Championship pro softball series returns to Rosemont
The National Pro Fastpitch championship series will return to Rosemont this summer, league officials announced Monday.
The Ballpark at Rosemont, home of the Chicago Bandits, will be the site of the women's pro softball tournament, which will run Aug. 16-20.
NPF officials also announced a change in the championship series format and qualification, with only the top two finishers from the regular season qualifying for the best-of-five series for the Cowles Cup.
This season, which begins May 19, will feature five teams playing a staggered 48-game schedule over three months. While Chicago returns along with the USSSA Pride, the Akron Racers changed their name to the Cleveland Comets and will play games at various stadiums in northwest Ohio. Rounding out the league will be two international teams -- the Aussie Spirit and Beijing Eagles -- that will be based in Springfield, Missouri for the summer as they also prepare for the Women's Softball World Championship in Japan from Aug. 2-12.