The New Britain Bees are happy to announce they will play the Stratford Brakettes softball team on Sunday, July 21st at New Britain Stadium in the second annual 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. The first time the Brakettes faced a professional baseball team in their organizations history was back in 2014. From 2014-17 the Brakettes played in a Battle of the Sexes against the Bridgeport Bluefish, and this year will mark the second Battle of the Sexes game against the New Britain Bees at New Britain Stadium. The Bees won the inaugural matchup last season by a score of 3-2. 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 again and look forward to another thrilling Battle of the Sexes game at New Britain Stadium.”
The Stratford Brakettes are the longest running competitive softball team in the United States. They will begin their 73rd consecutive season June 1 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 National A.S.A. Hall of Famers and 13 Olympians. Since 2010 the Brakettes have a 489-26 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 21st 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)
With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com