Softball Bears to Play National Pro Fastpitch All-Stars, Host Clinic
Aug. 13, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - For the second-straight year, the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) All-Star team will make a stop in the Ozarks and play the Missouri State softball team on Sunday, September 23. The game will be played at Killian Softball Stadium at 1:00 p.m. and is the first stop on this year's NPF Back to School Tour. Admission to the game is $5.00 and tickets can be purchased through the Killian Stadium Box Office at (417) 837-5817 or the MSU Softball office at (417) 836-6892. Both teams will conduct a two-hour clinic for an additional fee following the game. The Springfield-Greene County Park Board and Springfield Amateur Softball Association were once again pivotal in bringing back the NPF All-Stars.
"Missouri State Softball is very excited to once again host the best players in the game of fastpitch today," head coach Holly Hesse stated. "Our players have immense respect and appreciation for the opportunity to be on the same field with them. It was a tremendous experience for us last year and we anticipate another positive experience this fall. We also appreciate the support of the Springfield Greene County Park Board and the community in hosting this event."
The postgame clinic is open to all ages and registration is $30, which includes a ticket to the game versus the NPF All-Stars. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment. To register for the clinic, call (417) 836-6892 or fill out and return the registration form found at MissouriStateBears.com.
The Bears return 14 letterwinners from the 2012 team that finished 25-26. All-MVC first-team selection Ashley Brentz led MSU in hitting with a .304 average and scored a team-best 24 runs. She tied Stevie Pierce for the team lead with 29 bases on balls. Caitlin Chapin led the Bears with four home runs and Chelsea Jones returns as the lone experienced hurler after winning seven games and striking out 37 in her first campaign as a Bear.
NPF, formerly the Women's Pro Softball League, is comprised of four teams with additional teams expected in 2013. NPF is intended to provide family entertainment for people of all ages and to showcase the top talent in fastpitch softball today. It is the goal of the League to entertain and provide positive role models for young people. NPF demonstrates work ethic, dedication, and love for the sport of fastpitch softball. NPF athletes exhibit this through their actions, both on-and-off the field. They are prominent people within their communities and appreciate and embrace the fans that follow their play through NPF action.
The game against the NPF All-Stars is one of eight scheduled fall exhibition games for Missouri State. The Bears kick off the fall slate with a doubleheader against Labette Community College on Sept. 12 at Killian Stadium.
2012 Fall Softball Schedule