Minneapolis, Minn.-The All-Star team from National Pro Fastpitch collected their third win in as many tries this season as the collection of collegian All-Americans scored seven runs in the fifth inning enroute to an 8-0 win over the Minnesota All-Stars here Sunday (June 15) at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
The Minnesota All-Stars, a team of players with Minnesota and North Central Conference ties, could not muster enough offense against NPF All-Star pitcher Amy Kyler, who won her second game this season. Kyler (Cleveland State) gave up only three hits while striking out 16, walking none and hitting two batters. With Sunday’s effort, Kyler has not yielded an earned run in 15 1/3 innings this season.
Sunday’s game followed a series of clinics and appearances with the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome as the NPF continues its partnership with Major League Baseball. The Milwaukee Brewers will host the 2003 NPF All-Star Tour Wednesday (June 18) at Miller Park for another exhibition game, clinic and MLB appearance.
The NPF All-Stars face the Stratford Brakettes, 2002 ASA Women’s Major Fastpitch National Champions, in exhibition games Wednesday (June 18) at 2 p.m. (CDT) at Helfaer Field. The game features two of the nation’s best fastpitch teams.
Tickets for Wednesday’s game 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 (email@example.com, 414/902-4511).
After winning a pair of games in Northern California last weekend, the NPF All-Stars scored all the runs they needed Sunday in the decisive fifth. After shortstop Kara Brun (Arizona State) led off the inning with a double, Kristi Villar’s two-base throwing error on designated hitter Scia Maumausolo grounder allowed Brun to score.
Third baseman Jaime Foutch’s (Oklahoma State) fourth double of the season scored Maumausolo (Cal State-Northridge) to insure the lead. Tarrah Beyster (Oregon State), outfielder Venus Taylor (Western Illinois) and Brun also had RBI hits in the fifth. Brun led the 14-hit NPF attack with three hits with Maumausolo, Foutch and Taylor adding two hits. Foutch now has seven hits in 10 at-bats this season.
Lindsey Graham (North Dakota State), a three-time All-North Central Conference selection and the league’s top player the past two seasons, was the losing pitcher after she matched Kyler’s shutout effort for the first four innings. The Minnesota All-Stars mustered two of its three hits in third inning with the other in the seventh.
With one out in the third, second baseman Anne Steffens (Mankato, Minn., Nebraska) reached on a bunt single, but was caught stealing second. Villar (Oakdale, Minn., Augustana) also had a third inning single, but Kyler struck out centerfielder Jess Christensen (Mankato, Minn., North Dakota State) to end the inning. The other hit was a leadoff single by first baseman Brooke Gentzler (Austin, Minn., St. Cloud State) in the seventh.
The Minneapolis stop on the 2003 NPF All-Stars was 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).