Nicholson NPF Blog #6: Rivals Now; Redbirds Forever
Former Redbird Shannon Nicholson now pitches for the Akron Racers
Former Redbird Shannon Nicholson now pitches for the Akron Racers

July 7, 2008

AKRON, Ohio - Hey all you Redbird (and Racer) fans! Welcome back to this week's update from Akron, Ohio. Last week, we hosted the league-leading Philadelphia Force and also hosted a breast cancer awareness game.

The Force came into Akron with the best record in the NPF, but we clawed our way up in the standings, taking three of the four games in the series, and moved up to third place in the six-team NPF standings. The series was also exciting because I know a few of the girls on the Force from college. First off, Stacy Birk, who I pitched with at ISU for four years, is on the team, along with Margo Pruis and Amy Harre, who both played for teams in the Missouri Valley Conference. It was definitely a reunion of MVC pitchers.

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One of the most exciting games of the weekend was on Saturday, where we decked out in pink to help raise money to fight breast cancer. Thanks to our league sponsors, we got pink cleats from 3N2, pink batting gloves and wristbands from Mizuno, pink socks and visors from The Game, and pink helmets from Worth. The game will be televised Thursday on Fox Sports Net. It was the first time I have worn so much pink for a softball game, and we took it as far as we could with pink ribbons and hair ties. The game was a lot of fun, and thanks to a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth, we were able to win the series.

This week, we play one more home series before hitting the road next week. The New England Riptide will fly into Akron before we fly out there next week. We will end up playing eight-straight games against New England in the next two weeks. It should be interesting, but since they are right ahead of us in the standings, it will be a battle.

Thanks for stopping by to check out this week's edition of my blog, and "Go You Redbirds" (and Racers)!

- Shannon Nicholson #19