Photo Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
AKRON, OH (September 15, 2016) - The recognition and celebration continues on for Akron Racers right fielder A.J. Andrews. Last month Andrews made history at the annual NPF Awards Banquet, becoming the first woman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in the award’s 59-year history. Every year since 1957 the Gold Glove has been awarded to the best defensive player at each position in Major League Baseball’s American and National League.
A season’s worth of highlight reel catches, in which she routinely soared over fences, crashed through them or sacrificed her body on diving grabs, and many more years of hard work led to the groundbreaking achievement for Andrews.
“I’m really excited to get acknowledged for (my hard work),” Andrews told the crowd at the NPF Championship Series, when she was presented with the Gold Glove. “It’s really, truly an honor and a blessing. I can’t thank everyone enough for this opportunity.”
Next week, Andrews will return to Northeast Ohio to continue the celebration. On Monday, September 19, the Racers will host a reception in Andrews’ honor in the Summit County Softball Hall of Fame from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
On the next night (Tuesday, September 20), the Racers’ MLB neighbors to the north will also recognize the landmark moment. The Cleveland Indians will take time to recognize Andrews before their game with division-rival Kansas City Royals, the reigning World Series champions, in a pre-game ceremony. The ceremony will precede the game’s 7:10 p.m. first pitch. The Indians currently boast the American League’s second best record as Cleveland looks to make the postseason for the first time since 2013.
Tickets for Tuesday’s game are available on the Indians’ website at indians.mlb.com or by visiting the Progressive Field Ticket Office.
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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