JULY 12 SPY UPDATE
AKRON RACERS BEAT NY/NJ COMETS 11-0; HAVE TWO-GAME WINNING STREAK
AKRON, OH – July 12, 2013 – The Akron Racers started a new streak tonight. After dropping seven in a row, the Racers have strung together back-to-back victories over the NY/NJ Comets. The Racers beat the Comets, 11-0. Akron started the game with a very strong first inning; the team scored four runs on four hits and batted through the order. Racers pitcher, Ivy Renfroe, had an excellent game and threw a three-hit complete game shutout.
Renfroe went over the century mark, throwing 111 pitches, while walking three and striking out seven in seven innings.
Racers rookie, Brigette Del Ponte who fillied in for Kelly Montalvo at third base, manned the hot corner like a seasoned pro. In the fourth inning, she snagged a bouncing grounder in short stop territory and made the throw to first to get the second out of the inning. On the very next ball, Del Ponte displayed her arm strength when she caught the ball but dropped it. However, she fired a rocket to first to just beat Angeline Quiocho by a step to end the inning. In the, fifth inning, she had a spectacular leaping catch to get the second out of the innning and prevent the runners from advancing.
The entire team showed great ability on defense, boasting an errorless game. The game was highlighted by spectacular catches from Tess Sito and Del Ponte. Sito made a diving catch in the fifth to make Amanda Kamekona the final out of the inning and help Renfroe get out of a tough situation with the bases loaded.
But it was the Racers’ offense which shined brightest tonight. Akron scored in all kinds of ways tonight; they used both the small ball and the long ball to get their 11 runs. The first inning was all small ball as the team managed to start the innning off with back-to-back doubles from Turang and Schlopy. Morgan brought Turang home on a double. Castillo and Marder followed with back-to-back walks to get the bases loaded with Schlopy scoring on Marder’s walk. Then, Sito slapped one by Kelsi Weseman at third to score Castillo and keep the bases loaded. Del Ponte sac-flied to center field and Sam Marder scored. The Racers managed to bat through the order in the first and were very efficient, getting four runs on four hits.
In the third inning, Sam Marder earned another walk, but Jessica Garcia came in for her to pinch run. Brianna Hesson followed the walk with a single and Garcia made it to third. Tess Sito was able to bring her home by reaching first on an error.
The Racers had another big inning in the fourth, scoring four runs and bringing eight hitters to the plate. Turang led the inning off with a single by outrunning Comets pitcher, Angel Bunner to first. Charlotte Morgan brought her home on a single after Turang stole second. Lindsey Richardson came into replace Bunner immediately after Bunner walked Kaylyn Castillo. Sam Marder used the long ball to give the Racers a 9-0 lead with a three run homer to left field on a full count.
In the fifth inning, Aja Paculba started the inning with a walk and then advanced to second on a single from Turang. She reached third after Dara Toman walked on four pitches and Kaylyn Castillo reached on balls as the next hitter. Brigette Del Ponte scored run number 11 in the sixth innning on a one-run homer.
NY/NJ Comets started Angel Bunner in the circle. She went 3.1 innings and gave up eight runs on seven hits. She walked five and struck out just one. Lindsey Richardson replaced her in the fourth inning and finished the day by giving up three runs on three hits, walked four, and struck out four over 2.2 innings of work.
The Racers return to action tomorrow, Saturday, July 13 against the NY/NJ Comets in a day-night double header. The first game begins at 3:05 pm and the second follows at 7:05 pm.
-The Racers are on a two-game win streak.
-Ivy Renfroe threw a three-hit complete game shut-out with seven strike-outs
-Comets pitchers walked the Racers hitters seven times in the game
SITE: Firestone Stadium
SCORE: Racers 11, Comets 0
RECORDS: Racers (8-13), Comets (3-19)
Kristen Butler Powers Bandits To 5 – 3 Win Over Pride
Kissimmee, Fl. – July 11, 2013 -– The Chicago Bandits moved to 4-1 on the season vs. the USSSA Pride behind a 10 strikeout effort by ace Monica Abbott (8-1) securing first place.
The Bandits got on the scoreboard first as Megan Wiggins hit her NPF leading fifth homerun of the season off Sarah Pauly (4-3) to give the Bandits the early lead. Later that inning Amber Patton would single in the second run of the inning scoring Kristen Butler.
The Pride would answer back in the bottom of the first against the Bandits ace. Natasha Watley reached on a walk, while Caitlin Lowe singled to get aboard. With runners on the corners the Pride would take advantage of an Amber Patton throwing error to score their first run of the game as Watley came into score.
In the 3rd inning Kristen Butler would give Chicago their biggest lead of the game. Yamada lead off the inning with a walk, then on the fourth pitch of the at bat Butler hit her third homerun of the season to give the Bandits a 4-1 lead. Patton picked up her second RBI of the evening with a base hit bringing in Williams.
The Pride continued to battle against Abbot in the bottom of the inning. Watley and Lowe once again lead off the inning getting aboard. Abbott was able to get the next two outs by striking out Kretchman and getting Sandberg to pop out. GiOnna DiSalvatore fought off eight pitch’s in her at bat before hitting a two RBI link drive single just over Bandits shortstop Tammy Williams to bring in Watley and Lowe.
