NPF Series Ends Early Due to Weather
BATON ROUGE - LSU softball coach Beth Torina, former All-American pitcher Brittany Mack and the USSSA Florida Pride had the 2012 NPF Championship Series end without crowning a winner over the weekend.
Severe weather hit Rosemont, Ill., all day Sunday which caused the cancellation. The 2012 NPF Championship Series came down to a best of three series between the Pride and host Chicago Bandits. The Bandits edged the Pride Saturday by a 2-1 score during game one.
"This is a heartbreaking decision to make and a terrible position to be in," NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf told the league website on Sunday. "Our players are competitors at their core and every single one of them are gravely disappointed in not being able to finish this. Obviously, the best solution would have been to delay the competition to Monday. However, one team would have suffered significant losses to their roster, due to travel plans, making the postponement and continuation unfair to say the least. Unfortunately, our policies do not provide for naming a winner in the event the championship series is not completed."
Torina led the USSSA Florida Pride to a 31-12 regular season mark in her first season as head coach and the franchise's third consecutive regular season title. She served as an assistant coach with the Pride in 2010 and 2011.
Mack completed her rookie campaign with a 6-4 record and a 3.46 ERA over 11 starts. She fired five complete games and picked up 58 strikeouts in her 64.2 innings of work. The right-hander secured wins in four of her final five decisions after returning to Tiger Park on July 7.
The NPF is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL).