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NEW TRITON™ 3-X COMPOSITE FROM TPS® FASTPITCH

BUBBLE TRANSITION CREATES EXTRA STIFFNESS, LARGER SWEET SPOT

LOUISVILLE , KY (October 8, 2008) – Top-level fastpitch players love the new Triton™ bats from Louisville Slugger® TPS®. Initially drawn to the unique 3-piece look and bubble transition, players who’ve stepped to the plate with a Triton have quickly learned that it has an extra stiff handle and a very large sweet spot.

Triton is unique because it has a proprietary 3-X Composite design with three composite zones – barrel, handle and Bubble Transition Zone – all made from 100 percent aerospace grade graphite. These three composite zones allow the barrel and handle to be designed and built as individual units. TPS then brings them together with the revolutionary BT Zone (Bubble Transition Zone) that unites the barrel and handle into a more advanced 1-piece bat.

"Triton’s BT Zone links the barrel to the handle, optimizing their relationship," said Louisville Slugger product developer James Sass. "That makes a stiffer and stronger bat for outstanding performance."

With composites, performance and durability are dictated by the angle of the fibers and the wall thickness of the barrel. Louisville Slugger TPS’s high-strength fibers used in the Triton allow for the best angle for performance while keeping the barrel wall thin for maximum flexibility and trampoline effect.

"We use multiple layers of aerospace grade graphite. These high-strength thin fibers allow us to use more layers for durability and still design a light, thin wall bat for performance," Sass said. "Our exclusive computer-designed pattern precisely positions the angles of graphite layers, giving the Triton an extra-long barrel with a huge sweet spot and outstanding performance."

TPS embeds a specially-designed toughened epoxy resin to lock the graphite layers together. That’s what forms Triton’s light, durable thin wall design. This exclusive manufacturing process eliminates air between the graphite layers, giving players the ultimate combination of performance and durability.

TPS STIFFNESS AND STRENGTH = POWER & PERFORMANCE

Serious baseball players have learned that stiff handled bats are better than bats with handles that bend. Stiff handles mean power and performance, the very reason the majority of Major League Baseball® players today choose stiff handle maple bats over pliable ash. Louisville Slugger TPS’s stiff handle bats create more barrel flex, resulting in maximum trampoline effect and outstanding performance.

Louisville Slugger TPS was the first bat maker to recognize that stiffness and strength equals power and performance. It revolutionized fastpitch, slow pitch softball and baseball with its hi-tech stiff handle technology and strong alloys and composites, first with the popular Catalyst® models.

TRITON MODELS, LENGTHS AND WEIGHTS

TPS Triton fastpitch bats from Louisville Slugger are ASA approved and available in two models and a variety of lengths and weight to suit any player’s game.

The FP91T Triton is a minus 10 (-10) bat available in 30 in., 31 in., 32 in., 33 in. and 34 in. lengths, all with corresponding -10 weights (20 oz., 21 oz., 22 oz., 23 oz., 24 oz.)

The FP93T is a minus eight (-8) bat available in 32 in., 33 in. and 34 in. lengths with corresponding -8 weights (24 oz., 25 oz., 26 oz.).

Suggested retail for both the FP91T and the FP93T TPS Triton bats is $299.95.

About Louisville Slugger®
Louisville Slugger® is the Official Bat of Major League Baseball and is a name that is synonymous with America’s pastime. Originating in 1884, Louisville Slugger bats graced the hands of the greatest players in baseball history including Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Jackie Robinson, and Hank Aaron, to name a few. Stars of today also swing Louisville Slugger bats including Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, and Ken Griffey, Jr. Louisville Slugger also makes TPX® baseball equipment for college, high school, and youth players, as well as TPS® equipment for slow-pitch and fastpitch softball. Louisville Slugger is a brand of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co., a fifth generation family-owned business that also sells PowerBilt® golf clubs and Bionic® Gloves for a variety of sports and hobbies.

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