Why Those Bracket Names?

18 & Under Brackets:

USSSA Pride

Years in the NPF: 2009 to Current

Notable Players: Kelly Kretschman, Natasha Watley, Caitlin Lowe, Cat Osterman, Jessica Mendoza, Danielle Lawrie

Fun Facts: USSSA purchased the former Washington Glory franchise in 2009. The Pride roster has featured 8 Olympians from the US and Canada. The Pride have won 5 regular season NPF Championships and 3 NPF Championship Series titles.

 

Chicago Bandits

Years in the NPF: 2005 to Current

Notable Players: Jennie Finch, Vicky Galindo, Stacy May-Johnson, Samantha Findlay

Fun Facts: The Chicago Bandits are one of the two most tenured organizations in the NPF (Akron being the other). The city of Rosemont built the Bandits their own stadium becoming the first venue built for a women’s professional team.

Akron Racers

Years in the NPF: 2004 to Current

Notable Players: Crystl Bustos, Lisa Norris, Charlotte Morgan, Angela Tincher, Jenny Topping, AJ Andrews

Fun Facts: Akron is the long tenured women’s professional fastpitch team having played in both the WPSL and the NPF. Akron recently had a short film created about them called ‘Burn the Ships’ which documented the journey of women’s professional fastpitch players.

 

Texas Charge

Years in the NPF: 2015 to Current

Notable Players: Lauren Haeger, Bailey Landry, Delaney Gourley, Renada Davis

Fun Facts: The Texas Charge were established in January 2015 as the Dallas Charge, becoming the first expansion team since 2009. Currently, the Charge operate out of Central Texas and share operations management with the Texas Bombers organization.

 

16 & Under Brackets:

SY Dawgs

Years in the NPF: 2016 to Current

Notable Players: Monica Abbott, Alexis ‘Chip’ Bennett, Nerissa Myers
Fun Facts: The Scrap Yard Dawgs began play in 2016 making it back-to-back seasons for expansion teams in the NPF. The Dawgs made history when they signed pitcher Monica Abbott to a  $1 million contract, the first of its kind in women’s professional team sports.

 

Beijing Shougang Eagles

Years in the NPF: 2017

Notable Players: The Beijing Shougang Eagles made NPF history when they became an official team in May 2017 making them the first international team in the NPF. The Eagles are managed by the Chinese Softball Association and the roster is comprised of the majority of the Chinese Women’s National Team.

 

PA Rebellion

Years in the NPF: 2014 to 2016

Notable Players: Dallas Escobedo, Lexie Elkins, Alisa Goler, Lauren Lappin, Jenn Salling

The Pennsylvania Rebellion became a franchise in 2014, taking over the roster rights of the NY/NJ Comets. The Rebellion ownership, based out of Washington, PA, also owned an independent baseball team called the Washington Wild Things.

 

Carolina Diamonds

Years in the NPF: 2012

Notable Players: Katie Burkhart, Jami Lobpries, Caitlin Lever, Rachel Folden

Fun Facts: The Carolina Diamonds ownership bought the Diamonds franchise and acquired the roster rights to the NPF Diamonds. Originally, the Carolina Diamonds were an original member of the Women’s Pro Fastpitch League. 

14 & Under Brackets:

CT Brakettes

Years in the NPF: 2006 to 2007

Notable Players: Lisa Fernandez, Kelly Kretschman, Andrea Duran, Dot Richardson

Fun Facts: The Brakettes have long been a women’s majors team and played host to some of the game’s best including Lisa Fernandez and Dot Richardson. Though they only played in the NPF for one full season, the Brakettes organization has fielded a team since 1947! The Brakettes competed internationally in the International Softball Federation. In total, 11 Olympians have played for the Brakettes organization.

 

Rockford Thunder

Years in the NPF: 2004 to 2009

Notable Players: Cat Osterman, Megan Willis, Chelsea Spencer

Fun Fact: The Thunder started as the Texas Thunder in 2004. Won the 2009 NPF Championship defeating the USSSA Pride. The Thunder roster was then sold to the Tennessee Diamonds in 2010. 

 

New England Riptide

Years in the NPF: 2004 to 2009

Notable Players: Jocelyn Forest, Eileen Canney, Erica Beach, Jessica Merchant, Kellie Wilkerson, Kristin Vesely

Fun Fact: The Riptide won the 2006 NPF Championship by defeating the CT Brakettes.

NJ/NY Juggernauts

Years in the NPF: 2004 to 2005

Notable Players: Michele Smith, Lindsay Klein, Amanda Scott

Fun Fact: Won the 2004 NPF Championship. They were the first women’s professional team in the NY/NJ region. Read more here

 

12 & Under Brackets:

Philadelphia Force

Years in the NPF: 2006 to 2009

Notable Players: Megan Gibson, Natasha Watley, Katie Burkhart, Chelsea Spencer

Fun Fact: The Philadelphia Force played home games in Allentown, PA from 2006 to 2009.

Tampa Firestix

Years in the WPSL: 1997 to 2000

Notable Players: Heather Tarr, Nancy Evans, Barb Jordan, Venus Taylor

Fun Facts: The Firestix were one of the founding members of the Women’s Professional Fastpitch (WPF) league which included the Carolina Diamonds, Durham Dragons, Virginia Roadsters, Georgia Pride and Orlando Wahoos. They won the 1999 WPSL championship.

Durham Dragons

Years in the WPSL: 1997 to 1999

Notable Players: Amy Hogue (Utah), Liz Mizera (Texas A&M), Stephanie DeFeo (Southwestern Louisiana), Michelle Venturella (Indiana)

Fun Facts: The Durham Dragons played the first ever game in the Women’s Professional Softball League (WPSL). The Dragons were one of the founding members of the Women’s Professional Fastpitch (WPF) that later rebranded to the WPSL. The Dragons played home games in the historic Durham Athletic Park, home of the minor league baseball team Durham Bulls.

CA Sunbirds

Years in the NPF: 2004 to 2005 

Notable Players: Carla Brookbank, Jodie Cox, Allison Andrade

Fun Facts: The California Sunbirds were a women's professional softball team based in Stockton, CA. They were one of the founding members of National Pro Fastpitch in 2004.

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