BATON ROUGE, LA – After outstanding seasons and helping to lead the Akron Racers to the 2017 NPF Championship Series, Akron outfielders A.J. Andrews and Shellie Robinson were honored at the annual NPF Awards Banquet Dinner. Both players were named as At Large selections to the All-NPF Team presented by Easton. It was the first All-NPF selection for both Andrews and Robinson.
At last year’s Awards Banquet, Andrews was named the first female softball player to win a Rawlings Gold Glove, though she passed the honor of winning the Rawlings Gold Glove to USSSA Pride catcher Chelsea Goodacre, Andrews turned in another tremendous defensive season after transitioning to centerfield this season for the Racers.
A third-year professional out of Louisiana State University, Andrews posted career-highs in nearly every offensive category, recording 39 hits, scoring 27 runs, with 9 doubles, 2 triples and 12 RBI, while compiling a .348 batting average. Andrews also drew 14 walks and was hit by seven pitches to post a .448 on-base percentage.
Andrews was among the league leaders in many categories, finishing third in batting average, fourth in on-base percentage, fifth in doubles, eighth in runs and 10th in stolen bases. She led Akron in batting average, on-base percentage and stolen bases with eight.
Robinson also posted a career-year, excelling in her third season and surpassing many of her personal bests, starting with doubling her career home run total after hitting eight home runs this season. Robinson’s .297 batting average, .321 on-base percentage and .531 slugging percentages were also her highest clips in the NPF. Her 38 hits, 21 runs, 30 RBI and six stolen bases were all career highs.
The South Carolina-Upstate product finished tied for fifth in the NPF in RBI, seventh in home runs and seventh in slugging percentage this season. Robinson led the Racers in RBI and slugging percentage.
Akron, who drew the third seed in the NPF Championship Series, begins play against the second-seeded Scrap Yard Dawgs Thursday, August 17, at LSU’s Tiger Park with the first game of the three-game series starting at 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT. Dawgs pitcher Monica Abbott won the NPF Pitcher of the Year presented by Diamond after leading the league with 17 wins and 213 strikeouts.
All games of the NPF Championship Series are available for free streaming on NPF TV, the league’s streaming service, MLB.com and the Olympic Channel. Also stay tuned to www.akronracers.org for updates on this weekend’s action as the Racers chase the second Cowles Cup in franchise history.
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 will celebrate their 16th season of play in 2017. 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 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
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