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NPF Power Rankings: Pride Hold Steady Entering Home Stretch

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(Photo courtesy of USSSA Pride)

There are just two weeks remaining in the National Pro Fastpitch regular season, and just like they have for much of the 2019 campaign, the defending-champion USSSA Pride still possess the top spot in the league's standings. The Pride lead the Chicago Bandits by three games in the wins column with five head-to-head matchups remaining in this year's regular season.

The best-of-five NPF Championship Series will take place between the league's top-two teams—based on their respective records from the regular season—at Parkway Bank Sports Complex in Rosemont, Ill. from August 15 to 19.

See below for this week's NPF power rankings.

1. USSSA Pride

The Pride dominated the week on the field, as they took all four of the games they played against the Beijing Eagles. But the team's best moment of the week may have occurred when former Pride star Lauren Chamberlain returned to lead the crowd for an inspiring moment at USSSA's 2019 All-American Games. Watch it below.

2. Chicago Bandits

The Bandits were plagued by inclement weather over the weekend, which limited their ability to take the field. Chicago, however, did secure two shutout victories over the Eagles last week.

3. Canadian Wild

The Wild recorded four wins and three losses during a busy week of NPF action. The Canadian squad's last NPF game of the season will take place Monday against the Comets.

4. Cleveland Comets

Cleveland was off during the week last week, but went 2–1 over the weekend versus the Wild with one game still left to be played in the series.

5. Aussie Peppers

The Peppers picked up a victory over the Wild last week, but dropped their series with the Canadians, three games to one. The Aussie squad will not play again in the NPF until next week, when they wrap up their season with a series against the Pride on their home field in North Mankato, Minn.

6. Beijing Eagles

After dropping all six contests they played last week, the Eagles will look to steal a game or two this week from the Bandits and Pride at home in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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Jessie Warren's Gold Glove Carries Meaning Beyond Softball

Last week, Jessie Warren became the fourth-ever softball player to win a Rawlings Gold Glove.