Mike Davenport Returns to Peoria, Illinois as Professional Coach

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Kissimmee, FL - For National Pro Fastpitch’s (NPF) USSSA Pride, it’s a trip to Peoria, Illinois to play softball, but for head coach Mike Davenport, it’s a trip back home. “…For me to go home and to be able to take a professional team back to Peoria, IL - it means a lot to me…it’s where my coaching profession started.” Davenport, a native of central Illinois, played basketball and baseball at Peoria’s Richwoods High School before graduating from Guthrie High School in Guthrie, Oklahoma. “The city of Peoria, IL has been a big part of my life. It’s where I grew up and where I got my start … [Read more...]

Series Preview: Pride to play Bandits in Illinois

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Kissimmee, FL - July 27, 2015 - After a quick two weeks and 13 games at ESPN Wide World of Sports, the USSSA Pride is headed back on the road.  For the final time during regular season play, the Pride and Chicago Bandits will see each other for a four game set from Monday July 27th through Thursday July 30th.  Monday and Tuesday’s games will be played at The Ballpark at Rosemont in Rosemont, Illinois and will be aired on CBS Sports Network! The following two games on Wednesday and Thursday will be played at EastSide Centre, in Peoria, Illinois - one of the most premier athletic facilities in … [Read more...]

Abbott Gem Renders Pride Scoreless

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ROSEMONT, Ill.- July 2, 2015 - Two nights ago, it was Cat Osterman who turned in a terrific performance in the circle for the Pride. Last night, it was Monica Abbott’s turn to deliver a gem for the Chicago Bandits. The Bandits ace tossed a complete game, three-hit shutout in a 7-0 victory, giving the Pride their first loss of the series. Keilani Ricketts, now 2-1, was charged with the loss after pitching the first four innings of the game.  Hannah Rogers would only see a portion of the 5th inning before Andi Williamson threw the final 1.2 innings in relief. Abbott, now 4-1, was dominant … [Read more...]

Pride Top Bandits in Extra Inning Thriller

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – If Monday night’s extra-inning thriller was any indication of how the four game series between the Bandits and Pride will go, NPF fans are certainly in for a treat. The first meeting in 2015 between the two rivals lasted 10 innings, with the Pride coming out on top by a score of 3-2. A RBI single from Chelsea Goodacre in the top of the 2nd inning would score Shelby Pendley to allow the Pride to take an early 1-0 lead.  GiOnna DiSalvatore would increase that lead to 2-0 with a solo shot over the right field fence in the top of the 3rd, her second homer of the … [Read more...]