NORMAN, Okla. - As a bonus to Oklahoma softball fans, the staff of SoonerSports.com will provide a weekly glimpse at former players competing in the National Pro Fastpitch league. Today's installment covers week 12 of the NPF season for three Sooner alums. Check back every Wednesday for an updated look at the Sooners in the professional ranks.
The Chicago Bandits and former Sooner first baseman, Christina Enea, ended the regular season on top with an automatic bid to the playoff series. After playing a four-game series against the Arizona Heat, the team finished with an overall mark of 41-7.
Although the Bandits lost one game to the Heat, they won the series 3-1. Enea played a key role in the Bandits' success after collecting four hits and one run on nine at bats during the series.
Chicago is slated to play the NY/NJ Juggernauts Friday, Aug. 27 in the first round of the playoffs.
Erin Evans and the Texas Thunder had an impressive winning streak until they lost their final game of the season to the Akron Racers. The team finished 3rd overall for the season and will make its appearance in the 2005 National Professional Softball Playoffs. The Thunder will open the playoffs with a meeting against the Akron Racers, Friday, Aug. 27 at 9 p.m.
Evans played in two of the four games last weekend against the Racers. The outfielder had a rough outing with zero hits, runs or RBI in two at bats.
After a great start to the season, the NY/NJ Juggernauts and former Sooner All-American Heather Scaglione finished fourth with a record of 31-14. After winning the series against the New England Riptide, 3-1, the Juggernauts were the final team selected for the playoffs. The Juggernauts will play the first-place Bandits Friday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m.
Scaglione only played in one of the four games against the Riptide. The catcher had two at bats with zero hits, runs and RBI.
The 2005 NPF Playoffs and All-Star game will be held at the Chicago Bandits home field in Lisle, Ill. It is a single elimination tournament that will be played over a two-day span and will conclude with the All-Star Game. Only the top four squads in the six-team league will compete in the 2005 NPF Playoffs.
The games will be televised on ESPN2 and Comcast SportsNet. For more information, please visit the Bandits website at www.ChicagoBandits.com.