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NPF Stars slide into New England area for series of games and clinics

DENVER, COLO. - National Pro Fastpitch will spend five days in the Boston-area July 27-31 as a powerful line up of top female fastpitch players will participate in clinics, games, a Fastpitch Expo and an appearance at the Boston Red Sox game with the New York Yankees at Fenway Park.

The Boston-area stop on the 2003 NPF All-Stars is a part of a nation-wide tour visiting 17 cities this summer. The tour will partner with Major League Baseball Clubs in 12 of those cities. Official league play is scheduled to begin early summer, 2004.

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, and has been in operation since 1997 under the names Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's Professional Softball League (WPSL).

The NPF All-Stars will play a pair of doubleheaders July 29 and July 31 at Martin Field in Lowell, Mass. All tickets are $8 (general admission seating) and are available by telephoning 866/474-7843. The Connecticut Classics will challenge the NPF All-Stars July 29.

The July 31 game features the Stratford (Conn.) Brakettes, the 2002 ASA Women's National Softball Champions. The Brakettes defeated the NPF All-Stars 5-2 in Milwaukee, Wis., in extra innings. The NPF All-Stars are currently 11-3 this summer and will play games in Akron, Ohio, this weekend before the Lowell doubleheaders.

In addition to the games, the NPF All-Stars participated in a clinic before the Red Sox game July 27, as well as pre-game on-field ceremonies. The NPF All-Stars will also host a three-day general skills camp July 28-30 at McPherson Park.

Led by pro all-star pitcher Amy Kyler, the 2003 NPF All-Stars features both veteran pro players and collegiate All-Americans from Arizona, Arizona State and other top schools. A Cleveland State product from Marshallville, Ohio, Kyler pitched two seasons for the Akron Racers in the Women's Pro Softball League.

"We've assembled a great group of top-notch athletes for our All-Star team and we're excited about the competition we'll meet while on tour. Our partnership with Major League Baseball gives us a great opportunity to bring fastpitch action to baseball and softball fans alike and really show what women can do on the diamond," said Rich Levine, President and CEO ofNational Pro Fastpitch.

Boston-area Activities, 2003 NPF All-Star Tour

Monday July 28, 2003 - Lowell, Mass.
·9 a.m. - First of a three-day NPF General Skills Camp at McPherson Park
for ages 9-12 and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 13-17. Telephone 866/474-7843
for registration information.

Tuesday, July 29, 2003 - Lowell, Mass.
·9 a.m. - Second of a three-day NPF General Skills Camp at McPherson Park
for ages 9-12 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 13-17. Telephone 866/474-7843 for registration information.
·6:30 p.m. - NPF All-Stars vs. Connecticut Classics doubleheader at Martin Field. All tickets are $8 (general admission seating). Telephone 866/474-7843 for tickets.

Wednesday, July 30, 2003 - Lowell, Mass.
·9 a.m. - Third of a three-day NPF General Skills Camp at McPherson Park
for ages 9-12 and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 13-17. Telephone 866/474-7843
for registration information.

Thursday, July 31, 2003 - Lowell, Mass.
·6:30 p.m. - NPF All-Stars vs. Stratford Brakettes doubleheader at Martin
Field. All tickets are $8 (general admission seating). Telephone
866/474-7843 for tickets.

August, August 2, 2003 - Lowell, Mass.
·5:00 p.m. - NPF All-Stars vs. Middlesex All-Star Alumnae at Martin Field.

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