Softball Notebook

The Softball Channel’s Fastpitch Blog

02 2009

Pro Records

National Pro Fastpitch

Single-Season Pitching Records

Strike-Outs: 172, Christa Williams, Texas Thunder, 2005

    Next Closest: 162, Jocelyn Forest, New England Riptide, 2004

ERA: 0.64, Christa Williams, Texas Thunder, 2004

    Next Closest: 0.76, Christa Williams, Texas Thunder, 2005

Wins: 18, Desiree Serrano, Washington Glory, 2007

    Next Closest: 17, Christa Williams, Texas Thunder, 2005

Innings Pitched: 169, Jocelyn Forest, New England Riptide, 2004

    Next Closest: 157.1, Christa Williams, Texas Thunder, 2005

Single-Season Hitting Records

Batting Average: .468, Karen Zaleski, Texas Thunder, 2005

    Next Closest: .407, Kellie Wilkerson, Philadelphia Force, 2008

Home-Runs: 19, Crystl Bustos, Akron Racers, 2005

    Next Closest: 15, Amber Jackson, Washington Glory, 2007

RBI: 57, Crystl Bustos, Akron Racers, 2005

    Next Closest: 38 [tie], Amber Jackson, Washington Glory, 2007 and Jamie Clark, Chicago Bandits, 2008

Stolen Bases: 34, Shanel Scott, New England Riptide, 2007

    Next Closest: 33, Kristen Zaleski, Texas Thunder, 2005

Hits: 65, Kristen Zaleski, Texas Thunder, 2005

    Next Closest: 61, Iyhia McMichael, Akron Racers, 2004

Runs: 56, Iyhia McMichael, Akron Racers, 2005

    Next Closest: 39, Stacy May, Chicago Bandits, 2008

Fun Facts:

Even with all the excellent pitchers that have come through the NPF, including Jennie Finch and Cat Osterman, the pitcher whose name appears on this list the most is Texas Thunder Pitcher Christa Williams. When Christa Williams retired in 2007, she owned all of the single-season pitching records. She still has the single-season record for ERA and strike-outs, and is second in wins and innings pitched. Christa Williams is currently the best NPF pitcher of all time.

The player whose name appears the most on the hitting records is Texas/Rockford Thunder player Kristen Zaleski. Zaleski has played in the NPF since its first year in 2004 and she has had quite a career. She currently has the record in batting average and hits, and is 2nd in stolen bases. Zaleski is currently not on the Thunder roster for 2009, so she may finally be retiring. If she is, it is a serious loss for the NPF.

Crystl Bustos, though she only played in the NPF for one season, left an incredible mark on the league. Her single-season mark for home runs is 26% higher than he next closest person, and her 57 RBI mark is almost 20 higher than the next closest player. Bustos’s single-season home run and RBI records may never be broken.

2008 is the first year in NPF history that no single-season records were broken. However, Kellie Wilkerson’s .407 batting average and Stacy May’s 39 runs were good enough to place at #2 overall in their respective categories.

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