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Akron, Ohio – July 23, 2012 – After falling in the series (3-1) against the USSSA Florida Pride, the Akron Racers are looking to bounce back against the Stratford Brakettes in an exhibition double header Tuesday, July 24.

The Stratford Brakettes were founded in 1947 as the Raybestos Girls All-Stars. They soon underwent a name change to the Raybestos Brakettes and have been dedicated to the development of women’s fast pitch softball ever since.

The Brakettes have won 28 ASA National Titles between 1958 and 2007. They have also won the last two Women’s Major Softball national titles. Their roster includes 21 former players elected to the National ASA Hall of Fame and 13 that have competed in Olympics.

Fastpitch softball legends such as Dot Richardson, Lisa Fernandez, Cat Osterman, Joan Joyce, Kathy Arendsen, Donna Lopiano and Sue Enquist are amongst the alumnae of the Brakettes.

This year’s team includes former Chicago Bandits’ pitcher Brandice Balschmiter, nine-year Brakettes veteran Denise Denis, LSU pitcher Rachele Fico (class of ’13), South Florida third baseman Jess Mouse, and Brakettes’ single-season home run record-holder (31 in 2011) and Florida Atlantic first basemen Steffi Call (class of ’13).

The team is managed by John Stratton who is in his 19th year as coach and 35th campaign on the coaching staff. He also recently won his 1000 career win with a 10-3 victory over the Newtown Rock (Newtown, PA).

The Racers take on the Brakettes Tuesday, July 24 at 6:05pm ET. The game will be streamed LIVE at or by clicking here: Tickets for the double header are available now and can be purchased by calling 330-376-8188 or by visiting

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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