CHATTANOOGA, TENN. - After scoring a 2-0 win over the East Cobb (Ga.) Bullets here Sunday (July 6) at Frost Field for their fourth-straight win, the All-Stars from National Pro Fastpitch return to Georgia Monday for an all-day clinic at the Mound at the Hardball Warehouse in Duluth.
The NPF All-Stars, who have now won 10 of 12 games this summer, will head west Tuesday for five days of activities in Arizona where Major League Baseball and the Arizona Diamondbacks host the collection of collegiate All-Americans for appearances, clinics and games in Tempe and Tucson.
The Florida Marlins (July 2) and the Atlanta Braves (July 5) hosted the NPF All-Stars last week as the southern stops were part of a nation-wide tour visiting 17 cities. A total of 12 Major League Baseball clubs will host the NPF All-Stars this summer.
Third baseman Jaime Foutch (Oklahoma State) backed up the four-hit pitching of Tarrah Beyster (Oregon State) to pace the NPF win over the East Cobb Bullets. After a one-out walk and stolen base by shortstop Kara Brun (Arizona State), Foutch hit her third home run of the season to give the NPF All-Stars all the runs they needed.
Foutch continues to lead the NPF All-Stars offensively as Sunday's two runs-batted-in gave her 17 this season. She is batting .556 with five doubles, eight runs scored and only one strike out in 43 at-bats. Danielle Cox (Florida State) and Lindsey Collins (Arizona) each had two hits Sunday to improve their batting averages to .417 and .400, respectively.
Beyster won her fourth game in five decisions this summer. She walked only two while striking out a season-high seven batters. East Cobb did not have a runner reach third in the game with Beyster working out of "minor" jams in the third and fifth innings by striking out batters to end both threats.
Sunday's shutout was Beyster's third of the season as she lowered her earned run average to 0.89. She has given up only 17 hits and three earned runs in 30.1 innings as the opposition is hitting .162 against her. Beyster has walked only seven of 105 batters she has faced this season with one hit batter. In her only setback, Beyster held the Stratford (Conn.) Brakettes, 2002 ASA National Champions, scoreless for eight frames before losing 5-2 in extra innings in Milwaukee June 18.
East Cobb, who is coached by Todd Downes from Kell High School of Georgia, featured players from Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Jacksonville State, Marshall, North Georgia, Virginia and West Florida.
The Bullets are now 14-4 this season as Coty Tolar (Virginia) suffered the pitching defeat for East Cobb as she gave up the home run pitch to Foutch. The NPF All-Stars left runners on base in each inning en route to stranding 11 for the game.
In addition to posting a 10-2 record in games in California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado and Tennessee this season, the NPF All-Stars have hosted clinics and made appearances at Major League Baseball games in San Francisco, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Denver, Miami and Atlanta.
National Pro Fastpitch is the only professional women's fastpitch softball league in the United States. Major League Baseball is the official development Partner of NPF. The league is headquartered in Denver, Colo., and has been in operation since 1997 under the names Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's Professional Softball League (WPSL).
2003 NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH ALL-STAR TOUR RESULTS (Won 10, Lost 2)
Date, Opponent, Site, Results, Winning Pitcher, Losing Pitcher
June 7, NoCal All-Stars, Sacramento, CA, W 2-1, Amy Kyler, Kelly Anderson
June 7, NoCal All-Stars, Sacramento, CA, W 7-2, Tarrah Beyster, Nikki Cinque
June 15, Minnesota Majestics, Minneapolis, MN , W 8-0, Kyler, Lindsey Graham
June 18, Stratford Brakettes, Milwaukee, WI , L 2-5#, Danielle Henderson, Beyster
June 26, Independence Day All-Stars, Boulder, CO, W 2-0, Kyler, Krista Colburn
June 28, Fort Collins TC Diamonds*, Westminster, CO, W 6-0, Beyster, Stephanie Klaviter
June 28, Northern Illinois Lightning*, Westminster, CO, W 17-0, Kyler, Heather Wendt
June 29, Fort Collins TC Buckaroos*, Westminster, CO, L 0-1, Danielle Thacker, Kyler
June 29, Fort Collins TC Diamonds*, Westminster, CO , W 8-0, Beyster, Klaviter
June 29, Fort Collins TC Buckaroos*, Westminster, CO, W 9-1, Kyler, Mel Mahoney
July 1, Triple Crown Stars, Fort Collins, CO, W 6-3, Kyler, Klaviter
July 6, East Cobb All-Stars, Chattanooga, TN, W 2-0, Beyster, Coty Tolar
#extra innings, *Triple Crown Sparkler Tournament
Southern Activities, 2003 NPF All-Star Tour
Monday, July 7, 2003 - Duluth, Ga.
·10 a.m. - The Pitcher's Mound at the Hardball Warehouse in Duluth, Ga., presents an all- day clinic instructed by the NPF All-Stars (lunch included). The cost is $65 per athlete. A "WEEKEND PACKAGE RATE" is available for $150 (two July 5 Braves tickets, two NPF exhibition tickets for the July 6 in Chattanooga, July 7 clinic fee and a Pitcher's Mound T-Shirt). For more information or to register, go to www.hardballwarehouse.com or telephone 678/957-0885.
Tuesday, July 8 Phoenix
·Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Night at Bank One Ballpark (tickets at
·"Meet & Greet" at Bank One Ballpark, 4-6 p.m. (Diamondbacks vs. Rockies,
Wednesday, July 9 Tempe
·NPF All-Star Basic Skills Clinic "Learn from the Best" (all ages welcome) at
ASU's Farrington Stadium, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ($20 advance registration, including ticket to June 10 game and t-shirt, 520/296-9595).
Thursday, July 10 - Phoenix & Tempe
·NPF All-Star Basic Skills Clinic (all ages welcome) at ASU's Farrington
Stadium, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ($20 advance registration, including ticket to June
10 game and t-shirt, 520/296-9595).
·Diamondbacks vs. Padres, 3:05 p.m.
·NPF All-Stars vs. Arizona All-Stars at Farrington Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults $3 and are available at Ticketweb.com (866/468-3399, "ASA"
Discount "Promo code") and at the Softball Store (northwest corner of Arizona
Ave. and Warner in Chandler, 480/792-0153) and at Total Fastpitch (3821 E. Broadway Road in Phoenix, 602/438-2660). For teams - "buy 10 tickets and receive five extra tickets for free at retail stores previously listed.
Friday, July 11 Tucson
·Bobby Sox All-Star promotions at site to be determined, 4-6 p.m.
·NPF All-Stars vs. Arizona All-Stars at UA's Hillenbrand Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults $3 and are available at Ticketweb.com (866/468-3399,
"ASA" Discount "Promo code") and at the Softball Store & More (1814 E Sixth
St. at Campbell in Tucson, 520/629-8334). For teams - "buy 10 tickets and receive five extra tickets for free at retail stores previously listed.
Saturday, July 12 Tucson
·NPF All-Star Basic Skills Clinic (all ages welcome) at UA's Hillenbrand
Stadium, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ($20 with lunch, if pre-registered, includes ticket to July 11 game, 520/296-9595).