Five Current and Former USSSA Pride Players Announced to Pac-12 All-Century Team

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Kissimmee, FL-April 27th-Just yesterday, Pac-12 announced the All-Century Softball team, a roster full of decoratedOlympians and Women’s College World Series Champions that have left a lasting imprint on the sport of softball. Thirty players were voted onto the team by a panel of 35 members consisting of coaches, players, administrators and members of the media based on the player’s collegiate playing days. Five of the players have one more thing in common: they continued their legacy in the NPF with the USSSA Pride. These five include: Natasha Watley (UCLA 2000-2003), Jessica Mendoza … [Read more...]

USSSA Pride Win the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch Championship

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Hoover, AL – August 23, 2014 - A seven-run sixth inning for the USSSA Florida Pride was the difference as they swept the two-game series with the Akron Racers and won the Cowles Cup for the second year in a row. A crowd of nearly 1,300 was on hand at the Hoover Met to watch the championship final. Danielle Lawrie picked up the win in what will be her final NPF game after throwing six innings in relief and holding the Racers to one run. This marked the first time since 2008 [Chicago Bandits] for a NPF team to win both the regular season championship and the NPF Championship Series. The … [Read more...]

Bandits Take Game 3 After a Shutout by Gascoigne

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ROSEMONT, Ill.--August 2, 2014--After suffering a shutout loss to Cat Osterman on Friday night, the Chicago Bandits and Michelle Gascoigne shutout the Pride 4-0 at The Ballpark of Rosemont. Gascoigne held the USSSA Florida Pride offense to five hits on the day, all singles. A total of 1723 were on-hand to witness game three between the Pride and Bandits. Amber Patton opened up the hitting with a double to start the second, bringing Brittany Cervantes to the plate who blasted her ninth homerun of the season over the center field wall to give the Bandits an early 2-0 lead. With the homerun, … [Read more...]

Danielle Lawrie’s Return to Softball Embodies the Phrase, “Working Mom”

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Jami Lobpries Kissimmee, FL Remember when New York Mets infielder Daniel Murphy was chastised for taking paternity leave, and missing two games to be present for the birth of his first child? Enter the world of women’s professional sports, where the birth of a child from a female athlete can mean missing an entire season. Where returning from maternity leave takes a little more than just finding daycare. And where returning to compete against the world’s best takes commitment from the whole family and team. On May 31st 2014, Danielle Lawrie threw her first pitch in almost two … [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...]