8-26-10 NPF Championship Weekend

NPF CHAMPIONSHIP

The National Pro Fastpitch league began its championship weekend in Sulphur LA with an honors banquet, followed by a game between the USSSA Pride and Akron Racers, and then the Chicago Bandits and Tennessee Diamonds. (SPY will report the games in a separate post)

 2010 NPF Award Winners

Ringor Cup – Chicago Bandits (2010 Regular Season Champions)
Coaching Staff of the Year – Mickey Dean, Mike Stuerwald, Maggie Johnson (Chicago Bandits)

All-NPF Team
Catcher – Rachel Folden (CHI)
1B – Samantha Findlay (CHI)
2B – Chelsea Mesa (TN)
3B – Stacy May (CHI)
SS – Chelsea Spencer (TN)
OF – Lisa Modglin (AKR)
OF – Emily Friedman (CHI)
OF – Kelly Kretschman (FLA)
P – Sarah Pauly (FLA)
P – Monica Abbott (TN)
P – Lisa Norris (AKR)
P – Jennie Finch (CHI)

At Large – Megan Gibson (TN), Tonya Callahan (FLA), Jackie Pasquerella (AKR), Jessica Valis (AKR), Natasha Watley (FLA), Megan Willis (FLA)

NPF Ringor Diamond Spikes Award – Lisa Modglin (17 stolen bases, AKR)
Miken Rookie of the Year – Nikki Nemitz (CHI)
Wilson HR trophy – Rachel Folden and Stacy May – 12 hrs (CHI)
Worth Offensive Player of Year – Rachel Folden (CHI)
Wilson Defensive POY – Lisa Modglin (AKR)
Diamond Sports Pitcher of the Year – Lisa Norris (AKR)
Mizuno Player of the Year – Stacy May (CHI)

Following the announcement of the All-NPF team (listed below), a new award was added to the ceremony by Ringor. The NPF Diamond Spikes Award for most stolen bases in a season was handed out to Akron Racers speedster Lisa Modglin. Modglin finished the season with 17 stolen bases.

University of Michigan alum and Chicago Bandits rookie Nikki Nemitz continued a trend of three straight Rookie of the Year awards for the Bandits. The Miken Rookie of the Year award puts Nemitz in line with Tammy Williams (2009) and Rachel Folden (2008) as winners in the last three seasons for the Bandits. Nemitz finished 2010 with a 7-2 record, 74 strikeouts and a 2.18 ERA in 86.2 innings of work.

Not to be outdone by one another, Bandits catcher Rachel Folden and May took home a golden bat from Wilson as the Wilson Home Run Champions with 12 home runs on the season each. Folden remained standing as she was awarded the Worth Offensive Player of the Year award immediately after.

Folden’s 2010 campaign left her with a .316 batting average, 42 hits, 12 home runs, 32 RBIs and a .692 slugging percentage in 133 at-bats. In the league leaders categories, she sat second behind teammate May in batting average and tied for first in home runs. Folden led the league in RBIs.

The Wilson Defensive Player of the Year award was handed out to Akron Racers out fielder Lisa Modglin who showed excellent defensive prowess and the ability to rob batters of home runs — even robbing Folden several times during the 2010 season.

Another Racer stepped to the winners circle with the next award as Lisa Norris took home the Diamond Sports Pitcher of the Year award.

To cap off the afternoon, May earned her second career Player of the Year trophy with a .333 bating average, 12 home runs, 26 RBIs and excellent defensive play as the third baseman for the Bandits. Her role as a leadoff hitter for the potent Bandits lineup fueled the team to many victories with a .394 on-base percentage and a .639 slugging percentage.

The Bandits hope to take home one more team award this season as playoff competition begins tonight at 8:30 for the Bandits as the number one seed in this seasons playoffs. Chicago will be squaring off against Monica Abbott and the number four seed Tennessee Diamonds. Jennie Finch and Abbott are expected to step into the circle for their respective teams.

Championship Series

Date Time (ET) Visitor Home Video
Thursday, August 26 07:00 pm Akron Racers USSSA Pride Watch
Thursday, August 26 09:30 pm Tennessee Diamonds Chicago Bandits Watch
Friday, August 27 07:00 pm Tennessee Diamonds Chicago Bandits Watch
Friday, August 27 09:30 pm Akron Racers USSSA Pride Watch
Saturday, August 28 12:00 pm Tennessee Diamonds Chicago Bandits Watch
Saturday, August 28 02:30 pm Akron Racers USSSA Pride Watch
Saturday, August 28 08:00 pm To Be Determined To Be Determined Watch
Sunday, August 29 03:00 pm To Be Determined To Be Determined Watch
Sunday, August 29 05:30 pm To Be Determined To Be Determined Watch

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