Akron, OH (October 12,2016) The Akron Racers Foundation comprehensive development and utilization of historic Firestone Stadium has gone far beyond its signature team, the Akron Racers. In fact, Racers will be an exclamation point to a jam-pack schedule of activities for 2017. The Foundation schedule includes five high school tournaments and five summer travel ball tournaments.
The Ohion Invitational, April 7-9, kicks off the spring high school tournament schedule. The Spring Showcase and the JV Jamboree JV will be run concurrently, April 13-15. Both events will be capped at 16 to allow varsity and JV teams to travel together to compete in their respective events. The Rock n’ Fire is slated for April 21-23 followed by the Grand Slam, April 27-29. These very successful high school tournaments will provide fans with a sneak peak at the talented teams emerging from around the state setting the stage for the 2017 OHSAA Girl’s State Softball Tournament, June 1-4.
The high school Rivalry Series returns for its second season on Wednesday nights, April 12, 19 and 26. The complete list of competing teams will be finalized in the next few weeks but Firestone Stadium will definitely be the place to be on Wednesday nights in April.
As we step into May, Firestone Stadium once again will be the site of MAC Softball Championship, May 10-13. The Foundation’s affiliation with the MAC’s premier softball event dates back to 2002. This will be the MAC’s 14th appearance at historic Firestone Stadium. The USCAA Small College National Tournament returns to Firestone Stadium, May 15-18.
The Firestone Frenzy, (10u, 12u) launches the Foundation’s youth and travel ball events on May 19-21.The annual Slam Series I(10u, 12u 14u) will take place, June 14-16, followed by the Slam Series II (16u, 18u) tournament June 16-18.The schedule heats up in July with the Summer Sizzler (10u, 12u, 14u) , July 7-9, with the Stadium Series (12u, 14u) rounding out the tournament schedule, July 14-16. These tournaments will be sanctioned by USSSA and will include a four-game guarantee. Details regarding registration and payment options are pending.
Additional tournament information is available by calling Jill Williams, the Akron Racers Foundation’s Amateur Event Director, at 330.376.8188. Ticket information for all amateur events held at Firestone Stadium are available on game days only. Check out akronracers.org for further details regarding the entire 2017 Firestone Stadium schedule of events.
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 was televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage included the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet in April, 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, joined 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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