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NPF: USSSA Pride Rally in Extra Innings, Defeat Chicago Bandits 8-4
by anngaff
posted June 17, 2014 at 11:22am

  ROSEMONT, Ill. –  June 17, 2014 - The Pride won game three tonight on a ninth inning pass ball that allowed Caitlin Lowe (above) to cross home plate and score the winning run as the Pride went on to beat the Bandits for the second gam...more

Pride Even Series With 6-1 Win Over Bandits in Game Two
by anngaff
posted June 16, 2014 at 11:13am

ROSEMONT, Ill. –  June 15, 2014 - The Pride scored six unanswered runs to come from behind in game two, evening the series with a 6-1 victory over the Bandits.  The star of the game was veteran, Cat Osterman. The Pride’s ace pitch...more

Solid Pitching and Hot Bats Lead Racers 8-1 Win in Series Sweep of Rebellion
by anngaff
posted June 16, 2014 at 11:10am

Akron, OH – June 15, 2014 - The Racers took the field Saturday looking to extend their four game winning streak. With Rachele Fico (above) in the circle for the Racers, and Sarah Pauly toeing the rubber for the Rebellion, the game looked like...more

Akron Racers Offense Too Much for PA Rebellion in 18-2 Rout
by anngaff
posted June 16, 2014 at 10:57am

Akron, OH – June 14, 2014 - Akron Racers jumped out to an early lead on PA Rebellion and captured an 18-2 victory on Saturday at Akron, OH. Five runs in the first three innings allowed Akron Racers to put the game away early. A single by Kelley ...more

Bandits Shutout Pride in Series Opener, 7-0
by anngaff
posted June 16, 2014 at 10:54am

ROSEMONT, Ill. – June 14, 2014 - Brittany Cervantes continued to shine as she recorded the winning RBI double, leading the Bandits to a 7-0 shutout of the USSSA Pride in game one of the four game series.  Both Monica Abbott (above) and Keila...more

NPF: Chicago Bandits Hit 3 Homeruns, Top Akron Racers 8-3
by anngaff
posted June 10, 2014 at 12:40pm

  Akron, OH – June 9, 2014 – The Chicago Bandits certainly provided a round of entertainment on Monday night in Akron, OH as three home runs powered the Chicago Bandits to an 8-3 victory in seven innings over the Akron Racers. Home runs...more

National Pro Fastpitch: Rebellion Split Series with Pride, 1-1
by anngaff
posted June 3, 2014 at 11:18pm

Game 1 Box Score   Game 2 Box Score Hanover, MD – June 3, 2014 - For the second time in their inaugural opening four-game set against the USSSA Pride, the Pennsylvania Rebellion, presented by The Coury Financial Group, fell victim to Cat...more

Great Pitching Leads Akron Racers Past Chicago Bandits 4-0
by anngaff
posted May 30, 2014 at 1:00pm

Akron, OH – May 29, 2014 - A superb effort by Rachele Fico (left) lifted  the Akron Racers to a 4-0 win in seven innings over Chicago Bandits on Friday at Akron, OH. Rachele pitched lights out for Akron Racers. Chicago Bandits m...more

NPF Softball: Chicago Bandits Sign Six Players, including former Lady Vol Renfroe
by anngaff
posted May 30, 2014 at 12:57pm

  BANDITS SIGN SIX PLAYERS TO ROSTER; INCLUDING REMAINING DRAFT PICKS Free agent additions include former Lady Vol Renfroe ROSEMONT, Ill. – May 29, 2014 - Just hours before the Bandits take the field for Opening Day 2014, the team announced ...more

PT Playbook: Softball 101
by Pretty Tough
posted May 4, 2014 at 12:28pm

Softball is a direct descendant of baseball (sometimes referred to as hardball to differentiate the two), but differs from it in several ways, of which the chief four are: The ball is always pitched (thrown to the opposing team’s batter) underar...more

PA Rebellion Select Dallas Escobedo as #1 Pick in 2014 National Pro Fastpitch Draft
by anngaff
posted April 1, 2014 at 1:08pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 31, 2014 - Stuart Williams, owner of the Pennsylvania Rebellion, the newest franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League loved spending a weekend seeing the sights in the Music City. He is bringing home some souven...more

Michael Pine of Talon Partnerships & Events To Lead Sales, Sponsorship and Licensing Opportunities for NPF
by anngaff
posted February 25, 2014 at 6:13pm

Nashville, TN – February 25, 2014 - National Pro Fastpitch announced today the signing of Michael Pine and his new agency Talon Partnerships & Events to lead Sales, Sponsorship and Licensing opportunities for the league. Pine is now the lead ex...more

