AKRON, OH – August 9, 2013 – Yogi Berra might have appreciated being at Firestone Stadium yesterday, when the Racers and the Chicago Bandits experienced déjà vu all over again and had to halt and reschedule not only their halted game from June 28 but also their game originally scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Thursday evening.
The June 28 halted game is now scheduled for completion on Friday, August 9, at 4:35 p.m., and will be followed by the regularly scheduled 7:05 p.m. game. Thursday’s 7:05 p.m. game is now scheduled for 4:05 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, and also will be followed by the regularly scheduled 7:05 p.m. game.
The two teams managed to play a small amount of the halted game before it had to be halted again. Play began in the top of the fourth inning, with the Bandits batting against Rachele Fico. Fico got the first two outs rather quickly, with Danielle Zymkowitz popping out for the first out and Megan Wiggins grounding out for the second out. Eri Yamada drew a walk and moved to second base on Alisa Goler’s single, but midway through Kristen Butler’s at bat the rain that had begun to fall turned from a drizzle into a downpour within a matter of minutes, causing the halted game to be halted once again.
The Racers and the Bandits are now scheduled to play two games on both Friday and Saturday, followed by a 2:05 p.m. game on Sunday, August 11. This is the last time the two teams will face each other in the National Pro Fastpitch regular season.
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 headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch 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 fastpitch softball since 2002.
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Written by Nina Zimmerman for the Akron Racers