TUSCALOOSA, AL – After persistent rain took its toll on Day 2 of the NPF Championship Series at Rhoads Stadium on the campus of the University of Alabama, the Akron Racers and USSSA Pride will finish their semifinal series on Sunday, August 20.
After the Pride took a lead in the series with a 3-0 win in Game 1 on Friday night, the two teams were scheduled to finish the series Saturday with a potential double header. However, after rain fell in the area for most of the afternoon and evening the field was deemed unplayable.
The Racers will now take on the Pride at 12:00 p.m. ET Sunday, August 21, when they will try to keep their season alive. With a win in the first game, Akron would force a decisive third game of the series at 8:00 p.m. ET Sunday, August 21.
Following the noon game between the Racers and Pride, the Chicago Bandits and Scrap Yard Dawgs will meet in the third game of the series between those two teams.
All of the semifinal games will be available online on NPF TV.
If Akron forces a third game in their semifinal series, the finals would begin with a double header on Monday, August 22. If the Pride wins the first game on Sunday, they will meet the Bandits or Dawgs in the first game of the finals Sunday night.
All of the games of the finals will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league, celebrating their 15th Season of Play in 2016. 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.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
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