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Thunder Preparing for Weekend With Team USA

July 14, 2006 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - Rockford Thunder News Release

HOUSTON - The Texas Thunder of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) will host the U.S. National Team Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30 for a four-game series, in what may be the national team's final appearance in Houston.

The series will be a part of the regular season schedule for the Thunder and it will be the final tune-up for Team USA, before heading overseas to compete in international competition. The first game of the series is scheduled for Friday, July 28 at 7:05 p.m. The two teams will play a split doubleheader on Saturday with game times set for 3:05 and 7:05 p.m. They will wrap up the series on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. All four games of the series will be played at Big League Dreams in League City, Texas.

The games will be a homecoming of sorts for several players on the National Team. Amanda Freed, who has been on the Thunder roster for the last two seasons, will return to Texas for the first time since the end of June. One of the biggest names to be returning to Texas will be Cat Osterman. Osterman, who is from nearby Spring, Texas, played her college ball at the University of Texas where she a four-time All-American. She most recently won an ESPY Award as the Top Female College Athlete.

Tickets for the four games are available by contacting the Thunder office at (281) 403-2475 or by sending an email to Aaron M. Moore at amoore@thunderprofastpitch.com. Ticket prices range from $15 for general admission tickets to $25 for VIP (indoor seating). Reserved seats are also available for $20 per game, but they are selling out fast. Tickets can also be ordered by faxing in the order form on the Thunder website.

This summer is a very important for the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and the United States National Team. The team, along with the other countries that have recently competed in the Olympics, are playing to convince members of the Olympic Committee that softball belongs in the Olympic games. Softball, as well as baseball, was dropped from Olympic competition following the 2004 Olympic games in Athens.

The Thunder will continue their series in Connecticut the next three nights, with Saturday's game being taped for later viewing by ESPN2. All of the action can be listened to live at www.ctbrakettes.com. Texas will return to action at Big League Dreams on Wednesday, July 19 at 7 p.m. when they host the Akron Racers for a four-game set.

For more information on the Texas Thunder or to purchase tickets, contact Aaron M. Moore, general manager, at (281) 403-2475 or amoore@thunderprofastpitch.com. Additional information is available on the team by visiting www.thunderprofastpitch.com. Special group packages are also available by calling the Thunder office.

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