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Triangle Catches Professional Softball

Posted May 26, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A new league introduced a new team to the Triangle on Monday. The Durham Dragons played an exhibition game, bringing professional women's softball to North Carolina.

The players are already a big hit with young fans who eagerly seek their autographs. Angie Burnette watched the game Monday, and she thinks the Dragons are an inspiration to young women.

Players are excited about having a professional outlet for their talents on the field. Amy Cole is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate who majored in Political Science. She teaches near Winston-Salem these days, but her first love is playing ball.

The new Women's Professional Fastpitch League is the latest in a long line of women's professional sports leagues. As fans begin to buy Dragons merchandise, the team's general manager, Tom O'Reilly, thinks that women's sports have a bright future. He also hopes that his team will be successful in a league of their own.

The team's home is at the old Durham Athletic Park. The season officially begins Friday, and the team is getting a lot of attention. ESPN2 plans to televise three of the team's games, including the season home opener.