The Pride would have one more opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the 7th inning. USSSA had the bases loaded with two outs but Monica Abbott struck out GiOnna DiSalvatore for her tenth strikeout of the evening.
The Pride and the Bandits return to Osceola County Stadium for game two of the three game series Friday night at 7:05 ET. You can get your tickets online at USSSAPride.com or watch a live stream in HD at USSSALive.com
About USSSA Florida Pride:
The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.
USA Men’s Slow Pitch National Team sweeps Border Battle V and Slow Pitch Showdown; Women’s National Team opened General Tire World Cup of Softball with 7-0 win over Canada
OKLAHOMA CITY – Both the USA Softball Women’s National Team and the Men’s Slow Pitch National Team collected wins today at the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America Hall of Fame Stadium as both squads collected wins via the run-rule. For the men, a 25-10 win over Team Canada and a 32-16 win over the Futures Slow Pitch National Team secured bragging rights as the Border Battle V and Slow Pitch Showdown champion. For the women, Team USA got a solid pitching performance from Sara Nevins to shut out the Canadian National Team, 7-0, in a run-rule Thursday evening at the World Cup of Softball VII.
Border Battle V – Canada 10 USA 25 (five innings)
Team USA secured it’s fourth victory at the battle of the border against the Canadian Men’s Slow Pitch National Team. The Red, White and Blue collected their 25 runs via 25 hits, while Canada was held to 14 hits.
The long ball was heavily utilized by the U.S. as Bryson Baker (Magalia, Calif.), Johnny McCraw (Lake Wylie, S.C.), Travis Clark (Kenosha, Wis.), Brian Wegman (Hamilton, Ohio), Brett Helmer (Cicero, N.Y.), Kevin Filby (Cardington, Ohio) and Lee Powers each collected one home run while Robert Blackburn (Indian Trail, N.C.) knocked out two.
Team USA shut down the Canadians in the first inning before opening their offensive power early in the bottom of the first. With two runners on, Filby utilized the long ball and put the U.S. up to an early 3-0 lead. Canada would respond with four runs in the top of the second with a solo shot and a three-run homer.
The U.S. men would add another six in the bottom of the second off a string of hits from Rick Baker (West Harrison, Ind.) and Jeff Hall (Gastonia, N.C.), while Wegman, B. Baker sent two out of the park, putting the U.S. lead to 9-4.
Canada utilized two home runs in the top of the third to plate another three runs. Powers, B. Baker, Wegman punched in a total of four runs for the U.S., while Helmer and Blackburn each plated two to push Team USA’s lead in the bottom of the third to 17-7. Two more runs were added by Canada in the top of the fourth via a triple and a single. Powers quickly responded in the bottom of the inning with a two run shot over the fence, a miscue by the defense plated a run and McCraw brought home three to push the score to 23-9.
In the final inning of the game, Team Canada collected their final run of the game with a sac-fly. Needing only two runs and having six home runs available for the game, the U.S. secured a run-rule victory with a pair of home runs from Blackburn and Clark.
Slow Pitch Showdown – USA Futures 16 Team USA 32 (five innings)
In the second annual Slow Pitch Showdown in Oklahoma City, the Men’s National Team dethroned the Futures squad as they collected a 32-16 (five inning) run-rule, their second of the day. Live on ESPN3 (and re-airing Sunday at 2 p.m. CT), the Futures team jumped out early at 2-0 lead in the first inning before the National team responded with a seven run second inning to take the lead.
For the National team , Wegman racked up six RBI on four hits for the Men’s National team. He homered in the second and twice in the fifth innings. For the Futures team, Scott Zaciewski (Toledo, Ohio) led the team with four RBI, going 2-for-3 with one home run.
It was an offensive game as both squads tallied 48 runs off of 48 hits The Futures team accounted for 17 hits, including 16 RBI. The Men’s National Team collected their 32 runs off of 31 hits, punching in 31 RBI.
PRAGUE, Czech Republic – The University of Louisville’s Alicja Wolny was recently selected to the Great Britain national team in the European Championships. The graduating senior first baseman helped lead Great Britain to a 6-2 record, and a fifth place finish in the tournament – narrowly missing a berth in the 2014 World Championship.
Through eight games of pool play and playoffs, Wolny registered a .529 batting average with 11 RBIs and nine runs and drew five walks.
Alix Wolny (Louisville) got her first international start at first base as Great Britain opened World Tournament play with a 4-2 win over Germany. With a tough first win under their belt, Great Britain rolled to a 20-1 victory over Denmark. Wolny demonstrated the offensive skills that made her a 2013 NFCA All-America selection by driving in four runs and scoring three.
The following day, Wolny went 1 for 1 with two walks and two runs as Great Britain tallied another run-rule win with a 15-0 decision against Israel.
In their final game of pool play, Great Britain and Russia faced off in an epic softball battle. Britain took a 1-0 lead and Wolny connected on a three-run homer to make the score 4-0 in the first inning. Russia worked to tie the game at 4-4 in the fourth before Wolny struck again with an RBI single to pull her team ahead 5-4.
Russia eventually went on to win the game 8-7 despite Wolny’s 3 for 4, four RBI p