Akron, OH – February 4, 2014 - Akron Racers GM, Joey Arrietta announced today the Rachele Fico, the first pick in the 2013 NPF Draft, will return to the Racers for her second season of play.
“I’m looking forward to great performances from Rachele this season,” noted Arrietta. “She is the consummate team player and I am confident that she will emerge as one of the best pitchers in the league over the next few years.”
The former LSU All-American led the Racers pitching staff with six wins in 74.2 innings pitched. Fico posted a 5.06 ERA and 37 strikeouts for the Racers in 2013.
Fico, an outstanding pitcher for the LSU Tigers, finished her senior season with a record of 24-13 and an ERA of just 2.34. She struck out 232 of the batters she faced and finished her career with an impressive 797 strikeouts and a 78-43 record. She earned Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American accolades in 2012 and 2013 becoming just the third player in LSU history to earn two First-Team All-American honors. Fico also received the 2012 Louisiana Pitcher of the Year Award.
“I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to play for and represent the Akron Racers again this summer,” explains Fico. “It is a humbling experience to be apart of the NPF’s oldest existing team and I am looking forward to what the 2014 season holds.”
For more information about the Akron Racers visit us on the web at www.akronracers.org or call the front office at 330-376-8188.
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 12th season of play in 2013.
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.