7-28-2015 NPF TUESDAY


Pride 5, Bandits 2

The Pride strengthened its grip on first place as Cat Osterman won her 12th game. Michelle Gascoigne took the loss. Pride scored three runs in the 3rd. Pendley scored on a Watley single. Duran doubled home Wiggins and Kretschman Bottom 5th” Bandits scored when Zymkowitz singled, stole 2nd and 3rd, scored on a throwing error. Top 7th: Ceo scored on sac fly by Kretschman. Wiggins scored on Duran double. Bottom 7th: Galasso homered. Pride is 29-12. Bandits are 25-12.

Rebellion 3, Charge 0

WP Emma Johnson LP Haeger Bottom 4th Bases losded; Watkins scored on Sandberg rbi groundout off Haeger. Sakamoto scotd on Ogle single.

Bottom 6th: Watkins scored on Peterson double.

Four of five teams will make the playoffs. Charge is 14-24..Rebellion is 10-28,

Edwards Hits Walk Off Home Run in the Bottom of the 9th to Beat the Pride 3-0



ROSEMONT, Ill. – July 27, 2015 – In her last outing, Monica Abbott was perfect against the Dallas Charge. In Monday night’s series opener against the USSSA Pride, she was not perfect. However, she was equally as impressive, tossing all nine innings in a thrilling 3-0 walk-off victory for the Bandits. It was a much-needed win for the Bandits, who entered tonight’s game even with the Pride in the loss column, but with four less wins. With the victory, the Bandits moved to within a half game of catching their NPF rivals for the top spot in the league.


Taylor Edwards (1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) provided the heroics for the Bandits, launching a two-out, three-run shot over the left-center wall in the ninth inning. It was the second walk-off of the season for Edwards, who took Keilani Ricketts deep on a changeup, a pitch she had been fooled all night by.


“She had been getting me on that pitch all night long,” Edwards said. “I just got my foot down and sat back on that one.”


Edwards, who also caught Abbott’s perfect game last week, called a solid game as Abbott was able to outlast Ricketts in a classic pitcher’s duel. The two matched each other pitch-for-pitch, but it was Abbott who came away with a complete game shutout.


“Monica (Abbott) is a fighter. Her game plan is just to pinpoint every pitch throughout the game and it’s my job to keep her and I together on the field as the battery.”


With zeros reading across the scoreboard, Abbott trotted out to the circle for her ninth inning of work. Even though she allowed a leadoff single to Natasha Watley (1-for-4), Abbott battled through, as she had done all game. The next batter, Kelly Kretschman, lined into a double play, eliminating any scoring threat.

“Tonight, Monica (Abbott) really toughened up in some key situations. She found a way to get the outs she needed to get. Ultimately, she battled and kept us in a position to win the game.”


After Abbott worked her ninth scoreless frame, Tammy Williams (1-for-4, R) beat out an infield single with two outs in the bottom half of the inning to get the winning rally going for the Bandits.  Brittany Cervantes (1-for-4, R) followed up with a line drive single to put the winning run at second. That is when Edwards took center stage, launching the game-winning blast to left-center. She was mobbed at home by her teammates and then went over to embrace Abbott as the team continued to celebrate.


The Bandits and Pride will continue their home-and-home series tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. at The Ballpark at Rosemont. The game will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.


For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit chicagobandits.com or contact the box office at 877-722-6348.


BOX SCORE LINK:  http://ow.ly/QbztP


LOCATION: The Ballpark at Rosemont


SCORE: Bandits 3, Pride 0


RECORDS: Bandits (25-11), Pride (28-12)


NEXT BANDITS GAME: Tuesday, July 28, vs. USSSA Pride at 7:05 p.m. @ The Ballpark at Rosemont




* Tonight’s announced attendance was 1,376

* The Bandits are now 4-5 against the Pride this season

* This was the second walk-off for Taylor Edwards this season


- See more at: http://www.profastpitch.com/news/?article_id=2397#sthash.EJjUZWgJ.dpuf

7-26-2015 Canada Defeats USA Women for Pan Am Gold


USA scored two runs in 8th; Canada scored four, in a rare USA Gold medal loss at Pan Am.
The USA had defeated Canada twicein earlier Pan Am rounds but had also lost to Canada at the OKC World Cup. .

