2017 NPF

Championship Series

August 17-20


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New England Riptide Notebook

LOWELL, Mass. – The New England Riptide women’s professional softball team, sporting a 16-20 record in fourth place, holds a 4 ½ game lead over the Arizona Heat (11-24) for the final playoff spot with 24 regular season games remaining to be played in the National Pro Fastpitch league.

The Riptide host The Heat this weekend in a key three-game series Friday and Saturday night (7:05) and Sunday afternoon (1:05) at Martin Softball Field in Lowell.

Leigh Ann Ellis (South Florida) and Jocelyn Forest (Cal at Berkeley), the New England Riptide’s two NPF all-stars, each pitched two shutout innings for the East in last week’s inaugural All-Star Game won by the West, 1-0. Game starter Ellis struck out two and gave up only one hit, while Forest fanned two and held the West hitless. Nancy Evans (Arizona Heat) was MVP.

Shortstop Tara Knudsen (Georgia Tech) is one of the hottest hitters in the league and she now leads The Riptide (or is tied for the lead) in RBI (11), doubles (5), triples (1) and home runs (2). Her 11 RBI ranks her eighth in the league. Tara is second on the team in hits (24) and batting average (.211).

The Arizona Heat has obtained former University of Massachusetts star pitcher Danielle Henderson from the Akron Racers.

The New England Riptide tickets are priced at $8.00 for individual games and four-game Flex-Packs also are available for only $28.00. All seating is general admission at Martin Softball Field. Go to or call 866-4RIPTIDE to purchase non-group rate tickets. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities also still available.

New England Riptide Leaders
Batting: Average -- .214 (24-112), Sara Jewett; Hits – 26, LaDonia Hughes; Runs Scored – 11, Jewett; RBI – 11, Tara Knudsen; 2B – 5, Knudsen; 3B – 1, Jewett, Nicole Thompson, Knudsen; HR – 2, Rachael McGinnis, Knudsen, Jewett; SB – 6, Hughes.

Pitching: Wins – *9, Jocelyn Forest; Starts – 12, Forest; Complete Games – *12, Forest; Innings Pitched – *109.1, Forrest; ERA – 1.10, Forest; Strikeouts – *118, Forrest.

* leads NPF

Upcoming Games
July 20-21 (7:35) at Houston vs. Texas Thunder; July 23-24 (7:05), July 25 (1:05) at Lowell vs. Arizona Heat; July 27-28-29 (7:05) at Akron vs. Racers.


Bob Trieger
Full Court Press