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Cat & Pride Repeat as 2014 NPF Champs

This year’s Pride as Dominant as any Team in NPF History
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
& Nina Livas
TSC Contributor
The USSSA Pride are the winners of the 2014 NPF Cowles Cup, defeating the Akron Racers 8-3 in Game #2 of the NPF Championship Final Series to take home their second consecutive NPF title.
But it wasn’t easy! […]

Osterman & Pride Win 2013 NPF Title

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It was about one of softball’s true superstars—one who had announced her retirement earlier in the year and then rescinded it—coming back to win her third pro title.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

Pride Wins Regular Season Title

USSSA Ballclub Wins 2012 NPF Regular Season Championship, Rides Wave of Success into Playoffs
By Kayla Knight
TSC Contributor
The Florida USSSA Pride of the National Pro Fastpitch league finished up the regular season much as it started: by overwhelming its opponents. The Orlando-based ballclub ended up with a 31-12 record, the best in the league by a […]

Free Fall

The Reigning NPF Champion Chicago Bandits are in a Serious Slump
By Kevin Kage
TSC Contributor
The defending National Pro Fastpitch champion Chicago Bandits have dropped off a cliff, plummeting from first place to also-rans in a matter of nine days.
After looking like they might run away with the Regular Season Championship only a few weeks ago, last year’s […]

Outpacing the Field

Florida & Chicago Ball Clubs are Running Away with 2012 NPF Season
By Kayla Knight
TSC Contributor
Similar to last year, two teams have outpaced the field in the National Pro Fastpitch league as it heads the second half of its regular season: the reigning champion Chicago Bandits, and last year’s runner-up the USSSA Pride. And similar to […]

Two-Horse Race

Cat Osterman is Keeping the USSSA Pride on the Chicago Bandits’ Heels Early-On in the NPF Season
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
As the NPF enters the last week in June, the defending champion Chicago Bandits sit atop the field of four with an impressive 9-3 record and show no sign of slowing down soon. Infielder Alisa Goler […]

NPF Off & Running

Abbott Throws No-Hitter, Rookies Shine During NPF Opening Week
By Kevin Kage
TSC Contributor
The National Pro Fastpitch league’s 2012 season got off to a flying start last week. Picking up where they left off last year, the defending champion Chicago Bandits bested a tough USSSA Pride squad three games to one in their opening series. Bandits ace Monica […]

Meet the 1st-Rounders

Top Picks of This Year’s NPF Draft Dominated by Hitters
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Here are this year’s 1st round NPF draft picks:
(1) USSSA Florida Pride - Brittany Mack
(2) Chicago Bandits - Kimi Pohlman
(3) Akron Racers - Lexy Bennett
(4) USSSA Florida Pride - Andrea Harrison
Until the draft I had never heard of any of these ladies. So […]

Managing the Pros

Successful Managers in the NPF
By John Thorson
Father of Akron Racer pitcher Kristina Thorson
I’ve pondered this topic for some time. What does it take to successfully manage a team in the NPF? I guess it depends upon what is considered “success.” Some possibilities are:
[1] Win the regular season title.
[2] Win the Cowles Cup.
[3] Win more games than the […]

2011 Pro Draft Bonanza!

This Year’s NPF College Senior Draft is Star-Studded
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
2011 National Pro Fastpitch Draft Results
Round One
NPF Diamonds - Kelsi Dunne, P, University of Alabama
Akron Racers - Taylor Schlopy, OF, University of Georgia
USSSA Pride - Jenn Salling, 2B, University of Washington
Chicago Bandits - Dorian Shaw, 1B, University of Michigan
Round Two
Pride - Kelsey Bruder, OF, University […]

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