DENVER National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) today announced the twenty-eight players that represent the East and the West in the leagues first all-star series on July 13 and 14 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The 2004 All-Star Game will feature two teams comprised of NPFs top players fighting for geographical bragging rights and midseason supremacy. Judy Martino of the Akron Racers will coach the East All-Stars, whereas the West team will be led by Texas Thunder head coach Wayne Daigle.
The NPF East All-Stars will consist of standouts from the Akron Racers, New England Riptide and NY/NJ Juggernaut, while the NPF West All-Stars will include all-stars from the Arizona Heat, California Sunbirds and Texas Thunder. Amanda Scott (NY/NJ Juggernaut), who currently leads the league in wins with eight, will lead the East all-stars on the mound. The Juggernaut led all teams with seven players selected to play in the mid-season game. Other Juggernaut players selected to join Scott in OKC were Kellie Wilkerson, Carri Leto, Jaclyn Pasquerella, Lindsey Collins, Gina Oaks and Lyndsey Klein.
The NPF West All-Stars will consist of seven members from the Texas Thunder, with pitchers Christa Williams and Peaches James highlighting the pitching staff for the west team. Williams and Sunbird infielder Jaime Foutch will also participate in the Taco Bell Legends & Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday evening in Houston as a part of Major League Baseball's All-Star Week festivities.
In addition to the NPF All-Star Game, the two all-star teams will take on TEAM USA in a doubleheader on Tuesday, July 13. The first game is scheduled to begin at 5pm CDT
Tickets can be purchased by calling ASA at (405) 425-3427 or a ticket order form can be downloaded from the league website at www.profastpitch.com. Tickets for Tuesdays doubleheader are $10, tickets for the NPF All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 14th are only $8 or a two-day series ticket can be purchased at the discounted price of $15. Fans unable to attend will be able to listen to the games live by visiting www.npf.prosportsradio.com and clicking on the all-star game logo.
NPF, the worlds premier professional fastpitch softball league for women, consists of six teams located throughout the United States and features former USA Softball Womens National Team members, collegiate All-Americans and all-conference selections. NPFs 60-game regular-season schedule began on Tuesday, June 1 and concludes Wednesday, Aug. 18. The 2004 season features the inaugural NPF All-Star Game, the first-ever NPF Championship Semifinal and the first NPF Championship Series.
National Pro Fastpitch is the only professional womens fastpitch league in the United States. The league is headquartered in Denver, and has been in operation since 1997 under the names Womens Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Womens Professional Softball League (WPSL).