NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Bees are bringing back their Battle of the Sexes game.
The Bees will take on the Stratford Brakettes softball team July 21 in the second annual contest the team announced Wednesday.
New Britain won the inguinal matchup last season 3-2. The game will be a nine-inning contest played under fast pitch softball rules.
“This is a fun, exciting and unique opportunity that offers something special for all fans in this region,” Bees general manager Brad Smith said in a statement. “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.”
While this will be just the second time the two teams faced each other, the Brakettes have plenty of experience in Battle of the Sexes events. The team played the Bridgeport Bluefish, formerly of the Atlantic League, from 2014-17 before beginning this new tradition with the Bees.
The Brakettes are the longest running competitive softball team in the country and are set to start their 73rd consecutive season on June 1 in Stratford, giving them just over six weeks to prepare for the Bees on July 21, when first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Stratford has also had plenty of success. The team has won 28 National Amateur Softball Association Championships and seven Women's Major Softball National Championships and has 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.