Diamonds bring pro fast-pitch softball to the Carolinas
Updated: 05/25/2012 05:19 PM
By: Sarah Pisciuneri
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Spring training is in full swing for the Carolina Diamonds, the first professional softball team in the Carolinas.
"We are the Yankees and the BoSox of the fast-pitch world," said team owner Amelia Nemeth.
After other business ventures, Nemeth says she's finally hit a home run, bringing the first National Pro Fastpitch team to the Carolinas.
"Great weather, great players, and it's a fun game, it's something you can bring your family to," said Nemeth.
The team’s coach, Teresa Wilson, says she jumped at the chance to head her first professional team after 25 years in the college game.
"With softball out of the Olympics, I think it's paramount that we provide an opportunity for players to continue to play after college," said Wilson.
With only 80 players in NPF League, Wilson says it's a thrill to work with an elite group of athletes, like outfielder Kaitlin Lever.
"I'm excited to come in and make a name for ourselves right away," said Lever.
Lever's been in the NPF league for six years. She was considering retirement until a chance to play for the Diamonds came her way.
"I just love the game, and that's why we're here, you know, no ones giving us six figures, you know, we're here because we love it and we want to put a good show on," said Lever.
In addition to their home field at CMC Northeast Stadium in Kannapolis, they’ll play home games across North and South Carolina so fans everywhere can get in on the action.
"From Greenville, Asheville, out to the Raleigh area," said Nemeth.
The Carolina Diamonds' first home game is June 14 at CMC Northeast Stadium.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit the team’s website.
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