National Pro Fastpitch coming to Sunset Park for next three years...
By Brad Zimanek
Post-Crescent sports editor
The best womens softball players in the world will be coming to Kimberly as Cardinal Youth Softball, Inc., reached an agreement to host the National Pro Fastpitch World Championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
The tournament includes the top four teams in the league and will be played Aug. 24-26 at Sunset Park this year.
The NPF is the elite womens professional softball league and include up to seven teams in 2007.
The closest franchises to Wisconsin are the Rockford Thunder and the Chicago Bandits in Illinois. Many of the leagues players are collegiate stars and several USA Softball Olympic team members.
Two of the marquee players in the league that could be playing in Wisconsin are pitchers Jennie Finch of the Chicago Bandits, who is one of the most decorated players in NCAA softball history, and Cat Osterman of the Rockford Thunder, who played for the gold medal-winning 2004 U.S. Olympic softball team.
Cardinal Youth Softball, Inc., has scheduled a press conference in Kimberly on Monday at 3:30 p.m. at Tanners Sports Bar and Grill to release more details.
The press conference will include: Chicago Bandits owner Bill Conroy, Rockford Thunder general manager Aaron Moore, Bandits outfielder Nicole Trimboli (a two-time NPF all-star selection), Akron Racers outfielder Iyhia McMichael (2004 NPF all-star) and Rockford Thunder outfielder Kristen Zaleski (2005 NPF League MVP).
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