(New Britain, Conn., Mar. 28, 2018) – The New Britain Bees are happy to announce they will play the Stratford Brakettes softball team on Sunday, July 15th at New Britain Stadium in an inaugural Battle of the Sexes Game. The game will be a nine-inning contest played under fast-pitch softball rules.
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While unique, this is not the first time that there has been a Battle of the Sexes game between professional baseball and softball teams. This first time the Brakettes faced a professional baseball team in their organizations history was back in 2014. For the past four years the Brakettes have been playing in a Battle of the Sexes against the Bridgeport Bluefish, however, this year is the first Battle of the Sexes game where they will be facing off against the New Britain Bees at New Britain Stadium. The first time a player from the Brakettes entered Connecticut to play a professional baseball team was back in the August of 1961 where Legendary Brakette pitcher Joan Joyce faced Hall of Fame Boston Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams in a charity event in Waterbury, and struck him out.
“This is a fun, exciting and unique opportunity that offers something special for all fans in this region,” says Bees General Manager Brad Smith. “The Bees are pleased to team up with the Brakettes and look forward to the first of hopefully many Battle of the Sexes games at New Britain Stadium.”
The Stratford Brakettes are the longest running competitive softball team in the United States. They will begin their 72nd consecutive season June 2 at Frank DeLuca Hall of Fame Field in Stratford. The Brakettes have won 28 National Amateur Softball Association Championships and 7 Women's Major Sofball National Championships and have produced 22 Natinal A.S.A. Hall of Famers and 13 Olympians. Since 2010 the Brakettes have a 442-22 overall record, which includes 25 invitational tournament titles and a national record 168 game winning streak. Manager John Stratton's club also had unbeaten seasons in 2011 (63-0) and 2013 (68-0). For additional information on the Brakettes, go to www.brakettes.com.
Game time will be on Sunday, July 15th at 7:00pm with New Britain Stadium gates opening at 6:00pm. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online. Field Box tickets are $11, Box seats are $10, and Bleacher tickets will be $8. There will also be special group and suite rental rates. Call a Bees representative for more details. Tickets for the game are available by visiting the Bees ticket office, calling (860) 826-BEES, or going to www.NBBees.com.
About the New Britain Bees
The New Britain Bees are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, and play their home games at New Britain Stadium. For information on tickets packages, group outings and sponsorships call 860-826-BEES (2337) or visit NBBees.com.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.