Softball Notebook

The Softball Channel’s Fastpitch Blog

Burkhart Bouncing Back

Pro Pitcher Katie Burkhart is Returning to Top Form in Carolina
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
I was thrilled at the beginning of the 2012 National Pro Fastpitch season to see that former ASU Sun Devil and 2008 NCAA champion Katie Burkhart had returned to the NPF after an extended absence.
In 2008 Burkhart was the #1 overall NPF […]

Popularity Contest

Jennie Finch Tops the List of Softball’s Most-Tweeted
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Twitter is a neat little website that allows users to create an account and post their thoughts in blocks of 144 characters or less. These posts are called “tweets.” The site has become wildly popular with all sorts of athletes, entertainers, musicians, and other celebrities, […]

Survivor

Will the NPF Return in 2010?
By SpartanIlliniCub
TSC Contributor
There has been a lot of recent speculation about the NPF in 2010.  The turbulence of last season, including the New England Riptide folding and the Washington Glory moving to Florida, along with this season’s announcement that the Thunder will likely cease operations have led to doubts that […]

Power Surge

The 2008 NPF Home Run Explosion
Something very unexpected happened in the NPF in 2008: the amount of overall home runs in the league exploded. From 2007 to 2008, NPF home runs increased from 166 to 232; a nearly 40% increase. The team with the biggest increase was the Chicago Bandits, who improved their overall home […]

Home Stretch

The 2008 NPF Season Enters August
As this year’s National Pro Fastpitch season enters its final month, some familiar patterns emerge and a few surprises pop up. The cream eventually rises to the top, and so it is not unexpected that last year’s champion—the Washington Glory—finds itself in first place after a tough back-and-forth struggle with […]

Future Shock

What Lies Ahead for the NPF
By Selena Collins
Chicago Bandit All-Star Catcher 2005/2006
In thinking about the National Pro Fastpitch league and the growth that it has or has not made, I feel more concerned that I do encouraged. I worry that the league has not grown in the past 5 years it has been up and […]

Fastpitch Fireworks

The NPF Heads Into the Fourth of July Weekend
The competition has never been closer as the National Pro Fastpitch season heads into the month of July. Although it may still be too early to start talking about the playoffs, several exciting races are starting to emerge. After missing the 2007 Championship Series by a hair, […]

Off and Running

The 2008 NPF Season Has Begun
Although the 2008 National Pro Fastpitch season is only two weeks old, championship dreams are already starting to build among its six franchises. And why not? Every team is replete with talent and closely matched—making for plenty of exciting softball action on the field! In past years it has been […]

2008 NPF Draft Report Card

Akron Racers
A++
Round 1: Angela Tincher - P - Virginia Tech
Round 2: Kate Robinson - P/1B - Hawaii
Round 3: Shannon Doepking - C - Tennessee
Round 3: Angelina Mexicano - SS - Illinois
Round 3: Susan Ogden - C - Oklahoma
Round 4: Brittany Barnes - Inf - Georgia Tech
The Akron Racers had, in my opinion, the best draft […]