For third-year Racers outfielder Shellie Robinson, it all boils down to one thing she truly cares about accomplishing this season.


A true team player, Robinson is in the midst of an MVP-caliber year with the remarkable numbers she’s putting up on a nightly basis.

Robinson ranks in the top 10 in eight of the major statistical categories in the National Pro Fastpitch league, including in the top three in five of them: second in home runs (6), RBI (20), base hits (32) and slugging percentage (.725), and third in runs scored (18).

What’s most remarkable about Robinson’s numbers is she’s produced almost all of them in her last 18 games.

Before June 18, 10 games into the season, Robinson’s name was nowhere on not only the NPF leaderboard, but even among the Racers’ top hitters.

Robinson struggled in the first 10 games, hitting .142 with just two hits in 14 at-bats. She also had only one RBI, which came on a solo home run, as the Racers went 4-6 to start the season.

Then came a June 18 road game against the Texas Charge. Somewhere in the dugout Harry Potter must have been hiding with his invisibility cloak, waving his wand, putting a spell of offensive powers on Robinson, who finished that game 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI.

The spell has yet to wear off.

Since that June day, Robinson has 24 hits in 56 at-bats (.429), 19 RBI, 15 runs and five home runs, and the Racers have gone 11-7 to improve to 15-13.

“I think ’cause I’m in my third year and just having that experience,” Robinson said of her recent success. “Getting more comfortable in the box, and just having a really good team behind me.”

Robinson has had two or more hits in nine of the last 18 games, which also included a six-game hitting streak during which she had 10 hits, scored seven times, hit three doubles, a home run and drove in six runs. She had two hits in four of those six games.

“Little tweaks to my swing that players do all the time has helped,” Robinson said. “I’m trying something different.”

Robinson has also been strong defensively in the outfield, playing mostly in left but also in both center and right this season. She has only one error and boasts a .971 fielding percentage, with 32 putouts and one assist. She has committed just four errors in her career.

“I like doing it all,” Robinson said. “Either you make a great play in the outfield or you come up with a big hit. It’s all exciting to me.”

A former standout at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Robinson said winning and not her own personal numbers is what drives her. She knows a good work ethic, the ability to handle the daily grind and great team chemistry is the formula for success in the NPF.

“This is a great group of girls,” Robinson said of her Racers teammates. “We all care for each other. We are all there to back each other up whether it’s on the field or off. I’m really excited about the rest of the year.”

“I like doing it all. Either you make a great play in the outfield or you come up with a big hit. It’s all exciting to me.”

Shellie Robinson

Akron Racers center fielder