Each summer, despite grueling travel and low pay, the NPF springs back to life with an ever-changing roster of players. But for veterans like Amber Patton, their desire to see softball become a viable option after college, keeps them coming back.
Jessica Mendoza, a two-time Olympic medalist in softball, announced today that she and her 2008 Olympic teammates are leaving the U.S. national team to play exclusively for the National Pro Fastpitch league.
Monica Abbott struck out five of the six batters she faced and the U.S. women's softball team beat National Pro Fastpitch's Washington Glory 2-0 on Saturday in front of 8,724 fans, the largest crowd to see an American pre-Olympic tour game.
Stacey Nuveman hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the U.S. Olympic softball team rally from a three-run deficit to beat a team of All-Stars from the National Pro Fastpitch league 5-3 Tuesday.