This week, the nation’s top professional women’s softball teams are in Rosemont to compete in the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Championship series.
The three-day series kicked-off on Thursday, Aug. 22 with the #4 seed NY/NJ Comets vs. the #3 seed Akron Racers. The #1 seed Chicago Bandits and #2 seed USSSA Pride will play their first games in the series Friday, Aug. 23.
The first game of the Championship Series on Thursday was to feature a special salute to active and retired military personnel and their families, including a color guard presentation by the Marine Air Control Group 48. “America’s Got Talent” semi-finalist Branden James, best known for his emotional performance of “You Raise Me Up” at Radio City Music Hall, performs the national anthem at Game 4 of the National Pro Fastpitch Championship series Saturday, Aug. 24 at 4 p.m.
The NPF Championship Series is the league’s hallmark event and will feature the USSSA Pride, Chicago Bandits, NY/NJ Comets and the Akron Racers. Along with the league’s most talented players, there will also be numerous Olympic medalists on each team competing in the playoff/tournament format. The format of the series is new in 2013, featuring two elimination games prior to the best of three Final Series.
On Thursday, the winning team of the NY/NJ Comets vs. Akron Racers game moved forward into Friday’s competition. In Friday’s first match-up, the #2 seed, USSSA Pride, will face the winner of Thursday’s NY/NJ Comets vs. Akron Racers game. The loser is again eliminated and the winner moves on to square off in the best of three Final Series against the awaiting #1 seed—Chicago Bandits. The final game of the Final Series is the primetime feature of Friday night. Saturday will conclude with Game 2 of the Final Series, and if necessary, Game 3.