While baseball is really my game, for a change of pace I traveled to Lowell and watched the New England Riptide
, a member of the women's National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF), played at Martin Softball Field. While the crowd was small compared to most AA or AAA baseball games (about 1,000), but those that were there were enthusiastic, interested, and attentive. And, no surprise here, there were lots of females there - women as well as girls.
The NPF game is a brisk affair with a few different rules than baseball, and of course a mascot - Swoopy the Seagull. Many of the Riptide
players have played on either the U.S. National or college-level teams.
Leigh Ann Ellis pitched for the 'Tide
, allowing two runs on seven hits, all singles. Ellis pitched the complete game, striking out five as the 'Tide
beat the Akron Racers
Looking for a way to connect with your teenage daughter? If your daughter likes to play softball (or even T-ball), give the Riptide
a try. She will have a good time, and you might too.