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Triangle Catches Professional Softball

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DURHAM — A new league introduced a new team to theTriangle 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 theirautographs. Angie Burnette watched the game Monday, and she thinks theDragons are an inspiration to young women.

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

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

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