Articles from June 2008
Despite a two-run home run by Oli Keohohou, which gave Washington the lead, the Glory fell 3-2 in extra innings to the Chinese Taipei National Team Monday night at the Westfield Softball Complex.
Thorson 2-hits Venezuela, Bandits’ bats explode
On a hot and steamy afternoon at ECTB Stadium, the Philadelphia Force defeated the Chinese-Taipei national team by a score of 5-2. The bats came alive for the Force as they pounded out nine hits
during the contest.
Prior to the Game Three between the Chicago Bandits and Venzuelan National Team, both of the teams biggest power hitters debuted the first "Battle of the Bats" home run derby promotion.
Pinch runner Lin Pei Chun of the Chinese-Taipei scored from second base on a stolen base and a throwing error as the Philadelphia Force fell to the Olympic contenders by a score of 3-2 in eight innings on Saturday night at ECTB Stadium.
Germaine Fairchild took over the head coaching position for the Riptide today and the Thunder gave her a few gifts in the beginning but were unable to drive in the winning run when they had the chance and lost in ten innings 4-3.
The Akron Racers moved back to the .500 mark once again as they utilized a home run off the bat of Veronica Wootson and a stellar pitching performance by Angel Shmblin to defeat team Canada 1-0.
Coming off their biggest offensive explosion of the year on Friday, the Akron Racers were unable to cross the plate enough during the first game of their double header as they dropped the third game of their series against the Canadian National Team 6-2.
The Akron Racers finally caught some good luck on Friday night as the bad weather subsided in time for them to defeat the Canadian National Team 10-2.
Force are 9th inning walk-off winners, again
The New England Riptide and Rockford Thunder met for the third time tonight. It was Erica Beach (0-2) for the Riptide and Allison Kime (2-2) for the Thunder.
With bases juiced in the bottom of the sixth, Bandits' veteran short stop Jaime Clark stepped up to bat and sent a two RBI pop-single to shallow leftfield, putting the Bandits' up 6-4 over the Venezuelan Olympic team.
Eileen Canney (5-4) starter for the Riptide entered the game leading the league in strikeouts and was able to hold the Thunder scoreless for the six innings she pitched while striking out seven to increase her total to 60 as the Riptide won for the second straight time 4-0
Force grab walk-off win in 9 innings
RACERS BATS GO MISSING IN ACTION, TEAM CANADA THROWS NO-HITTER
Jocelyn Forest took the circle tonight hoping to reverse the Riptide fortunes and she did just that as she threw six innings, allowing two runs and four hits in a 5-2 Riptide win.
Desiree Serrano threw the first perfect game in team history as the Washington Glory defeated the Venezuelan National Team, 3-0 Sunday night at the Westfield Softball Complex.
The Thunder kept the score close for most of the game, but could not come from behind to beat the Canadian national team Sunday afternoon. Team Canada won 8-4 in part because of two three-run home runs by second baseman Jennifer Yee.
Oli Keohohou tied and later broke the NPF career record for home runs as the Washington Glory defeated the Venezuelan National Team, 8-2 in five innings at the Westfield Softball Complex.
Kristen Zaleski went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, and moved into first place in the NPF with two stolen bases on Saturday (five on the season). Serena Settlemier pitched 4.2 innings in relief without allowing an earned run, but four Rockford (8-7) errors proved to be their undoing, losing a heart-breaking 6-5 decision.
The New England Riptide were looking to salvage one game in their series with the Philadelphia Force at Martin Softball Field tonight. The pitchers were both College World Series MVPs, Katie Burkhart for the Force (2008) and Jocelyn Forest for the Riptide (2002).
The Akron Racers continued their winning ways on Friday night as they won their fourth consecutive game and their third straight against the Netherlands National Team 7-4.
The Thunder's Tonya Callahan and Kristen Zaleski broke out of long slumps Friday, but strong hitting performances from Canadian batters proved to be enough to get by the Thunder (8-6) for the second straight night, this time by a score of 9-2.
Sheena Lawrick and Erin McLean combined for a 4-for-7 night with two home runs and five runs batted in to produce most of Team Canada's offensive production in an 8-1 victory over the home-standing Rockford Thunder Thursday night at Players Park in Roscoe.
After the first game of the series, Akron thought their offense was geared up for the rest of the season.
The Washington Glory could not get the bats going as they fell to the Venezuelan National Team, 5-2, Thursday night at the Westfield Softball Complex.
The Riptide faced a starting pitcher from the College World Series Finals for the second time in two nights, this time Megan Gibson.
