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NPF vs. Team USA Exhibitions Set to Air on ESPN

DENVER - Be sure to tune into ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in Sports, on Sunday, August 8 beginning at 3 p.m. (EDT), as the NPF East and West All-Stars take on Team USA from Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

The first game will feature the East All-Stars, with players coming from the Akron Racers, New England Riptide and NY/NJ Juggernaut. The second game of the doubleheader will immediately follow game one at 5 p.m. (EDT), and it will feature players from the Texas Thunder, Arizona Heat and California Sunbirds.

New England’s Jocelyn Forest took the mound against USA’s Lisa Fernandez in game one of the doubleheader, while the Thunder’s Peaches James squared off against former University of Arizona star Lisa Fernandez.

The two exhibition games took place during the NPF All-Star Break during the second week of July. The games were played as a part of the NPF All-Star Series and Team USA's Aiming For Athens Tour.

Team USA is now in Athens preparing for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, while the players from the NPF All-Stars are closing in on the final two weeks of the 2004 regular season.

Sunday, August 8
USA vs. NPF East All-Stars
3:00 PM EDT – ESPN 2
USA vs. NPF West All-Stars
5:00 PM EDT – ESPN 2

NPF, the world’s premier professional fastpitch softball league for women, consists of six teams located throughout the United States and features former USA Softball Women’s National Team members, collegiate All-Americans and all-conference selections. NPF’s 60-game regular-season schedule begins 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 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).

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