THREE-YEAR VETERAN GARCIA INKS NEW RACERS CONTRACT
Garcia eyes return trip to the championship finale
Akron, OH – Akron Racers GM, Joey Arrietta, announced today that veteran catcher, Jessica Garcia will be back behind the plate for the Racers in 2015. Garcia finished with a .274 batting average plating 23 runs for the Racers in 2014.
“Jessica Garcia was, indeed, the opposing pitchers worst nightmare,” commented Arrietta. “When we needed a big hit, Garcia was in the batter’s box and she delivered.”
During the Racers’ trip through the NPF Championship in 2014, Garcia was the big stick collecting five RBIs and two homeruns. Her ability to keep focused in her role as the Racers designated player was a key ingredient in Akron’s success in the championship series.
“Having experience and seeing more pitches always helps. It let me relax and know I have been in that situation before,” Garcia said. “To be in the championship game gave us a taste of what we want for this year and what we need to do to get there and be successful.”
With her eyes set on a championship in 2015, Garcia is ready to return and start the season strong. The Racers know that they must come out of the gate strong on day one to earn a trip back to the final game of the championship series.
“The people that surround the Racers are what makes this such a great experience,” Garcia said. “We are playing for the name on the front jersey, as a unit and as a community. We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for our fans.”
Originally from Pomona, California, Garcia played college softball at the University of New Mexico. She set the single season homerun record at New Mexico after hitting 24 out of the park her senior season.
Garcia is currently in her first season as an assistant coach at Monmouth University in Long Branch, New Jersey.
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, is 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 headquartered 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
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