Women's pro softball returning to York


Women's professional softball is returning to York.

National Pro Fastpitch Softball (NPF) will be back in York on Tuesday, May 31, and Wednesday, June 1. The PA Rebellion, from Washington in western Pennsylvania, will play host to two games against the Akron (Ohio) Racers at PeoplesBank Park, the home of the York Revolution.

The games follow a game between the Rebellion and the USSSA Pride last season. Full-team autograph sessions with both teams will follow both games.

The league is comprised of former NCAA champions, former Olympians and top international players. NPF is the only pro women’s softball league in the country.

The field at PeoplesBank Park will be modified to fit the field dimensions for softball, just as Consol Energy Park in Washington is for the PA Rebellion. The Rebellion shares that facility with the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League of Professional Baseball.  The games in York are part of the NPF’s regular-season schedule.

Tickets will be $12 apiece and $8 for groups of 20 or more.  Revolution full-season ticket holders will receive complimentary tickets, while partial-season ticket-plan holders may purchase tickets for $8, beginning immediately, by contacting the Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office at (717) 801-4487.  Tickets go on sale to the general public in person and at YorkRevolution.com at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22.

“The most accomplished and decorated softball players in the world are returning to the Susquehanna Valley,” said Steven Zavacky, general manager of the PA Rebellion, in a news release.  “We are thrilled to be back. Last year’s games in both York and Lancaster were a smash hit — there was no question we wanted to return.”

“Last year thousands of people sat through drizzle all night to watch the game between the Rebellion and Pride,” said Eric Menzer, president of the Revolution, in the same news release. “As soon as I saw that, I knew we wanted to do this again in 2016, so we’re glad to be able to work with the Rebellion and NPF to make it happen.”

Last year's game in York had an announced crowd of 3,265, including more than 1,000 tickets to local youth softball programs. Following that game, there was talk that an NPF franchise could eventually settle in York and/or Lancaster.

PA Rebellion's Samie Garcia, right, safely slides into second as USSSA Pride's Madison Shipman, left, catches the ball during a softball game in York last June.
PA Rebellion player Brittney Lindley gives a tip to Railroad's Hallie Ward, 15, during a softball clinic in York last June. Players from National Pro Fastpitch Softball were on hand to teach young players. The PA Rebellion will play two games in York this season, on May 31 and June 1.