SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – National Pro Fastpitch launched its 2003 All-Star Tour here Saturday (June 7) as the league’s collection of former professional and collegiate All-Americans won a pair of games over the Northern California All-Stars at Shea Stadium on the campus of CSU-Sacramento.

With a newly-created partnership with Major League Baseball as the backdrop, the NPF All-Stars will attend Sunday’s afternoon game at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco where they will conduct a post-game clinic after the Giants’ home game with the Detroit Tigers. The 100 spots for the “free” clinic have already been filled with participants from the Bay Area.

Coached by former Sacramento City College coach Tim Kiernan, the NPF All-Stars posted 2-1 and 7-2 wins over the Northern California All-Stars. Right-hander Amy Kyler (Cleveland State) fashioned a two-hitter for the first game win as the four-season veteran of professional softball struck out 10 while walking only one as Northern California’s only run was unearned in the fifth inning.

In the second game, hard-hitting infielder Jaime Foutch (Oklahoma State) had three doubles, score two runs and knocked in one NPF All-Star as the winner jumped out to a 6-0 lead after five innings. For the doubleheader, Foutch had five hits in six at-bats. Tarrah Beyster (Oregon State) picked up the second game win as she allowed only two hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings of pitching.

In the first game, the NPF All-Stars scored their only runs in the first inning as Northern California starter Kelly Anderson walked two of the first three batters she faced. With leftfielder Lauren Bauer (Arizona) walking to open the game for the NPF squad and catcher Lindsey Collins (Arizona) receiving a one-out walk, Foutch platted Bauer with a single to center. Foutch’s hit bounced through centerfield Janette Koshell to score Collins with the deciding run.

Kyler, who also hit two batters, held the opposition hitless through four innings before second baseman Mandi Salcido (Solano College) had an infield hit to lead off the fifth-inning. First baseman Kim Fujimoto (Barry University) followed with a single to left field for the second and final hit for Northern California.

After catcher Amanda Nino struck out for the first out of the fifth for Northern California, pinch hitter Veronica Brown (Morgan State) reached base on second baseman Lisa Iancin’s (Cal-Berkeley) error with Salcido scoring from second. NPF All-Star shortstop Kara Brun (Arizona State) stopped the NorCal rally by catching pinch hitter Amy Hillel’s pop up behind third base before doubling up pinch runner Nikki Cinque (Sacramento City) at second.

Bauer, Foutch and centerfielder Danielle Cox (Florida State) paced the six-hit NPF attack with two singles each. The NPF All-Stars left nine runners stranded as Cal-Berkeley standout pitcher Kelly Anderson walked six batters and hit one in six innings. Anderson worked out of tight situations in second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

A winner of 26 games in four professional seasons with both the Carolina Diamonds (1997-1998) and the Akron Racers (1999-2000) with a 2.03 career earned run average, Kyler retired the Northern California All-Stars in order in both the sixth and seventh innings with four strike outs to secure the win.

In the nightcap, the NPF All-Stars scored a pair of runs each in the third, fourth and fifth innings to “ice” the decision. Bauer’s two-run singles produced the first NPF runs in the third. After a pair of walks to open the fourth inning, Allison Andrade (Arizona) and Brun knocked in the third inning runs with a singles. The NPF scored its two runs in the fifth on a ground out and wild pitch as Foutch’s double in the seventh scored Shauna Briggs (Texas Tech) with the game’s final run.

The Northern California All-Stars scored both their runs in the sixth inning on a run producing triple by Trujillo and a RBI single by Salcido. Nikki Cinque started and took the loss in the second game for the Northern California team as she gave up four hits and two unearned runs in three innings.

Following Sunday’s appearance at Pacific Bell Park for the “free” post-game clinic, the NPF All-Stars return to Sierra College in Rocklin for two days of practice before playing a collection of collegiate all-stars in Minneapolis (June 15) and Milwaukee (June 18). Both stops will feature clinics and appearances at MLB games.

With the Minnesota Twins hosting the NPF All-Stars, the Minnesota stop will feature a June 15 game at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota. In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Brewers will be staging a NPF game for the All-Stars June 18 at Helfaer Field next to Miller Park.

The NPF All-Stars face Minnesota’s best local fastpitch talent in a game June 15 at Minnesota’s Jane Sage Cowles Stadium at 7:05 p.m. (CDT). General admission tickets are $5 and are available by telephoning 866/468-3399 or visiting by www.Ticketweb.com.

The NPF All-Stars face the Stratford Brakettes in exhibition games June 18 at 2 p.m. (CDT) at Helfaer Field. Tickets are $6 for grandstand seating and $4 for general admission. The clinic cost is $8, including a ticket to the game. Group tickets for the clinic and game are available at $6 each. Tickets are available by contacting Kara Kabitzke (kkabitzke@milwaukeebrewers.com, 414/902-4511) or visiting www.milwaukeebrewers.com.

The Northern California stops on the 2003 NPF All-Stars are 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 U.S. Major League Baseball is the official development Partner of NPF. The league is headquartered in Denver, Colo., and has been in operation since 1997 under the names Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Professional Softball League (WPSL).

Minneapolis & Milwaukee Activities, 2003 NPF All-Star Tour

Friday, June 13
8:30 a.m. – Clinic at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus.
6:30 p.m. – Pre-game introductions at the Metrodome prior to Minnesota Twins vs. Arizona Diamondbacks.

Saturday, June 14
8:30 a.m. – Clinic at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.

Sunday, June 15
11 a.m. – “Meet & Greet” on Plaza in front of Metrodome.
7:05 p.m. – NPF All Star Game vs. to be determined at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.
10 p.m. – Post-game reception at Rosen’s Bar & Grill (430 First Ave.), North Minneapolis.

Wednesday, June 18
11a.m. – 1 p.m. NPF clinic at Helfaer Field at Miller Park
2 p.m. NPF All-Stars vs. Stratford Brakettes at Helfaer Field
4:30 – 5 p.m. – NPF autograph session at Helfaer Field
5:30 p.m. “Women on Wednesday” with the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park

Tim Simmons, Media Information, National Pro Fastpitch, 303/316-7800, tims@profastpitch.com
Rich Levine, CEO and President, National Pro Fastpitch , 303/316-7800
Bryan Donaldson, Community Relations, 612/375-7507, bryandonaldson@twinsbaseball.com
Nicole Saunches, Media Relations, Milwaukee Brewers, 414/902-4469, nsaunches@milwaukeebrewers
Jim Tiggas, Champion Sports Promotions, Inc., 520/296-9595, tucsonsoftball@cox.net

June 7 Line scores from Shea Stadium, CSU-Sacramento

First Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 – R H E
Northern California All-Stars 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 – 1 2 1
NPF All-Stars 2 0 0 0 0 0 x – 2 6 1
Kelly Anderson (0-1) and Tami Trujillo, Amanda Nino (3). Amy Kyler (1-0) and Lindsey Collins. Time – 1:50.

Second Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 – R H E
NPF All-Stars 0 0 2 2 2 0 1 – 7 8 0
Northern California All-Stars 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 – 2 3 1
Tarrah Beyster (1-0), Amy Kyler (6) and Lindsey Collins, Shauna Briggs (5). Nikki Cinque (0-1), Kate Davidson (4), Taylor Sawyer (6) and Amanda Nino, Adrianna Wilson (4). Time – 1:54. Attendance – 757 (572 paid)

Box Scores – Game 1
Box Scores – Game 2

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