If you followed National Professional Fastpitch this summer, you probably already know the statement above is accurate. If you don't follow the NPF, it's time to start. College softball's best players have the ability to play the game at the highest level after graduation. Yes, there is USA Softball, but the NPF has housed some of the best players from college softball and former/ current Team USA members for years. Amanda Chidester and Abbey Cheek set the league on fire with their offensive numbers in 2019. Chidester was the 2019 NPF Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year. Cheek enjoyed early success as the 2019 NPF Rookie of the Year. Together, the two power hitters lead the Chicago Bandits to the 2019 NPF Championship Series.
2019 Regular Season Statistics
2019 Championship Series Statistics (3 Games)
As shown above, both Chidester and Cheek launched moon-shots well over the centerfield fence at Parkway Bank Sports Complex during the championship series. One of the largest fields in fastpitch softball, the stadium dimensions are measured at 220 feet to dead center and 210 feet to right and left field. If you're wondering how they generate so much power, check out these swing breakdowns by JK Whited.