ASHLEY THOMAS RE-SIGNS WITH THE RACERS FOR THE 2015 SEASON
2014 All-NPF Team selection eager to begin 2015 campaign
Akron, OH- Akron Racers GM, Joey Arrietta, announced today that Ashley Thomas will return to the Akron Racers infield in 2015 following a break-out rookie season at second base.
“I remember Ashley’s first practice when I told her she would be playing second base,” recalls Arrietta. “Never once did she question the move from shortstop to second. That moment, I knew she was my kind of player. When you find the right people, the rest just falls into place.”
Thomas was drafted 16th overall making her Racer debut on opening day against the Chicago Bandits. The Georgia Tech grad posted a .944 fielding percentage committing only 10 miscues in 179 total chances at second. Thomas’ gutsy performance both in the field and at the plate earned her a spot on the 2014 All NPF Team.
“I definitely wasn't expecting to get anything so I was a little shocked to make the All NPF Team,” Thomas said. “I was extremely thankful to just have this opportunity, so anything else that came with it was just a bonus.”
At the plate, Thomas was third on the team with a .326 batting average collecting 42 hits. She also tied for third on the team blasting five homeruns last season.
“Last season was a great one for us and that was very exciting to be a part of, but our team wants more,” Thomas explained. “Now that the rookies on the team have a season under our belts and know what to expect, I'm excited to see how far we go this season.”
In her senior season at Georgia Tech, Thomas led the team in batting average, hits, runs and on-base percentage while also hitting eight homeruns and recording 18 steals on the season. Her positive attitude and skills allowed her to jump right into the NPF and claim the starting spot at second base.
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 14th season of play in 2015.
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 o 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.