NPF Power Rankings: Bandits Surge Ahead At Season's End
With one week remaining in the 2019 National Pro Fastpitch season, the Chicago Bandits are currently the league's top team. Though the Bandits and USSSA Pride have both already clinched spots in the 2019 NPF Championship Series—which is set to begin on Thursday, Aug. 15 at Parkway Bank Sports Complex in Rosemont, Ill.—the final week of the 2019 campaign will decide who the regular-season title and top seed in the best-of-five championship series will belong to.
With two games scheduled between the two rivals this week, things are sure to be interesting as the regular season comes to a close.
See our last NPF power rankings of the 2019 regular season below.
1. Chicago Bandits
When the Bandits took two games from the Pride over the weekend in USSSA's last home series of the season, it meant that there would be a new first-place team heading into the final week of the NPF regular season. It also meant that Chicago's eight-game losing streak against the Pride, which dated back to last season, was over.
2. USSSA Pride
Though the Pride dropped two big games to the Bandits over the weekend, the team still has six games remaining in its regular season and a chance to clinch the regular-season title this week.
3. Canadian Wild
The Wild wrapped up their first season in the NPF last week with a 10–5 victory over the Comets. The Canadian squad finished the 2019 campaign in third place with a 22–19 record.
4. Cleveland Comets
Like the Wild, the Comets also completed their NPF season last week. Cleveland, which has now played two full seasons in the league, finished in fourth place with a 20–22 record.
5. Aussie Peppers
The Aussies will wrap up their 2019 campaign with a four-game series versus the Pride this week at home in North Mankato, Minn.
6. Beijing Eagles
The Eagles have one series left in their NPF season, which will be a four-game set against the Bandits in Rosemont, Ill.