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July 29, 2004 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) News Release


New England Riptide

Last Week: The Riptide began the week by dropping the final game of their series with the Thunder, but rebounded by taking two of three games from the Arizona Heat. New England was without pitchers Leigh Ann Ellis and Jocelyn Forest for much of the weekend because of prior commitments. Over the last ten games, the Riptide has not gained or lost any ground to the Heat in the playoff push.

This Week: New England is concluding a mini three-game road trip, as they are in Akron taking on the Racers. The Riptide still hold a 3.5 game lead over the fifth place Heat for the final playoff spot in the league. New England will host the Juggernaut in a rivalry series beginning on Saturday, July 31.

Arizona Heat

Last Week: Arizona got their week started off good by taking two of three from the visiting Akron Racers. They then went on to lose two of three to the Riptide to remain 3.5 games out of the playoffs.

This Week: The Heat will play their first game this week against the Juggernaut on Thursday. The two teams will play a doubleheader to try and make up for the two games they had rained out earlier this week. Arizona will then return home after their sixgame road trip to take on the Sunbirds. The first game against the Sunbirds will be a feature a professional fireworks show.

California Sunbirds

This Week: California will conclude their series with the first place Thunder on Thursday before traveling to Arizona to take on the Heat. The series with the Heat will be critical for each team, as they are both still fighting for a playoff spot. The Sunbirds currently sit five games out of the playoffs, while the Heat are 3.5.

Texas Thunder

Last Week: The Thunder continue their hot play of late, as they have won 10 straight games and now sit a 0.5 game ahead of Akron for the top spot in the league. Pitching continues to lead the Thunder this season, with former Olympian Christa Williams leading the way. Williams currently leads the league in wins with 10 and in ERA at 0.67.

This Week: On Thursday evening, the Thunder will conclude a three-game road series in California where they have already taken the first two games of the series. The Thunder will then travel to Akron to begin a six-game in fourday series, which will begin on Saturday, July 31.

Akron Racers

Last Week: Akron has cooled off over their last ten games, as they are 6-4 in those games. Akron entered the All-Star break with a 3.5 game lead over the Thunder, but now find themselves trailing Texas by a game. The team continues to get offensive contribution from several members of the team. The hottest hitter last week for the Racers was Trena Peel and her efforts earned her NPF Player of the Week honors. The Racers lost only their second series to the season while on the road in Tucson.

This Week: The Racers will conclude a threegame series with the visiting Riptide on Thursday evening. Akron will then play the Thunder in a pivotal six-game series at Firestone Stadium. The two teams will play six games due to a complete series being washed out in Houston earlier this year.

NY/NJ Juggernaut

Last Week: The Juggernaut has lost two straight, but they still find themselves only three games out of the top position in the standings. Juggernaut first baseman Kellie Wilkerson continues to be the offensive leader with a .342 batting average. Amanda Scott remains the ace of the pitching staff with nine wins.

This Week: NY/NJ is looking to play their first game this week, as they have been rained out in consecutive games. The Nauts will play a doubleheader with the Heat on Thursday before traveling to New England to take on the Riptide.

NPF Player of the Week

Trena Peel

Akron Racers

Right Field

Aurora, Colo. – Louisiana State Univ. Peel made five starts for the Racers, helping the team to a 3-2 record last week. For the week, Peel went 6-for- 13 (.461 BA) at the plate, with a .563 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage. Peel’s big game came against the Sunbirds, in which Peel went 2-for-3 at the plate, including a homerun, double and five runs batted in. Peel is the second consecutive member from the Racers to be named NPF Player of the Week. Teammate Dana Degen won the honor last week.


-Brandee McArthur, P, Akron Racers. 4 APP, 2 GS, 2-1, 17.1 IP, 3 ER Allowed

-Danielle Henderson, P, Arizona Heat. 2 APP, 2 GS, 2-0, 12.0 IP, 1 ER Allowed

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