AYUMI KARINO RETURNS FOR UNPRECEDENT THIRD SEASON WITH THE RACERS
Japanese National Team Member, Sonoka Kuniyoshi, Joins Karino
Akron, OH—The Akron Racers announced today that Ayumi Karino, the Racers talented right fielder, has decided to return to the Racers for her third season of play in the NPF. Karino led the Racers with a .376 batting average collecting 35 hits including three doubles and three triples. Her .420 only base average placed her behind Nerissa Myers (.474), the reigning Offensive Player of the Year and All-NPF performer Charlotte Morgan (.436).
“I am thrilled to have Ayumi back with the Racers this summer, “noted the Racers GM, Joey Arrietta. “She has been an incredible addition to our team and a joy to have in our program.”
Karino will be joined by Sonoka Kuniyoshi, a member of the 2014 Japanese National Team. Sonoka hit .333 World Cup this past summer. The athletically gifted outfielder will suit up for the Racers at the conclusion of her season in the Japanese Pro League.
“Sonoka brings a solid work ethic to succeed in our league,” describes Arrietta. “Her speed and ability to drive the ball in the gaps is a real asset to our offensive game.”
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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 with a two-game series, on the road, against the Rebellion, May 30-31. After a three-game series, on the road once again, in Chicago, the team returns home for their opening night June 11, at Firestone Stadium. This is the first of a four-game series June 11-14 against the Rebellion.
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