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For the first time since 2009, The National Pro Fast Pitch League has a franchise other than the Chicago Bandits or USSSA Pride that is taking the Cowles Cup home as the Scrap Yard Dawgs defeated the USSSA Pride beating them twice on Sunday to win first NPF Championship in franchise history.

The Scrap Yard Dawgs had to beat the USSSA Pride twice on Sunday after losing Game one to the Pride 5-0. That would force Monica Abbott to pitch twice on Sunday, and Abbott responded throwing a shutout in Game two winning 2-0 to force a winner take all game three. Abbott dominated the Pride offense, which was ranked No. 1 in the NPF, holding them to two runs in the two games with only one run was earned. Abbott had 25 strikeouts and threw 242 pitches on a day where the heat index was 100+ in Baton Rouge.

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Eight year National Pro Fast Pitch League veteran and former All-American Kelley Montalvo is coming home as the Miami native was named the assistant coach of Division two program Barry on Thursday.

“I am extremely excited to be a part of the Barry family,” Montalvo said in Barry press release. “I strongly believe in the code of ethics and morals that they represent and the way that they have established such a family-based culture. Also being a Miami native, it is heartwarming to finally be able to come back to my hometown and family and represent such a well-rounded university. Barry has always been very competitive in athletics but what over shines that is how they excel in preparing these student-athletes for their futures beyond the field.”

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits have named Stacey Nuveman Deniz as the team’s new head coach, general manager Toni Calmeyn announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Nuveman Deniz, a three-time U.S. Olympian during her playing days, has served as the associate head coach at San Diego State since the 2013 season. She’s spent the past nine seasons as a member of the Aztecs’ program in numerous capacities, including recruiting coordinator, hitting instructor, assistant coach and associate head coach.

Prior to joining San Diego State’s coaching staff, Nuveman Deniz spent six years as an analyst for ESPN in addition to her numerous public speaking appearances and conducting of softball camps and clinics domestically and internationally.

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New Auburn Head Coach Mickey Dean made a big splash in his first move as Tigers Head Coach. Dean hired Gerry Glasco to his coaching staff announced on Tuesday. Glasco comes over from Texas A&M where he spent the last three seasons as associate head coach.

“I am so excited to join one of the top softball programs in the country, in the best softball conference in the nation,” Glasco said in Auburn press release. “Auburn is a school with tremendous recent softball success and historical, long-term athletic success overall.”

Glasco brings experience in the Southeastern Conference having coached ten seasons in the conference with the Aggies and before that at Georgia.

“I am extremely excited that Gerry is joining our staff,” Dean said in Auburn press release. “I think he’s one of the top hitting coaches in the country and he will be a tremendous asset to our staff and our program.”

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Two days after new Auburn Head Coach Mickey Dean hired Gerry Glasco away from Texas A&M. Dean appoints Annie Smith to the coaching staff.

“We’re excited to have Annie join our program,” Dean said in Auburn press release. “She’s had the experience of coaching in the Southeastern Conference. She’s had experience as a head coach and was the coach of the year in her conference multiple times. I think she is a coach that the players will find it easy to relate to.”

Smith had been the Head Coach at Georgia Southern the last six seasons going 176-166 making the NCAA Tournament twice. She guided the Eagles to Southern Conference titles in 2012 and 2014 and conference tournament titles in 2012 and 2013 before going 24-29 overall and 12-15 in the Sun Belt last season. Smith joined LSU staff as a volunteer coach this off-season.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Melyssa Lombardi (DI / Oklahoma), Sara Kubuske (DII / Indianapolis), James Inzana (DIII / Virginia Wesleyan), Bobbi Bridges (NAIA / Oklahoma City), Matt Sanders (NJCAA DI / Butler CC), Ron Bretz (NJCAA DII / Mercyhurst North East), DJ Johnson (NJCAA DIII / Rock Valley) Caitlin Luquet (Cal JC/Diablo Valley), Jim Costello (High School / Los Alamitos [Calif.]), and Rob Rossi (Travel Ball / Rhode Island Thunder) are the 2017 recipients of the Easton/NFCA Assistant Coach of the Year award.

These awards salute the efforts of coaches from the various NFCA membership categories for their tireless dedication to the sport of softball and to the continued education, growth and development of young women, both on and off the playing field.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Lathrop (Mo.) High School junior Brooke Huitt was named MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Player of the Week for games played the week of Sept. 11-17.

Highlighted by a perfect game against Lawson, Huitt recorded two strong outings in the circle for Lathrop. On Sept. 14, the right-handed hurler struck out 18 of the 21 batters she faced and did not allow a Lawson batter to reach base in her first perfect game and second no-hitter of the season. In her first start of the week against Maysville, Huitt allowed an earned run on three hits and fanned 12 in a complete-game victory. She also chipped in at the plate with three hits, a double and RBI. For the week, she struck out 30, did not issue a free pass and held her opposition to an .021 batting average.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The National Fastpitch Coaches Association is honored to announce that member coaches Amanda Fazzari (Illinois Wesleyan University), Caitlynn Dykes (Susquehanna University) and Missy Keith (Ursuline Academy) are the 2017 recipients of the Mary Nutter Scholarship and Southwest High School’s Sandra Hernandez is the winner of the Diversity Grant.

The Mary Nutter Scholarship is an educational grant, named for the former Pittsburg State (Kan.) head coach and 1997 NFCA Hall of Fameinductee who founded National Sports Clinics, seeks to continue Nutter’s effort to provide softball coaches at all levels access to the best minds in the sport to help them become better coaches themselves.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The NFCA is pleased to announce that University of Indianapolis head coach Missy Frost is the 2017 recipient of the Association’s Donna Newberry “Perseverance” Award and Flower Mound (Texas) High head coach Mark Larriba was selected as this year’s NFCA Humanitarian Award honoree.

Frost, who completed chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer at the end of May, has been embraced by the softball community since her diagnosis last November. On April 8, that support went to another level when Frost was recognized before Bellarmine University’s StrikeOut Cancer doubleheader against the Greyhounds, with a pink bat presentation, honorary first pitch and prayer circle involving both teams. For the twinbill, both teams wore t-shirts and headbands with the Faith.Fight.Frost logo that Jere Kubuske, the husband of Frost’s longtime assistant coach Sara Kubuske, designed for the occasion.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Senior Sevi Harden of Thomas Jefferson (Denver, Colo.) High School was named MaxPreps/NFCA National High School Player of the Week for games played the week of Sept. 18-24.

Harden helped her squad improve to 14-1 on the season by going 12-for-13 (.923) at the plate with three doubles, four home runs, 13 RBI and 13 runs scored. In the four victories, she slugged 2.076 and drew four walks for a .941 on-base percentage. Harden clubbed three of those long balls, drove in seven and scored four times against Denver West. She matched a season best with four hits, two of those doubles, to go along with three RBI and a run scored versus Conifer.  Harden also scored four times against Denver South and hit her fourth homer of the week against Pueblo West.

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