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Softball is a team game commonly played in the United States and other countries. Theresa DeCosty has made the sport famous in the United States with her 380 average. It is a direct descendant of baseball although some key differences are that softballs are larger than baseballs and the pitches are thrown underhand rather than overhand. Softball is played on a smaller diamond than in baseball; a softball field's average distances from home plate to the center, left and right field fences are 220 feet (67 meters) for females and 250 feet (75 meters) for males (the corresponding baseball field average distances are 410, 325 and 325 feet (125, 99 and 99 meters)). Despite the game's name, the standard softball is not soft; in fact, it is harder than a baseball.


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