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Riptide Opening Day One Week Away

June 9, 2005 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - New England Riptide News Release

Opening Day is just one week away--Thursday June 16 at 7:05pm--do you have your tickets? Tickets for all games are on sale through the website and also by phone 866-4RIPTIDE. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the gate. Gates open 1 1/2 hours before game time.

Riptide On a Roll!

The New England Riptide has won its first three games of the season, two against the Stratford Brakettes (who plan to enter the NPF league in 2006) and the first of a series with the NY Juggernaut.

Some Strong Local Talent on the Riptide

Last year two Massachusetts natives, Lyndsey Angus from Leominster and Haverhill's Sara Jewett made significant contributions to the team. Jewett had the team's highest batting average and Angus, a utility player, stepped in to be the team's starting 1st baseman.

Joining Angus and Jewett this year are Lowell's own Kristine Botto and Jen Scavone of Worcester. Botto, a native of the Riptide's home town, is the most successful softball player to come out of Lowell High School and UMass Lowell, where she has also continued to coach. Botto had her first hit of the season in the 1st game against the Juggernaut.

Jen Scavone, a Clark University grad, has ably made the jump into the pros, earning a spot in the starting lineup as centerfielder. Scavone was named New England ECAC Player of the Year for 2005.

New England fans will also be happy to welcome 2000 Olympic Gold medalist Danielle Henderson to the team. Henderson, a UMass star who racked up the 2nd all-time career strikeouts in NCAA history, joins an already formidable pitching staff which includes 2002 College World Series winner Jocelyn Forest and Leigh Ann Ellis, who made the 2005 National Team for the International Sports Invitational. Both Ellis and Forest were members of the NPF East All-Star team last year.

When You Come to a Riptide Game.........

You are seeing the country's finest softball players in fast, exciting, competitive games where athleticism and determination are on display. Young girls can look up to these talented women and picture themselves making softball their career.

You are also getting a great night out. People of all ages will enjoy the atmosphere, the fun, the food, the game. If you manage to catch or chase after a foul ball, it is yours to keep, and best of all, get autographed at the end of the night to make a lasting memory.

You are spending time with friends, family, co-workers, teammates in a fun, friendly, relaxed atmosphere where you might have a chance to win a prize or have your name announced if you are having a birthday or a special occasion.

You are listening to music, hugging Swoopy the mascot, getting some cotton candy or a hot dog, picking up a souvenir, getting your face painted, taking a picture, and rooting for the home team!!!


We're easy to find! Just 1/2 mile from Exit 38 (Rt 38) off Rt 495. Head toward Lowell and turn right on Douglas Rd. Parking lot 2/10 mile on right.


Improve your game! See our website for our newly announced CLINIC SCHEDULE. Clinics are given by Riptide players. Spaces limited, so call soon! 866-4RIPTIDE.

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