Stratford Connecticut's Women's Major Fastpitch
















May 3, 2015- The Stratford Brakettes will open their 69th consecutive season of women's fastpitch softball on June 5th at Frank DeLuca Hall of Fame Field. The 2015 schedule has 25 home play dates in Stratford.

Season tickets prices have remained the same for the past six years. Anyone who purchases a season pass will receive special discounts on tickets for the 7th annual Women's Major Softball National Championship tournament August 6-9. Regular-season box seats are $100, reserved with back rests (behind home plate) are $80 and first and third base bleacher seats are $60. All subsequent tickets purchased are at half price. For additional information or to order season tickets contact the Stratford Brakettes at (203) 378-7262, or via e-mail, Or use the order form found here. Walk-up prices on game day are $5 for bleacher seats, $6 for reserved, and $8 for box seats.

Manager John Stratton's club will feature many new players this season. However, the veteran pitching staff of Brandice Balschmiter (15-0) and Allyson Fournier (23-2) is back from last year's team that compiled a 50-4 record and captured its fifth straight National title and 33rd since 1947.

Leading the contingent of eight returning players is veteran outfielder Denise Denis, who became the Brakettes all-time home run leader last season, surpassing Pat Dufficy (91). Denis belted 16 home runs to give her 93 since 2005, while she won the team batting title at .488 and drove in 56 runs. Another top hitter back is catcher Elena Bowman, who is enjoying a big year at Manhattan College. Bowman hit .407 with seven home runs and 37 RBI.

The Brakettes have a 308-8 record in the past five years with records of 68-0, 68-3, 63-0, 57-1, and 50-4.

In addition to the National tournament, the Brakettes will host Team Canada, which is ranked third in the World behind the USA and Japan. They will be at DeLuca for a six-game series June 25-27. Also, the Brakettes will face the Bridgeport Bluefish minor league baseball team June 14 at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Tickets may be purchased for that game in advance from the Brakettes, as well as from the Bluefish.


May 3, 2015- The five-time defending National Champion Stratford Brakettes women's fastpitch softball team has announced the dates for its 2015 summer clinics schedule at Frank DeLuca Hall of Fame Field in Stratford, CT.

The Brakettes will again offer five sessions between June 29 and July 14. All sessions are two days in duration, except for catching which is one day on July 2. For the 10th straight year the Brakettes have kept the prices the same!

The Brakettes Softball Clinic is for girls 8-years old through high school seniors. Every session is instructional in nature and run by members of the 2015 Brakettes, under the direction of veteran manager John Stratton, who is approaching 1,200 career wins. He has led the team to 10 National Championships, including five straight Women's Major Softball National Championships.

Regarded as one of the country's top pitching clinicians for over 40 years, Stratton has worked with all the great pitchers in Brakettes history, from the late Bertha Tickey and John Joyce, to Barbara Reinalda and Kathy Arendsen, to Rachele Fico, the 2013 No. 1 selection in the National Pro Fastpitch draft, to current day standouts Brandice Balschmiter and Allyson Fournier.

There will be two identical Beginning Pitching sessions (#1, June 29-30, and #5, July 13-14), one Catching sessions (#2, July 2), and skills sessions in Offense/Hitting (#3, July 6-7) and Defense/Fielding (#4, July 9-10).

The Beginning Pitching sessions deal with the fundamentals of pitching, developing a motion and progresses through the different grips and spins used in throwing the rise ball, drop, and change of pace. All the fundamentals of catching will be covered in Session #2. Session #3 deals with all aspects of hitting and Session #4 covers defense, fielding, and throwing. Numerous drills will be used and situations are covered.

Each session is two days from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon., except the one-day catching session. All campers will receive a Stratford Brakettes YOUTH CLUB pass that is good for one FREE admission to every home game during the regular season.

The price for the Clinic remains unchanged for the 10th straight year as each session is $90, except catching which is $50. Discounts are offered for attending multiple sessions.

For additional information, call (203) 378-7262. E-mail our office at; or download a copy of the 2015 Clinics Brochure.

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April 19, 2015- The Stratford Brakettes can't wait and we're counting down the days until we open on Friday, June 5 at Frank DeLuca Hall of Fame Field in a 7 p.m. doubleheader against the Queens Lady Rangers. The Lyons/ PA, Spirit provides the opposition Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 7 at 11 a.m. in two doubleheaders.

This will be the Brakettes 69th season of women's major softball competition and once again the team will be under the tutelage of veteran Manager John Stratton, who has directed the team to five straight Women's Major Softball National Championships. Last year's club compiled a 50-4 overall record.

While Stratton is putting the finishing touches on another talented roster, he is pleased to announce that last year's dynamic pitching duo of Brandice Balschmiter (15-0) and Allyson Fournier (23-2) are both returning. Heading the team's offense will be veteran outfielder Denise Denis, the team's all-time career home run leader.

There will be many outstanding match-ups this season at DeLuca Field, led by a six-game home stand with Team Canada, the world's No. 3 ranked team. They will be in town June 25-27 for three doubleheaders. Those games are part of the season ticket plan.

Other top teams coming to town include the New York Swag, the New Jersey Rampage, the Mass Pride, and revitalized New York City Havoc, who return to the diamond after a three-year hiatus. Another highlight of the season is the USSSA Brakettes Invitational July 17-19 at DeLuca Field.

The 7th annual WMS tournament will take place August 6-9 at DeLuca Field and one of the teams already entered in the field is the St. Louis Saints, last year's runners-up who will also play a pre-tournament doubleheader on Tuesday, August 4 at 6:30 p.m.

An early-season date to circle is Sunday, June 14 when the Brakettes participate in the "Battle of the Sexes II" against the Bridgeport Bluefish at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. The minor league Bluefish won last year's inaugural game in a 2-1, nine-inning thriller that attracted a paid crowd of 3,946 fans. While the Bluefish have guaranteed the Brakettes a portion of every ticket sold, they have also allowed us to sell one of the team's luxury boxes again. We will be sending a flyer to season ticket holders on how to purchase those seats in early May.

For the seventh straight year the Brakettes have kept season ticket packages the same price. Box seats are $100, reserved seats with back rests (located behind home plate) are $80 and bleacher seats (left and right field) are $60. Each subsequent season ticket purchased is half price.

See Tickets page for season tickets order form.

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