Top NPF moments of the week: Kretschman wins Triple Crown, Haeger tosses no-no in Week 11

The NPF regular season came to an end on Sunday, which means the Championship Series—beginning Friday in Tuscaloosa, Ala—is all that remains in the 2016 campaign. Before the Cowles Cup is awarded, however, Week 11 featured an unprecedented feat, the first solo no-hitter of the summer, an unexpected shower capping off an incredible performance and much more. See the 11th week of the season in review below.

Storyline of the week

Kelly Kretschman wins Triple Crown

For the first time in NPF history, the league has a Triple Crown winner. The unrivaled Kelly Kretschman, the anticipated Player of the Year, officially collected the honor on Sunday. At 36 years old, Kretschman batted .466, with 13 home runs and 45 RBIs this season, with her batting average marking the second-highest clip in league history behind Kristen Zeleski’s .468 mark in 2005 for the Rockford Thunder.

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Kretschman, an 11-year professional softball veteran, is the league’s oldest player.

Performance of the week

Lauren Haeger tosses no-hitter

Dallas Charge ace Lauren Haeger, one of the league’s only two-way players, tossed a no-hitter on Thursday when she lifted her team to a 5–0 win over the Chicago Bandits. Haeger, the 2015 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year and two-time national champion at the University of Florida, posted a complete-game effort with two strikeouts on Thursday to become the first pitcher to collect a solo no-no in 2016. The USSSA Pride’s Chelsea Thomas and Kelsey Nunley combined for a no-hitter in Week 2.

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The Charge failed to make the postseason in their second season in existence.

Team of the week

USSSA Pride

The NPF’s top-ranked team finished its regular season just as hot as it played for most of it. The Pride, the regular-season champions and only team in the league to reach the 30-win mark, posted a 4–0 record in Week 10 after sweeping the fourth-place Akron Racers, who they will meet on Friday in the first round of the postseason.

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USSSA will need to take two of three from Akron in Tuscaloosa in order to advance to the championship round and attempt to win its fourth Cowles Cup in franchise history.

Moment of the week

Three dingers grant Chelsea Goodacre a shower

The Pride’s Chelsea Goodacre pulled a Reggie Jackson circa Game 6 of the 1977 World Series—or for you Boston Red Sox fans out there, a Mookie Betts circa May 31 and Aug. 14 of this year—and launched three home runs on Monday in a 7–3 win against the Racers. To make her feat even more impressive, Goodacre recorded her bombs off of three different Akron hurlers.

The second-year NPF player cooled off with an unexpected shower from her teammates after the game.

Watch below.

In other news, Jailyn Ford has excellent reflexes.

Tweets of the week

Sierra Romero’s truth bombs set the record straight

Sierra Romero may be an NPF rookie, but that hasn’t stopped the Pride star from using her platform to speak out on behalf of women in sports. On Sunday, Romero took to Twitter to reprimand the haters who were shaming USA Basketball’s Angel McCoughtry for hitting a layup instead of dunking the wide-open look.

The former University of Michigan slugger followed that truth bomb with these tweets:

Preach, girl.

What to watch for in Week 12

Postseason begins Friday

The week we professional softball fans have all been waiting for is finally here, as the NPF Championship Series begins Friday at the University of Alabama. The second-seeded Scrap Yard Dawgs face the third-seeded Bandits to begin postseason play on Friday at 6 p.m. ET, while the top-seeded Pride are set to follow suit and battle the fourth-seeded Racers at 9 p.m. ET.

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The winners of the first two rounds will face off in the three-game championship round beginning Monday.

See the full Championship Series schedule below.

Aug. 19 – 6 p.m. ET – Bandits vs. Scrap Yard Dawgs – CBS Sports Network

Aug. 19 – 9 p.m. ET – Racers vs. Pride – NPF TV

Aug. 20 – Noon ET – Bandits vs. Scrap Yard Dawgs – CBS  Sports Network

Aug. 20 – 3 p.m. ET – Racers vs. Pride – CBS Sports Network

*Aug. 20 – 6 p.m. ET – Bandits vs. Scrap Yard Dawgs – CBS Sports Network

*Aug. 20 – 9 p.m. ET – Racers vs. Pride – CBS Sports Network

Aug. 21 – 5 p.m. ET – TBD – CBS Sports Network

Aug. 22 – 8 p.m. ET – TBD – CBS Sports Network

*Aug. 23 – 8 p.m. ET – TBD – CBS Sports Network

*If necessary

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