Fans interested in following Tennessee softball alums Monica Abbott, Ellen Renfroe and Madison Shipman during the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch season are in for a treat! The NPF will air 14 regular-season games and four postseason games on CBS Sports Network.
CBS Sports Network will televise games on Monday and Tuesday in prime time beginning July 7. The 18-game package will triple the league's previous television coverage.
"We are thrilled to partner with CBS Sports Network to deliver our premier level of competition to a national audience on a regular basis," NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf said. "We know there is a significant television fan base for fastpitch softball and we look forward to entertaining those folks along with many new fans with our summer of coverage."
CBS Sports Network will begin its coverage on Monday, July 7 and will air games for seven consecutive weeks. The network will air six games in four days from August 11-14 to cap the 2014 regular season. The NPF Championship series will be televised with one "pool play" game on August 20 and all three championship games on August 21-22, marking the first time the Championship Series Finals have been televised in their entirety.
The telecast team of Eric Collins and Barbara Jordan will deliver the action for all 18 games.
Abbott and Renfroe pitch for the Chicago Bandits. Shipman plays for the USSSA Pride.
CBS Sports Network channels in Knoxville:
AT&T Uverse 643, 1643
Charter 303, 813
Comcast 744, 1721
2014 NPF Schedule on CBS Sports Network:
July 7 USSSA Pride at Pennsylvania Rebellion 7:00 PM ET
July 8 USSSA Pride at Pennsylvania Rebellion 7:00 PM ET
July 14 USSSA Pride at Akron Racers 7:00 PM ET
July 15 USSSA Pride at Akron Racers 7:00 PM ET
July 21 Chicago Bandits at USSSA Pride 7:00 PM ET
July 22 Chicago Bandits at USSSA Pride 7:00 PM ET
July 28 Chicago Bandits at Pennsylvania Rebellion 7:00 PM ET
July 29 Chicago Bandits at Pennsylvania Rebellion 7:00 PM ET
Aug. 4 Pennsylvania Rebellion at Akron Racers 8:30 PM ET
Aug. 5 Pennsylvania Rebellion at Akron Racers 7:00 PM ET
Aug. 11 Chicago Bandits at Pennsylvania Rebellion 8:30 PM ET
Aug. 12 Chicago Bandits at Pennsylvania Rebellion 7:00 PM ET
Aug. 13 Akron Racers at Chicago Bandits 7:30 PM ET
Aug. 14 Akron Racers at Chicago Bandits 8:00 PM ET
Aug. 20 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Pool Play 9:00 PM ET
Aug. 22 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Game 1 8:00 PM ET
Aug. 23 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Game 2 2:00 PM ET
Aug. 23 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Game 3 4:30 PM ET
Week 5 of the NPF season featured another four-game series in Round Rock, Texas, between Monica Abbott's and Ellen Renfroe's Chicago Bandits and Madison Shipman's USSSA Pride.
The Pride took the first two games on June 26-27, but the Bandits answered with a doubleheader sweep on June 28. Renfroe started in the circle in the first game, tossing three innings with two earned runs and one strikeout as Chicago took a 6-3 win. Abbott enjoyed her best performance of the season in the second game of the doubleheader, tossing a 12-strikeout, seven-inning shutout that gave the Bandits a 3-0 victory.
The two teams featuring Tennessee's alums will meet again in a four-game series July 31 to Aug. 3 in Rosemont, Ill.
An annual tradition made its way to Elizabethton's Dave Rider Field on Saturday afternoon as hometown hero Jason Witten hosted his 12th annual Score Foundation Football Camp.
This year the free camp saw more than 1600 kids pre-registered for the two-session day.
"It's awesome to come back and it's another opportunity to give back," said Witten. "It's awesome to see how this camp has grown. It's special. I can think back of many years sitting on this field and a lot of great memories, not just as a player, but growing up as a ballboy and everything that took place before I started player here. The kids love the camp and its always humbling to see how many from this area come and how many travel in for it."
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Photo by Allen Greene Photography.
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