SPY JULY 18 UPDATE
THREE QUALIFY FOR THE ISF WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
The 18th Women’s European Softball Championship concluded last week in Prague, Czech Republic. The 19-team field competed over seven days for three qualifying slots in the 2014 ISF Women’s World Championship. Netherlands won the gold, Italy the silver and Czech Republic the bronze. But with Netherlands receiving an automatic spot in the world championship as the host of next year’s world championship, the fourth place finisher Russia also qualified. The remaining participating teams are (in order of finish): Great Britain, Austria, Sweden, Spain, Germany, Slovakia, Belgium, Ukraine, Denmark, Switzerland, Poland, Croatia, Israel, France and Hungary.
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WOMEN vs MEN: RACERS WIN BATTLE OF THE SEXES 5-2
|WASHINGTON, PA – July 16, 2013– When the Akron Racers came to Washington, PA to play an exhibition game, the turf diamond at Consol Energy Park became a battle of different kinds, between men and women, between teammates and strangers.As a part of the Frontier League’s All-Star Week festivities, the Racers played a six-inning game against the All-Stars after the league’s home run derby. Akron came out of the Battle of the Sexes the proud owners of a 5-2 win and the ability to say that they did indeed beat the boys.
Ivy Renfroe began the game on the pitching rubber for the Racers, fanning four Frontier Leaguers in her two innings of work. Erin Arevalo followed her for two innings, giving up one run but otherwise holding the All-Stars scoreless. Rachele Fico pitched the final two innings of the game, giving up one run but striking out four of the nine batters she faced.
Jen Mineau, on loan to the All-Stars for the evening, pitched the entire game against her teammates, giving up five runs while striking out two batters and hitting Kelley Montalvo with a pitch in the fourth inning. The plunking did not seem to create any animosity, however, since the pair high-fived as Montalvo made her way to first base.
The All-Stars battled back in the top of the third inning, tying the game on a double, a force out, and a sacrifice fly. Mineau sent her teammates down one-two-three in the bottom of the inning, leaving the game tied for the moment. The All-Stars tried to get on the board again in the top of the fourth inning when Byron Wiley of the Florence Freedom led off the inning with a triple. But his temporary teammates stranded him on third thanks to a superb catch by Taylor Schlopy at the center field fence.
The Racers bounced back in the bottom of the fourth inning, nearly batting around as they scored three runs on the heels of the hot bats of Sam Marder, Jessica Garcia, and Brigette Del Ponte. Marder led off the inning with a single, and Brittany Mack soon subbed in for her as a pinch runner. Two outs later Mack stood 60 feet away from the lead when Garcia’s double to right-center field sent her home. Del Ponte, who leads the Racers in longballs this season, then launched a two-run shot over the left-center field fence to give the Racers the necessary run support to seal the win.
The All-Stars tried to stage a comeback in the top of the sixth inning, scoring one run on back-to-back hits. But Fico sent the final two batters of the game down swinging, sealing this Battle of the Sexes win in favor of fastpitch.
The Racers next head to Chicago to play a four-game series starting Thursday at 8:05 p.m. EST against the Chicago Bandits. The Frontier League is scheduled to play its All-Star game tomorrow evening at 7:05 p.m.
Abbott Shuts Out Racers to Record 10th Win
ROSEMONT, Ill. – July 18, 2013 – The Chicago Bandits improved their record to 18-6 with a 1-0 victory over the Akron Racers (10-15). Monica Abbott (10-1) and Rachele Fico (2-3) faced off in the circle, both pitching complete games. Abbott led the way with eight strikeouts to extend the Bandits’ first place lead to 1.5 games over the USSSA Pride.
The Racers started the game with a single by Taylor Schlopy but she was left stranded as the Bandits ended the inning with a putout by shortstop Tammy Williams to Alisa Goler.
Chicago put together three hits in the second, led off by Alisa Goler and Tammy Williams back-to-back singles. Amber Patton’s bunt advanced the runners and Vicky Galindo picked up her tenth RBI of the season after beating out the throw at first and scoring the first Bandit run.
Megan Wiggins led off the third with a line drive single and Racers’ starting pitcher, Fico gave up her first walk of the game sending Alisa Goler to base but the two were left stranded to end the inning.
The bottom of the fourth saw singles by both Kimi Pohlman and Kazuki Watanabe; however, Wiggins was unable to convert the 3-2 count to bring home the runners, maintaining the Bandits’ one-run lead.
Back-to-back singles by Taylor Schlopy and Kelley Montalvo put a pair of Racers on in the sixth but the Bandits escaped the inning unscathed as a couple of nice defensive plays ended the inning.
The Racers put the tying run on in the top of the seventh when Ayumi Karino singled and advanced on an error. However, Abbott shut out the Racers tossing two more strikeouts to end the game, bringing her game total to eight. She now ranks first in the league with 10 wins and an ERA of 0.40, tossing 111 strikeouts.
Chicago and Akron return to the Ballpark at Rosemont tomorrow, Friday, July 19 for a 7:35 p.m. CDT start. Purchase tickets by calling the Bandits office at (877) 722-6348 or visit the team’s website at www.chicagobandits.com/tickets/singlegame.
– Attendance: 1,110
– Monica Abbott recorded her tenth win
– Vicky Galindo hit her tenth RBI
– Abbott ranks first in the league with 10 wins and an ERA of 0.40 while tossing 111 strikeouts.