By Kirk Ihlenburg
August was an exciting month for the NPF. Not only did a great season of play come to an end, the Championship Series was played in Rosemont, IL. During the Series a banquet was held to honor some players who achieved some great levels of success.
Caitlin Lowe was this season’s recipient of the Ringor Golden Shoe Award for the most stolen bases in the regular season. Caitlin had an impressive 16 stolen bases. This is an amazing accomplishment considering the how high the level of play is and the speed of the game. To put this in context, only four players including Lowe, had double digit steals. Her ability to time the pitcher, get a strong push off and use her speed, netted her the award and title.
The Chicago Bandits collected the Ringor Cup as the regular season champions. Their team play and consistency, on both offense and defense, gave them a season record of 36 – 12 (.750). Many on the team credited their success to team chemistry. They were able to build strong bonds throughout the season with little to no trouble in the dugout. Seeing them at the banquet, I got a real sense for how much these players care for each other.
Watching an NPF game first hand is a must see for any softball fan. Being there brings a new appreciation for the talent these players have and how well they have honed their craft. There is excitement with every pitch, more noise than the floor of the Stock Exchange and more web gems per game than an entire day in the MLB. These players bring passion to each game and are great ambassadors for the professional level of softball.
About the Author
Kirk Ihlenburg is the CEO of Ringor..