Softball Notebook

The Softball Channel’s Fastpitch Blog

‘Cat Woman’ to Hang Up Cleats

Superstar Pitcher Cat Osterman Will Retire at End of 2013 NPF Season
By Kevin Kage
TSC Contributor
In the nine-year history of the National Pro Fastpitch league there has been only one “superstar” to retire: Jennie Finch. Now there will be two.
After a couple of seasons of speculation about the severity of a nagging arm injury, Cat Osterman […]

Impact in the Big Apple

Pro Softball Returns to the Northeast with the Comets
By Josh Allen
TSC Contributor
What goes around comes around. It’s been seven long years since the National Pro Fastpitch league fielded a team in the New York area in the Juggernauts, and three years since any NPF team has played in the Northeast period, but the league […]

Unfinished Business

Retiring Superstar Jennie Finch Has One Last Prize to Win
By Kayla Knight
TSC Contributor
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 […]

Racing into the Lead

The Akron Racers Sit Atop the Pro Softball World at 2010’s Midpoint
By Kayla Knight
TSC Contributor
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) […]

3rd Annual Pro Softball Awards

Crystl Bustos & Cat Osterman Take Top Honors
By SpartanIlliniCub
TSC Analyst/Contributor
To acknowledge 2009’s best at a time when we are all getting excited for the upcoming 2010 season, here are The Softball Channel’s 3rd Annual Pro Softball Awards:
Most Valuable Player
Winner: Crystl Bustos - Akron Racers: .382 average, 10 home runs, 27 RBI, 2 stolen bases
After a […]

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 […]

Roscoe Rebirth

The Rockford Thunder Gets A New Home
At the start of the 2008 National Pro Fastpitch season, the Rockford Thunder’s future couldn’t have looked brighter. Coming off an enormously successful inaugural season in Rockford that saw the team come within a hair’s breadth of the 2007 NPF Championship, the Thunder blasted into 2008 with a near-sweep […]

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 […]

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