The Philadelphia Force came to town in first place to continue their rivalry with the New England Riptide after the two teams split games in Philadelphia.
Whatever the Akron Racers’ hitters did over their three days off worked, as they came out swinging Wednesday night to start their four game series against the Netherlands Olympic Team
The Washington Glory of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) women’s softball league return home this week following a long, grueling, but successful 5-3 road trip, including victories in three of the four games against the Akron Racers this past weekend.
With the score tied at one and Mindy Cowles on second, Bandits’ designated player Nicole Trimboli stepped in to bat in the bottom of the sixth against Canada.
The New England Riptide, looking for a sweep of the Venezuelan Olympic team fell short as they could not stop Venezuelan bats, despite a valiant effort at the end, and dropped a 10-7 decision to fall to 6-6 on the year.
Runners were on first and third in the top of the sixth when Canada's Jennifer Salling cranked an RBI single to centerfield, breaking the three inning tie with the Bandits (4-7), putting Canada up 2-1.
The Comcast Chicago Bandits (4-6) started game two of the four game series off with an impressive defensive stop by Stacy May laying out and barely snatching the ball before hitting the grass, giving Chicago their first out of the game.
After a four game losing streak and 17 straight scoreless innings of softball, the Akron Racers found themselves against the ropes on Saturday in the finale of a four-game series against the Washington Glory.
Rookie starting pitcher Allison Kime (2-2) threw her first professional no-hitter in defeating the Netherlands National Team Saturday, 8-0, in the first game of Saturday’s double-header.
Tonight’s game between the New England Riptide and the Venezuelan Olympic team figured to be a good one, with Eileen Canney, winner of Thursday’s game, facing Venezuelan star Mariangee Bogado
Zaleski’s Web Gem highlights the day.
The Force’s offense did not come alive in either game of a doubleheader that concluded the Force’s exhibition series with Team China.
With Canada’s leadoff hitter Melanie Matthews on third, Canadian second baseman Jennifer Yee laced a liner to center field, opening the scoring for Team Canada with an early 1-0 lead.
A productive fourth inning, capped by Stephanie Best's first home run as a member of the Thunder (7-3), saw all of Rockford's scoring Friday, but was enough to take a win from the Netherlands national team for a second consecutive night.
Thunder second baseman Lindsay Gardner continued her hot hitting streak Thursday night, getting hits in both of her plate appearances on the night and driving in three runs, as Rockford (6-3) defeated the Netherlands National Team, 4-1 in five innings.
The New England Riptide opened their 2008 home stand against the Venezuelan Olympic team tonight.
Thursday night’s game between the Washington Glory and Akron Racers pitted two teams both eyeing a win but for different reasons.
The Akron Racers started their home season on Wednesday night, against the defending champion Washington Glory, on the short end of the stick
Washington Glory President & General Manager Paul Wilson announced a trade today of utility infielder Stephanie Best to the Rockford Thunder in exchange for future undisclosed draft considerations.
The massive third inning broke an NPF record when 16 batters scored the 11 runs on eight hits. The Bandits (4-4) went on to win the game, 14-1, over the Racers (1-3) in the final game of the four game set.
Down 3-0 in the top of the sixth and with the bases juiced, Bandits’ designated player Kristie Fox stepped up to the plate, battling her way through multiple pitches until she struck out looking on a pitch that tip-toed the outside corner of the plate, ending the Bandits’ (3-4) threat.
Bandits’ rookie catcher Rachel Folden kept her bat hot, launching a solo shot off the scoreboard in left field –her second homerun in two nights – giving the Bandits a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third.
Behind the superb professional debut of Megan Gibson, the Philadelphia Force shut-out the visiting New England Riptide 3-0. The Force (6-2) and Riptide split the four game series.
In the last game of the series against the Washington Glory (5-3), the Rockford Thunder (5-3) sat through several rain delays, and took game four, 2-0, to even the series at 2-2.
Team NPF made an impressive showing Friday night against the U.S. Olympic Softball Team at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City before falling 8-10 in a hard fought battle .
Despite some good individual performances from the Thunder (4-3) Friday, the Washington Glory (5-2) came away with a 7-3 win.
The Bandits defeated the Akron Racers (0-1) in their home opener with over 700 people in attendance by a score of 4-0.
The Force (5-2) did not waste any time as they looked to rebound after dropping the first two games in the series versus New England (3-4).
