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Crusader Assistant Folden Topping NPF in Home Runs
Crusader assistant coach Rachel Folden currently leads NPF in home runs. (Photo by Dina T. Kwit - Team Photographer, Chicago Bandits)
Crusader assistant coach Rachel Folden currently leads NPF in home runs. (Photo by Dina T. Kwit - Team Photographer, Chicago Bandits)

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Valparaiso softball assistant coach Rachel Folden, a third-year catcher with the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch league, currently leads the nation’s top softball league in home runs.

Folden, who launched 17 home runs in her first two seasons as a member of the Bandits, has gone yard four times in the team’s first 12 games to pace the circuit.  Folden, a two-time All-NPF selection and the league’s Rookie of the Year in 2008, also ranks among the league leaders in RBIs (9, 2nd) and batting average (.314, 6th).

Folden recently completed her first season as an assistant coach with the Crusaders, helping guide the team to numerous offensive school records while also mentoring the Valpo battery to the program’s lowest team ERA in two decades.  Fans wishing to support Folden can head to Judson University in Elgin, Ill., home of the Bandits, where they will play eight home games over the next 11 days.

M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler