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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville Slugger® TPS® Catalyst™ changed the face of fastpitch softball in 2005 when Michigan’s exclusive use propelled the Wolverines to a Women’s College World Series title. Two years later, the Catalyst continues to dominate fastpitch and will again in 2008 with another new model.

The FP82C bursts onto the scene this year in a -9-ounce model, available in 32-, 33- and 34-inch lengths. The newest addition to the bat rack gives fastpitch players the choice of minus 8-, 9- or 10-ounce Catalysts.

Whether it’s a line drive through the left side that brings in a run or a deep blast out of the park, the Catalyst changes the outcome of the game. The bat’s stiff handle and flexible barrel transfer more energy than the trendy, whippy-handle bats touted by other bat makers. The result is more consistent performance from the Catalyst and those who swing the bat serve as catalysts for their teams.

The Catalyst’s stiff handles prevent a loss of energy on off-sweet spot hits. Unlike flex-handle bats, a stiff handle bat allows batters to “feel the hit,” providing feedback to become a better hitter.

Three teams swinging Catalysts advanced to the 2007 Women’s College World Series. With the new FP82C in their hands at the plate, teams swinging the Catalyst will be expected to make another strong showing in 2008.

The fastpitch Catalyst meet 1.20 BPF and are approved for play in ASA, USSSA, ISA, ISF and NSA competition.


Since turning its first bat in 1884, Louisville Slugger has set the standard for performance technology at every level of play. Today, Louisville Slugger raises that standard with the most advanced bat technology – X1 Composite.

That technology has produced the Louisville Slugger TPS Catalyst. It is made from multiple layers of 100 percent aerospace-grade graphite, which are embedded in a specially designed toughened epoxy resin. Each layer is precisely positioned at an angle determined by Louisville Slugger’s exclusive computerdesigned pattern. That’s what makes Catalyst perform so well, while also providing great durability.

Everything from the bat design to the equipment used in manufacturing was developed by the Louisville Slugger Composites Research & Development Lab. Controlling every aspect of design and manufacturing ensures that every bat is consistently produced to Louisville Slugger’s high quality standards.

The 2008 lineup of fast pitch X-1 Catalysts includes the all-new FP82C model available at a minus 9-ounce ratio and in lengths of 32-, 33- and 34-inches. The Catalyst also returns the minus 10-ounce and minus 8-ounce models in 2008. The minus 10-ounce FP81C comes in lengths ranging from 30 to 34 inches. The minus 8-ounce FP83C is available in 32-, 33- and 34-inch lengths.

All models of the Catalyst have balanced swing weight, a synthetic grip with a 7/8” standard handle and the new Louisville Slugger End Cap specially designed to allow maximum composite barrel flex.

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