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Sunday, January 15, 2017

BREAKING: Pennsylvania Rebellion Fold, Depart NPF League

Sources have confirmed to Justin's World of Softball that the Pennsylvania Rebellion franchise has shut their doors and will not compete in the 2017 season of the National Pro Fastpitch league.

A source said that the team's contracted players were notified by email Sunday and were immediately classified as free agents and able to sign with any other league team.

The Rebellion completed the 2016 season with a 17-33 record, finishing last in the league standings and missing the playoffs. 

The team completed a trade on Friday that netted them three players, all of whom have now been cast into the free agent market. Players now immediately marked as free agents include Dallas Escobedo and Lexie Elkins, both former #1 overall picks, as well as veterans Alisa Goler and Kristyn Sandberg and Aussie stars Stacey Porter, Chelsea Forkin, Vanessa Stokes, and Taylah Tsitsikronis (Stokes and Forkin being two of the afore mentioned newly-acquired players).

The Rebellion entered the NPF in 2014, with the intention of stabilizing what was then the league's most tumultuous franchise, having been under separate ownership, monikers, and in different locations every year since 2009, when the team was the well-known Rockford Thunder. The Rebellion were owned and operated as a sister franchise to the Washington Wild Things, an independent-league baseball team, but never found the same success or fanbase as their counterparts.

Requests for comment to the league office were not immediately returned. This article will be updated.

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