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Washington prepares for season-long home stand

STERLING, VA – The Washington Glory of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) women’s softball league return home this week following a long, grueling, but successful 5-3 road trip, including victories in three of the four games against the Akron Racers this past weekend.

“This was the best weekend we have had as the 2008 Glory in all aspects of the game and the team coming together,” said Head Coach Carrie Dever-Boaz.  “Our pitching was incredible in every game and if we can get that performance from all four of them, we will be on our way to a repeat,” she said, referring to the Glory’s 2007 NPF Championship.

Washington started off the series on Wednesday with a 7-2 victory powered by home runs from Catalina Morris, Courtney Bures and Sara Larquier.  The Glory also got a solid effort from starting pitcher Desiree Serrano, who gave up two unearned runs on three hits and a pair of walks in five innings of work. 

Pitching was the key to Thursday’s game with a dominating performance from former Baylor standout Lisa Ferguson.  She threw a complete game shutout, while holding the Racers to just four hits and striking out five in a 5-0 win. 

Amidst bad weather on Friday the Glory got an early jump on the Racers, scoring three early runs.  The offense pounded the Racers while the pitching and defense completed the 11-0 victory that was finally completed on Saturday due to the severe weather. 

In the series finale, Washington was silenced by Akron’s Angela Tincher, who threw a no-hitter to prevent a sweep.  Tincher was able to strike out nine and allow just four runners to get on base.  Pitcher Taryne Mowatt and the Glory defense held them from scoring in the first six innings, but after a fielding error, then a wild throw to first with two outs and a man on third, the Racers were able to squeeze out a 1-0 win.

“We would have really liked to have the sweep, but feel like we learned a lot of what we will need to do in order to get to Angela Tincher when she comes to Washington," said Dever-Boaz. 

Despite the upset in their last game, the Washington Glory hopes to continue their success as they host the Venezuelan National Team this weekend.  Rookies Mowatt, the 2007 ESPY Female College Athlete of the Year, catcher Callista Balko and UTIL Cambria Miranda will make their home debuts.  The will clash for four nights in a row starting Thursday, June 19th. All games will start at 7:05 PM at the Westfield Sports Complex (4700 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly, VA).  Tickets for all games are available in advance via the WSC Box Office at 703-362-4464, or online at www.washingtonglory.com.    
 
About the Washington Glory
The Washington Glory is the DC area's professional women's fastpitch softball team.  In its inaugural season, the Glory won the 2007 National Pro Fastpitch Cowles Cup Championship title and contributed five players to the all-NPF team.  Individual honors included NPF Manager of the Year for Head Coach Carie Dever-Boaz; NPF Player of the Year for rookie shortstop Amber Jackson; and pitcher Desiree Serrano won NPF Pitcher of the Year. More information about the Washington Glory can be found online at www.washingtonglory.com. 

About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names Women's Pro Fastpitch and Women's Pro Softball League.

Major League Baseball (MLB) is the official development partner of the National Pro Fastpitch League. The partnership, which began in 2002, is part of The Commissioner's Initiative on Women and Baseball, a league-wide effort to help the MLB and its 30 major league clubs build stronger relationships with female audiences.

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