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Akron advances in NPF

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  • The Akron Racers and the New York/New Jersey Comets opened the championship series on Thursday at the National Pro Fastpitch 2013 Championships in Rosemont. The Chicago Bandits will begin play at 5:30 p.m. today.

       The Akron Racers and the New York/New Jersey Comets opened the championship series on Thursday at the National Pro Fastpitch 2013 Championships in Rosemont. The Chicago Bandits will begin play at 5:30 p.m. today.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Comets pitcher Olivia Galiti fires battles a Racers batter in the first inning of the National Pro Fastpitch 2013 Championship Series in Rosemont on Thursday. Akron won the game 4-2 to advance.

       Comets pitcher Olivia Galiti fires battles a Racers batter in the first inning of the National Pro Fastpitch 2013 Championship Series in Rosemont on Thursday. Akron won the game 4-2 to advance.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
By Daily Herald News Services

The Akron Racers opened the National Pro Fastpitch Championship tournament with a 4-2 victory Thursday over the NY/NJ Comets at The Ballpark at Rosemont.

Akron advanced behind Sam Marder's three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth, will now play No. 2 seeded USSSA Pride (Florida) in Game 2 of the NPF tournment at 5:30 p.m. today in Rosemont.

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The Chicago Bandits (36-12), the regular-season champions, earned a bye and will play the Akron-USSSA winner in Game 3 at 8:30 p.m. Friday in a best-of-three series format. Friday's games will be carried livestream at www.profastpitch.com.

Saturday's play will open with Game 4 carried live on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. If a Game 5 is necessary, it will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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