June 30 NPF Update
Pride Shuts Out Comets Both Games on Saturday; Osterman Improves to 6-1
Kissimmee, FL – June 29, 2013 – The USSSA Pride (11-5) shutout the NY NJ Comets (2-14) in both games on Saturday, both games ending in a 7-0 score at Osceola Co Stadium in Kissimmee, FL.
Caitlin Lowe started the scoring for the Pride in the first inning, scoring on a bases loaded single by Andrea Duran making it 1-0 at the end of the first.
Nikia Williams would at to the lead in the fourth, hitting her first career NPF home run, giving the Pride a 2-0 lead. Kristyn Sandberg also homered for the Pride later in the fifth to extend the Pride lead to 4-0.
Jordan Taylor (2-1) would lead the Pride, beating the Racers and striking out 10 batters in a complete game shutout. Taylor earned her second win of the year.
Taryne Mowatt got the loss for the Comets, dropping to 0-4 on the year.
The USSSA Pride will travel to Akron on the 4th of July for a four game series, so tune into USSSAPride.com and watch live!
Chicago Bandits Hang On to Beat the Akron Racers 6 -5
AKRON, OH – June 29, 2013 – Eight-year veteran Vicky Galindo displayed her power Saturday afternoon, leading all hitters in a game filled with offensive counter attacks.
The Chicago Bandits second baseman hit a pair of home runs and accounted for half of the team’s runs, powering the Bandits to a 6-5 win over the Akron Racers.
Things looked promising early on Racers’ starter Ivy Renfroe, as she collected three strikeouts and allowed just one hit through the first two innings. However, the Bandits’ veterans put their power on display, blasting back-to-back home runs in the third inning and one more in the fourth.
Galindo put Chicago on the board first with a solo shot over the left field fence. Megan Wiggins, the league leader in batting average, home runs and RBI, refused to be out done and added a solo home run of her own.
The Racers responded for Renfroe quickly, using a two-out rally to post four runs in the bottom of the third. Brianna Turang provided the spark Akron needed with a chop single over Amber Patton’s head at third base. The speedy outfielder then found her way around the bases when a throwing error placed her at third and a wild pitch by Bandits’ starter Andi Williamson allowed her to touch home. Back-to-back walks then two-straight singles by Sam Marder and Brianna Hesson plated three more runs for Akron, giving the team a 4-2 advantage.
Chicago had an answer for the Racers, though, responding with four runs in the next half inning. Two of the runs came off the bat of Galindo, when she sent out her second long ball of the day. The rally forced the Racers to go to the bullpen, bringing in Brittany Mack, who finished out the game for Akron.
Turang came through again for the Racers in the fifth, displaying her quick footwork as she beat the throw of Bandits’ shortshop Tammy Williams. Williamson then walked Schlopy, forcing her out of the game and bringing in Mel Dumezich. The rookie from Texas A&M would exit quickly, though, as Charlotte Morgan’s long single loaded the bases. The Bandits then brought in ace Monica Abbott for a save opportunity. The decorated veteran shut down the Racers’ offense, striking out six though three innings of work.
The Racers recorded a pair of singles against Abbott in the bottom of the seventh but were unable to capitalize, leaving the winning run at first base.
Akron will try to snap the Bandits’ four-game win streak Saturday during the nightcap of the ESPN2 televised doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Firestone Stadium.
– Andi Williamson improved to 3-0 on the season., while Ivy Renfroe dropped to 1-2.
– Vicky Galindo led all hitters, going 2-3 at the plate with two home runs and three RBI.
SITE: Firestone Stadium
SCORE: Bandits – 6, Racers, 5
RECORDS: Bandits (11-3). Racers (6-8).
AKRON RACERS Fall to Chicago Bandits 8-0 in Final Game of Series on ESPN2
Akron, OH– June 29, 2013 – Chicago dominated the Racers opening weekend leaving Akron winless with one game yet to be completed after the June 28 game was halted. Veteran pitcher Lisa Norris faced off against Monica Abbott in the circle for a showdown of ace pitchers. The Racers and Bandits mirrored each other in the first inning, both failing to get on the board. Jessica Garcia made a sound catch in the outfield, and the Bandits’ Abbott pitched a scoreless first inning.
The Racers continued to experience inconsistency with their defense throughout the 8-0 loss. Garcia hit a single bringing excitement into the second inning, and Kelley Montalvo followed with a huge slam to center field.
In the top of third, Schlopy continued to show why she is one of the best defenders in the league and caught a huge blast from Megan Wiggins in center field. The Bandits left the Racers defenseless when Nerissa Myers brought Alisa Goler home with a home run, taking the total runs to four. Norris finished the inning strong for the Racers and struck out Amber Patton. Abbott kept the Racers at bay and pitched another scoreless inning.
Norris started the fourth inning by saving a soft line drive inches from the ground. Charlotte Morgan followed with her fourth great save at first base. Montalvo and Morgan made a great pair with a relay from third to first base for the first out in the bottom of the fifth.
The Bandits had a busy sixth inning, scoring the majority of their runs. They scored three runs, including their second home run of the night, pushing their lead to 5-0. Fico replaced Norris and consecutively pitched the two outs needed to conclude the inning.
An assortment of missed opportunities by the Racers in the seventh inning allowed the Bandits to earn three more runs. Abbott finished with a three-hit shutout.
SITE: Firestone Stadium
SCORE: Racers 0, Bandits 8
RECORDS: Racers (6-9), Bandits (12-3)
NEXT RACERS GAME: Thursday, July 4th @ 2:05 p.m. vs. USSSA Pride