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New England Riptide returning home to Lowell for nine games

June 19, 2006 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - New England Riptide News Release

LOWELL, Mass. (June 19, 2006) - The New England Riptide women's professional softball team returns home from an eight-game away trip in Arizona and Toronto for a nine-game home stand starting June 27 in an exhibition game against the Israel National Team.

Back-to-back four-game home series follow against the defending playoff champion Akron Racers (June 28-July 1) and Philadelphia Force (July 5-8).

The June 29 contest against The Racers will be taped live and shown the following Saturday afternoon (July 1) on Fox Sports Net New England. The play-by-play announcer will be Jon Meterparel, the radio voice of Boston College football and "flashboy" for WEEI's Dennis & Callahan show. The color analyst will be former New England Riptide player Sara Jewett, of Haverhill.

Four other New England Riptide home games will be televised: July 19 vs. China National Team, July 27 vs. Connecticut Brakettes, August 3 vs. Arizona Heat, August 16 vs. Texas Thunder.

Team Leaders BATTING Hits - 9, Lyndsey Angus; 8, Tarrah Beyster; 7, Lisa Iancin, Kristin Vesely, Lindy Winkler. Runs - 7, Vesely; 4, Iancin, Jen Scavone, Winkler. RBI - 9, Angus; 7, Beyster; 5, Vesely. 2B - 2, Angus; 1, Iancin, Scavone, Vesely, Winkler. 3B - 3, Winkler; 2, Angus; 1, Iancin. HR - 1, Beyster. Average - .471, Beyster; .409, Angus; .412, Winkler. On Base % -- .625, Beyster; .458, Angus; .444, Winkler. Slugging % -- .824, Winkler; .682, Angus; .647, Beyster.

PITCHING Wins - 2, Danielle Henderson; 1, Jocelyn Forest. Saves - 1 Mariangee Bogado, Forest; Games Started - 3, Henderson; 2, Bogado, Forest. Complete Games - 1, Bogado, Henderson. Innings Pitched - 18.0, Forest; 14.2 Henderson; 14.1, Bogado. Strikeouts - 11, Forest; 9, Bogado; 8, Henderson. ERA - 2.44, Bogado; 4.28, Forest; 5.25, Henderson.

League Leaders New England Riptide designated hitter Tarrah Beyster (Oregon State) is the second-leading hitter in the NPF this season with a .471 average, as well as eighth in the league for RBI (7) and home runs (1).

Teammate Lyndsey Angus (Kentucky), of Leominster, is fifth in league hitting with a .409 average and RBI (9)

NPF Standings (thru Monday, June 19)

Connecticut Brakettes 7-2
Chicago Bandits 6-3
Texas Thunder 8-4
Akron Racers 7-4
New England Riptide 3-4
Arizona Heat 5-7
Philadelphia Force 3-5

(note all games, including non-league, count in NPF standings)

Upcoming Games: June 22-23-24 (7 PM) and June 25 (1 PM) vs. Team Canada in Toronto; June 27 (7:05 PM) vs. Israel National Team in Lowell; June 28-29-30-July 1 (7:05 PM) vs. Akron Racers.

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The New England Riptide season tickets, on sale now, are $175 for 28 home games. Individual game tickets are priced at $8.00 and four-game Flex-Packs also are available for only $28.00. Group rate tickets are also available (10-24 for $7 each, 24 or more $6.50 each). All seating is general admission at Martin Softball Field. Go to www.neriptide.com or call 866-4RIPTIDE (866.474.7843) for tickets information or sponsorship/ advertising opportunities.

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