Friday, August 27, 2010

NPF Championships

Day 1 in Sulphur, LA for the NPF Championships
started with a bang! Both games were highlighted
by the long ball. The game is being shown by
Live Streaming through That is what
I'm doing here. Of course, I am thankful for
this opportunity and I feel a little guilty
because besides doing the games, I'm getting
to sleep in (LATE) and hang out with friends.
I'm able to go to lunch and not worry about
my kids running around the restaurant. I'm
staying at a hotel/casino with an awesome
lazy river pool (I have not taken advantage
of this just yet). I've become hooked on
the $1.00 candy sundaes from Sonic Burger!

OK, back to softball, because, yes, that is
what I am here for. In the first game,
the Florida Pride (with many USA National
Team members on the roster) beat the
Akron Racers (Crystl Bustos). Jessica
Medoza hit a 3-run Home Run to left field
scoring Natasha Watley and Mel Roth.
Bustos made some great plays in left
field (she can play anywhere!) and hit
the ball hard like she always does! There
was a home run by Courtney Bures on Akron off
of UW pitcher (and Team Canada), Danielle
Lawrie. Pride won 3-2 and hopes to win
tonight to advance to the championship

In the 2nd game of the night it was Jennie
Finch on the mound for the Chicago Bandits
going against Monica Abbott. Another great
game and battle. Jennie was so focused
and wants to end her career on top! She
helped her chances by pitching a 1-hitter
(which really was a no-hitter but the umpire
didn't see that the runner was out by a step)!
Stacey May (NPF Player of the Year and one
of my new favorite players!) hit a Home Run
to straight center field to put the Bandits
up to a 1-0 lead. Samantha Findlay hit
a LONG Home Run over the left field bleachers
to put them ahead 2-0 and that was the game!

It's been fun to watch these athletes compete.
I've enjoyed some great coversations I've had
with some of the girls. Looking forward to
another great night of softball!

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