base hits. The second game of the doubleheader is scheduled for tonight at 7:05.
As Wednesday turned into Thursday the Comcast Chicago Bandits took on the Akron Racers for game two of the doubleheader.
Torrential downpour caused an hour and half delay between the Comcast Chicago Bandits and the Akron Racers as they tried to make up Monday nights game.
Allentown, Pa. - Kristina Thorson pitched a complete game one-hitter, and catcher Ashley Smith drove in the game's lone run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Philadelphia Force a 1-0 victory over the visiting Michigan Ice. With the win, the Force improved their record to 20-17 with 7 games remaining in the regular season.
With a single crack of the bat, Oli Keohohou made history Sunday night. The first baseman's seventh-inning, two-out, full-count home run to right field off Rockford pitcher Cat Osterman clinched the Washington Glory's first National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) regular season championship.
After having their game called the night before due to bad weather, the Comcast Chicago Bandits and the Akron Racers played game two at the Sports Complex at Benedictine University this evening.
The Philadelphia Force was beaten by the Rockford Thunder, 6-4, in the final tune-up game before their final eight-game push for the NPF playoffs. The game which did not cut in the standings featured both teams using multiple pitchers and each team recording seven hits.
Emily Friedman launched a two-run home run against Cat Osterman, and the Philadelphia Force added a run in the fourth inning but they were defeated, 5-3, by the Rockford Thunder in a game that does not count in the NPF standings.
Oli Keohohou drilled the game-winning home run in the seventh inning in walk off fashion to give the Washington Glory a 6-5 win over the Rockford Thunder on Sunday afternoon at the George Mason Softball Complex. With the victory, the Washington Glory (31-9) clinched the NPF regular season title in their home finale.
When it came to offense for Akron (19-14) it was like a game of Clue…the Butler did it. Other than the lone fifth inning single by the Racers Kristin Butler, the game belonged to the Bandits (18-15) Jennie Finch who had double digit strikeout totals with 13.
The Washington Glory took advantage off six walks issued by Cat Osterman and two costly errors to defeat the Rockford Thunder, 2-1, on Saturday night at the George Mason Softball Complex.
Kristina Thorson continued to have the Racers hitters' number as she shut out Akron for the second time this series, leading Philadelphia to a 2-0 victory.
The Comcast Chicago Bandits and the Michigan Ice wrapped up their series tonight at the Sports Complex at Benedictine University. Jennie Finch took the mound for the second time this series since her time with the National team.
After struggling to get any offense going in the first two games of the series against Philadelphia(18-17), only getting one run in two games, the Akron Racers bats exploded Friday night. The Racers scored in every inning except the first, culminating in a seven run sixth inning.
The Washington Glory clinched a spot in the NPF playoffs after shutting out the Rockford Thunder, 3-0, at the George Mason Softball Complex on Friday night.
Oli Keohohou collected two hits, including the game-winning single in the tenth inning, to lead the Washington Glory to a 3-2 victory over the Rockford Thunder. Keohohou, who had homered in the first inning, hit a dribbler that rolled about eight feet, but far enough to allow LaDonia Hughes to score from third.
The third game between the Comcast Chicago Bandits and the Michigan Ice was highlighted by a pair of two run homers. This 5-0 win brings the Bandits’ record to 16-15 on the season.
Kellie Wilkerson provided the offensive spark for the Philadelphia Force with her second home run in as many days. This one was a two run shot that broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth inning and led Philadelphia to a 3-1 victory.
Bandit ace, Jennie Finch, took the mound for the home team tonight making her first start since the month of June. Finch dominated striking out 16, walking none and allowing only one hit.
Kristina Thorson pitched a complete-game shutout and the Philadelphia Force pounded out 11 hits to compile a 5-0 victory over the host Akron Racers. First baseman Kellie Wilkerson and right fielder Trena Peel both were on base four times, each going 3-for-3 with a hit by pitch, to lead the attack for the Force.
After playing just one game in the previous four weeks, the Bandits shook off the rust and posted a 5-0 victory over the Michigan Ice. The victory opened a 16 game homestand which will carry throughout the month of August.