STRATFORD—For the 73rd consecutive season, the Stratford Brakettes will be playing softball.
Players from all over the country arrive in town this week for another season of softball at DeLuca Field.
The Brakettes will open the season on Saturday, facing the organization’s new 18U team—the Junior Brakettes at 7 p.m.
The next day will feature a triple header of softball, with the Brakettes and Junior Brakettes playing a doubleheader at 10 a.m.
At 4 p.m., the Junior Brakettes will play host to the Ireland National Team at 4 p.m.
Team Ireland will feature a combination of players from its U19 and Women’s National team. The Irish U19 team features a member of the Junior Brakettes, infielder Maura Keary of Fairfield.
As a freshman at Trinity College this year she hit .337 and drove in 18 runs. Keary was a two-time All-SCC pick from Lauralton Hall.
The Irish U19 team has qualified for the 16-team World Championships in August in Irvine, CA. They are in Group C with Puerto Rico, China and Brazil. They gained one of the 16 berths by finishing runner-up in last year’s European Championship.
The Irish Women’s National Team finished sixth in the European tournament to gain a berth in this year’s European Olympic qualifier in the Netherlands. That champion advances to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
All youth softball players, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted free of charge to all regular season home games played by both teams.
“We are committed to promoting softball,” said Brakettes General Manager Bob Baird. “The best way for these young players to learn the game is from watching it played at the highest level.”
The Brakettes invite any team, or league, to have a special night with the Brakettes.
All players and team coaches are admitted free. Players get to be on the field with the Brakettes for the National Anthem, and the teams/ leagues get to select players to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and serve as team bat girls.
For additional information or to reserve a date, please contact Kathy Gage at (203) 605-2065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.