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National Pro Fastpitch Series

By Mark Fagan, July 22, 2011, Sports

Following the rousing success and record-breaking crowds of last year's matchup between the Chicago Bandits and USSSA Florida Pride, the National Pro Fastpitch series returns to the Dell Diamond for a four-game, two-day series between the Akron Racers and the NPF Diamonds. The Diamonds squad includes ex-Longhorn shortstop Loryn Johnson as well as former foe and ex-Aggie Megan Gibson (pictured). Also on tap, the four-day youth softball South Pony National Championship tourney (Tue.-Sun., July 19-24. Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock); special NPF VIP tickets for a pregame (4-5pm) Q&A and pitching demo at the Dell with softball legend Jennie Finch before each day's games; and an NPF Softball Camp led by the NPF Diamonds for players ages 6 and up (Fri.-Sat., July 22-23, 9am. $99). NPF Series: Fri.-Sat., July 22-23, doubleheaders start each day at 6pm. Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. $10; $15 for NPF VIP tickets.

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