Beginning this weekend, fans will have a chance to catch the best home-run hitters in the League swinging the best bats in the industry as part of the NPF Battle of the Bats manufacturers Home Run Challenge. In the competition which will take place in all NPF markets, four athletes from each team will represent four different manufacturers take five swings for the fence. The manufacturer line-up includes Combat, Mizuno, Wilson/DeMarini and Worth.
Team NPF defeats China 7-4 in eight innings; Game Two cancelled in the third inning due to lighting
For the second straight game, the Philadelphia Force were held in check by a New England Riptide pitcher and came out on the short side of an 8-2 outcome.
A seventh-inning rally, led by doubles from 3B Audrey Rendon and CF Amanda Williams, came up just short in a 4-2 loss to the Washington Glory (4-2) Thursday night
Don't miss the chance to follow Team NPF as they compete against National Teams from China and Canada tonight on Field No. 4 at Hall of Fame Stadium. Game times are scheduled for 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and live scoring from Gametracker is available for both games.
A three-run fourth inning was too much for the Philadelphia Force as the New England Riptide rallied to a 5-1 win in front of a small crowd at ECTB Stadium. The loss was the first for the Force in the 2008 season.
Rookie Sandy Vojik picked an excellent time to go off for her first professional home run Wednesday as the Thunder (4-1) defeated defending champion Washington (3-2) in extra innings.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) League commissioner Cheri Kempf confirmed today that Fox Sports Net will telecast eleven NPF games this summer.
Two Future Forces in the NCAA Finals
Joey Arrietta, 330-376-8188
AKRON, Ohio—The Akron Racers added some depth to their pitching staff on Thursday as General Manager Joey Arrietta signed undrafted free agent Angel Shamblin from the University of Houston.
RACERS FIRST ROUND PICK,
ANGELA TINCHER COLLECTS NATION’S TOP AWARDS
AKRON, OH---The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has announced the selection of Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher (Eagle Rock, Va.) as the recipient of the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. After being a top 10 finalist in 2007, Tincher has dominated the competition in 2008 with a nation-best 0.62 ERA and a 38-8 overall record.
The USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award, in its seventh year, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by NCAA Division I collegiate softball players across
The 2008 ACC Pitcher of the Year, Tincher has put her mark in the NCAA record books this season. At No. 3 for most NCAA career strikeouts (2,121), the senior hurler is currently leading the nation in ERA at 0.62 behind former Player of the Years Monica Abbott and Cat Osterman. With 651 strikeouts this season in 329.0 innings pitched, she also leads the nation with 14.0 strikeouts per seven innings.
"It's very exciting and right now I am just trying to let it sink in. This is something I have watched on TV and read about before and now it be even in that group is so amazing," said Tincher. "I am excited for our team mostly. If we had not had the success as a team this year, I don't think I would have ever had this opportunity. We have great coaches and support staff behind us and this is such an honor."
A day after winning the National Player of the Year award, it came as no surprise that Virginia Tech senior softball player Angela Tincher was named a NFCA First-Team All-American. The award marks the final in a whirlwind 24 hours for the Eagle Rock, Va., native as she was named the winner of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year, as well as the Academic All-America of the Year by CoSIDA.
With a 38-8 record, Tincher has led the Hokies to their first-ever Women's College World Series appearance. She has 37 double-digit strikeout performances this season and four no-hitters. She picked up her 100th career win at NC State on March 22 and became the ACC's all-time leader in victories on April 16. On March 26, 2008, she made softball history with a no-hit 1-0 shutout against the USA Softball Women's National team. Tincher has not only excelled on the field but off as she had made the Dean's List every semester of College. She recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in finance, insurance and business law with a 3.84 GPA.
Abbott won the 2007 award days before she led the Tennessee Lady Vols to its first-ever WCWS best-of-three Championship series. Osterman of the University of Texas became the first three-time winner of the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award in 2006 after leading her Longhorns to the Big 12 regular season title and a berth into the NCAA Women's College World Series. Past winners of the award include Stacey Nuveman (UCLA-2002), Osterman (Texas-2003, 2005, 2006) and Jessica Van der Linden Florida State (2004).
Tincher was the Akron Racers first selection in the 2008 NPF Draft and the third selection overall. GM, Joey Arrietta was elated at the news of her selection. “She is a very special person and an incredible athlete. Our entire organization is applauding her latest accomplishments.”
Force Powers Past The Netherlands To Take 2
Starting pitcher Cassidy Scoggins (2-0) allowed just one Chicago run for her second straight game en route to a 2-1 Thunder victory over the visiting Bandits.