NPF Power Rankings: Chicago Bandits Regain Top Spot
After an unprecedented stretch during which they have recorded 14 straight wins (and counting), the Chicago Bandits have once again returned to the top spot in our weekly National Pro Fastpitch power rankings. While the USSSA Pride spent the weekend playing some of the world's top national teams in exhibition games at the USA Softball International Cup in Columbus, Ga., the Bandits dominated their NPF opponents in league play.
See below for this week's NPF power rankings.
1. Chicago Bandits (20–3)
Thanks to quality production from top to bottom in their lineup and lights-out pitching, the Bandits haven't lost a game in more than two weeks.
Next week's series against the Pride will likely reveal quite a bit about where exactly the NPF's best squads stand at this point in the season.
2. USSSA Pride (17–3)
The Pride were tested in their three games over the weekend at the International Cup. USSSA fell to Team USA, 2–1, in a lightning-shortened game on Friday before dropping its contest against Team Japan, 3–2, on Saturday. On Sunday, the Pride were locked in a 3–3 battle with the USA U-19 team before that game was called due to inclement weather.
The Pride will get back to NPF action this week with a series against the Comets.
3. Canadian Wild (16–13)
The Wild's Jen Gilbert currently leads the NPF in hits, home runs, RBI and doubles.
4. Cleveland Comets (9–17)
Cleveland's Sammy Marshall upped her league-leading total for stolen bases to 18 this past week.
5. Beijing Eagles (7–19)
The Eagles were missing several players over the past week, as members of the Beijing squad competed for Team China at the International Cup.
6. Aussie Peppers (5-19)
The Peppers halted their three-game losing streak last week with a win over the Wild.
The Bandits are in town for a tough series this week with the Aussie squad.