2019 National Pro Fastpitch season

The 2019 National Pro Fastpitch season was the 16th season of professional softball under the name National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) for the only professional women's softball league in the United States. From 1997 to 2002, NPF operated under the names Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL). Each year, the playoff teams battle for the Cowles Cup.

2019 NPF Season
LeagueNational Pro Fastpitch
Sportsoftball
DurationMay 28, 2019 – August 17, 2019
Number of teams6
2019 NPF Draft
Top draft pickKelly Barnhill P
Florida
Picked byChicago Bandits
Regular Season
Season championsChicago Bandits
Pitcher of the YearJolene Henderson
USSSA Pride
Player of the YearAmanda Chidester
Chicago Bandits
Rookie of the YearAbbey Cheek
Chicago Bandits
Gold Glove AwardJessie Warren
USSSA Pride
Cowles Cup
ChampionsUSSSA Pride
  Runners-upChicago Bandits
NPF seasons
← 2018
2020 →

Milestones and eventsEdit

On October 30, 2018, National Pro Fastpitch announced the addition of the expansion team Canadian Wild for the 2019 season, which features members of Canada women's national softball team.[1]

Teams, cities and stadiumsEdit

Team[2] City Stadium Coaches
Aussie Peppers North Mankato, Minnesota Caswell Park Head Coach: Laing Harrow
Assistants: Melanie Roche, Kerrie Porter
Beijing Eagles Daytona Beach, Florida Jackie Robinson Ballpark Head Coach: Hunter Veach
Assistants: Kasey Fagan, Cheyenne Coyle, Tang Changdong, Zhang Welhong, Lin Bin, Yang Jie
Canadian Wild Marion, Illinois Rent One Park Head Coach: Mark Smith
Assistants: Melissa Basilio, Russell Cooper, Dave Paetkau
Chicago Bandits Rosemont, Illinois Parkway Bank Sports Complex Head Coach: Lauren Lappin
Assistant: Amber Flores, Lance McMahon
Cleveland Comets Avon, Ohio Sprenger Stadium Head Coach: TBA
Assistants: TBA
USSSA Pride Viera, Florida Space Coast Complex Head Coach: Gerry Glasco
Assistants: Kelsi Dunne, Stephanie Ceo

Player acquisitionEdit

College draftEdit

The 2019 NPF College Draft was the 16th annual collegiate draft held on April 15, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. Pitcher Kelly Barnhill of Florida was selected first overall by the Chicago Bandits.[3]

League standingsEdit

Team GP W L Pct. GB
Chicago Bandits 45 38 7 .844
USSSA Pride 45 32 13 .711 6
Canadian Wild 42 22 20 .524 16
Cleveland Comets 42 20 22 .476 18
Aussie Peppers 43 12 31 .279 26
Beijing Eagles 45 7 38 .156 31

Updated as of the results of all games through August 11, 2019.[4]

Results tableEdit

2019 NPF Records
Team Peppers Eagles Wild Bandits Comets Pride
Aussie Peppers 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Beijing Eagles 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Canadian Wild 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Chicago Bandits 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Cleveland Comets 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
USSSA Pride 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0

Game logEdit

2019 National Pro Fastpitch Game Log
  •   Winning team   Postponement
  • Reference:[5]

Players of the WeekEdit

Week Player of the Week Pitcher of the Week Rookie of the Week Ref.
Player Team Player Team Player Team
1 May 27–June 2 Victoria Hayward Canadian Wild Jenna Caira Canadian Wild Morgan Rackel Canadian Wild [6]
2 June 3–June 9 Kristyn Sandberg Chicago Bandits Danielle O'Toole Chicago Bandits Holly Speers Canadian Wild [7]
3 June 10–June 16 Jennifer Gilbert Canadian Wild Jenna Caira Canadian Wild Amanda Lorenz USSSA Pride [8]
4 June 17–June 23 Bianka Bell USSSA Pride Sierra Hyland Cleveland Comets Abbey Cheek Chicago Bandits [9]
5 June 24–June 30 Chelsea Goodacre USSSA Pride Angel Bunner Beijing Eagles Abbey Cheek Chicago Bandits [10]
6 July 1–July 7 Jennifer Gilbert Canadian Wild Jolene Henderson USSSA Pride Holly Speers Canadian Wild [11]
7 July 8–July 14 Amanda Chidester Chicago Bandits Kaia Parnaby Aussie Peppers Abbey Cheek Chicago Bandits [12]
8 July 15–July 21 Victoria Vidales Cleveland Comets Rachele Fico Chicago Bandits Lilli Piper Cleveland Comets [13]
9 July 22–July 28 Sydney Romero USSSA Pride Jolene Henderson USSSA Pride Jenna Caira Canadian Wild [14]
10 July 29–August 4 Amanda Chidester Chicago Bandits Rachele Fico Chicago Bandits Abbey Cheek Chicago Bandits [15]
11 August 4–August 11 Abbey Cheek Chicago Bandits Kaia Parnaby Aussie Peppers Sydney Romero USSSA Pride [16]

