Washington Glory Battling for First Place

Posted: June 29, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dave Andrews

In just one month, the Washington Glory, the professional women’s softball team that plays its home games on Mason’s Fairfax Campus, has leapt into joint possession of first place in the National Professional Fastpitch (NPF) softball league with a 12-4 record.

To celebrate the stellar play of the first half of the season, the Glory is offering discounted general admission seats of $5 for all Mason students, faculty and staff to their four-game home stand against the Akron Racers tonight, tomorrow, Sunday and Monday. Fans are asked to show their Mason IDs to receive the discount.

Paul Wilson, team owner and general manager, says the team’s success so far can be attributed, in large part, to the welcoming atmosphere at Mason.

“We’ve had tremendous feedback from our fans on the convenience of location and the high level of play,” Wilson says. “The positive way the community and university have embraced the team members really makes a difference in the way our players perform on the field. It makes for exciting games in a clean, family atmosphere.”

Credit is also due to what Wilson describes as sharp pitching and powerful hitting this season. The Glory has recorded an impressive average margin of victory of 5 runs, capped with an 11-0 shutout of the Venezuelan national team last Saturday.

“I know it’s what every team manager says, but we aren’t aiming for anything less than the championship this season,” Wilson says. “We’re the newest team in the league, but we knew coming into the season that we had the best, most powerful team. Our upcoming series with the Racers will be significant for the rest of our season.”

Washington is tied with Akron for first place in the NPF, and Wilson says he knows the Racers will be their first-place rivals for the rest of the season.

The NPF league has teams in Akron, Ohio; Chicago; Midland, Mich.; Lowell, Mass.; Philadelphia; and Rockford, Ill. The Glory’s season consists of 28 home games and 16 road games, running through mid-August.

Even with a share of first place, the Glory isn’t done adding to its arsenal. One of the most accomplished pitchers in NCAA history, Monica Abbott, will join the Glory roster later this summer after she plays for the U.S. national team in the Pan American Games.

Abbott, the Glory’s first pick in the 2007 draft, graduated this year from the University of Tennessee and holds NCAA records for most strikeouts (2,440), wins (189), shutouts (112), games pitched (253), games started (206) and innings pitched (1,448). In her senior season, she led the Lady Vols to the NCAA Championship game by going 50-5, with a 0.68 ERA, and a NCAA record 724 strikeouts. Additionally, she threw 23 no-hitters and six perfect games.

Tonight’s game begins at 7:05 p.m. at the Softball Complex on Rapidan River Road. Free on-site parking is available at all home games. Ticket information and a complete schedule can be found on the Washington Glory web site.

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