BOULDER, COLO. The busiest week of the summer for National Pro Fastpitch started here Thursday (June 26) at Stazio Field when the leagues collection of former collegiate All-Americans and professionals defeated a group of highly-touted high school players 2-0 in front of a capacity crowd of 1,528.
Amy Kyler, who has not allowed an earned run and only nine hits in five appearances and 22 2/3 innings this season, picked up her third win in as many decisions as the NPF All-Stars improved their record to 4-1. Kyler (Cleveland State) has walked only four batters while striking out 39 hitters in winning games in Sacramento, Minneapolis, and now Boulder.
Infielders Jaime Foutch (Oklahoma State) and Kara Brun (Arizona State) led the NPF All-Stars hitting attack with two hits apiece. Foutch delivered the big blow in the game with a towering homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning. Foutch now has 11 hits in 15 at-bats with four doubles, a homerun and four runs-batted-in. Brun has seven hits in 15 at-bats with two doubles and two runs-batted in.
Over 300 coaches from more than 190 colleges are expected to attend the Friday through Tuesday tournament as the Louisville Slugger Independence Day All-Stars were made up of 20 players from nine states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Washington).
The 2003 Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tournament has a national tournament flavor with 112 teams from 25 states scheduled to compete. In addition to games at Stazio Field, the event will also use the East Mapleton complex (three diamonds at Mapleton and 29th Streets).
The All-Stars of National Pro Fastpitchs 2003 summer tour are no strangers to the nationally renowned Colorado Independence Day Tournament. All but two of the 13-player roster competed in the Boulder tournament during their earlier Fastpitch careers. Those players, now several years removed from their days in the 18-and-under and 16-and-under age group, return to Stazio Field for the first-time in several years.
In addition to Bauer, Hanson and Iancin, other NPF All-Stars that have played in the Boulder event are Allison Andrade, Lauren Bauer, Tarrah Beyster, Shauna Briggs, Brun, Lindsey Collins, Foutch, Erika Hanson, Lisa Iancin, Scia Maumausolo and Venus Taylor.
The exhibition with the Independence Day All-Stars was the NPF All-Stars fourth stop on a 17-city, nationwide tour to promote the re-launch of National Pro Fastpitch in 2004. In addition to posting a 3-1 record in games in California, Minnesota and Wisconsin, the NPF All-Stars have hosted clinics and made appearances at Major League Baseball games in San Francisco, Minneapolis and Milwaukee.
Following the Boulder game, the NPF All-Stars will play in the Triple Crown Sparkler All-Star Tournament Saturday and Sunday (June 28-29) at the Christopher Four Plex (10400 N. Sheridan, Westminster) before playing a single game Tuesday (July 1) in Fort Collins.
The NPF All-Stars begin pool play on Saturday morning against the Force/TC Diamonds at 11:10am, and than they will play the Northern Illinois Lightning in the afternoon game. Sundays pool game will be played against the Triple Crown Buckaroos out of Fort Collins, Colo. at 8:00am.
The NPF All-Stars will also be involved in a July 2 clinic in Highlands Ranch and a meet and greet social functions before the Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field June 30.
June 26, 2003 Line Score Teams (team record) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - R H E
Independence Day All-Stars (0-1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 3 0
NPF All-Stars (4-1) 0 1 0 0 2 0 x - 2 6 0
Krista Colburn (0-1), Taryn Mowatt (3), A.J. DeVries (5) and Callista Balko. Amy Kyler (3-0) and Lindsey Collins. Time 2:35. Attendance 1,528
Saturday, June 28 - Triple Crown Sparkler All-Star Tournament
·11:10 a.m. NPF All-Stars vs. Fort Collins Force/TC Diamonds, Christopher Four Plex (10400 N. Sheridan, Westminster)
·2:45 p.m. - NPF All-Stars vs. Northern Illinois Lightning (Elgin), Christopher Four Plex
Sunday, June 29 - Triple Crown Sparkler All-Star Tournament
·8 a.m. - NPF All-Stars vs. Fort Collins TC Buckaroos, Christopher Four Plex
·11:25 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:20 p.m. and/or 4;10 p.m. Pool play elimination and championship games, Christopher Four Plex
Monday, June 30 ·Afternoon/Evening First pitch appearance at Coors Field prior to Colorado Rockies MLB game with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Tuesday, July 1 ·6:15 p.m. Game against the Colorado Triple Crown Champions, at Triple Crown Center, Fort Collins (3930 Automation Way).
Wednesday, July 2 ·Morning Colorado Wildfire Clinic, Highlands Ranch