NPF FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Comets Upset Pride 6-4
WP Olivia Galati. Pride pitchers: Keilani Ricketts, Chelsea Thomas
Comets Upset Pride 6-4
WP Olivia Galati. Pride pitchers: Keilani Ricketts, Chelsea Thomas (LP)
Game marked debut of Oklahoma ace/player of the year Keilani Ricketts, who pitched 3 innings, gave up 4 hits and 3 runs while striking out 4. Ricketts had not pitched competitively since the WCWS. Thomas gave up 3 runs on 3 hits; all the runs were earned. Galati went the distance.
The Pride led 1-0 top 2nd on Duran’s solo. Comets came back with 2 in bottom; McKinney hbp; Quiocho doubled; Liddle singled in both runs. Pride tied in 3rd on Sandberg’s rbi single. Two out in bottom, Kamekona scores on Quiocho single. Ricketts opened 4th with a single, scored on N Williams homer. Comets responded in bottom with scores by Liddle and Lindley. Comets boosted score in 5th when Shaw jacked a monster homer.
PRIDE 7, COMETS 2
WP Sarah Pauly. LP Taryne Mowatt.
Pride in control all game. Pauly pitched a 3-hitter; Mowatt was tagged for 13 hits, all 7 runs; Richardson relieved late. Watley homered, had 2 rbi; Charters also had 2 rbi; Kretschman, Lowe also had rbi. Mejia drove in both Comet runs with a homer; bottom 6th.
Comment: Very thankful for ESPN. Thanks to expert camera work, the audience saw truly superb fielding plays by Kelsey Bruder, Caitlin Lowe and Amanda Kamekona. Spy enjoyed seeing players whom he has covered for years. Spy is also grateful that NPF uses Point Streak.
Rain Delay Brings Bandits Bats Alive Again, Defeat Racers 7-1
ROSEMONT, Ill. – July 20, 2013 – Rookie pitchers Michelle Gascoigne and Ivy Renfroe faced off in the circle tonight for the first time since they competed against each other in the 2013 Women’s College World Series. Gascoigne and the Bandits prevailed to win game three of the series 7-1.
After another nearly two-hour rain delay play resumed in the bottom of the third.
The Bandits extended their lead in the fourth inning when Pohlman got on base with a single. Amber Patton’s RBI triple allowed her to score, making the score 5-1 going into the fifth inning.
Cat Osterman Throws Her 2nd No-Hitter, Pride Wins 8 – 0
Little Falls, NJ – July 20, 2013 – The USSSA Pride and the NY/NJ Comets kicked off a much anticipated 4 game series last night in Little Falls, NJ on the campus of Montclair State University. It was the return of professional fastpitch softball to the northeast for the first time in five years.The site was Yogi Berra Stadium – the Yogi Berra museum evident in the backdrop with the Yankee legend’s number 8 prominently positioned on the window facing the playing field. And for the NY/NJ Comets, it was like deja vu all over again as softball’s legendary number 8, Cat Osterman, threw the second no-hitter of her final professional season. The final score? USSSA Pride 8, NY/Comets 0. It was the second time the Comets had been the victim, with Osterman twirling the first no-no just over a month ago in Florida.The win moves the Pride to 19-7 and the Comets to 4-23.
Osterman kept the Comet’s bats quiet as she faced just one batter over the minimum en route to 11 strikeouts. The complete game win moves Osterman to 10-2, with a league leading 143 total strikeouts and 1.00 ERA.
The story was opposite for the Pride offense as they racked up 11 hits and 5 walks without a single strikeout to tally 8 runs on the night.
Gionna DiSalvatore once again led the Pride attack going 3-4 with 2 RBIs. Ashley Charters chipped in a 2 for 3 night with a run scored. Caitlin Lowe finished with a 2 for 4 with 1 run performance. Andrea Duran provided some mid-July fireworks in the 5th with a 2 run blast to left.
Lindsey Richardson started for the Comets yielding 5 earned runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in 4.2 innings. Angel Bunner came on in relief in the middle of the 5th inning and went the rest of the way for the home team giving up 3 earned runs on 3 hits and 3 walks.
The teams will square off again today in a double header. Game 1 is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. EST followed by game 2 at approximately 5:00 EST. Game 1 will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
BANDITS SCORE THREE IN THE SIXTH, TAKE GAME TWO FROM RACERS
Photo by Dina Kwit
SITE: The Ballpark at Rosemont
SCORES: Bandits 4, Racers 1
RECORDS: Bandits (19-6), Racers (10-16)
NEXT BANDITS GAME: Saturday July 20, 7:35 pm
ROSEMONT, Ill. – After nearly a two hour rain delay, the Bandits used a three-run sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and propel the squad to a 4-1 win over the visiting Akron Racers. Andi Williamson earned her fifth career win, tossing six innings while only allowing three hits and one run.
Neither team was able to get any offense going in the first two innings. Williamson and Akron’s starter Lisa Norris pitched solid innings, allowing little opportunity and both teams played clean defense.
The Racers threatened early in the third inning when Ayumi Karino reached by beating out the throw to first. Her single marked the first hit of the game by either team. However, the Bandits executed a flawless double play to escape trouble and keep the game scoreless.
The Bandits also had an opportunity in the third inning when Vicky Galindo drew a walk, stole second, but she was ultimately left stranded when Norris recorded a strikeout to end the inning.
The Racers threatened again in the top of the fourth inning. Kelley Montalvo and Charlotte Morgan both drew walks and Kaylyn Castillo’s sacrifice fly allowed them both to advance a base. Sam Marder loaded the bases after drawing a walk but Williamson and the Bandits prevailed when Amber Patton made a great defensive play at third to keep the Racers off the scoreboard and end the inning.
The Bandits finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth. Patton started things off with a leadoff double, giving the Bandits their first hit of the game. Cervantes stepped up to bat and delivered an RBI single to right field allowing Patton to score and giving the Bandits a 1-0 edge.
The lead proved to be short-lived however. The Racers answered in the top of the sixth inning when Morgan hit a solo homerun to deep left field.
The Racers made a pitching change during the sixth inning, sending Jen Mineau into the game after Norris was injured. They made a second pitching change during the sixth substituting Rachele Fico to close out the game.
After a long rain delay in the sixth inning, the Bandits came out and scored three runs to take the lead. Alisa Goler got on base with a leadoff double and Maggie Hull entered the game to pinch run. Kristen Butler delivered a single, allowing Hull to score. Tammy Williams hit the Bandits’ second double of the inning and Eri Yamada then hit a two-run single which scored Williams and pinch runner Kimi Pohlman.
Michelle Gascoigne entered the circle in the seventh inning to close out the game for the Bandits. With tonight’s win the Bandits improve to 19-6 while the Racers fall to 10-16. The teams return to the Ballpark at Rosemont tomorrow night for game three of the series. First pitch is set for 7:35 pm.