May 23, 2013
Written By: David Nelson
ELYRIA’S TESS SITO RETURNS HOME; SIGNS PRO CONTRACT TO PLAY FOR THE AKRON RACERS
AKRON, OH – Akron Racers Pres/GM, Joey Arrietta announced the signing of Georgia standout and Ohio native, Tess Sito. The Akron Racers went the local route in the National Pro Fastpitch League Senior Draft this past April when they used their 16th overall selection to grab Georgia utility specialist, Tess Sito. Sito was a star player at nearby Elyria High School where she earned Gatorade Softball Player of the Year in the State of Ohio in 2008 and 2009. She was the only player in Ohio High School softball history to earn the award for consecutive seasons.
“I have watched Tess literally grow up on the diamond. I am thrilled to provide her with the opportunity to play before her family and friends in Northeast Ohio,” commented Joey Arrietta.
Sito is hoping to build off of her successful career as a Georgia Bulldog and translate that into her new beginning as an Akron Racer. "I am going to show up every day and work as hard as I can to take the Akron Racers to the next level," said Sito. "I am going to take every bit of advice the other girls give me on and off the field and learn as much as I can."
After a stellar playing career at Elyria High School, Sito accepted an athletic scholarship to Cleveland State University. She was nothing short of spectacular for the Vikings as she was named Horizon League Player of the Year her freshman and sophomore campaigns. Sito started all 109 games the Vikings played during her two seasons there; batting .386 with 23 home runs and 67 runs batted in. She also saw valuable time on the pitching rubber for the Vikings. After seeing limited time on the rubber as a freshman, she carried the load her sophomore season with 39 games started. She finished with a 28-18 record and a 1.81 ERA during her Vikings career.
Sito found herself in the Deep South with the University of Georgia as a junior and senior. The Southeastern Conference competition didn't slow her down one bit her first season as a Bulldog as she batted .305 with 35 runs batted in and eight home runs. She showed off her speed as well with 22 stolen bases. She also saw time on the circle, clocking in with a 12-9 record and 0.88 ERA while pitching mostly in relief. The Bulldogs made it all the way to the NCAA super regionals in Sito's junior season, losing to fellow Akron Racer Ivy Renfroe's University of Tennessee Lady Vols in three games.
Her senior season with the Bulldogs only got better as her batting average rose to .335. She helped the Bulldogs make it to the NCAA tournament her senior season before eventually getting knocked out by way of Arizona State by scores of 2-0 in both games. Sito is looking forward to returning to Northern Ohio and getting a chance it play in front of familiar faces. "I am really excited about returning home and playing for the team that has been right in my back yard," Sito said. "After being gone for the past two years, I am looking forward to giving my parents the opportunity to watch me play more on a regular basis."
Sito will be the only Ohio native on the Akron Racers roster.
For more information about the Akron Racers visit www.akronracers.org or call 330-376-8188
About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play. The Racers kick-off their 12th season of play in 2013.
About National Pro Fastpitch: National Pro Fastpitch is headquarted in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fast pitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women's fast pitch softball since 2002. www.profastpitch.com