2006 NPF Season
LeagueNational Pro Fastpitch
Sportsoftball
DurationMay 31, 2006 - August 22, 2006
Number of teams7
2006 NPF Draft
Top draft pickCat Osterman
Texas
Picked byConnecticut Brakettes
Regular Season
Majestic Cup
(Best record)
Chicago Bandits
Cowles Cup
ChampionsNew England Riptide
  Runners-upConnecticut Brakettes
Finals MVPJocelyn Forest
New England Riptide
NPF seasons
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2007 →

The 2006 National Pro Fastpitch season was the third season of professional softball under the name National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) for the only professional women's fastpitch 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.

Teams, cities and stadiums

Team City Stadium
Akron Racers Akron, Ohio Firestone Stadium
Arizona Heat Tucson, Arizona Hi Corbett Field[1]
Chicago Bandits Lisle, Illinois Benedictine University Sports Complex[2]
Connecticut Brakettes Stratford, Connecticut Frank DeLuca Hall of Fame Field[3]
New England Riptide Lowell, Massachusetts Martin Softball Field[4]
Philadelphia Force Allentown, Pennsylvania ECTB Stadium[5]
Texas Thunder League City, Texas Big League Dreams[6]

Milestones and events

2004 NPF champion New York Juggernaut and the California Sunbirds (who played a partial schedule in 2005) were not on the 2006 schedule and ceased operations.

In September 2005, NPF announced the addition of the expansion team Philadelphia Force, owned by brothers William M. and John M. Thompson. The Force named Patriots Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, as their home stadium. One of their first signings included 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Natasha Watley.[7] The Force did play at ECTB Stadium at Bicentennial Park in Allentown.[5]

NPF announced that Patrick J. Linden had become their new president. An attorney, Linden has experience as counsel for the NPF owner's group.[8]

Player acquisition

College draft

Further information: 2006 NPF Draft

The 2006 NPF Senior Draft was held 138, 2006 via conference call. Cat Osterman of Texas was selected first by the Connecticut Brakettes. Osterman opted not to sign with the Brakettes, becoming a free agent at the end of the 2006 season.

Notable transactions

Sarah Pauly signed her initial NPF contract, as the first player signed by the Connecticut Brakettes. In 2005 as a member of the amateur Stratford Brakettes, Pauly pitched against NPF teams.[9]

League standings

Source

Team GP W L Pct. GB
Chicago Bandits 42 30 12 .714 -
Connecticut Brakettes 42 27 15 .643 3
Akron Racers 46 29 17 .630 3
New England Riptide 41 24 17 .585 5.5
Texas Thunder 48 21 27 .438 12
Arizona Heat 48 20 28 .417 13
Philadelphia Force 42 14 28 .333 16

NPF's 2006 schedule was 48 games for each team, including seven four-game home series and five four-game road series. On the schedule were games against national teams from Canada, China and Chinese Taipei, as well as Denso Japan, a professional team. The USA Softball Team, World University Games Team and the Michigan Ice, a hopeful for NPF membership, were also scheduled as opponents. The results counted in the NPF's team records.[10]

NPF Championship

The 2006 NPF Championship Series was held at Frank DeLuca Hall of Fame Field in Stratford, Connecticut August 26 and 28. The top four teams qualified and were seeded based on the final standings. The series matched the teams up in a single-elimination bracket. The championship game was scheduled for August 27, but rain forced it to be moved to August 28.

NPF Semifinals (Aug. 26) NPF Championship (Aug 28)
      
Chicago Bandits 0
New England Riptide 1
New England Riptide 2
Connecticut Brakettes 0
Connecticut Brakettes 1
Akron Racers 0
2006 NPF Championship Series - Game 1
Game Date Score Location
1 August 26 Chicago Bandits 0, New England Riptide 1 (9 innings)[11] Stratford, Connecticut
2006 NPF Championship Series - Game 2
Game Date Score Location
2 August 26 Connecticut Brakettes 1, Akron Racers 0 (8 innings)[12] Stratford, Connecticut
2006 NPF Championship Series - Game 3
Game Date Score Location
3 August 28 New England Riptide 2, Connecticut Brakettes 0[13] Stratford, Connecticut
New England Riptide win NPF Championship

Championship Game

Team Top Batter Stats.
New England Riptide Lyndsey Angus 2-3 RBI K
Stratford Brakettes Kellie Wilkerson 1-2 BB K
Team Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
New England Riptide Jocelyn Forest (W) 7.0 5 0 0 2 7 26 28
Stratford Brakettes Sarah Pauly (L) 7.0 7 2 1 0 8 28 29
2006 NPF Championship Series MVP
Player Club Stats.
Jocelyn Forest New England Riptide 2-0 14Ks 0.00 ERA 2SHs 0.62 WHIP (7Hs+3BBs/16.0 IP)[14][15]

Annual awards

Source:[16]

Majestic Cup
(Best regular season record)
Chicago Bandits
Award Player Team
Player of the Year Award Lyndsey Angus New England Riptide
Pitcher of the Year Sarah Pauly Connecticut Brakettes
Rookie of the Year Stacy May Chicago Bandits
Defensive Player of the Year Carri Leto Philadelphia Force
Offensive Player of the Year Jessica Merchant Connecticut Brakettes
Managers of the Year Chicago Bandits -- Eugene Lenti and Mickey Dean
2006 All-NPF Team[17]
Position Name Team
Pitcher Sarah Pauly Connecticut Brakettes
Pitcher Jocelyn Forest New England Riptide
Pitcher Christa Williams Texas Thunder
Pitcher Amy Harre Chicago Bandits
Catcher Selena Collins Chicago Bandits
1st Base Jenna Hall Philadelphia Force
2nd Base Carri Leto Philadelphia Force
3rd Base Stacy May Chicago Bandits
Shortstop Jessica Merchant Connecticut Brakettes
Utility Lyndsey Angus New England Riptide
Outfield Iyhia McMichael Akron Racers
Outfield Kelly Kretschman Connecticut Brakettes
Outfield Anne Steffan Chicago Bandits
At-Large Kristen Zaleski Texas Thunder
At-Large Jackie Pasquerella New England Riptide
At-Large Nichole Thompson Arizona Heat
At-Large Oli Keohohou Akron Racers
At-Large Radara McHugh Akron Racers
At-Large Jaime Clark Chicago Bandits

See also

References

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