Pride Fall to Bandits in Championship Game

Kelly Kretschman Photo by Bill Diehm Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch

  Tuscaloosa, AL-August 23, 2016– Back-to-back home runs and back-to-back upsets led to the Chicago Bandits hoisting the Cowles Cup as back-to-back National Pro Fastpitch Champions. The Bandits used consecutive solo shots by catcher Taylor Edwards and outfielder Brittany Cervantes and a gritty pitching performance from Angel Bunner to defeat the USSSA Pride 2-1 on Tuesday night in the NPF Championship Series finale at Rhoads Stadium. Chicago took two out of three games from the Pride after beating Monica Abbott and the Scrap Yard Dawgs in a best-of-three semifinal series, and … [Read more...]

Bandits Force Decisive Game Three of Final Series

Chelsea Goodacre Photo by Bill Diehm Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch

Tuscaloosa, AL-August 22, 2016– The Chicago Bandits never back down from a fight, so when the second game of the NPF Championship Series turned into a slugfest on Monday night. they were in their element. On the verge of elimination from the best-of-three Cowles Cup series with the USSSA Pride, Chicago banged out an 11-5 victory at Rhoads Stadium to force a winner-take-all game set for Tuesday night at 7 p.m. CT. A crowd of 881 – driving the record total attendance for the event to 6,951 and virtually assuring a final tally of more than 7,000 after the final game – was on hand to see the … [Read more...]

Pride Take Game One of Final Series

Pride Photo by Bill Diehm Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch

Tuscaloosa, AL-August 21, 2016 – The USSSA Pride's formula for success isn't fancy: a lot of pitching and some timely hitting. The regular-season champion Pride stuck to that model to defeat the Chicago Bandits 3-1 on Sunday night at Rhoads Stadium in the opening game of the best-of-three NPF Championship Series. A crowd of 1,618 for Sunday's session assured a new playoff attendance record, with 6,070 so far. The previous record of 5,592 for the entire event was set last year in Hoover. The Pride (40-13) has a chance to claim the Cowles Cup with a second win over defending champion … [Read more...]

USSSA Pride Move On to Final Series

Jolene Henderson Photo by Bill Diehm Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch

Tuscaloosa, AL-August 21, 2016 – Whatever chance the Akron Racers had of knocking off the top-seeded USSSA Pride in the semifinal round of the NPF Championship Series dissipated in a long sixth inning Sunday at Rhoads Stadium. A quartet of Akron pitchers threw a total of 56 pitches in the inning as the Pride batted around in a revolving-door attack to score four runs on the way to a 6-2 victory. USSSA Pride (39-13) eliminated Akron and advanced to the best-of-three championship round. The Pride defeated the Racers 3-0 on Friday in their first semifinal meeting. Winning pitcher Jolene … [Read more...]

Ricketts and Pride Shut Out Racers for 1-0 Series Lead

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Tuscaloosa, AL-August 19, 2016 – Following a one-hour rain delay that postponed the start of tonight’s game at Rhoads Stadium between the top-seeded USSSA Pride and the Akron Racers, the two teams cruised through a pitchers’ duel with a three-run home run by Lauren Chamberlain accounting for the entire offensive output in a 3-0 shutout victory by the Pride. USSSA (38-13) starter Keilani Ricketts (7-5) battled out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first before former Oklahoma teammate Lauren Chamberlain added some run support in the bottom half of the inning with a three-run homer, her … [Read more...]