Softball Notebook

The Softball Channel’s Fastpitch Blog

Abbott & Bandits Steal 2015 Pro Crown

Monica Abbott Guides Chicago to 3rd NPF Title
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Despite a stacked roster and the morale boost of knowing it would be superstar Cat Osterman’s last season, the Pride were defeated by the Chicago Bandits in two straight games.
The games were everything a true softball fan could have wanted in a championship matchup. […]

Is Keilani a Cat-Replacement?

Will Keilani Ricketts Ever Fill Cat Osterman’s Cleats?
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Keilani Ricketts, the reigning NCAA champion pitcher out of Oklahoma, was one of the most heralded prospects to come out of college in recent memory—a true “can’t miss” player at the pro level. Keilani held out of the NPF for the majority of […]

Barnburner Finale to Pro Season

USSSA Pride and Chicago Bandits Clash for Regular Season NPF Crown
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Correspondent
The 2013 NPF Regular Season Championship is going to come down to the wire! The Bandits and Pride both have a legitimate shot at claiming the crown.
Currently the Bandits are 34-10 and the Pride are 32-12. The Bandits and Pride […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cat Fights to Save Career

Legendary Pitcher’s Recurrent Arm Pain Fuels Retirement Rumors
By Kayla Knight
TSC Contributor
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 […]

The Best Softball Nobody Saw

How Can the NPF Become More Popular?
By fastpitchfan
TSC Contributor
I attended this year’s NPF Championship Series in Sulfur, Louisiana last weekend and saw some of the best fastpitch softball you will ever see anywhere (as the announcer kept reminding us over the loudspeaker, and rightly so).
In particular, the Saturday night game pitting the Chicago Bandits against […]

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