Rain forced the postponement of Sunday night’s National Pro Fastpitch championship game between the Connecticut Brakettes and the New England Riptide at Frank DeLuca Hall of Fame Field. The two teams will battle for the title Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at DeLuca Field.
The Brakettes, who finished second during the regular season, defeated the 2005 champion Akron Racers 1-0 in eight innings on their home field. In its first year of NPF play, Connecticut advanced to the title game following a two-hit, 14-strikeout effort from Sarah Pauly (16-5), who was named the league’s outstanding pitcher Saturday. Germaine Fairchild’s RBI single drove in Kellie Wilkerson from second base with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
New England, which finished fourth, downed the regular-season champion Chicago Bandits 1-0 in nine innings as it scored the winning run via a throwing error. Lindsay Angus, the league’s player of the year recipient, scored the run for New England.