National Pro Fastpitch

NPF announces first weekly awards of 2017 season

The National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) announced its first weekly awards of the 2017 season on Monday, which were highlighted by Chicago’s Sammy Marshall, Texas’ Ally Carda and Beijing’s Xi Kai Lin.

Marshall, who was named the league’s Player of the Week, posted at least one hit in all five games she played in last week for the Bandits. She totaled four multi-hit performances during that stretch, and hit at a blistering .667 clip to begin her third professional softball campaign. Marshall’s batting average was the best mark in the league, along with her 12 hits, eight runs scored and 18 total bases.

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Carda, who ended the week with a 0.62 ERA for the Charge, performed masterfully to begin her NPF career as the league’s Pitcher of the Week. She won her first two games, pitching six shutout innings in her debut and 5 1/3 in her second contest. Carda finished the week with 11 strikeouts and only one walk.

Xi Kai Lin, the Rookie of the Week, finished third in the league in batting with a .625 average last week for the Eagles, the NPF’s newest team. She reached base nearly every time she stepped up to bat, finishing with an on-base percentage of .700 in her first week in the league.

With a 6–2 record, the reigning–Cowles Cup champion Bandits are currently in first place in the NPF standings.

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