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Bandits, Racers Sweep NPF Awards

August 19, 2009 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) News Release

AKRON, Ohio The National Professional Fastpitch (NPF) womens professional softball league announced its 2009 individual and regular season awards today also releasing the members of the All-NPF team. The Chicago Bandits and Akron Racers, the league's top two teams combined to sweep the 2009 NPF Awards and took 11 out of 18 slots on the All-NPF Team.

Akron Racers veteran Crystl Bustos captured both the Majestic Athletic 2009 Player of the Year award in addition to the Nokona American Glove Award as the 2009 Offensive Player of the year after concluding the 2009 regular season as the NPF league leader in batting average with a .382 clip and 27 RBIs, while finishing second with ten home runs.

For the second straight season, the defending NPF Champions, Chicago Bandits, captured the Majestic Cup for their 2009 Regular Season Championship with a triumphant 27-12 record in addition to claiming three out of the five major individual NPF awards.

Chicago Bandits rookie Tammy Williams made quite the impact in her first NPF campaign as the recipient of both the Nokona American Glove 2009 Defensive Player of the Year acclaim and Nokona American Glove 2009 Rookie of the Year award. Williams boasted an impressive .340 batting average, launched six homeruns, recording 20 RBIs and 20 runs scored for a stellar rookie season.

The Diamond Sports 2009 Pitcher of the Year Award went to NPF veteran and first year Chicago Bandit hurler, Eileen Canney. Canney dominated in the circle, boasting a 10-4 record while striking out the second-most batters in the league with 98 Ks on the season with nine complete games, racking up 110 innings of work for the Bandits from the circle.

The Akron Racers coaching staff received The Diamond Sports 2009 Coaching Staff of the Year accolade after first year coach, Barb Sherwood, guided the Racers to a second place finish with a 26-14 record, including a 7-3 mark against the first place Bandits. Player-coach Radara McHugh and volunteer assistant coach Shawn Reis rounded out the Racers coaching staff, assisting Sherwood in the 2009 campaign.

NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf was on hand for the presentation of awards and commended all the winners and recipients noting that, its something special to play in the NPF but truly extraordinary to finish at the top of the league statistically, given the level and surplus of talent in the league.

The Akron Racers paced the All-NPF Team with six selections, including Kenora Posey (Fontana, Calif./Tennessee) at second base. Posey boasted the fifth-best batting average on the team while collecting the second-most stolen bases in her initial campaign with the Racers.

Jackie Pasquerella (Bayshore, N.Y./Villanova) is a member of two former NPF Championship teams and was also a 2007 All-NPF Team selection with the New England Riptide. Pasquerella led the Racers in several offensive categories; including 41 hits and 32 runs scored.

The Akron Racers Lisa Modglin (Simi Valley, Calif./Cal-Poly) was named to All-NPF team as an outfielder. Modglin wrapped up the 2009 regular season as one of the Racers most consistent hitters, ending the year with the teams longest hitting streak at 14 games, most stolen bases with 16, and third-most hits with 38. The nod marks Modglins second consecutive year on the All-NPF squad.

Angela Tincher (Eagle Rock, Va./Virginia Tech) represents the Akron Racers as one of two pitchers selected to the All-NPF team. Tincher led the squad with the lowest ERA and picked up 67 strikeouts which ranked her second among Racers starters in just 59 innings of work. A 2008 All-NPF Team selection, Tincher has been selected to the All-NPF team in back-to-back seasons since joining the NPF in 2008.

Racers rookie Lisa Norris (Snellville, Ga./North Carolina) is the second pitcher selected to the All-NPF squad in her first year of professional softball. Norris led the Racers with 10 wins which tied for second-most in the league and paced the pitching staff with 92 strikeouts, third best among NPF pitchers. career home opener a memorable one after firing a perfect game for a 4-0 victory over the Rockford Thunder.

Rounding out the Racers honorees at designated player is Crystl Bustos (Canyon County, Calif./Palm Beach CC). The former Olympic Gold Medalist and 2008 USA Softball Player of the year managed to lead the team and league in batting average and RBI while blasting the second-most home runs in the league with 10 round-trippers despite a team-high 27 walks.

The Chicago Bandits nabbed five slots on the All-NPF squad with Rachel Folden (Baldwin Park, Calif./Marshall) selected at catcher. The 2008 NPF Rookie of the year finished the 2009 regular season batting a .308 average which was good enough for fourth on the team. Folden also completed the season atop the team standings in runs (16), hits (37) and RBIs (22).

Samantha Findlay (Lockport, Ill./Michigan) represents the Bandits on the All-NPF Team at first base. Findlay finished off the year leading the league with 11 home runs and tied for the league lead in RBIs with 27. Findlay also showed patience at the plate earning the most walks among the squad with 18.

