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Akron Racers to "Toast" LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers

 

AKRON, OH (June 20, 2016) – The Akron Racers will “toast” the Cleveland Cavaliers before Akron’s next home game on Saturday, June 25th. The Racers will hold the city’s largest public toast to the Cavaliers and Akron’s very own superstar, LeBron James, at Firestone Stadium. The Cavaliers turned in a record-setting performance to win their first NBA Championship in franchise history and erased a 52-year drought in Cleveland sports history.

With the purchase of a $7 ticket to the game against the USSSA Florida Pride, fans will receive a coupon for a free fountain drink.  In the pre-game ceremonies, both the Racers and the Pride will join fans in raising a toast to the Cavaliers’ championship, the first for the City of Cleveland since December 27, 1964.

Saturday’s game will kick off a crucial three-game series between Akron (7-5), which currently sits in second place in the NPF, and the first place Pride (6-2).  Following Saturday’s game, Akron will welcome USSSA back to Firestone Stadium on Sunday for a 4:05 pm game.  On Monday, Akron will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan and Alumni Field on the University of Michigan campus for a Pride home game to be televised on CBS Sports Network.

The Racers are off to a great start to the 2016 season, the team’s 15th Season of Play, thanks in large part to the swinging of the hottest bats in the NPF.  Akron leads the league with a .303 batting average and 6.5 runs scored per game. Alex Hugo (Georgia) became the second consecutive Racer to win the NPF Rookie of the Week award on Monday, June 20 after batting 6-for-14 with a home run, three runs scored and three RBI in six games this past week.

Fellow rookie Sami Fagan won the award last week as a part of a clean sweep for the Racers with Akron third baseman Kelley Montalvo winning Offensive Player of the Week and pitcher Jailyn Ford winning the Pitcher of the Week awards, respectively.

For ticket information for Saturday’s game or any future game in the 2016 season contact the Akron Racers box office at 330-376-8188 and for all information on anything Racers log on to www.akronracers.org.



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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