NOTRE DAME ACE RETURNS TO THE CIRCLE FOR THE AKRON RACERS
2014 Racers Draft selection ready to return to playing for the Racers in 2015
AKRON, OH—The Racers announced today that Laura Winter, the Akron Racers Second Round Draft Pick (Seventh Overall) in the 2014 NPF Senior Draft, will suit-up for the Racers after surgery sidelined her in 2014.
“I was thrilled to learn the progress Laura has made to prepare to play for the Racers,” remarked Joey Arrietta, the Racers GM. “Her recovery from shoulder surgery has involved an amazing commitment to her rehabilitation. I am so proud to give her a chance to return to the diamond.”
“I want to thank Joey and the Akron Racers for giving me the opportunity to continue playing, especially after I was forced to delay my rookie season due to shoulder surgery after my career at Notre Dame,” explained Winter. “I am also thankful to my Fordham family for their support in this endeavor. I am truly humbled to be part of the Racers and to help the sport grow, not just in the softball world but in the community as well.”
The multi-decorated Notre Dame pitcher was dominating for the Irish in the circle and at the plate. Her accolades include Big East Conference Player of the Year in 2013 and Big East Pitcher of the Year honors in 2012. She was a First-Team All-Big East selection three consecutive years (2011-2013) and a First-Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick in 2014.
The San Diego native ended her career at Notre Dame with a 112-34 record in 939.2 innings pitched and 1,078 strikeouts. Offensively, Winter posted a .293 career batting average including 22 homeruns and 24 doubles.
The Racers open the 2015 campaign on the road against the Rebellion and return to Firestone Stadium on June 11-14. The Racers head to Columbus on July 18 and then on August 1. Both games are being held at the Berliner Fields. Ticket information is available at 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 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