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By: John Urchek
AKRON, OH – Wednesday night before the second game of the Akron Racers doubleheader at Firestone Stadium, former Racer pitcher Sarah Pauly threw out the ceremonial first pitch, which marked the final pitch Pauly will throw in the NPF.
Pauly, an 11-year veteran of the NPF, retired from a career that saw her pitch for the Stratford Brakettes, the Washington Glory, the USSSA Pride and the Pennsylvania Rebellion, before pitching her final two seasons of NPF competition in Akron.
The seven-time All-NPF right hander, left her mark on the NPF record book, becoming the first NPF pitcher to reach 1,000 innings, 150 starts, 100 complete games and 100 wins.  Pauly currently holds the league record in innings pitched (1,034.0), complete games (110) and starts (165).  She also ranks third all-time in league history with 936 strikeouts, behind only Monica Abbott (1,264) and Cat Osterman (1,155) and second in wins with 107 behind Abbott.
Pauly spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Racers after coming to the team via trade with the Pennsylvania Rebellion before the 2015 season.  In two years, Pauly ranks eighth in Akron’s record book with 196.0 innings pitched, 128 strikeouts and 17 wins.  She is also seventh with 17 complete games and 33 starts as a member of the Racers.  Pauly finished as the team leader in complete games and ERA in both seasons with the team, amassing 17 complete games and a 2.71 ERA in that time, and earned her seventh and final All-NPF selection in 2015.
Pauly was named the NPF Pitcher of the Year as a rookie in 2006 and would go on to win three Cowles Cups and three regular season championships throughout her 11 seasons in the NPF.
Pauly left her mark on the NPF and the game of softball in ways that few others have been able. Through her perseverance, toughness, leadership and competitiveness, Pauly leaves the game a seven-time All-NPF selection, a three-time regular season champion and a three-time Cowles Cup Champion in a dignified 12-year NPF career.
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 will celebrate their 16th season of play in 2017.  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 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success.  The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.

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