Akron, OH—November 3, 2015 - The Akron Racers are on a mission. Racers, GM, Joey Arrietta is piecing together the 2016 squad with a “Championship Attitude” as six players signed two-year deals in the past two weeks to return to Akron. Add former Canadian National Team member, Jen Gilbert (OF) and the Racers second pick (19th overall), catcher, Griffin Joiner and Shellie Robinson, the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 NPF Senior Draft, and the Racers are building a contender.
Jen Gilbert (OF) notched her first full season with the Racers in 2015, splitting her rookie campaign in 2014 playing for the Canadian National Team. Gilbert hammered out five homeruns, scored 13 runs and chipped in 13 RBIs in 2015.
Joiner, the former Kentucky Wildcat, literally jumped into the starting assignment behind the plate. Her defensive skills and ability to handle a diverse pitching staff cemented her spot in the Racers lineup. She nailed eight runners and quickly established herself as an effective field general.
Shellie Robinson followed Joiner becoming the Racers third pick in the 2015 NPF Senior Draft. The University of South Carolina-Upstate grad, delivered a solid performance in just her rookie season in the league. Robinson smashed a homerun off 2015 NPF Pitcher of the Year, Monica Abbott, in the second game of the NPF Championship Series.
“I like what I see from these three players,” remarked Arrietta. “Their work ethic is key for me. Can you and will you do what it takes to get prepared and execute when your number is called? I believe there is a lot of talent in these three players we have yet to see.”
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 15th season of play in 2016.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fast pitch 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 fast pitch softball since 2002. www.profastpitch.com