NPF National Pro Fastpitch 2004


NPF National Pro Fastpitch 2004

1Texas Thunder41170.7070
2NY/NJ Juggernaut39210.6503.0
3Akron Racers39210.6503.0
4New England Riptide25350.41717.0
5Arizona Heat19410.31723.0
6California Sunbirds15430.25926.0

See link References [4] for more details from an Archive of the original NPF Standings.

Playoff Schedule

NPF National Pro Fastpitch Playoffs 2004

Match Day Semi-Final 1 (Best of Three)
(Semi-Final 1 (Best of Three))

(Semi-Final 1 (Best of Three))

(Semi-Final 1 (Best of Three))

Match Day Semi-Final 2 (Best of Three)
(Semi-Final 2 (Best of Three))

(Semi-Final 2 (Best of Three))

(Semi-Final 2 (Best of Three))

Match Day Championship Game (Cowles Cup)
(Championship Game (Cowles Cup))

See links in References [1-3] for Articles on the playoff games from an Archive of the Original National Pro Fastpitch website articles.


Regular Season

Houston-based Texas Thunder finished top of the six-team National Pro Fastpitch in 2004, winning 41 of their 58 games played. NY/NJ Juggernaut and Akron Racers from Ohio both finished on 39-21 records and would meet each other in the playoffs. The fourth seed in the playoffs went to Lowell, Massachusetts-based New England Riptide who finished 17 games behind the League Pennant winners Texas Thunder with a 25-35 record. Out of the playoffs were fifth-placed Arizona Heat (19-41) from Tucson, and California Sunbirds (15-43) from Stockton in sixth. [References: 4]

Semi-Finals (25-27 August 2004)

NY/NJ defeated the hometown Akron Racers in the Semi-Finals while the New England Riptide, fourth in the regular season, shocked first place Texas Thunder by winning the second and third games of the Semi-Final 4-2 and 3-0 after losing the opener 1-4. [References: 3]

Cowles Cup Championship Game (29 August 2004)

After rain washed out the opening game on Saturday 28 August 2004, the single-game Championship Game was won by NY/NJ Juggernaut 10-1 versus New England Riptide on Sunday 29 August 2004 at Akron, Ohio’s Firestone Stadium. Juggernaut’s Amanda Scott (Fresno State) took the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award. [References: 2]

About National Pro Fastpitch 2004

2004 was the first year of the National Pro Fastpitch – a Women’s Professional Fastpitch Softball League. A version of Baseball for Women with accelerated underarm pitching Fastpitch Leagues are the pinnacle of Women’s Softball. National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) played its first year in 2004 under that name, having previously played under the names Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL) since 1997.

NPF was headquarteredin Denver, Colorado, and featured six teams in its’ inaugural 2004 season: New England Riptide (Lowell, Massachusetts) and NY/NJ Juggernaut (Lincoln Park, New Jersey) from the North East; Akron Racers (Ohio) from the Midwest, Texas Thunder (Arlington) from the South and Arizona Heat (Tucson) and California Sunbirds (Stockton) from the West.

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[1] Pro Fastpitch Wayback Machine Web Archive (2004) The Riptide catch Thunder in NPF softball playoffs Aug. 25-26 in Akron [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 14 January 2023]

[2] Pro Fastpitch Wayback Machine Web Archive (2004) New York / New  Jersey claims inaugural Cowles Cup [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 14 January 2023]

[3] Pro Fastpitch Wayback Machine Web Archive (2004) Surpising Riptide finish one win shy of NPF title [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 14 January 2023]

[4] Pro Fastpitch Wayback Machine Web Archive (2004) Homepage [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 14 January 2023]


Thanks to Melissa Lavery

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