Now, a year later the Pride will be making a return trip, this time they will be taking on the defending NPF Champions, the Chicago Bandits. The Pride were the regular season champions last season, but they fell just short of winning the Cowles Cup in late August of 2011 but are playing hard so that they can try to win it back in the Championship Series this August.
The Pride and Bandits are setting the pace for the NPF this season as well! Jessixa Mendoza is leading the way for the Pride in batting average with .429. To lead the NPF in batting average, a player must have a minimum of 2.7 plate appearances per team game. Due to this rule, it’s the Bandits’ Alisa Goler who leads the league with a .375 batting average. Kristen Butler for the Bandits lead the league in home runs (6) and RBI’s (18) as well.
As far as setting the tone in the circle goes, the Bandits’ Monica Abbott has the lowest ERA in the league with 1.01. She is followed by Cat Osterman of the Pride with a 1.19 ERA. Both of these pitchers are very dominating having 77 and 43 strikeouts, respectively.
The Pride will be fresh from their series in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where they were playing at the respected Tiger Park at LSU. The upcoming games in Viera are destined to be great with some of the greatest softball players in the world including numerous Olympic Gold Medalists competing on the same field!
So come on out and watch how the Pro’s play! Visit here: http://www.usssapride.com/
About USSSA Florida Pride:
The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.
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