Softball Notebook

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Fight for Pro Supremacy

Chicago Bandits Sweep the Mighty USSSA Pride
By Daniel Urban
TSC Contributor/Analyst
The USSSA Pride have been an unstoppable juggernaut this season.  Prior to its recent series with the Bandits, the Pride was 29-6 and with a seven-game cushion at the top spot in the NPF standings.  But the Pride has looked unbeatable in several prior seasons, only […]

New Pro Pitching Triumverate

Today’s Top NPF Hurlers: Abbott, Taylor & Haegar
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
For many years the NPF had three elite pitchers: Jennie Finch, Cat Osterman, and Monica Abbott.  Now that Finch and Osterman have retired and only Monica Abbott remains, it is time to reassess who are the NPF’s new elite pitchers.  Here is my list: 
1. Monica Abbott - […]

Against All Odds: Chicago Wins 2016 Pro Title

Bandits Steal 2016 NPF Crown from Former Teammate Monica Abbott
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
No one picked the Chicago Bandits to win the title this year.  I didn’t.  You didn’t.  No one did.  Most people picked the Scrapyard Dawgs behind #1 superstar pitcher Monica Abbott, and if not them surely the USSSA Pride.  But no one expected the […]

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. […]

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! […]

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 […]

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, […]

Chicago Wins 2013 NPF Regular Season Crown

Monica Abbott Triumphs, Bandits Now Favored in Playoffs
By Karen Kage
TSC Contributor
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 […]

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 […]

Bandits & Pride Race to NPF Finish

Chicago & Florida Neck-and-Neck Approaching 2013 Pro Finale
By Kevin Kage
TSC Contributor
As the National Pro Fastpitch league enters its final month of the regular season, the Chicago Bandits and USSSA Florida Pride are running away from the rest of the field and look like a lock to square off for the NPF title. Right now […]

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