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Homeruns Take Center Stage in Opening Day of Championship Series

Taylor Edwards of the Chicago Bandits Photo By Bill Diehm Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Hoover, AL..– August 14, 2015 - The Akron Racers squared off with the Chicago Bandits in the opening game of the NPF Championships.  The game’s first run came in the top of the 4th on a homerun by Racers Kellie Robinson.  The Bandits came back in the bottom of the 4th when Tammy Williams singled and Megan Blank scored.
The game ended on dramatic fashion in the bottom of the 7th with Chicago’s catcher Taylor Edwards hit a walk off two run homerun to straight away center field off of Lisa Norris.  Chicago’s Monica Abbot got the complete game win, while Lisa Norris took the loss.
Game 2 will be played tomorrow at 11am at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.  
In the second game of the night, the Dallas Charge took on the USSSA Pride in game 2 of the NPF Championship tournament.  Madison Shipman was the star player for the Pride as she went 3 for 3 finishing a triple short of the cycle.  She finished with a homerun and three RBI.  The Pride finished with 8 runs on 12 hits and one error.  
The lone run for the for the Charge came on a solo homerun Kaylyn Castillo in the top of the 7th inning.  The Charge were only able to get 1 hit in 5 1/3 innings off Pride starter Cat Osterman who got the win.  Lauren Haeger was the losing pitcher for the Charge giving up 5 runs and 8 hits over 5 innings.
Game 2 between the Charge and Pride will be tomorrow at 2pm at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.   
LOCATION: Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, Hoover, AL. 
Game 1: Akron Racers 1, Chicago Bandits 3
Game 2: Dallas Charge 1, USSSA Pride 8
Game 1: Racers (0-1), Bandits (1-0)
Game 2:  Charge (0-1), Pride (1-0)
For more information about the Akron Racers visit or call 330-376-8188 About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, is 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 14th season of play in 2015. 
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson and Tammy Williams. The two-time NPF Champions, who are owned by Bill Sokolis, play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women's professional team. The 2015 season will be the Bandits 11th season in the NPF.
The Dallas Charge will begin competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2015. The Charge will provide elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the Charge organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dallas Charge at
The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.  The league, created to give elite female fastpitch 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 fastpitch softball and has been since 2002.