2012 NPF Championship Series Ends Early Due to Weather

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Rosemont, Ill - The National Pro Fastpitch 2012 season ended without crowning a Champion on the final day of competition. Championship Series Sunday was riddled with rain, causing delays that ultimately led to cancellation. Despite multiple efforts by Series field crew, the field eventually became too saturated for competition. "This is a heartbreaking decision to make and a terrible position to be in," commented League Commissioner, Cheri Kempf. "Our players are competitors at their core and every single one of them are gravely disappointed in not being able to finish this." The … [Read more...]

Chicago Bandits Defeat USSSA Pride In First Game Of National Pro Fastpitch Final Series

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – NPF Pitcher of the Year Monica Abbott held the USSSA Pride at bay and her fellow Tennessee alum Shannon Doepking smashed a two-run home run to lead the Chicago Bandits to a 2-1 win over the USSSA Pride in the first game of the best two-out-of-three NPF Final Championship Series Saturday night at the Ballpark at Rosemont. The two teams return to action in the second game of the NPF Championship Series at 2:30 p.m. CT tomorrow, Sunday, Aug. 26. The game will be televised live by ESPN2 and ESPN3. Should the Pride win to force a third and deciding game, first pitch for that … [Read more...]

Mendoza leads Pride to Championship Series in 9-7 win over Akron

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 NPF Championship Series Game 5 No. 1 Seed USSSA Pride 9, No. 4 Seed Akron Racers 7 Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 The Ballpark at Rosemont ROSEMONT, Ill. – Jessica Mendoza clubbed two home runs for the second game in a row and drove in seven runs Saturday morning in the third and decisive game of an NPF Championship Series semifinal matchup, leading the No. 1 seed USSSA Pride to a come-from-behind, 9-7 win over the No. 4 seed Akron Racers to advance to Saturday night’s NPF Championship Final Series. Saturday’s rubber match in the best two-out-of-three semifinal became necessary when the … [Read more...]

Marder helps Racers Force Game 3

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Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 The Ballpark at Rosemont ROSEMONT, Ill. – Led by a two home run night by NPF Offensive Player of the Year Sam Marder, the No. 4 seed Akron Racers roared back from a five-run deficit Friday night to defeat the top-seeded USSSA Pride 8-7 and force a third game in their best two-out-of-three semifinal series at the 2012 NPF Championship Series. The Pride put six of their runs on the board in the first two innings, aided by an 8-for-12 night from the top three batters in their lineup including a six RBI night for Jessica Mendoza on two home runs and a triple. Akron … [Read more...]

USSSA PRIDE DEFEAT AKRON RACERS IN THE SECOND GAME OF THE NPF CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – Cat Osterman threw a two-hit shutout to lead the No. 1 seed USSSA Pride to a 4-0 win in the first game of its best two-out-of-three series against the fourth-seeded Akron Racers Thursday during the opening day of action at the NPF Championship Series at the Ballpark of Rosemont. Osterman was perfect through 3.1 innings of play Thursday night, eventually closing her complete-game shutout victory with 10 strikeouts while allowing only four total base runners on a pair of hits and two walks. The Pride opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning when catcher Megan … [Read more...]