Top 8th: Timpf on 2nd, under ISF rules. Wideman reached on error by Fox at short. One out, Yee walked intentionally, loading the bases. Lye drove in Timpf with single to left. Wideman scored on play. White intentionally walked, reloading the bases. Yee scored on Salling sac fly. Lye scored on Polidori single to center. Runners advanced to 2nd and 3rd on wild pitch. Riske flied to right. Canada 4-0.
Bottom 8th: Fox placed on 2nd. McCleney walked. Fox scored on Chavamme single to left. Runners advanced on Stewart groundout to 3rd. McCleney scored on Gibson groundout to 2nd. Romero looked at a third strike ending the game.

WP Sara Groenwegen. LP Jaclyn Traina. Groenwegen had 7 Ks. Sara Neins, the starter had 5 Ks, reliever Moore had 2 Ks, and Traina 1.

Next, at the Japan Cup, August 7-9, the USA team plays Australia and Chinese Taipei on Saturday, host Japan on Sunday.

7-25-2015 NPF Saturday



CHICAGO Bandits 1, Dallas Charge 0 (8) WP Monica Abbott LP Morgan Melloh

Bottom 8th: Marshall scored on Allard rbi single. One of just 2 Chicago hits.


USSSA PRIDE 8, AKRON RACERS 2 WP Chelsea Thomas LP Rachelle Fico Fico gave up homers to Willis and Kretdchman

Akron scored top 1st on Myers HR off Thomas. Kretschman answered in the bottom on a solo. Willis put Pride ahead to stay with a grand slam in the 2nd. Pendley scored in the Pride 3rd on Watley’s double off reliever Campbell. Willis scored in Pride 5th on Kretschman single. Wiggins singled rbi. Bottom 6th, Tysarczyk scored on Montalvo single.



7-25-2015 USSSA Launches Elite Program



USA Elite Select Announces National Program Launch

“It’s time to give the game back to our athletes.”

In June 2013, the idea was presented to start a National Program for girls’ fastpitch softball that encompassed more than just competition for the elite level player. After an 18 month journey of strategizing and compiling feedback from travel ball coaches, college coaches, athletes and parents, it is time to announce the USA Elite Select National Program that will begin the Fall of 2015. USA Elite Select represents the elite division of USSSA fastpitch and is founded upon three pillars-competition, education and community.

Focusing on competition, USA Elite Select will feature one World Fastpitch Championship (WFC) for the top 64 teams in each age group (12U-18U). The Inaugural WFC will be played in Kansas City July 11-17, 2016. The WFC will encompass everything about USA Elite Select from competitive games that crown the top teams, All American Selection Camp which identifies the top athletes per class, educational seminars and community service projects that develop athletes off the field, and National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) games that bridge our fastpitch community together. By being housed in one location during one week, we are excited to bring the fastpitch community together for a truly memorable experience while featuring the game’s best in front of college coaches! http://usaeliteselect.com/usaes/world-fastpitch-championships


Win to get in! Our Regional Qualifying Process is designed to enhance competition and create an exclusive WFC that features the top 64 teams per age group. To earn a berth to the WFC, teams must finish first or second in our Regional Qualifiers. The remaining teams will be selected via at-large berths based on competitive play. Each of our eight Regions will have three Regional Qualifiers. For Fall Qualifiers, the top two performers in each Region for ages 14U-18U will earn $2000 in travel money and a free entry ($1000 value) to the WFC. The 12U qualifying teams in the Fall will earn a free entry to WFC ($1000 value). The first Regional Qualifier kicks off on September 24, 2015 in New Jersey. For a full list of our Fall Qualifiers in your region, visit our website http://usaeliteselect.com/usaes/qualifiers

Where do you rank amongst the players in your Region? Our All American and Futures All American Programs will help answer this question. Competition helps fuel athlete development. Our All American Program is designed to identify the top athletes per age group, showcase individual’s talents to college coaches through our events and video analysis, and select teams to represent the US in international play. USA Elite Select will offer all-expense paid international travel and international competition to our high school aged athletes. These athletes will be evaluated by USSSA Pride players and the USA Elite Select Selection Committee. Selected athletes will have the opportunity to train with USSSA Pride players in preparation for international play. By utilizing our current professionals to work with and develop our future professionals, we can help grow this game and pass on the knowledge from generations of players.

