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Brenna Moss Wins Player of Year and Offensive Player of Year in NPF

Brenna Moss of the Chicago Bandits continued her historic season Wednesday night as the veteran left fielder captured a trio of honors, including the Player of the Year Award, at the NPF Awards Banquet.

Moss tied the league’s single-season hits record with 65 and led the NPF in batting avg., runs scored, and stolen bases which Moss stole 27 bases to rank third all-time in a single season and first in Bandits history. As a result, Moss collected the NPF’s Offensive Player of the Year Award and Stolen Bases Award.

USSSA’s Pride pitcher Jolene Henderson won Pitcher of the Year Award after the right-hander posted a stellar 10-0 record throughout the regular season with a 0.40 ERA as part of a dominant Pride pitching staff. Henderson paced the club with 70.0 innings of work in the circle and surrendered just four earned runs. She also maintained a 6-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Cleveland Comets rookie first baseman Jade Rhodes took home the prestigious Gold Glove Award, presented by Rawlings. Rhodes committed just two errors in a league-high 369 opportunities in the infield to beat out Pride catcher and 2017 Gold Glove recipient Chelsea Goodacre, and Bandits center fielder Sammy Marshall.

Fellow rookie Jessie Scroggins secured the Rookie of the Year Award after the Bandits right fielder became one of two first-year players in NPF history — joined by Beijing Shougang Eagles outfielder Victoria Draper — to eclipse the .400 mark at the plate. Scroggins concluded the regular season with a .412 clip at the plate, breaking the previous record set by Sami Fagan of the Akron Racers during the 2016 season.

A trio of standout sluggers shared the title of Home Run Champion after Chicago’s Emily Carosone, along with USSSA’s Lauren Chamberlain and Megan Wiggins each delivered 12 deep flies during the 2018 campaign. Wiggins supplied a pair of home runs over the final two games of the regular season to create the three-way tie.

The USSSA Pride coaching staff of Mike Stith, Cody Dent and Andrea Duran captured the Vaultz Lock It Up! Coaching Staff of the Year honor after the first-year crew guided the Pride to the NPF’s regular-season championship and the best regular season record of all-time at 42-5.

The Pride and Bandits dominated All-NPF Team selections with the Pride having nine players on the team while the Bandits had seven players on the team. The Beijing Eagles and Cleveland Comets each had one representative. You can check out the All-NPF Team below.

The NPF Championship Series starts on Thursday on a best five series between the Pride and Bandits from Rosemont to be televised at 8 pm ET on ESPN+

2018 All-NPF Team

Position                                 Name                                      Team

Catcher                                   Kristyn Sandberg                  Chicago Bandits

First base                               Jade Rhodes                           Cleveland Comets

Second base                           Emily Carosone                     Chicago Bandits

Third base                              Bianka Bell                             USSSA Pride

Shortstop                               Shelby Pendley                      USSSA Pride

Outfield                                  Brenna Moss                          Chicago Bandits

Outfield                                  Sammy Marshall                   Chicago Bandits

Outfield                                  Megan Wiggins                      USSSA Pride

Designated player                 Lauren Chamberlain             USSSA Pride

At-large                                  Hallie Wilson                          USSSA Pride

At-large                                  Jessie Scroggins                     Chicago Bandits

At-large                                  Victoria Draper                     Beijing Shougang Eagles

At-large                                  Nadia Taylor                          Chicago Bandits

At-large                                  Sierra Romero                       USSSA Pride

Pitcher                                    Jolene Henderson                  USSSA Pride

Pitcher                                    Shelby Turnier                      Chicago Bandits

Pitcher                                    Keilani Ricketts                      USSSA Pride

Pitcher                                    Jessica Burroughs                 USSSA Pride

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