August 18 2011
Alisa Goler, Monica Abbott grab top honors at NPF Awards Luncheon
Sulphur, La. — Bandits rookie third baseman Alisa Goler (University of Georgia / Frankfurt, Ill.) continued the streak of NPF Miken Rookie of the Year awards for Chicago, making this the fourth consecutive season and fifth overall since the teams creation in 2005 that a rookie has earned the top honors for the Bandits organization.
Goler finished the 2011 regular season as the National Pro Fastpitch league leader in home runs (11), second in RBIs (29) and fourth in batting average (.327). Spending time at both third and first base, she finished the season with just two errors.
In the circle, Bandits ace Monica Abbott claimed a share of the 2011 Diamond Pitcher of the Year award, splitting the honors with Florida Pride pitcher Cat Osterman.
“I’m proud to have represented the Bandits this whole season and couldn’t have done any of it without the stellar defense of Shannon Doepking behind the plate,” said Abbott. “Thank you to the Bandits organization for bringing myself and Doepking to the team this season.”
Abbott started 11 games this season with nine of them going complete for a total of 96.0 innings pitched. Her 0.80 ERA is the lowest among NPF pitchers and she trails Osterman in strikeouts 156 to 140 and in wins 14 to 12. Osterman finished the season with a 0.94 ERA.
Full Awards Breakdown:
At-large nominees: Danielle Zymkowitz (Bandits), Shannon Doepking (Bandits), Brittany McKinney (Diamonds), Charlotte Morgan (Pride), Bianca Mejia (Diamonds)
Louisville Slugger Offensive Player of Year – Natasha Watley (Pride)
Wilson Defensive Player of Year – Bianca Mejia (Diamonds)
Diamond Spikes Award by Ringor for Most Stolen Bases – Natasha Watley (Pride)
Worth Home Run Champion – Alisa Goler (Bandits)
Miken Rookie of Year – Goler (Bandits)
Diamond Pitcher of Year – Abbott (Bandits) and Osterman (Pride)
Mizuno Player of Year – Jessica Mendoza (Pride)
Diamond Coaching Staff of Year – Pride
Ringor Regular Season Champions – Florida Pride
Jennie Finch Award – Jessica Mendoza
The No. 3 seeded Bandits and No 2. seeded Akron Racers being their 2011 Cowles Cup run tonight at 6 p.m. CST. The game is available live on the internet at http://www.profastpitch.com/schedule/streamA.
|MORGAN REIGNS OVER BATTLE OF THE BATS
Sulphur, LA – The 2011 NPF Battle of the Bats Competition concluded Wednesday night at McMurry Park in Sulphur, Louisiana at Fan Fest of the National Pro Fastpitch Championship Series, and the results were the same as last year’s competition. The defending Battle of the Bats Champion, Charlotte Morgan of the USSSA Pride took home her second B.O.B. title in as many years with a strong performance. Morgan who led after the first round of the night with six home runs, turned in four in each the second and Championship rounds to seal the deal. Morgan, facing the Chicago Bandits Alisa Goler in the Championship round was down to her last swing, a home run wins it, and anything else takes it to a tie breaker. Number 34 for the Pride delivered with a smash to repeat as the B.O.B. Champion. Morgan also delivered the competitions longest bomb, a 333 foot shot to left field.
The B.O.B. race was tight all season long and tonight was no different. Regular season leader Dorian Shaw of the Chicago Bandits came in to Sulphur as the favorite pounding out 15 in the regular season. Shaw failed to advance past tonight’s first round putting only two out of the yard. Crowd favorite and the regular season runner-up Hoku Nohara of the Akron Racers who entered the night having hit 14 home runs advanced to the second round after her five home run first round performance, but fell short of advancing to the Championship round having hit four in the second round.
Earlier in the evening 30 NPF players joined on the field with 19 Southwest Louisiana youth of the Awesome Kids Association in the Friends of the Pro’s Game. The Awesome Kids Association offers sporting activities for physically challenged children and young adults and the NPF Friends of the Pros game proves to be the highlight of these children’s year.
The National Pro Fastpitch Championship Series begins on Thursday evening with Chicago Bandits facing the Akron Racers at 6pm, and the USSSA Pride does battle with the NPF Diamonds in the nightcap at 8:30. Visit www.profastpitch.com for tickets.
Below is the round by round results from tonight’s Battle of the Bats competition:
Charlotte Morgan (Pride) – 6
Hoku Nohara (Racers) – 5
Megan Wiggins (Bandits) – 5
Alisa Goler (Bandits) – 5
Samantha Findlay (Pride) – 4
Dorian Shaw (Bandits) – 2
Jessica Mendoza (Pride) – 1
Alisa Goler (Bandits) – 5 (10)
Charlotte Morgan (Pride) – 4 (10)
Hoku Nohara (Racers) – 4 (9)
Megan Wiggins (Bandits) – 4 (9)
Charlotte Morgan (Pride) – 4 (14)
Alisa Goler (Bandits) – 3 (13)