AKRON, Ohio: The 2009 Battle of the Bats finalists collided at Firestone Stadium this evening during FanFest to outslug one another for a $1,000 prize and title of 2009 Battle of the Bat Champion. DeDe Justice from the Philadelphia Force entered the contest in second place with 17 home runs but when all was said and done, she posted 23 big flies on the night to capture that title and prize with a whopping tally of 40 home runs, swinging a WORTH Titan.
Other notable moments in the event included Jennie Finch from the Chicago Bandits opening the contest with an impressive first round arsenal of 12 home runs, jumping into the running with her MIZUNO FRENZY. Fellow Bandit teammate Samantha Findlay heated up late in the event, posting 11 dingers in the second round after seven home runs in the first, to claim second place overall in the event behind Justice with 32 home runs.
WORTH dominated in the manufacturers contest with an impressive 90 home run tally across the contest. DEMARINI finished in second with 67 homers while MIZUNO finished third with 53 dingers. MIKEN trailed in fifth with 47 home runs while COMBAT finished the contest with 44 homers.
2009 Battle of the Bats Individual Results
1. DeDe Justice Worth Titan 40 homers (Philadelphia Force)
2. Samantha Findlay Demarini CF3 31 homers (Chicago Bandits) (at large competitor)
3. Kristen Butler Worth Titan 26 homers (Akron Racers)
4. Amber Jackson Demarini CF3 23 homers (USSSA Pride)
t-5. Jennie Finch Mizuno Frenzy 22 homers (Chicago Bandits)
t-5. Stacy May Combat Virus 22 homers (Chicago Bandits)
t-5. Oli Keohohou Miken Freak 22 homers (USSSA Pride)
t-5. Crystl Bustos Demarini CF3 22 homers (Akron Racers)
6. Rachel Folden Worth Titan 18 homers (Chicago Bandits)
7. Sam Banister Mizuno Frenzy 17 homers (Akron Racers)
8. Sam Ricketts Miken Freak 11 homers (Akron Racers)
9. Kate Robinson Combat Virus 7 homers (Akron Racers)
2009 Battle of the Bats Manufacturer Results
1. WORTH - 90 HOMERUNS…MAKER OF THE WORTH TITAN, licensed by National Pro Fastpitch
2. DEMARINI 67 HOMERUNS…MAKER OF THE DEMARINI CF3, used by Crystl Bustos, former Olympian and 2009 NPF Player of the Year!
3. MIZUNO 53 HOMERUNS…Maker of the MIZUNO FRENZY, used by Jennie Finch, former Olympian and NPF Star!
4. MIKEN 47 HOMERUNS…Maker of the MIKEN FREAK, used by former Olympian, Kelly Kretschman
5. COMBAT 44 HOMERUNS…MAKER OF THE COMBAT VIRUS…THE CURE FOR THE COMMON GAME.
SUMMARY OF REGULAR SEASON SCORES
NPF FanFest celebrated the opening of the 2009 NPF Championship Series and quest for the Cowles Cup.
Thursday, August 20th marks the opening of the Championship Series. Gates will open at 3:00 pm.
Playoff Game #1 - 6:00 pm: #1 Seed Chicago Bandits vs. #4 Seed USSSA Pride
Playoff Game #2 - approx. 8:45 pm: #2 Seed Akron Racers vs. #3 Seed Rockford Thunder
Friday, August 21st: Gates open at 3:00 pm
Playoff Game #3 - 6:00 pm: Chicago Bandits vs. USSSA Pride (Home Team)
Playoff game #4 - approx. 8:45 pm: Akron Racers vs. Rockford Thunder
Ticket Prices for Thursday and Friday:
Saturday, August 22nd:
Playoff Game #5 - 1 pm: tie-breaker between the #1 and #4 seeds (if necessary)
Playoff Game #6 - approx. 4 pm: tie-breaker between the #2 and #3 seeds (if necessary)
Tickets for ‘if necessary’ games will not go on sale until SATURDAY morning at 9:00 am with gates opening at 10:00 am.and will be priced accordingly:
$7/$13 - Stadium Seating/Cambria Suites Bleachers/Terrace Seating (one game/two games)
$8/$14 - VIP Seating (one game/two games)
Championship Game #1 - approx. 7:00 pm
Sunday, August 23rd: Gates will open at 9:00 am
Championship Game #2 - 1 pm
(FINALS) - 4:00 pm (TIE-BREAKER if necessary)
Tickets for the Championship games will be priced as follows for EACH game:
$8 - Stadium Seating/Cambria Suites Bleachers/Terrace Seating
$9 - VIP Seating
A post-game trophy and championship MVP Award Presentation will follow upon conclusion of the championship game with the Cowles Cup being presented to the 2009 NPF Champion.
How to Watch
Fans unavailable to make the trip to Akron, Ohio to catch the Championship Series in person can tune in from home. All games will be streamed via profastpitch.com thanks to NPF’s partnership with MLB.com. Bernie Guenther will handle the play-by-play action. Live statistics will also be available via Gametracker. Go to the “Live-Games” page for Broadcast and Gametracker links and WATCH LIVE!
To purchase tickets, call the Akron Racers Box Office at 330-376-8188 or go Ticket Return.com.