Cleveland, Ohio (March 2, 2018) Fast Pitch Partners LLC, owner of the Akron Racers, announces a major transformation of the organization. The new name of the oldest franchise in the NPF will be changed to the Cleveland Comets. Fast Pitch General Manager Stephen Dunn of Westlake, Ohio, states, “The name change reflects a new initiative to expand our reach throughout the entire Greater Cleveland area.”

The Comets plan to play home games at a variety of parks throughout Northeast Ohio. Dunn explained, “We are in discussion with a number of venues, including Firestone Stadium in Akron. We plan to deliver professional softball to as many localities as we can this summer, to raise awareness of our team and the phenomenal caliber of talent in our league.”

The Comets roster will include international players as well as a core of prominent American players. “With the Beijing Eagles joining the league last season, and the Aussie Spirit this season, the NPF is becoming a showcase for the world, not just the U.S. We are fully committed to the NPF and its vision moving forward.”

About the Cleveland Comets
The Cleveland Comets are owned by Fastpitch Partners LLC. Fastpitch Partners LLC. Owned and operated the Akron Racers from 2009 through 2017, at which time ownership made a strategic decision to change the TEAM name to the Cleveland Comets. The name and logo change was meant to expand the audience of the professional softball team into the greater Cleveland Metropolitan market. The National Pro Fastpitch 2018 season will mark the debut of the Cleveland Comets.

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 Aussie Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2018 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.