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NORTH CANTON HOOVER ALUM, MIAMI REDHAWKS PITCHER JESSICA SIMPSON TO PLAY RACERS MONDAY

AKRON, Ohio - May 31, 2012 - The Akron Racers are pleased to announce that Miami University (Ohio) standout pitcher Jessica Simpson will be pitching for the NE Ohio Collegiate All-Star team that is slated to face the Racers in an exhibition game at Firestone Stadium on Monday, June 4.

Simpson will join seniors from other universities across Ohio to compete against the Racers on Monday with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET at Firestone Stadium.

Fellow Miami Redhawk Jordan McElroy (OF), University of Akron catcher Allison Dorr and right fielder Alex Helfrich, Ashland University’s Alyssa Kelley (3B), Emlyn Knerem (P) and Bri Woody (SS), Kent State University’s Jess Blanton (C/3B), Lauren Nacke from Dayton University (DH/1B/OF), Haley Thomas (OF) and Jordan Ingalls (OF) from Youngstown State will all join Simpson on the Collegiate All-Stars squad.

Tickets for the June 4 exhibition game are available now at www.akronracers.org and start at just $7. For more information, contact the Racers at 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 11th season of play in 2012.
 
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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