Missouri State Softball to Host National Pro Fastpitch All-Stars October 3

Sept. 19, 2011

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Missouri State University and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board have partnered to bring a team of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) All-Stars to Springfield to play the Bears in an exhibition game on Monday, October 3. The game will be played at Killian Softball Stadium at 7:00 p.m. as part of the 2011 NPF Back to School Tour. Admission to the game will be $5.00 and both teams will participate in a post-game autograph session.

"Without there being an Olympic team, this is really the highest level of softball there is," commented head coach Holly Hesse on the NPF All-Stars. "We are very happy to be hosting this game at Killian on October 3."

Missouri State returns 13 letterwinners and three All-MVC selections (Caitlin Chapin, Kirstin Cutter and Natalie Rose) from the 2011 team that went 30-25, captured the school's sixth MVC Softball Championship and posted the program's first NCAA Tournament victory in 13 years in May.

A tentative list of the NPF All-Stars that will play at Killian include:

  • Jenn Salling (Washington)
  • Roya St. Clair (Michigan)
  • Jamee Juarez (Ohio State)
  • Andrea Duran (UCLA/Olympian)
  • Caitlin Lowe (Arizona/Olympian)
  • Caitlin Lever (Georgia Tech/Canadian Olympian)
  • Bianca Mejia (Long Island University)
  • Mel Roth (Louisville)
  • Ashley Charters (Washington)
  • Jessica Bachkora (Arkansas)
  • Angeline Quiocho (BYU)

NPF, formerly the Women's Pro Softball League, is comprised of four team with additional teams expected in 2012. 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.

Missouri State will continue its fall exhibition schedule this weekend with a pair of games at Killian Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Bears will face Crowder College at 12:00 p.m. and Evangel at 4:00 p.m.

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