JUNE 26 2010 UPDATE
ISF PRESS RELEASE
26 June 2010
BIG SUPPORT FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
The International Softball Federation’s XII Women’s World Championship is well underway in Caracas, Venezuela, with 16 countries participating.
More than 30 million dollars was spent by the host country to prepare for hosting the event, including the preparation of two facilities, one of which was renovated from past use including the softball competition at the 1983 Pan American Games.
Support has been overwhelming thus far, from top government officials attending to capacity crowds attending games and a throng of media reporting on the ten-day event.
The list of aforementioned government officials starts at the absolute top, with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez himself not only having spoken at the Opening Ceremonies, but thrown out a ceremonial first pitch before the game that immediately followed (June 23rd).
NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH
Nemitz Key as Bandits Take Game Three, 6-5 in Extras
Racers’ Final Comeback in Eighth Falls Short
AKRON, Ohio (June 26, 2010) – The Akron Racers mounted three comebacks against the Chicago Bandits tonight, two were successful however the third and most important in the bottom of the eighth fell short as the Bandits walked off with a 6-5 victory in extras at Firestone Stadium.
The loss drops Akron to 7-4 and knocks the Racers into second place in the NPF standings, snapping a three-game win streak. The Bandits improve to 5-6 with tonight’s win.
Chicago starting pitcher Nikki Nemitz did a little bit of everything tonight and went on to deliver the winning run on her first career home run atop the eighth before re-entering the game to earn a save in the home half. Each team pitched by committee with reliever Kristina Thorson (2-1) picking up the win while Jamee Juarez (2-3) was saddled with the loss also working from the bullpen.
The Chicago Bandits’ bats came alive tonight as the visitors pounded out 11 hits but four costly errors nearly unraveled the club’s offensive efforts. Nemitz finished 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI while Stacy May and Rachel Folden each added a pair of hits.
From the early goings it appeared to be Chicago’s game to lose. The first batter atop the first—May homered to put the Bandits up by one and Angela Findlay singled then scored on Nemitz’s two-out RBI double to give Chicago a 2-0 lead.
In the third, the Bandits extended the lead to 4-0 on Samantha Findlay’s two-run homer—her first round-tripper of the year and the second of the contest for Chicago.
Akron began chipping away at the lead in the bottom of the fourth thanks in large part to a pair of Bandit miscues. An error on second baseman Nicole Pauly enabled Micaela Minner to reach base. Juarez launched a RBI triple to right center to plate the first run of the frame, forcing a Bandit pitching change as Thorson entered in relief. With two away and a 2-2 count on Samantha Ricketts, Thorson’s wild pitch proved costly as Juarez scored from third with ease to bring the Racers within two, 4-2.
Juarez took the mound in relief of starter Brittany Weil in the fifth and held the Bandits scoreless with a spot of assistance from her left fielder. Minner, who finished the day with two hits to Pace Akron, tracked Findlay’s shot to the left field gap and robbed the Bandit of what would have been her second two-run homer of the game to keep Chicago at bay.
The Racers completed the first comeback in the home half of the fifth thanks to a few defensive mishaps. A pinch hit appearance from Jackie Pasquerella resulted in a lead off double. Then, following a Kelly Montalvo sacrifice bunt, Pasquerella moved to third and then scored on the next play—an error on shortstop Christine Knauer which let Lisa Modglin reach first. Modglin stole second, swiping her fifth bag of the season and proceeded to score on the second error of the frame as Findlay failed to hang on to the putout at first, allowing Modglin to scamper home from second and tie the game at 4-all.
Chicago moved ahead atop the sixth inning when Pauly led off with a double to left—her second hit of the season, to start the frame and chase Juarez from the game as Jaime Southern entered in relief. With two-away, a pair of wild pitches plated the go ahead run as Pauly slid home to move in front, 5-4.
Akron made some magic in the bottom of the seventh, sending the game into extras when pinch hitter Clare Burnum doubled down the right field line with one away. With two outs, Modglin singled and Jessica Valis crushed a RBI single down the left field line just inside the chalk to score Burnum to tie things up for the second time. With runners at first and second, Minner singled and Modglin attempted to score from second but was gunned down at the plate to end the inning.
The two teams will meet in tomorrow’s series finale scheduled for 2:05 p.m. The Racers will honor the special bond between fathers and daughters tomorrow on Dad’s and Daughter’s Day, for more information visit www.AkronRacers.org/promos.php.
Pride Win 5-3 in the Second Come From Behind Win of the Series
Orlando, Fla. – Last night, the USSSA Florida Pride won their fifth consecutive game against the Tennessee Diamonds off of a late sixth inning grand slam from rookie Charlotte Morgan. Tonight the two teams took to the field again for a contest at the UCF Softball Complex, the second of the Pride’s home series.
It was the Pride rookies who shined in tonight’s contest and, in the same fashion as the previous game, it was the bottom of the sixth that was the game changer for the home team. A solo home run from Francesca Enea and a grand slam from Amber Flores made the difference and gave the Pride the 5-3 victory.
Shouldering the loss for the Diamonds was starting pitcher Becca Heteniak who was relieved in the bottom of the sixth by Samantha Sheeley, but not before allowing the Pride to score. Desiree Serrano pitched a complete game for the Pride, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out two and walking only one.
As in yesterday’s game, it was a solo home run in the top of the first that gave the Diamonds an early lead. With two outs on the inning, Chelsea Spencer ripped the ball past the center field fence to score the visiting team their first run of the evening. A following walk issued by Serrano put Megan Gibson on first but Serrano retired the side by striking out Angeline Quiocho in three quick pitches.
The Diamonds continued their lead with the second home run of the game in the top of the fourth. A solo shot to center from Gibson opened the inning, but two ground-outs from Quiocho and Shannon Doepking, followed by a brilliant diving play from Flores at short to field a line drive from Loryn Johnson, ended the inning.
Gibson led off the top of the sixth for the visiting team and made it on off of a single to left field. A sacrifice bunt from Doepking put Gibson in scoring position when Johnson stepped to the plate. A double to deep left drove in the run from pinch-runner Shanna Diller and marked the first RBI of the contest for Johnson.
The tables turned for the Pride in the bottom of the sixth. Leading off the inning was rookie Francesca Enea. Her second hit of the game, also her second of the 2010 NPF season, was a solo home run, accounting for the first run of the night for the Pride. An error allowed Melissa Roth to reach and back-to-back walks issued to Kelly Kretschman and Charlotte Morgan loaded the bases for Flores’ at bat. The rookie gave the Pride a two run lead after ripping a grand slam out past the left field fence. The Pride were poised to score again after Tonya Callahan reached after being hit by a pitch and Megan Willis was issued a walk, but Enea’s second at-bat of the inning resulted in a strikeout.
The Pride and the Diamonds take to the field again tomorrow afternoon at 12:05 pm EST for the third and final game of the series. On the season, the Pride now lead the Diamonds 2-0.
Stacie Mahoe found out yesterday that the University of Hawaii Softball Team’s win over Alabama last month in the NCAA Tuscaloosa Super Regional was nominated for “Best Upset” for the 2010 ESPY Awards.
This softball game is up against an MMA match, a basketball game, and a golf match. Learn more about the upset win and find out how you can vote for softball and the University of Hawaii at
Breanna Dozier, 2012, IF, Rowlett, TX, Texas Glory Gold (www.texasglorygold.com), Commits to Texas A&M University