JUNE 27 2010 UPDATE
RISING STARS “ROCKS”
Note from Rising Stars:
Rising Stars “Rocks” at Diamond Nation in Flemington, New Jersey was a huge success! Many teams there already qualified for Gold Nationals and Premier. 92 impressive college scouts attended. Pristine new fields, bathrooms and air conditioned dining room for the scouts. Games were web cast by Fast Pitch On Line Showcase and may still be viewed at www.softballwebtv.net “click on more videos” . We had over 200 viewers during the live game.
Some of the 16 & 18 Under teams:
Arizona Lil Saints
Arizona Dessert Thunder- (Kelly Fowler)
Florida Gold Coast Hurricanes
Colorado Styxx -(committed pitcher to Univ of Arizona)
Nor Cal Shockers
Louisville Lady Sluggers
New Jersey Breakers
New Jersey Pride
Texas Storm Elite
NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH
Racers Rout Bandits, 12-2 in Series Finale
Akron Earns Series 3-1 Series Win
AKRON, Ohio (June 27, 2010) – The Akron Racers rebounded from a heartbreaking eight inning loss on Saturday to rout the Chicago Bandits, 12-2 at Firestone Stadium on Dads and Daughter’s Day in the series finale this afternoon. With the win, Akron earns the second consecutive series victory over the Bandits and improves to 8-4 on the season to remain in second place in the NPF standings. Chicago falls to 5-7 with its loss.
Reliever Lisa Norris (5-0) shut the Bandits out for 4.1 innings while striking out five to record the win. Kristina Thorson (2-2) took the loss in an inning and a third of work after surrendering five runs (four earned) on five hits. Second baseman Courtney Bures headlined Akron’s offensive attack, going 3-for-4 with a grand slam homer to drive in four while Crystl Bustos chipped in with a pair of RBI doubles and scored twice.
Akron took a short-lived lead in the bottom of the first on Micaela Minner’s RBI single which drove in Jessica Valis who reached on a fielder’s choice earlier in the stanza. The Bandits battled back when Racer starter Taryne Mowatt ran into trouble in the third. With two away, Samantha Findlay singled before a pair of walks loaded the bases. Bandit rookies Rachel Mitchell and Nicole Pauly each picked up RBI walks to put Chicago ahead 2-1, forcing Akron to summon Norris from the bullpen, who immediately induced a groundout to end the rally. Singles from Clare Burnum and Bures put Akron in business in the home half of the fourth, setting the table for a Mackenzie Vandergeest sac-fly RBI to left field, which tied the game up at two runs apiece.
The Racers blew the game wide open in the fifth, manufacturing five runs on as many hits and one Bandit error. A RBI single for Samantha Ricketts combined with back-to-back RBI doubles from Bustos and Jamee Juarez got Akron started. A RBI single for Burnum preceded an error on third baseman Stacy May before a sac-fly RBI from Jackie Pasquerella capped the inning.
Akron picked up where they left off in the bottom of the sixth, tallying five more runs. Facing Samantha Findlay, the Racers capitalized on two walks to put two on for Bustos who doubled left center to score Valis. Juarez collected a walk to load the bases and following a strikeout, Bures delivered the final blow necessary on her first home run of the season with a grand slam to left center to give Akron the 12-2 win.
The Racers host the USSSA Pride next in a five-game set scheduled to start Thursday, July 1 through Monday, July 5. For tickets or more information, visit www.akronracers.org or call 330-376-8188.
Pride Sweep the Series with the Tennessee Diamonds with a 5-3 Win
Orlando, Fla. – One home run can make all the difference in a game. This concept has been illustrated time and time again this weekend as the USSSA Florida Pride took on the Tennessee Diamonds at the UCF Softball Complex in a three game series. For the first game, it was a grand slam from Charlotte Morgan that secured the victory. The second contest saw Amber Flores with the grand slam, pushing the home team to a win. In today’s contest, it was Morgan once again whose three RBI home run in the bottom of the fifth, coupled with an RBI double from Kelly Kretschman allowed the Pride to take the contest and the series in a 5-3 win.
Sarah Pauly started in the circle for the Pride and allowed three runs on eight hits, striking out six and walking only two. Shouldering the loss for the Diamonds was Megan Gibson, who allowed five runs on three hits and walked five.
For the second time this series, it was Chelsea Spencer who allowed the first run to be scored for the Diamonds in the top of the first, with an RBI triple that drove in Amanda Williams who had reached on a walk. Spencer then advanced to third on a throw from centerfielder Jessica Williams. A sacrifice bunt from Gibson followed and allowed Spencer to score, giving the visiting team an early two run lead at the close of the inning.
The Diamonds threatened again in the top of the second when singles from Shannon Doepking and Shanel Scott and a walk issued to pinch hitter Angeline Quiocho left the bases loaded for Williams’ at bat. Pauly was able to hold the score however, striking out Williams in six pitches.
Spencer led off the top of the third for the Diamonds, and for the second time on the series, laced a solo home-run past the center field fence to score her second run and second RBI of the contest. Gibson followed and made it aboard on a single, then advanced on a sacrifice bunt from Loryn Johnson, but she was left stranded after flyouts from Doepking and Shanna Diller.
The Pride tied it up in the bottom of the third off of the second home run of the series from Charlotte Morgan, this one driving in runs from Jessica Williams and Kelly Kretschman, both of whom reached on a walk. A fly-out to right field from Amber Flores retired the side.
The bottom of the fifth saw the Pride steal away with the lead. A lead-off single from Williams followed by a walk from Melissa Roth put the Pride in position to score on second. A double from Kretschman gave the Pride the go ahead run, scoring Williams and advancing Roth to third. Morgan came to the plate next and a sacrifice fly to right field brought in the second run of the inning from Roth and marked Morgan’s fourth RBI of the contest. A quick ground-out from Flores ended the inning with the Pride leading by two.
The Diamonds attempted to rally with runners threatening in both the top of the sixth and the top of the seventh, but the game ended in a pop-out from Loryn Johnson, brilliantly caught by shortstop Amber Flores in foul territory.
With the victory, the Pride ends the series 3-0 and are now 9-3 on the season. The Pride takes to the field next for a five game series against the Akron Racers in Akron, Ohio. The first contest is slated to begin Thurs., July 1 at 7:05 pm EST.
Nemitz powers Bandits past Racers
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.
SISTERS ON OPPOSING GOLD TEAMS
In the Region 3 Gold Qualifier at Hughesville, won by Wagner’s with Newtown Rock taking 2nd, Wagner’s had Casey Alcorn on its squad. Big sister Lauren Alcorn was on Rick Waye’s Newtown Rock. Lauren is signed to U of Albany. They both attended Lower Dauphin HS in Hummelstown PA Lauren is a ’10 grad and Casey will be ’12. (The sender did not know of any previous occasion when sisters were on opposing teams in the Northeast. SPY believes it has occurred in the West in both travel ball and college.)
PRAYER AT A SOFTBALL GAME
Rayburn Hesse returns to General Surgery at Johns Hopkins on Wednesday. Conflicting diagnoses at two medical centers in the DC/VA area, so back to the experts. When word of this reached Georgia Elite, at this weekend’s Team New Jersey Classic, Katy “Buddy” Dawsey, her sister Kelsy and their mother gathered at SPY’s golf cart. Younger sister Kelsy, whom the Georgia folk call “Critter” is a born evangelical (she intends to be a doctor); she made up a prayer on the spot, the four of us joined hands in a very moving moment, as Kelsy invoked the Ultimate Being to see me through whatever comes. I’ve got a drawer full of medals which don’t mean as much to me as Critter’s prayer.