Capitalizing off the excitement and success of our 2015 All American Games, we are excited to return the 2016 Futures All American Games that will feature the top 24 athletes from each Region in the 10-14 year old range. Futures are considered our next generation of great athletes. The 2016 Futures All American Games will be played August 1-6, 2016 in Kissimmee, FL. Tryouts will begin this September. Each region will have at least three tryouts per region. Stay updated with all tryout information on our website http://usaeliteselect.com/usaes/futures-program

While competition and exposing our elite athlete to college coaches is key, it is our responsibility as a National Program and sanctioning body to facilitate the exchange of information by connecting the fastpitch community. Through education, we can grow the sport of fastpitch softball. Whether that education is recruiting, drills and skills videos, testimonials from coaches and professionals, or topics beyond the lines that fully develop our athletes, we will strive to educate athletes, coaches, and parents through every event and program we offer.

As we continue our journey of enhancing elite fastpitch competition and educating the fastpitch community, we will continue to improve our program to service the needs of our sport. Athlete development on and off the field will serve as the forefront of our focus. USA Elite Select aspires to bring our athletes, coaches, parents and entire fastpitch community together to educate, inspire, and empower them to use sport as a vehicle to create positive change.

It takes a team to complete this journey and we are excited to announce our USA Elite Select team starting with the leader of USSSA Fastpitch, Jeremy McDowell. Former Texas A&M and NPF player Jami Lobpries has been named the Vice President of USA Elite Select and will oversee the entire program. Chris Florence, our National Championship Director, offers a wealth of experience hosting elite level tournaments. Our Regional Directors, the voices and faces of our organization in your area, bring an unprecedented package of knowledge, experience, and infectious passion for growing our game and our athletes. Jason Gusaeff, Cheri Naudin, Rick Phillips, Bart Day, Courtney Ceo, Danielle Lawrie, Robb Beheymer, Roger Herrold, and Rob Crews will represent USA Elite Select as Regional Directors.

Our team is committed to working alongside the elite teams and coaches to understand the needs of our game. To fulfill our mission, it is vital we have the support from the travel ball and college coaches. We value the insights from the coaches we are serving and will continue to reach out to our Travel Ball Council for continued guidance.

The idea of community entails bridging the fastpitch community together from the grassroots, elite, college, professional, and international levels. When McDowell took the role of USSSA Fastpitch VP in 2009, he committed to providing fastpitch families opportunities and growing our grassroots program. In 2009, USSSA continued their commitment towards the growth of fastpitch with the purchase of the USSSA Pride and belief in growing the NPF. Today, we complete the bridge with the launch of USA Elite Select and commitment to elite level fastpitch.

It’s time to give the game back to the athlete and create events that allow these young women opportunities to grow on and off the field. We will continue to educate and continue to seek insights from college coaches, travel ball coaches and our entire fastpitch community so we provide events and resources that meet their needs and continuously grow our sport.

You can find all information about USA Elite Select on our website www.usaeliteselect.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


It is the mission of USA Elite Select to create opportunities for elite fastpitch players to showcase their skills in competitive settings; provide resources that educate and empower athletes, coaches, and parents; and to walk alongside our athletes in serving the community. USA Elite Select is committed to providing athletes the tools and the competitive platform by which they can accomplish their dreams in softball and in life.


USSSA is headquarted in Osceola County, Florida. USSSA is the world’s largest multi-sport athletic organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grownto over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including baseball, fastpitch, slow pitch, karate, basketball, soccer and more!


7-24-2015 Friday July 24 NPF

July 24 National Pro Fastpitch


USSSA PRIDE 6, AKRON RACERS 4 WP Keilani Ricketts LP Sarah Pauly DiSalvatore slammed a 2-run homer off Pauly bottm 2. Both teams scored 4 runs in the 5th.

In the top, Akron’s Karino singled in 2 runs; Barrett and Myers had rbi singles. All runs off Ricketts. In the bottom, Kretschman hit an rbi single; Wiggins slashed a 2-run single; three runs charged to Pauly; Wilson closed out the scoring with an rbi single off Winter.


DALLAS CHARGE 9, CHICAGO Bandits 2 WP Jolene Henderson LP Michelle Gascoigne

Chicago was held scoreless until bottom 6th. Haeger drove in the first run, rbi single top 1st. Kenny Jacked a 3-run homer top 2nd. Waldrop relieved. Watanabe singled in a run top 3rd. Yamada brought home a run in the 6th on a sac fly off Waldrop. 6-0.

Bottom 6th: Galasso and Zymkowitz scored unearned runs off Haeger in relief.

Dallas came back for more in the 7th. Davis doubled in 2 runs; Yamada rbi single; all 3 runs off Waldrop.