Tammy Williams (Roscoe, Mo./Northwestern) filled the shortstop slot on the All-NPF team in just her first year of NPF action. Williams immediately became renown in the league not only for her impressive defensive play in the field but for her offensive prowess at the plate. After blasting a home run in her first game as a Bandit, the shortstop boasted a .340 batting average, blasted six home runs and drove in 20 RBIs in her first professional campaign.

Eileen Canney (Paradise, Calif./Northwestern) makes the All-NPF squad for the second time in her career as a pitcher and first as a Chicago Bandit. Canney concluded the 2009 regular season with a 10-4 record and guided the Bandits to a first place finish as she paced the squad with 98 strikeouts in 110 innings of work.

Amber Patton (Forsyth, Ill./DePaul) represents the Chicago Bandits on the All-NPF team as an outfielder. The rookie Patton was highly effective as the number two hitter in the Bandits lineup, leading the team in hits (38), runs (22) and batting average (.362), which also ranked third in the NPF.

Four members of the Rockford Thunder were selected to the All-NPF team with Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas/Texas) representing the team as a pitcher. Osterman, a two-time Olympic Medalist, was easily one of the most dominant pitchers in the NPF in 2009. Osterman earned herself the Triple Crown after finishing the season with 11 wins, 148 strikeouts and a 0.48 earned run average to lead the league in each category.

Amanda Williams (Powder Springs, Ga./Marshall) represents the Thunder in the outfield. NPF veteran Williams, finished the 2009 regular season with career highs in several categories including a .284 batting average, 15 RBIs, 13 walks and 29 hits. She finished the season among NPF batters tied for 10th in hits with 10, ninth in on-base percentage at .392, ninth in runs batted in with 15 and ninth in walks with 13.

NPF veteran Chelsea Spencer (San Leandro, Calif./Cal-Berkeley) made the All-NPF squad as an at-large selection in the role of designated player. Spencer put up impressive numbers all season for the Thunder and finished with a .259 batting average, leading the team with 18 RBIs, sixth-best in the league. Spencer paced the NPF with eight doubles and finished ninth in the league with 16 runs scored and 30 hits.

Jenna Rhodes (Broadway, Va./Virginia Tech), was an at-large selection at designated player for the Rockford Thunder. In her rookie season for the Thunder, Rhodes finished the regular season third in NPF with 15 stolen bases and was tied for fourth in at-bats with 119. Rhodes also ended the regular season tied for 10th in the league with 29 hits.

The USSSA Pride are represented by a trio of players including an at-large selection in Amber Jackson (Fontana, Calif./Maryland) in the role of designated player. Jackson, the 2007 NPF Player of the year had yet another terrific season at the plate, finishing the season fifth in the NPF with six home runs and 16th in the league with a .268 batting average.

The USSSA Prides Kelly Kretschman (Indian Harbour Beach, Fla./Alabama) was named to the All-NPF roster as an at-large designated player. The two-time Olympic medalist finished the 2009 campaign ranked second in the league with a .362 batting average, ranked third in the NPF with eight home runs and fifth in the league with a tally of 22 RBIs.

Oli Keohohou (Newbury Park, Calif./Brigham Young) represents the USSSA Pride on the All-NPF Team as an at-large selection. Keohohou, the NPF All-Time Homerun Champion, added to her home run totals by tallying seven homers in 2009 for a fourth place finish among league batters. A force at the placem, Keohohou finished 13th in the league with a .281 batting average and drew 21 walks on the season for a .415 on base percentage.

2009 NPF Award Winners

Majestic Athletic 2009 Player of the Year Crystl Bustos

Diamond Sports 2009 Coaching Staff of the Year Akron Racers

Diamond Sports 2009 Pitcher of the Year Eileen Canney

Nokona American Glove 2009 Rookie of the Year Tammy Williams

Nokona American Glove 2009 Defensive Player of the Year Tammy Williams

Nokona American Glove 2009 Offensive Player of the Year Crystl Bustos

Majestic Athletic 2009 Regular Season Champions Chicago Bandits

2009 All-NPF Team

Catcher Rachel Folden (Chicago Bandits)

1st Base Samantha Findlay (Chicago Bandits)

2nd Base Kenora Posey (Akron Racers)

3rd Base Jackie Pasquerella (Akron Racers)

Shortstop Tammy Williams (Chicago Bandits)

Outfield Lisa Modglin (Akron Racers)

Outfield Amber Patton (Chicago Bandits)

Outfield Amanda Williams (Rockford Thunder)

Pitcher Cat Osterman (Rockford Thunder)

Pitcher Eileen Canney (Chicago Bandits)

Pitcher Angela Tincher (Akron Racers)

Pitcher Lisa Norris (Akron Racers)

At-large/DP Crystl Bustos (Akron Racers)

At-large/DP Oli Keohohou (USSSA Pride)

At-large/DP Chelsea Spencer (Rockford Thunder)

At-large/DP Kelly Kretschman (USSSA Pride)

At-large/DP Jenna Rhodes (Rockford Thunder)

At-large/DP Amber Jackson (USSSA Pride)

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