Softball Notebook

The Softball Channel’s Fastpitch Blog

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Maxing Out

Who Deserves the Best Pro Contracts?
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
A recent article from the LA Times stated NPF players make $4,000-$15,000 per summer. So the question now becomes: who deserves a $15,000 max contract?
Cat Osterman
This is a no brainer. Cat has been the ace pitcher on the two past NPF championship teams (Rockford Thunder and USSSA […]

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