7-26-2013 July 26 NPF Update


USSSA Pride and Akron Racers Split Double Header and Series

 Game 1Osterman Flirts With No Hitter in 5-0 Win Over Racers 

Kissimmee, FL- July 26, 2013 – Thursdays’ double-header resumed on Friday morning as the Pride beat the Akron Racers 5-0 in a win that saw Cat Osterman flirt with a no hitter.


Osterman tossed seven innings of shutout ball, holding the Racers to just one hit while walking three and striking out eight. Osterman’s no hitter was broken up on a hard hit ball by Taylor Schlopy in the sixth.


The Pride didn’t score until the bottom of the fifth, when Natasha Watley led off the inning with a double, and would score immediately after on a double by Caitlin Lowe. Lowe would advance to third on a sacrifice bunt by Kelly Kretschman. Gionna DiSalvatore would double home Lowe to make it 2-0 at the end of the fifth.


Pride scoring would continue into the sixth, after a RBI double by Ashley Charters, Jenn Salling would hit a home run to center to give the Pride the 5-0 lead.


The Akron Racers (11-20) failed to take advantage of Ostermans three walks. Brittany Mack pitched all six innings walked three, struck out one, and allowed five runs.


Boxscore: http://npf.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=142140


Game 2


Schlopy Leads Racers Over Pride in 10-5 Win


The USSSA Pride (22-10) held a 5-3 lead going into the fourth inning on Friday, but the Akron Racers (12-20) roared back to steal a 10-5 victory at Osceola Co Stadium.


While the USSSA Pride led until the fourth inning, the Akron Racers worked their way back and took the lead on a solo home run by Taylor Schlopy.


Schlopy went a perfect 3-3 at the plate for the Akron Racers. She singled in the first and second innings and homered in the fourth inning.


Andrea Duran racked up three RBIs on two hits for the USSSA Pride. She hit a three run homer in the first inning to put the Pride up one and singled in the third inning.


Jordan Taylor had an impressive outing in relief against the Akron Racers’ lineup. The Akron Racers managed just two hits off of Taylor, who allowed no earned runs, walked two and struck out four during her 2 2/3 innings of relief work.


Rachele Fico allowed five runs over seven innings recording the victory, her third of the season. She struck out one, walked two and surrendered seven hits in an overall solid pitching performance.


Keilani Ricketts (0-2) took the loss for the USSSA Pride. She allowed six runs in 1 1/3 innings, walked three and struck out two.




Bandits Earn Eighth Straight Win, Improve to 24-6

ROSEMONT, Ill. – July 26, 2013
– Michelle Gascoigne earned her fourth career victory tonight as the Bandits took game three of the series 7-1, extending their win streak to eight games and improving to 24-6.
Comets pitcher Sarah Plourde got into a jam early, walking three consecutive Bandits to load the bases in the bottom of the first inning. Tammy Williams was walked with the bases still loaded, which scored Megan Wiggins. Nikki Nemitz was also walked, sending Amber Patton home. Eri Yamada then reached on a Comets fielding error, scoring Alisa Goler and giving the Bandits a 3-0 edge.
After a brief rain delay play resumed in the bottom of the first with the bases loaded and two outs. The Bandits failed to convert any more runs, leaving three runners stranded.
The Bandits added another run to their lead in the bottom of the second when Wiggins hit a homerun, a solo shot that cleared the right field bleachers, to make the score 4-0.  Wiggins now leads the NPF in homeruns this season with seven.
The Comets threatened in the third inning when they were able to string together three hits and load the bases. But Gascoigne prevailed, recording a strikeout to end the inning and keep the Comets off the scoreboard.
The Bandits tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Wiggins drew a walk and was brought home by William’s RBI single to make the score 5-0 going into the fifth inning.
The Bandits offense earned two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Brittany Cervantes started the inning out with a solo homerun, her third of the season. The second run of the inning started with Yamada drawing a walk before Danielle Zymkowitz and Patton both singled to load the bases. Goler was then walked, which sent Yamada home, giving the Bandits a 7-0 lead.
The Comets earned their first run of the game in the top of the sixth when Angeline Quiocho smacked a solo homerun to deep center field. The score was 7-1 going into the bottom of the inning.
The Comets tried to rally one more time during the seventh when two runners were walked. Bianca Mejia then stepped up to bat and hit what looked like a homerun to left field, but Yamada made the play on the warning track to end the game and preserve the Bandits victory.
Plourde remains winless this season as her record drops to 0-3 after tonight’s game.
The Bandits and Comets return to Rosemont tomorrow for the final game of the series. First pitch is set for 7:35 pm.


Williams’ Glove and Bat Lead Bandits Past Comets

Photo by Dina Kwit (2013)
ROSEMONT, Ill. – July 25, 2013
– Andi Williamson earned her sixth victory of the season in the prevailing 12-3 win against the Comets and continues to hold the best record of rookie pitchers in the 2013 season.The Comets began the game with three quick outs, but the Bandits threatened with a leadoff walk from Megan Wiggins, who advanced from second on a sac bunt from Amber Patton.  Alisa Goler was intentionally walked, but two straight long fly outs left the pair stranded, sending the game into the second inning tied at 0-0.


Wiggins came up big in the second inning for the Bandits with a three-run home run, bringing home Kimi Pohlman and Eri Yamada who both reached on singles.  The homer gave the Bandits the lead at 3-0.


The Comets answered in the top of the third with two runs of their own, making the score 3-2.  Courtney Liddle reached first on a one-out walk, followed by singles from Amanda Kamekona, Bianca Mejia, and Brittany McKinney.  Kamekona scored on a close call at home, first being called out but after the ball fell out of the glove of catcher Kristen Butler she was called safe.  The Bandits were able to escape the inning after an excellent defensive play from shortstop Tammy Williams to keep the Comets to two runs.


The Bandits earned those runs back and then some in the bottom of the inning. Butler started off the inning with a double and gave the lineup a chance to bat. Nerissa Myers, Eri Yamada, and Vicky Galindo all cracked RBI hits before Lindsey Richardson came into the game for the Comets to relieve starter Olivia Galati.  At the end of the inning, the Bandits led 7-2 going into the fourth inning.


The Bandits tacked on three more runs for Andi Willamson in the bottom of the fifth.  Galindo and Wiggins earned their second hits of the game and scored on an RBI-double by Goler.  Taryne Mowatt came into finish the game for the Comets but gave up an RBI double to Williams before finishing the inning.  The Bandits led 10-2.


The Comets were able to score one run in the top of the sixth after a double by Kelsi Weseman who later scored on an error.


The Bandits earned two more runs in the bottom of the sixth.  Yamada hit a triple and scored on a single by Nikki Nemitz.  A double by Danielle Zymkowitz brought in Mel Dumezich, who reached on a fielder’s choice.  The Bandits would take their commanding 12-3 lead into the seventh inning for the win.


Williamson punched out six Comets in her winning performance tonight.


The Bandits and Comets face off again in game three of the series tomorrow at the Ballpark at Rosemont. First pitch is set for 7:35 pm.


Boxscore : http://npf.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=142138



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