NPF ChampionshipEdit

NPF Semifinals NPF Championship
      
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2019 NPF Semifinals
Game Date Score Winning Pitcher Save Losing Pitcher Player of the Game Series
2019 NPF Semifinals
Game Date Score Winning Pitcher Save Losing Pitcher Player of the Game Series
2019 NPF Championship Series
Game Date Score Winning Pitcher Save Losing Pitcher Player of the Game Series

Championship GameEdit

Team Top Batter Stats.
USSSA Pride Shay Knighten 2-3 3RBIs 2B
Chicago Bandits Abbey Cheek 3-4 RBI HR
Team Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO
USSSA Pride Taran Alvelo 1.1 4 2 2 0 1
USSSA Pride Jolene Henderson (W) 2.0 5 0 0 0 1
USSSA Pride Jailyn Ford (SV) 3.0 2 0 0 0 5
Chicago Bandits Rachele Fico (L) 0.2 3 3 3 0 0
Chicago Bandits Aleshia Ocasio 1.2 2 1 1 0 1
Chicago Bandits Danielle O'Toole 1.2 2 1 1 1 1
Chicago Bandits Ally Carda 2.1 4 3 3 0 3
Chicago Bandits Haylie Wagner 0.2 0 0 0 0 2
2019 NPF Championship Series MVP
Player Club Stats.
Jailyn Ford USSSA Pride 1-0 15Ks 0.00 ERA 2SVs 0.50 WHIP (3Hs+BB/8.0 IP)[17]

Annual awardsEdit

Award[18] Player Team
Player of the Year Amanda Chidester Chicago Bandits
Pitcher of the Year Jolene Henderson USSSA Pride
Gold Glove Presented by Rawlings Jessie Warren USSSA Pride
Offensive Player of the Year Amanda Chidester Chicago Bandits
Rookie of the Year Abbey Cheek Chicago Bandits
Legacy Award Kelly Kretschman USSSA Pride
Stolen Bases Award Sammy Marshall Cleveland Comets
Home Run Award Amanda Chidester Chicago Bandits
Jennie Finch Award Victoria Hayward Canadian Wild
Coaching Staff of the Year Lauren Lappin
Amber Flores
Lance McMahon
Chicago Bandits
Umpire of the Year Scott Mair

All-NPF TeamEdit

2019 All-NPF Team
Position Name Team
Catcher Chelsea Goodacre USSSA Pride
First base Amanda Chidester Chicago Bandits
Second base Abby Ramirez Chicago Bandits
Third base Jessie Warren USSSA Pride
Shortstop Hannah Flippen Chicago Bandits
Outfield Allexis Bennett USSSA Pride
Outfield Victoria Hayward Canadian Wild
Outfield Brenna Moss Chicago Bandits
Designated player Kelly Kretschman USSSA Pride
At Large Sydney Romero USSSA Pride
At Large Rachele Fico Chicago Bandits
At Large Jennifer Gilbert Canadian Wild
At Large Abbey Cheek Chicago Bandits
At Large Gwen Svekis Chicago Bandits
Pitcher Jolene Henderson USSSA Pride
Pitcher Sara Groenewegen Canadian Wild
Pitcher Aleshia Ocasio Chicago Bandits
Pitcher Taran Alvelo USSSA Pride

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois set to join NPF in 2019". espnW.com. October 30, 2018. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  2. ^ "NPF Team Rosters". profastpitch.com. July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  3. ^ "Kelly Barnhill Selected First in 2019 NPF College Draft presented by Park Planet". profastpitch.com. April 15, 2019. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  4. ^ "League Standings". profastpitch.com. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  5. ^ "NPF Schedule". profastpitch.com. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  6. ^ "Week 1 Players of the Week 2019". profastpitch.com. June 2, 2019. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  7. ^ "Week 2 Players of the Week 2019". profastpitch.com. June 9, 2019. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  8. ^ "Week 3 Players of the Week 2019". profastpitch.com. June 16, 2019. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  9. ^ "Week 4 Players of the Week". profastpitch.com. June 23, 2019. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  10. ^ "Goodacre, Bunner and Cheek Named Week 5 Players of the Week". profastpitch.com. June 30, 2019. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  11. ^ "Gilbert, Henderson and Speers Named Week 6 Players of the Week". profastpitch.com. July 7, 2019. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  12. ^ "Chidester, Parnaby and Cheek Recognized in Week 7 Honors". profastpitch.com. July 14, 2019. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  13. ^ "Week 8 NPF Players of the Week". profastpitch.com. July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  14. ^ "Week 9 NPF Players of the Week". profastpitch.com. July 29, 2019. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  15. ^ "Week 10 Players of the Week". profastpitch.com. August 4, 2019. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  16. ^ "Week 11 Players of the Week". profastpitch.com. August 11, 2019. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  17. ^ "Jailyn Ford Game Log 2019 Championships". Stats.805stats.com. Retrieved 2020-07-01.CS1 maint: location (link)
  18. ^ "NPF Awards Banquet Kicks Off 2019 Championship Series". profastpitch.com. August 14, 2019. Retrieved August 14, 2019.

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