8-23-2012 NPF Semi Finals Thursday

NPF SEMI FINALS THURSDAY

 

Thursday, August 23

Game 1 (#2 “Chicago Bandits” vs. #3 “Carolina Diamonds”) 6:00 p.m.

Game 2 (#1 “USSSA Pride” vs. #4 “Akron Racers”) 8:30 p.m.

 

Friday, August 24

Game 3 (#1 “USSSA Pride” vs. #4 “Akron Racers”) 6:00 p.m.

Game 4 (#2 “Chicago Bandits” vs. #3 “Carolina Diamonds”) 8:30 p.m.

 

 

Saturday, August 25

(Games 5 & 6 are “If Necessary” games)

Game 5 (#1 “USSSA Pride” vs. #4 “Akron Racers”) 11:00 a.m.

Game 6 (#2 “Chicago Bandits” vs. #3 “Carolina Diamonds”) 1:30 p.m.

(If only one “If Necessary” game, it will be at 11:00 a.m.)

Game 7 Championship Game Final 7:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, August 26 “Pack the Park for ESPN”

Game 8 Championship Game Final (ESPN2/ESPN3) 2:30 p.m.

Game 9 “If Necessary” Championship Game Final 6:00 p.m.

(If Game 9 is played, admission is FREE and will air on ESPN2/ESPN3)

 

Format is three rounds of “best of 3” Series’. It begins with #1 Seed vs. #4 Seed and #2 Seed vs. #3 Seed. The Winners of those two Series’ will play each other in a “best of 3” Championship Final Series to determine the eventual Championship Series Champion. All Times are listed as Central Standard Time and will be viewable on Pointstreak. Championship Games 8 & 9 will be televised. Check your local listings.

 

SPY will post details as games are reported by NPF.  Unfortunately, Point Streak did not functiom.

 

Game 1 (#2 “Chicago Bandits” vs. #3 “Carolina Diamonds”) 6:00 p.m.

CHICAGO BANDITS TAKE THE FIRST GAME OF THE 2012 NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH (NPF) CHAMPIONSHIP

Chicago Bandits take series lead (1-0) over Carolina Diamonds
SCORES: Bandits 11, Diamonds 1 RECORDS: Bandits (1-0), Diamonds (0-1)

ROSEMONT, Ill. – In the first ever Championship Series to be played in the Ballpark at Rosemont the number two seed, Chicago Bandits, faced off against the number three seed, Carolina Diamonds. The Bandits sent 2012 Pitcher of the Year, Monica Abbott (1-0) to the circle, as they took a 1-0 series lead in the best of three series which continues tomorrow night at 8:30 CST.

Katie Burkhart (0-1) got the call for the Diamonds who took an early 1-0 lead off a solo home run by Bianca Mejia in the top of the second inning, but the Bandits would tie it up in the bottom of the inning off a Diamonds error allowing Patton to cross home plate.

Alisa Goler extended the lead as the Bandits went up 2-1 in the third after back to back doubles by her and Megan Wiggins. A Kristen Butler home run would give them a 4-1 lead heading into the fourth inning.

A pitching change in the fifth brought Morgan Melloh into the circle for the Diamonds and the Bandits responded with three straight hits, giving themselves a 7-1 lead. With the bases loaded, Whitney Larsen’s blooper into right field made it 9-1, Bandits. Goler followed up with a double to center field giving the Bandits an 11-1 lead.

The Bandits brought in pitching duo, Nikki Nemitz and Chanda Bell to close out the final two innings of the game giving the Bandits the victory and an 1-0 series lead over the Diamonds.

Game two between the Chicago Bandits and Carolina Diamonds will take place tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. The second game of the series between USSSA FL Pride and Akron Racers will be this evening at 8:30 p.m.

 

Game 2 (#1 “USSSA Pride” vs. #4 “Akron Racers”) 8:30 p.m.

No. 1 Seed USSSA Pride 4, No. 4 Seed Akron Racers

 

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Cat Osterman threw a two-hit shutout to lead the No. 1 seed USSSA Pride to a 4-0 win in the first game of its best two-out-of-three series against the fourth-seeded Akron Racers Thursday during the opening day of action at the NPF Championship Series at the Ballpark of Rosemont.

 

Osterman was perfect through 3.1 innings of play Thursday night, eventually closing her complete-game shutout victory with 10 strikeouts while allowing only four total base runners on a pair of hits and two walks.

 

The Pride opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning when catcher Megan Willis crushed a one-out, two-run home run into the MB Financial Party Deck beyond left field off of Akron starter Erin Arevalo.

 

USSSA added two more runs in the bottom of the third on a pair of two-out Akron errors. After Kristyn Sandberg was hit by a two-out pitch and Kelly Kretschman beat out a bunt single, consecutive tough grounders to Alicia Herron at short got through to extend the Pride lead to 4-0 on the unearned runs. Kretschman scored two of the Pride’s four runs in the game.

 

NPF Co-Defensive Player of the Year Kelley Montalvo broke up Osterman’s perfect game bid with one out in the top of the fourth, roping a triple just inside the right-field line. The Pride kept Montalvo at third thanks to a tremendous diving snag at short by Lauren Lappin, who leapt to her left to corral a Briana Hesson shot before rising and firing to first to end the inning.

 

Lappin led off the fourth with a single back through the middle before Natasha Watley was hit by an Arevalo pitch, prompting the Racers to insert Lisa Norris into the circle. The North Carolina alum retired the next two batters to the plate before a Sandberg walk loaded the bases, but Norris escaped the jam with a strikeout to keep the Racers deficit at 4-0.

 

Norris again escaped a jam in the bottom of the sixth when Watley and NPF Player of the Year Caitlin Lowe beat out back-to-back one-out singles. Norris came back to fan All-NPF choice Jessica Mendoza and NPF Rookie of the Year Sandberg to end the inning, but Osterman shut the door before Akron could mount any kind of comeback in the seventh.

 

Arevalo took the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) in three-plus innings of work. She gave up four hits and two walks with one strikeout. Norris tossed 3.0 innings of effective relief, allowing no runs on two hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

 

The Racers and Pride square off in game two of the NPF Championship Series, Friday at 6:00 PM CT at the Ballpark at Rosemont in Rosemont, Ill. Tickets are available by calling 877-722-6348.

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