2007 NPF Season
LeagueNational Pro Fastpitch
Sportsoftball
DurationMay 29, 2007 – August 18, 2007
Number of teams6
2007 NPF Draft
Top draft pickLindsay Schutzler
Tennessee
Picked byChicago Bandits
Regular Season
Majestic Cup
(Best record)
Washington Glory
Cowles Cup
ChampionsWashington Glory
  Runners-upRockford Thunder
Finals MVPMonica Abbott
Washington Glory
NPF seasons
← 2006
2008 →

The 2007 National Pro Fastpitch season was the fourth 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
Chicago Bandits Lisle, Illinois Benedictine University Sports Complex[1]
New England Riptide Lowell, Massachusetts Martin Softball Field[2]
Philadelphia Force Allentown, Pennsylvania ECTB Stadium[3]
Rockford Thunder Rockford, Illinois SportsCore One[4]
Washington Glory Fairfax, Virginia Softball Complex at George Mason University[5]

Milestones and events

A number of changes to the NPF roster of teams happened in the offseason:

The Texas Thunder were sold to new ownership based in Rockford, Illinois. They relocated there for the 2007 season and renamed themselves the Rockford Thunder.[6]

In January 2007, the Connecticut Brakettes announced they would no longer participate in NPF.[7]

In February, an expansion team named the Washington Glory was added to NPF, and the Glory inherited the contracts of players from the Brakettes.[8]

Arizona Heat suspended play for the 2007 season.[9] Despite rumors to the contrary, the Heat never rejoined NPF.

NPF hired Cheri Kempf to be commissioner. Kempf's background includes pitching on the 1992 gold medal-winning United States national team in the World Cup in Beijing, China, producing instructional books and videos on softball, and announcing professional and college softball telecasts.[10]

In March, the Akron Racers hired Shonda Stanton, the head softball coach at Marshall University to be field manager.[11]

Player acquisition

College draft

Further information: 2007 NPF Draft

The 2007 NPF Senior Draft was held February 14, 2007. Lindsay Schutzler of Tennessee was selected first by the Chicago Bandits.[12]

Notable transactions

Cat Osterman was drafted first in the 2006 NPF Draft by the Connecticut Brakettes. She did not sign with them, becoming a free agent on September 30, 2006. In December 2006, she signed a deal to join the Rockford Thunder.[13]

League standings

Source [14]

Team GP W L Pct. GB
Washington Glory 44 34 10 .773 -
Akron Racers 43 26 17 .605 7.5
New England Riptide 44 26 18 .591 8
Rockford Thunder 44 24 20 .545 10
Philadelphia Force 44 24 20 .545 10
Chicago Bandits 44 23 21 .523 11

The Michigan Ice played a partial schedule in 2007, with hopes of receiving investor support in 2008 to become a full-time NPF member. The Ice never became a full-time member. League games against Team China, Denso Japan professional softball team, the Venezuela national team and the Stratford Brakettes were also scheduled. The results counted in the NPF's team records.[15]

NPF Championship

The 2007 NPF Championship Series was held at Sunset Point Park in Kimberly, Wisconsin August 24-6. The top four teams qualified and were seeded based on the final standings. The series matched the teams up in a double-elimination bracket.[16]

  August 25, 2007[17] August 25, 2007 August 26, 2007
                             
1 Washington Glory 4  
4 Rockford Thunder 0  
  W1 New England Riptide 1  
  W2 Washington Glory 2  
2 Akron Racers 0
3 New England Riptide 3  
  W4 Washington Glory 3
  W5 Rockford Thunder 1
L1 Akron Racers 3  
L2 Rockford Thunder 6  
  W3 Rockford Thunder 5
  L4 New England Riptide 0  
2007 NPF Championship Series - Game 1
#2 seed vs. #3 seed
Game Date Score Location
1 August 25 Akron Racers 0, New England Riptide 3[18] Kimberly, Wisconsin
Riptide advance; Racers to losers bracket
2007 NPF Championship Series - Game 2
#1 seed vs. #4 seed
Game Date Score Location
2 August 25 Washington Glory 4, Rockford Thunder 0[19] Kimberly, Wisconsin
Glory advance; Thunder to losers bracket
2007 NPF Championship Series - Game 3
Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser
Game Date Score Location
3 August 25 Akron Racers 3, Rockford Thunder 6 (10 innings)[20] Kimberly, Wisconsin
Rockford Thunder eliminate Akron Racers
2007 NPF Championship Series - Game 4
Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
Game Date Score Location
4 August 25 Washington Glory 2, New England Riptide 1[21] Kimberly, Wisconsin
Glory to final; Riptide to losers bracket
2007 NPF Championship Series - Game 5
Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser
Game Date Score Location
5 August 26 Rockford Thunder 5, New England Riptide 0[22] Kimberly, Wisconsin
Thunder to final; Riptide eliminated
2007 NPF Championship Series - Game 6
Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner
Game Date Score Location
6 August 24 Washington Glory 3, Rockford Thunder 1[23] Kimberly, Wisconsin
Washington Glory win NPF Championship
2007 NPF Championship Series MVP
Player Club Stats.
Monica Abbott Washington Glory 2-0 0.00 ERA NH SV[24]

League leaders

Batting leaders

Pitching leaders

Annual awards

Source:[25]

Majestic Cup
(Best regular season record)
Washington Glory
Award Player Team
Player of the Year Award Amber Jackson Washington Glory
Pitcher of the Year Desiree Serrano Washington Glory
Rookie of the Year Kristina Thorson Philadelphia Force
Defensive Player of the Year Jackie Pasquerella New England Riptide
Offensive Player of the Year Veronica Wootson Akron Racers
Manager of the Year Carie Dever-Boaz Washington Glory
2007 All-NPF Team[26]
Position Name Team
Pitcher Kristina Thorson Philadelphia Force
Pitcher Desiree Serrano Washington Glory
Pitcher Sarah Pauly Washington Glory
Pitcher Eileen Canney New England Riptide
Catcher Mackenzie Vandergeest Rockford Thunder
1st Base Kellie Wilkerson Philadelphia Force
2nd Base Veronica Wootson Akron Racers
3rd Base Norrelle Dickson Akron Racers
Shortstop Amber Jackson Washington Glory
Outfield Kristen Zaleski Rockford Thunder
Outfield Sharonda McDonald Philadelphia Force
Outfield Shanel Scott New England Riptide
At-Large Oli Keohohou Washington Glory
At-Large Nicole Thompson Washington Glory
At-Large Chelsea Spencer Philadelphia Force
At-Large Jamie Clark Chicago Bandits
At-Large Kristen Butler Akron Racers
At-Large Serena Settlemier Rockford Thunder

See also

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