The 2018 season will see National Pro Fastpitch regular season game action on a multitude of media platforms including both digital and linear coverage.
The league has partnered with some of the most noted and noticeable partners in sports coverage. The list includes ESPN+, ELEVEN Sports, Bleacher Report Live and the Olympic Channel. In addition to that, the league enters its third season with its own digital streaming platform of NPFTV.
Unique to the coverage this season is the inclusion of original music performed by Stephanie Trivison and co-written by Trivison and producer, James Stewart. The song, “Outlaw” will be a theme song for all 2018 coverage and will be featured specifically throughout the season and the Championship Series.
Covering the action from the broadcast booth in 2018 is a list of Pro Fastpitch seasoned veterans, combined with the voices of some NPF newcomers. Familiar play by play veterans Bernie Guenther and Mike Knesevich return to call action for the league’s giants, USSSA Pride and Chicago Bandits respectively. Longtime NPF analyst, Barb Jordan, returns for a ninth season to contribute color commentary on thirty featured regular season games. Below is a complete list of the talented lineup of commentators delivering the 2018 NPF regular season action.
Bernie Guenther – USSSA Pride
Bernie enters his tenth season covering NPF action, joining the Pride in 2009, their inaugural season. Bernie is a graduate of the University of Florida and has covered a plethora of college sports for ESPN, Fox Sports, and the SEC Network, including several years as the voice of the SEC Women’s Softball Tournament. Bernie has also covered a variety of sports in three separate Olympic Games including Vancouver, Sochi and London.
Barbara Jordan – All Teams
Barb returns to the NPF for her ninth season. She started as the single broadcaster for the NPF Diamonds in 2010 and has covered the league as the primary color analyst for the last six seasons. Barb was a decorated player as a 3-time All-American at Cal State Northridge and an 8-season member of Team USA as a centerfielder. Throughout Barb’s playing career, she was a member of 9 national championship teams. Her coaching career includes a 9 year span at Cal State Northridge, and a two-quaddrennium stint with Team USA. Barb was also a decorated professional player in the Women’s Pro Softball League for two seasons.
Mike Knesevich – Chicago Bandits
Mike has been the voice of the Chicago Bandits since 2010, covering three Cowles Cup Championship season runs for the storied franchise. He is a 2012 inductee of the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame and has been named Indiana Sportscaster of the Year four times by the NSSA. Mike covers a number of other sports including soccer, football and basketball.
Victor Anderson – Beijing Shougang Eagles
Victor graduated from the University of Central Florida and has been a broadcaster for the past eight seasons for Rollins College Softball, during which time the Tars won 2 conference titles and made 5 NCAA Tournaments. Victor is also a co-host, along with Eric Lopez, of the softball podcast, “In the Circle”.
Adam Jaksa – Cleveland Comets
Adam enters his second season covering NPF action, spending the majority of the 2017 season with the Akron Racers. Adam graduated from Central Michigan University and has spent the last 4 years as the Chippewas ESPN3 and radio broadcaster. He is the radio broadcaster for CMU baseball and also serves as the host for Central Michigan football on the IMG Sports Network.
Chuckie Kempf – Aussie Spirit
Chuckie enters his second season covering NPF action, splitting time with Jaksa in 2017 with the Akron Racers. He also covered pre and post game shows at the Championship Series in Baton Rouge in 2017. Chuckie covered NCAA Men’s College Basketball for ESPN in the 2017-18 season. He is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University.
Eric Lopez – Beijing Shougang Eagles
Eric has been the voice of the University of Central Florida softball since 2007. In addition to UCF, he has been a part of the American Digital Network coverage of the American Conference Softball broadcasts since 2016 including the American Softball Championships in 2016, ’17 and ’18. Eric has been involved in calling professional action in the NPF since 2011. He also co-hosts the softball podcast, “In the Circle” with Victor Anderson.
Dave Riggert – Aussie Spirit, Cleveland Comets
Dave Riggert is a graduate from the University of Nebraska and is the radio play by play voice of Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO. He has covered MWSU athletics since 2009, done play by play for the Kansas State Sports Network and freelance work for Learfield Sports properties.
The season began on May 19 and regular season action will conclude on August 13. During that span, 120 regular season games will be played, all of which are scheduled to air on one of the five coverage destinations planned for the 2018 season. To access game coverage, go to the NPF website atand proceed either to the “Schedule” or “NPFTV” sections. Links will be provided on the Schedule page as well as on social media platforms on game day.
The NPF Championship Series will be available exclusively on ESPN+. The Series takes place in Rosemont, IL this season at Parkway Bank Sports Complex August 16-20 and will feature the league’s top two regular season finishers in a best of three series.
The download of “Outlaw” by Stephanie Trivison, can be found on Spotify and Google Play.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2018 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.