May 29, 2013
Written By: David Nelson
Arizona Wildcat Superstar Brigette Del Ponte set to Join the Akron Racers
AKRON, OH – Racers Pres/GM, Joey Arrietta, announced today that Arizona Wildcat Brigette Del Ponte is headed to Akron to join the Racers. As the NCAA softball season keeps winding down, more and more talented athletes continue packing their bags to compete at the highest level. With the Arizona's elimination from the NCAA tournament at the hands of the Baylor Bears, the Wildcats lose a special player who's patrolled the infield for the past four seasons in Brigette Del Ponte. Add Del Ponte to that list of athletes heading to Akron as she agreed to terms on a contract with the Racers. Del Ponte played under legendary coach Mike Candrea at Arizona, who produced multiple Hall of Famers such as Jennie Finch, Susie Parra, and Nancy Evans.
“I’m excited to add Brigette to our roster. Her versatility will help anchor a defensively solid
infield,” commented Racers’ GM, Joey Arrietta.
Del Ponte, the Racer's 17th overall selection in the NPF Draft, has a multitude of skills that will translate smoothly into the professional ranks. Hitting for extra bases is one of those skills as she finished her Wildcat career with more extra base hits (114) than singles (107). The Del Ponte name can also be seen as one flips through the Wildcat softball record books as she capped off her career with 59 home runs and 229 runs batted in, both good enough for top ten in school history. That’s not all, she also set the single-season doubles record in 2011 with 23. She also proved that she can gun girls down from third base as she clocked in with 456 career assists, also top ten in school history.
Post-season awards has seemed more of a tradition for Del Ponte in her Arizona career as she pulled down All-Pac 12 second team honors during the 2010 and 2012 season while being named to the first team in 2011, and honorable mention in 2013. Her stellar 2011 campaign got her a spot on the second team NFCA All-American team. That particular season saw her start all 61 games the Wildcats played, hitting .335 with 17 home runs in the process. Her productivity on the field scored her an invite to the USA Softball National Team Selection Camp.
"I was excited when I first heard the news that I was drafted." said Del Ponte. "I actually found out while I was at practice at Arizona." She is also thrilled about the opportunity to play the game she loves for a career. "I am most looking forward to the opportunity to travel around while playing the game I love."
Del Ponte is a 2009 graduate of Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria, Ariz., where she was four year starter on the softball team. She was a two-time member of the All-State team while pulling down first team All-Conference honors her final three years in high school.
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