7-13-2013 NPF Update

AKRON RACERS BEAT NY/NJ COMETS 6-2; HAVE THREE-GAME WINNING STREAK

AKRON, OH – July 13, 2013 – The Akron Racers and their bats are rocking. The Racers have won three in a row against the NY/NJ Comets. Akron won again this afternoon, 6-2.  The Racers got the win with a great deal of help from designated player Sam Marder and rookie Brigette Del Ponte, who combined for three home runs and six RBIs.  Brittany Mack started in the circle for Akron and gave up just three hits over five innings.

 

Over five innings, Mack threw 81 pitches, walked one and striking out five.  Jen Mineau took over for her in the sixth inning. She walked the first batter before turning the 6-4-3 double play on a grounder hit by Amy Hooks.  Kelsi Weseman sent a grounder to Aja Paculba, who made the throw to first to get the final out in the sixth.

 

Mineau gave the Racers a bit of a scare in the seventh when she allowed the Comets to tack on two runs.  Brittany Liddle scored on a wild pitch with one out and Courtney Liddle scored on the next play after Bianca Mejia singled on a grounder towards shortstop.

 

Racers rookie, Brigette Del Ponte filled in for Kelly Montalvo again at third base. Del Ponte made most of her contributions on the defensive side of the ball yesterday.  But today, she reminded Racers fans and the Comtes pitchers that she can contribute from the plate as well.  Del Ponte had a three run homer in the second inning, which gave the Racers a nice 4-0 lead early in the game.

 

The Racers struggled a bit on defense, posting two errors in the game by secondbasemen, Tess Sito, and Brittany Mack.  Both players bobbled the ball and were unable to make the throw to first.  However, both players recovered well and put in solid work on the defensive side for the rest of the game.  Mack also did a great job of responding to any pushes the Comets made by not allowing them to capitalize on any of their hits.

 

The Racers hitters were definitely putting their power on display in this game.  Akron scored all of its six runs via the home run. Sam Marder hit two of her four home runs she has this season this afternoon and reached base on all three of her at bats.  She hit a solo home run in the second inning to put the Racers on the board.  Then she had a two run homer in her next at bat in the third home run to give the Racers their 6-0 lead. In her last at bat, she was walked on four pitches.  Del Ponte also helped the team out with a three run homer in the second.

 

Katie Cotta made her pitching debut for the NY/NJ Comets.  She went just 2.2 innings and gave up six runs on six hits.  She walked two and struck out one.  Lindsey Richardson replaced her in the second inning and finished the day and did not give up a run.  Akron had one hit, walked twice, and struck out four times against Richardson over her 3.1 innings in the circle.

 

The Racers return to action tonight, Saturday, July 13 against the NY/NJ Comets in a to finish up their daynight double header.  The game begins at 7:05 pm.

 

Notes:

-The Racers are on a three-game win streak.

– Sam Marder has hit three of her four home runs in the past two games

-Comets have only been able to score just two run throughout the first three games of the series

Pride Split Doubleheader with Bandits

Kissimmee, FL – July 13, 2013 – The battle for the NPF Regular Season title heated up at Osceola County Stadium as the top two teams in the NPF met with first place on the line.

In game one the Chicago Bandits would get on the board first. In the top of the second inning Chicago’s Nerissa Myers led off the inning with a single, while Danielle Zymkowitz would follow walking. With two on and only one out Kimi Pohlman singled to produce the first run of the ballgame. NPF Veteran Vicky Galindo would bring in Zymkowitz picking up an RBI giving Chicago a 2-0 lead.

Chicago Rookie Andi Williamson (4-1) who picked up a win vs. USSSA earlier in the season was solid early in the ball game. She carried a no hitter through into the bottom of the 5th. USSSA’s Kristyn Sandberg led off the inning walking. With one out and runners on first and second Caitlin Lowe singled placing the ball just outside of the reach of Bandits shortstop Tammy Williams. One batter later Nikia Williams hit her second career home run to give the Pride a 4-2 advantage.

The Bandits had their opportunities as their lineup produced 11 hits in the ball game. The Pride needed to use four pitchers in the victory with Cat Osterman coming in to get the final out striking out Kimi Pohlman. With the victory the Pride moved a half game ahead of Chicago in the NPF Standings.

Game two was a battle of two legends of the game as the NPF leader in ERA Monica Abbott faced off against the league leader in strikeouts Cat Osterman.

The top of the Pride’s lineup started the team out with both Natasha Watley and Caitlin Lowe starting off the contest reaching on a single. The Pride would bring to the plate eight batters in the first including Kristyn Sandberg and GiOnna DiSalvatore two both picked up an RBI to give the Pride a 2-0 lead. With the bases loaded and only one out Abbott got out of a big jam striking out both Andrea Duran and Francesca Enea.

The Bandits would answer back in the 4th inning. Nerissa Myers and Alisa Goler lead off the inning with back-to-back singles. Osterman battled back two get the next two batters she faced, but with two outs Amber Patton’s single would drive in Myers. During the play Watley was able to tag Brittany Cervantes out as she tried to take an extra base, but that opened the door for Goler to score the tying run.

One inning later the Bandits would turn Cat Osterman’s seventh strikeout of the ballgame into the game winning run. Kazuki Watanabe advanced to first on a dropped third strike. Vicky Galindo’s ground out back to Osterman would allow Watanabe to advance into scoring position. One batter later Myers single would provide Chicago with the game-winning run.

The Pride threated through out the ballgame, but would have one more opportunity in the seventh inning when a two out double would place Kelly Kretchman in scoring position.  Abbott would come back to pick up her 9th strikeout of the ball game as she retired Sandberg to end the game.

The win placed Chicago a half game head of the Pride in the 2013 NPF Standings. Next up for the Pride they take the road to battle against the NY/NJ Comets. The Pride will be featured on ESPN2 on Saturday, and Sunday.

Game 1 Box Score
http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscore.html?gameid=159983

Game 2 Box Score
http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscore.html?gameid=142126

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