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Racers take opening day loss, 7-3

Site: Akron, OH (Firestone Stadium)
Event: Regular Season Game #1
Score: Racers 3; Diamonds 7
Records: Akron (0-1), Carolina (1-0)
Next Racers Event: Racers vs. Carolina Diamonds, Friday, June 8th, 7:05 PM
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PHOTO: Kristina Thorson, by Dina Kwit

Racers take opening day loss, 7-3

Akron, Ohio – Aja Paculba opened her tenure with the Akron Racers Thursday night with a bang, smashing a three-run homerun over the left field fence to close the scoring gap between the Racers (0-1) and Carolina Diamonds (1-0) to 7-3 in the fourth inning.

The Diamonds, behind the arms of Katie Burkhart and Angel Brunner, and some strong offensive fire power went on to defeat the Racers 7-3 on the Opening Day of the 2012 National Pro Fastpitch season.

Kristina Thorson (0-1) took the circle for the Racers as the opening day starter and immediately ran into trouble against the Diamonds. With the bases loaded in the top of the first inning, Diamonds short stop Bianca Mejia blasted off, giving the newly formed team an early 4-0 lead.

Thorson was pulled three innings later after giving up five hits, six runs (all earned), three walks and one home run. Thorson struck out three batters. The Diamonds added two runs in the third inning with back-to-back RBIs by Brooke Le Sage and GiOnna DiSalvatore to end Thorson’s night.

Diamonds centerfielder Caitlin Lever smacked a home run to give the Diamonds a seven run lead before the Racers comeback.

The Akron Racers and Carolina Diamonds will play game two of the four game weekend series tomorrow night, June 8. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

For more information about the Akron Racers visit 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 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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