JULY 23 UPDATE
Lauren (Noodle) Morizi will transfer from New Mexico State to Long Island University
Paris Shipp (2011) So Cal Diamonds (Creamer) verbals to Long Island University
Kyle Nakama – 2011 – OF – Irvine Sting 18u Gold – Morehead State University
Pennsbury Gems Gold-Verbal Commitments
Chelsea Dimon (2011) : Boston College
Lacey McKeon (2011) : Temple University
NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH
Burkhart’s Pitching Leads USSSA Florida Pride to 3-0 Victory
Kissimmee, Fla. – The threat of rain didn’t stop the USSSA Florida Pride from taking to the field tonight (Friday) at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for game two of a four game series against the Tennessee Diamonds. After a 5-4 victory in game one, the Pride extended their winning streak with a 3-0 shutout over the visiting team.
Starting in the circle for the Pride was Katie Burkhart who recorded the win, allowing only three hits on the contest and striking out eight.
Becca Heteniak shouldered the loss for the Diamonds, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out only two.
The Pride scored first in the bottom of the second. A double from rookie Charlotte Morgan was followed by a double from Megan Willis, driving Morgan home. Francesca Enea reached next on an error from shortstop Chelsea Spencer, putting runners on the corners, but the pair was left stranded after two outs from Jessica Williams and Kristin Schnake.
The Pride added another run to the board in the bottom of the third when Morgan reached on a fielder’s choice, pushing Amber Flores, who had reached on a double, across the plate.
The Pride struck again in the bottom of the fifth. Spencer’s third error of the game allowed Willis to reach and drive in a run from Tonya Callahan who had reached on a fielder’s choice, leaving runners on the corners and the Pride in a position to score again. A pop-fly to third from Karle Hubbard retired the inning.
The Diamonds were looking for a come-back in the bottom of the seventh when designated player Megan Gibson stepped to the plate with one on and one out. A line drive to foul territory was brilliantly fielded by Morgan at first who then dove to tag out pinch runner Amanda Williams heading back to first in an unassisted double play to end the game.
Game three of the series will take place tomorrow night with the start time slated for 7:05 pm.
Akron Racers Host Chicago Bandits in Three-Game Set
AKRON, Ohio (July 23, 2010) – The Akron Racers look to snap a three-game skid in the National Pro Fastpitch league as they face the Chicago Bandits for the second-straight week, July 24-26 at Firestone Stadium.
Akron won three out of four against the USSSA Pride before heading to the Cat Osterman Experience in Nebraska where they suffered three losses against the Bandits. Currently, Jackie Pasquerella leads the team with a .339 batting average, entering the weekend with 19 hits and six RBI. Since returning to the lineup, Olympian Crystl Bustos (.288, 15 hits, 6 RBI) has catapulted into the lead for most walks on the team with 11 while Sam Ricketts (.247, 19 hits, 15 RBI) leads the team with 15 RBI.
In the circle, Lisa Norris (9-3, 1.96 ERA) continues to dominate and still leads the league with nine wins and is second with 78 strikeouts. Taryne Mowatt (2-2) earned her second win of the season in a key game against the Pride while Jamee Juarez (4-6) ranks third on the leader board with 60 Ks.
Scouting the Chicago Bandits…
The Chicago Bandits are riding a hot streak of late, entering the series as the league leader, three and a half games in front of the Racers. As winners of eight of their last 10 games, the Bandits handed Akron its only series sweep on the season, doing so in Omaha, Neb. at the Cat Osterman Experience last week. The Bandits walked away with a 6-4 win in game one, took a 6-5 decision in nine innings in game two before breaking out the brooms with a decisive 8-2 victory in game three.
Despite losing US National team members Eileen Canney, Jennie Finch and Ashley Holcombe to the KFC World Cup of Softball, the Bandits’ lineup is not phased. Samantha Findlay (.300, 24 hits, 21 RBI) has found her groove and now leads the league with nine homers and 21 RBI. Stacy May (.391, 36 hits, 20 RBI) and Rachel Folden (.378, 28 hits, 17 RBI) are also big-time contributors to a high voltage offensive lineup which enters the series with a league-leading .277 batting average, including 218 hits and 116 RBI.