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New England Riptide to Host Aquafina Pitch, Hit and Run Competitions

March 1, 2008 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - New England Riptide News Release

Lowell, Massachusetts--The New England Riptide will host two free Aquafina® Major League Baseball® Pitch, Hit & Run™ Competitions for area youth.

The dates for this local competition are available:

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 9 AM and Saturday, May 3, 2008 at noon.

Both will be held at Martin Softball Field in Lowell, MA, home of the New England Riptide, the women's professional softball team from the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The NPF showcases the finest in women's professional sports with current and former Olympians, All-Americans and the premier softball players in the world.

Pitch, Hit & Run™ is the Official Skills Competition of Major League Baseball®. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball skills. Competitors are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition:

Local; Sectional; Team Championships to be held at Fenway Park; and then finally the National Finals at the 2008 MLB™ All-Star Game®. This year's All-Star Game® will be played at Yankee Stadium.

The individual Pitching, Hitting and Running Champions, along with the All-Around Champion in each age group at the Local Competition will be awarded and advance to the Sectional Level of Competition.

Winners at each of these Local Competitions won't have to travel far for Sectionals! Sectional Competition - and one step away from playing on the field at Fenway Park - will be held on Martin Softball Field in Lowell, MA on May 24, 2008 at 9 AM! Winners of the Team Championships and their families will win a trip to New York to be guests of MLB™ at the All-Star Game®. Pitch, Hit & Run™ National Finals will be held during Major League Baseball's® All-Star FanFest.

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition. For questions concerning the competition, please contact the New England Riptide at [email protected] or 866-4-RIPTIDE.

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