NPF: Chicago Bandits Re-sign 2009 Defensive Player of the Year for Another Season
by anngaff
posted February 12, 2014 at 5:14pm

Tammy Williams (Photo by Dina Kwit - Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch ROSEMONT, Ill. – February 12, 2014 - Chicago Bandits GM Aaron M. Moore announced the re-signing of shortstop Tammy Williams for the 2014 season. This will be her fifth s...more

National Pro Fastpitch: 2011 Rookie of the Year Alisa Goler re-signs with Chicago Bandits
by anngaff
posted January 29, 2014 at 11:00pm

(Photo by Dina Kwit - Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch) ROSEMONT, Ill. – January 29, 2014 - Chicago Bandits GM, Aaron M. Moore, announced today the re-signing of first baseman/designated player Alisa Goler for the 2014 season. “This is a...more

NPF: Amber Patton re-signs with Chicago Bandits for 6th season
by anngaff
posted January 28, 2014 at 12:38pm

Amber Patton - Photo by Dina Kwit - Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch ROSEMONT, Ill. – January 27, 2014 - Chicago Bandits GM, Aaron M. Moore, announced today the re-signing of Amber Patton for the 2014 season. This will be her 6th season in a Ba...more

2014 National Pro Fastpitch Schedule Released
by anngaff
posted January 23, 2014 at 4:09pm

Nashville, TN – January 23, 2014 - National Pro Fastpitch released the 2014 regular season schedule today. The four affiliate teams - Akron Racers,Chicago Bandits, Pennsylvania Rebellion, andUSSSA Florida Pride - will battle each...more

2014 National Pro Fastpitch College Draft Set for Nashville
by anngaff
posted January 10, 2014 at 3:40pm

    Nashville, TN - January 10, 2014 - National Pro Fastpitch announced today the 2014 College Draft will take place on March 31 in Nashville. For the second year in a row, the NPF College Draft will be held at the Ford Theatre ...more

NPF Announces New Team in Pennsylvania: The Rebellion!
by anngaff
posted November 20, 2013 at 10:51am

Nashville, TN – November 20, 2013 - National Pro Fastpitch announced a brand new market and team for the 2014 season. CONSOL Energy Park located in Washington, PA, will be the new home and venue for the latest addition to professional softball, th...more

2014 NPF Championship Series Awarded to Hoover, Alabama
by anngaff
posted November 19, 2013 at 11:20am

Keilani Ricketts, USSSA Pride - 2-time NCAA Player of the Year Birmingham, AL – November 19, 2013 The National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league has awarded their Championship Series to Southern Sports Group, a Birmingham based event management and mar...more

USSSA Florida Pride Defeated the LSU Softball team by a score of 11-0 during an Exhibition Game
by anngaff
posted October 1, 2013 at 12:03pm

Photo by: Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer BATON ROUGE, LA – October 1, 2013 – The USSSA Florida Pride defeated the LSU softball team by a score of 11-0 during an exhibition game Monday at Tiger Park which featured a pitching ma...more

USSSA Pride Wins 2013 National Pro Fastpitch Championship
by anngaff
posted August 25, 2013 at 9:15am

USSSA Pride (Photo by Dina Kwit)   ROSEMONT, Illinois—August 24, 2013—After a long, hard battle of a best-of-three series, the USSSA Pride captured the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Series Title over the regular season...more

NPF Championships: USSSA Pride Defeat Akron Racers to advance to Championship Series
by anngaff
posted August 24, 2013 at 5:40pm

Cat Osterman (Photo by Bill Diehm) ROSEMONT, IL — August 23, 2013 - The USSSA Pride defeated the Akron Racers 2-1 in the second round of the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch Championship to advance to play the Chicago Bandits in the best of...more

NPF Championships: Akron Racers Come From Behind to Advance
by anngaff
posted August 23, 2013 at 9:10am

Sam Marder (Photo by Dina Kwit) Rosemont IL – August 22, 2013 - The Akron Racers (17-32) used a 4-run fifth inning rally to accelerate past the NY/NJ Comets (10-39) for good, in opening round action Thursday night of the 2013 NPF C...more

WOMEN vs MEN IN WASHINGTON: NPF's Akron Racers win Battle of the Sexes 5-2
by anngaff
posted July 17, 2013 at 11:16am

Courtesy of Akron Racers WASHINGTON, PA – July 16, 2013 – When the Akron Racers came to Washington, PA to play an exhibition game, the turf diamond at Consol Energy Park became a battle of different kinds, between men and women, ...more

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