AKRON Racers grab nation’s premier pitcher, angela tincher in 2008 draft

Virginia Tech All-American Records Top ERA (0.56) in 2007


Akron, OH---Joey Arrietta, Pres./GM of the Akron Racers, announced today that Virginia Tech All-America pitcher Angela Tincher would join the Racers for the 2008 summer season. Arrietta made a pivotal trade with the Rockford Thunder in the first round to move up in the draft order from fifth to third to secure Tincher’s selection.


Tincher is among the nation’s Top 50 players on the ASA Watch List for the 2008 Collegiate Player of the Year. This is her second appearance on the Watch List having been among the 11 finalists in 2007.


Tincher’s resume is stacked with incredible numbers including a 38-7 record, 311.2 innings pitched and 617 strikeouts in 2007. The 617 strikeouts were the second best in the nation behind Tennessee All-American and 2008 USA Olympic team member, Monica Abbott. Angela also finished second behind Abbott with 13.9 strikeouts per game. Overall, the Eagle Rock native has posted 1,470 career strikeouts, the sixth best performance in NCAA history.


“Angela is one of the most gifted athletes in the game. Her domination on the mound this past year clearly places her among the best in the country. Her All-American work ethic, tenacity and fierce competitiveness elevates her game beyond words,” commented Arrietta.


Arrietta made a long-distance selection in the second round drafting (11th pick overall) Kate Robinson from the University of Hawaii. Robinson shares a spot in the Watch List with soon-to-be teammate Tincher. Robinson is also the preseason pick for WAC Player of the Year honors. Robinson is a pitcher, first baseman and one of the nation’s premier hitters. Kate posted a 17-1 record and a 2.01 ERA picking up the WAC Pitcher of the Year award in 2007. Offensively, she is a mighty force blasting 19 homeruns, 13 doubles and wracking up 71 RBI her junior season. Robinson hit .358 included an incredible .733 slugging percentage.


“Kate is a dynamic personality that combines the athleticism necessary to dominate on the mound and deliver at the plate. Her ability to play first base and contribute offensively makes her a threat anytime she is in the game,” noted Arrietta.


The Racers third selection and the 15th pick overall was Tennessee catcher, Shannon Doepking. Doepking, a solid defensive specialist, hit .278 with eight doubles and six homeruns.


“Shannon is, in my opinion, the best defensive catcher in the college game today. She was instrumental in the success of four-time All-American Monica Abbott and I think she will do the same for our pitching staff,” explains Arrietta.


Also in round three, Arrietta snagged shortstop Angelena Mexicano from Illinois. Mexicano, from San Jose, CA, hit .324 with 60 hits including 13 doubles and 16 homeruns. She also scored 56 runs.


 “Angelena has some big shoes to fill with the loss of Kristin Johnson but I believe she has the quickness and the glove skills to be successful at the pro level. Offensively, she fits perfectly into the Racers’ run-and-gun offense, “ replied Arrietta.


The Racers final selection in round three was offensive powerhouse Susan Ogden from Oklahoma. Ogden, an outfielder, hit .381 including 56 hits, 10 doubles and three homeruns. Susan joins former teammate, Norrelle Dickson, the 2007 NPF Batting Champion, this coming summer.


“Susan has the big stick I was looking for to add to our lineup. She is a versatile player who has faced some of the best pitchers in the country as a member of the Oklahoma Sooners,” describes Arrietta.


Arrietta’s last pick in the 2008 draft was Brittany Barnes, an infield utility specialist, from Georgia Tech. Barnes will play second this season but has logged a significant amount of games at third base as well. Brittany slammed 20 homeruns, 11 doubles and contributed a team-high 73 RBI.


“Brittany gives the Racers a utility infielder capable of playing both second and third base. She is definitively a long ball threat that completed our plans to add more power to the Racers line-up,” remarked Arrietta.

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