NPF Power Rankings: USSSA Pride Get Back On Top
As the 2019 National Pro Fastpitch season winds down, things are really heating up down the stretch between the league's six teams. After a week that included matchups between the NPF's top-two squads, a perfect game and a walk-off home run, we had some movement in our weekly power rankings.
See below for this week's NPF power rankings.
1. USSSA Pride
The Pride began the week by taking down the first-place Bandits in two straight games. After taking care of business versus Chicago, USSSA took four of five contests against the Canadian Wild.
In the final game of the Pride's series with the Wild on Sunday, Brittany Cervantes—who is one of the Pride's newest additions after a recent trade—blasted a walk-off home run to grant USSSA the victory.
2. Chicago Bandits
Rachele Fico stole the headlines for the Bandits last week, recording her first perfect game in the NPF on Saturday against the Aussie Peppers. Fico's perfect game marked the first one for Chicago since Monica Abbott accomplished the feat in 2015.
3. Canadian Wild
The Wild may have dropped four of their five meetings with the Pride last week, but a complete-game performance from Canadian pitcher Sara Groenewegen on Friday ended USSSA's 16-game winning streak at home.
4. Cleveland Comets
Cleveland swept its four-game series with the Eagles to increase its current winning streak to five games.
5. Aussie Peppers
The Peppers dropped all three of their contests against the Bandits last week, but will look to get back on track against the Wild beginning Tuesday.
6. Beijing Eagles
Fresh off their NPF hiatus due to international competitions, the Eagles struggled in their first week back against league foes. A tough stretch awaits them, as they will face the Pride and Bandits for a total of seven games this week.