a 3-0 deficit after five innings here Tuesday (July 1) at the Triple Crown
Complex to score a 6-3 win over the Triple Crown Stars as the collection of
touring professional and collegiate standouts ended their Colorado swing with a 6-1
The NPF All-Stars, who captured the Triple Crown Sparkler Tournament this
past weekend by winning four of five games at the Christopher Four Plex in
Westminster, head east for week-ending appearances in Miami, Atlanta, Chattanooga
and Duluth, Ga., before playing next week in Arizona.
Tuesday game ended the fifth stop on the NPF All-Stars’ 17-city, nationwide
tour to promote the re-launch of National Pro Fastpitch in 2004. In addition
to posting a 9-2 record in games in California, Minnesota, Wisconsin and
Colorado, the NPF All-Stars have hosted clinics and made appearances at Major
League Baseball games in San Francisco, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Denver at Coors
Field Monday before the Rockies game with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
With the game tied 3-3 entering the top of the seventh, leftfielder Lauren
Bauer’s two run single broke the tie with a single to center to give the NPF
All-Stars a 5-3 lead. Triple Crown starter Stephanie Klaviter, who re-entered
the game for Danielle Thacker, struck out third baseman Jaime Foutch to
apparently end the inning, but the pitch was ruled wild and Foutch reached first and
Bauer scored the final run of the game for the NPF team.
Trailing 3-0 at the start of the sixth, the NPF All-Stars scored three runs
to tie the game. Pinch hitter Scia Maumausolo produced the first two runs for
the NPF squad with a single to right. Triple Crown relief pitcher Thacker hit
Jaime Foutch to force in the tying run.
Amy Kyler was the winning pitcher for the NPF All-Stars as she improved her
record to 6-1. Kyler, who retired the Triple Crown Stars in order in the
bottom of the seventh, gave up only two hits while walking three and striking out
13. Kyler retired the last 13 batters she faced with 10 strike out. For the
season, Kyler has struck out 80 of the 145 batters she has faced this season in
The Triple Crown Stars scored all three of their runs with two outs in the
bottom of the third. With shortstop Erica Judge and third baseman Jennifer
Mahoney reaching base via walks, second baseman Rickie Walker doubled to right to
score Judge with the first Triple Crown run. Rightfielder Darcy Johnson
double to left center to score Mahoney and Walker with the next two runs.
Klaviter, who dropped her third game to the NPF All-Stars in as many
decisions, and Thacher combined to pitch a five-hitter through five innings.
.Klaviter pitched the first four innings and allowed five hits while Thacker, who
defeated the NPF All-Stars 1-0 Sunday morning in Westminster, gave no hits in the
fifth before getting hit for five hits and three runs in the sixth.
NPF July 1 at the Triple Crown Complex, Fort Collins, Colo.
Teams (season record) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 – R H E
NPF All-Stars (8-2) 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 – 6 13 0
Triple Crown Stars 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 – 3 2 1
Amy Kyler (6-1) and Lindsey Collins. Stephanie Klaviter, Danielle Thacker
(5), Klaviter (7) and Jen Schunke. Time – 2:10. Attendance – 317.