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Pro fastpitch softball to return to KCK this summer

Professional fastpitch softball is returning to Kansas City, Kansas, in 2017 with a three-game series in July.

The Kansas City T-Bones will serve as the host stadium to the series in CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kansas.

The USSSA Pride and the Texas Charge will play the series at 7:05 p.m. July 10, 11 and 12.

“This is a fun event to bring to Kansas City and showcase at CommunityAmerica Ballpark,” said T-Bones vice president and general manager Chris Browne. “We’re glad to partner with USSSA and National Pro Fastpitch for the third year in a row. We’re thrilled to showcase women’s pro softball at our park.”

The USSSA Pride, out of Florida, has played each of the last three seasons at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

The Pride features NCAA softball career home run record holder Lauren Chamberlain plus the 2016 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year, Sierra Romero, who was the first player in NCAA softball history to record 300 runs, 300 hits and 300 RBIs in her career.

The Texas Charge, a team from the Austin area, features Lauren Heager, who was the 2015 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year. She was the first player in NCAA history to hit at least 60 career home runs and notch at least 60 career wins.

The NPF games at CommunityAmerica Ballpark will coincide with the World Fastpitch Championship, which is scheduled to feature 64 of the top 12U/14U/16U/18U amateur fastpitch teams from more than 25 states. Those games will be played throughout greater Kansas City during July 11-16.

“We are very excited to return to the Kansas City metro area and play in front of the electric crowds at CommunityAmerica Ballpark,” said Jami Lobpries, the vice president of USSSA Fastpitch. “It’s been a great experience the past two years working with the T-Bones to create a dynamic week of fastpitch action. This NPF series during our World Fastpitch Championship is a great opportunity for us to combine the best players in the professional game with the top amateur fastpitch players, all in one location.”

Tickets for this summer’s NPF games will go on sale to the public on Monday, March 20, at the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark or by calling 913-328-5618.

Story from Matt Fulks, T-Bones senior director of media relations

Tenbrink retires; T-Bones trade Cooper

Nate Tenbrink (T-Bones photo)

T-Bones utility player and Olathe, Kansas, native, Nate Tenbrink, is retiring.

Tenbrink, 30, spent the past two seasons with the T-Bones after playing the bulk of his career in the Seattle Mariners’ organization.

Tenbrink battled injuries and played in only eight games in 2016, but he was one of the T-Bones’ top players the previous season.

Tenbrink, who went to Olathe Northwest High School before attending Kansas State University, played in 96 of Kansas City’s 99 games in 2015. He batted a team-best .335 and was first in runs (67), hits (121), doubles (23), triples (5), walks (54) and on-base percentage (.418).

Although he played 68 games at third base, Tenbrink saw action at first base, shortstop and outfield, also. On Aug. 31, 2015, Tenbrink was selected as the American Association’s Player of the Week.

“Being able to extend my career in Kansas City is something I will always cherish,” said Tenbrink, who owns and operates a baseball facility in the Kansas City area. “Having family, friends, and all of the faithful T-Bones fans come out and support me day in and day out made this experience one of my favorites and most memorable in my nine-year career. I can’t thank the front office and staff enough for everything they did for my family and me during the past two seasons.

“I look forward to passing on my passion and love for the game from here on out.”

Seattle selected Tenbrink in the seventh round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Kansas State. During his nine-year career, which included winter ball in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, Tenbrink played in 749 games. He was a career .281 hitter with 739 hits, including 144 doubles, 39 triples and 73 home runs, along with 363 RBIs and 452 runs scored.

“The thing I will miss the most will be walking in the clubhouse first and turning the music up to get ready to play the game I played since I could walk,” Tenbrink said. “I took pride in being a good teammate and hope that I’m remembered for that, first and foremost. The accolades and everything else are just icing on the cake.”

The T-Bones announced, also, that they have traded pitcher Jordan Cooper to Wichita in exchange for a player to be determined and future considerations.

After spending the early part of the 2016 season with the Cleveland Indians’ double-A and triple-A affiliates, Cooper went 3-6 with a 4.58 ERA in 19 starts for the T-Bones. Cooper, who’s from Topeka, Kansas, struck out 55, walked 34 and gave up 125 hits in 112 innings for Kansas City. Cooper, whom Cleveland selected in the ninth round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur draft out of Wichita State, is 36-44 with a 4.25 ERA.

The T-Bones open the 2017 regular season at home on May 19 against Lincoln.

– Story from Matt Fulks, T-Bones

T-Bones unveil 15th anniversary logo and special promotions

As they prepare to celebrate their 15th anniversary in Kansas City, Kansas, the T-Bones have unveiled a special 15th anniversary logo (attached) and announced several promotions for the special season.

“Time flies when you’re having fun, and that’s what the T-Bones have been doing for a decade and a half,” T-Bones President Adam Ehlert said. “After having been one of the earliest attractions in Village West, we’re proud that our brand of affordable, family-friendly entertainment is a summer fixture in Kansas City.”

The T-Bones moved to Kansas City, Kansas, from Duluth, Minnesota, following the 2002 season. The team broke ground on the privately funded CommunityAmerica Ballpark that fall, and welcomed independent league baseball to the area in June 2003.

Since that time, the T-Bones have been one of the most successful organizations in, first, the Northern League, and now in the American Association. Kansas City, which won the Northern League championship in 2008, has won the Field of the Year award twice (2009 and 2010) and has been selected as the league Organization of the Year four times (2004, 2007, 2010 and 2014).

A few of the highlights of what fans can expect during the T-Bones’ 15th season in Kansas City, Kansas:

— For every Friday night home game, fans can get a buy one, get one free general admission or berm ticket on the day of the game by wearing current or past T-Bones gear.

— The game on Tuesday, June 6, marks the actual 15th anniversary since the T-Bones’ first game in Kansas City, so the team will be turning back the clock with 2003 ticket pricing and other specials. For instance, anyone who shows up with a ticket stub from a 2003 game will get in free that night.

— Fans will have an opportunity to help select the 15th anniversary team, which will be announced during the summer, with special appearances by former T-Bones players and coaches.

— Special 15th anniversary merchandise will be available throughout the season in the team store.

– Story from Matt Fulks, T-Bones