Softball Notebook

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Osterman & Pride Win 2013 NPF Title

Abbott & Bandits Finish Close 2nd in Super-Competitive Playoffs
By Kayla Knight
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It was about one of softball’s true superstars—one who had announced her retirement earlier in the year and then rescinded it—coming back to win her third pro title. It was about her rookie teammate, the MVP of this year’s NCAA Women’s College World Series, […]

Chicago Wins 2013 NPF Regular Season Crown

Monica Abbott Triumphs, Bandits Now Favored in Playoffs
By Karen Kage
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In the history of the National Pro Fastpitch league there had never been so much at stake going into the last series of the regular season. Due to a revamping of the playoff format this year, the team with the best win-loss record gets […]

Sooners Become ‘America’s Team’

Overcome Regional Tragedy to Win National Championship—Again
By Kayla Knight
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After millions of Americans had shared in the sorrow of Oklahoma’s two devastating EF5 tornadoes in two weeks, it was somehow fitting that the Oklahoma Sooners would win the 2013 Women’s College World Series—and in their home state.
Sydney Angle, a youth softball player and one of […]

Cat Fights to Save Career

Legendary Pitcher’s Recurrent Arm Pain Fuels Retirement Rumors
By Kayla Knight
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Experts agree that underhand windmill softball pitching is easier on the arm than overhand baseball pitching, but every human machine has its limits—and superstar pitcher Cat Osterman has been pushing those limits for quite some time.
Hopefully, time is not running out.
Osterman puts an incredible amount […]

Taryne’s Time

Will Taryne Mowatt become the Next Jennie Finch?
By Kayla Knight
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Taryne Mowatt was softball’s hottest ticket back in 2007 when she led the Arizona Wildcats to the collegiate national title, picking up two ESPY Awards as a result (Best Female College Athlete and Best Female Athlete). But the road has been rocky ever since.
The Wildcats […]

Orlando: New Pro Mecca

National Pro Fastpitch’s Migration to Florida Gains Momentum
By Kayla Knight
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Following in the footsteps of the current National Pro Fastpitch champion USSSA Pride, the Tennessee Diamonds have pulled up stakes and moved to the sunbelt near Walt Disney World. That places two of the four current NPF teams squarely in the Orlando area.
The other two […]

Professional Fall Ball

A Team of NPF All-Stars Embarks on a National Autumn Tour
By Kayla Knight
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LOMBARD – Although softball continues to gain in popularity worldwide, getting fans into the seats to support professional softball in the United States has been an ongoing challenge.
America’s premier pro organization, the National Pro Fastpitch league, has tried every trick in the […]

Unfinished Business

Retiring Superstar Jennie Finch Has One Last Prize to Win
By Kayla Knight
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With the end of her incredible softball career now less than a month away, Jennie Finch can sit back and bask in the glory of having won all of the major accolades her sport has to give, including an Olympic gold medal.
All of […]

Goodbye Jennie!

Superstar Pitcher Jennie Finch Announces Her Retirement
By Kayla Knight
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You knew it had to happen someday. But when superstar pitcher Jennie Finch announced her retirement yesterday, a hushed silence fell over the softball community as it realized what it was losing. 
 
Since bursting onto the national television spotlight prior to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Jennie […]

Racing into the Lead

The Akron Racers Sit Atop the Pro Softball World at 2010’s Midpoint
By Kayla Knight
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As the National Pro Fastpitch league reaches the midpoint of its 2010 regular season, three of its teams remain in a tight race for top spot in the standings: the Akron Racers (12-6) lead the pack, with the USSSA Florida Pride (11-7) […]