NPF UPDATE July 29, 2013
AKRON RACERS ROLL PAST NY/NJ COMETS 8-4
AKRON, OH – July 29, 2013 – Holiday cheer radiated from Firestone Stadium as the Racers decked the concourse to celebrate Christmas in July. The Racers responded to the festive atmosphere accordingly by lighting up the night and beating the NY/NJ Comets 8-4 in the first game of a three-game series and a three-week homestand.
The Comets got on the board first against Rachele Fico, who went the distance and picked up the win for the Racers. In the top of the third inning Courtney Liddle laced a single to left for the first hit of the game for either team. After a sacrifice, leadoff hitter Brittney Lindley launched the first pitch from Fico over the left field fence to give the Comets a two-run lead. NY/NJ scored again before the Racers got a hit off of Comets starter Sara Plourde, when slugger Dorian Shaw hit a laser line drive that barely cleared the left field fence for a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning.
But the Racers made Plourde pay when they finally got their first hit in the bottom of the fourth inning. Plourde issued free passes to Jessica Garcia and Ayumi Karino before Tess Sito came into the game to pinch hit for Aja Paculba. After taking two balls and whiffing at a strike, Sito tied the game with one swing, smacking a long home run that easily cleared the outfield fence.
Akron’s bats awoke from their hitting hibernation after Plourde walked the bases loaded and left the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Plourde’s replacement Taryne Mowatt got the first out before Brigette Del Ponte and Ayumi Karino hit back-to-back two-run singles and Sito added to her career-high RBI total with a double that scored Karino. By the time Kelley Montalvo struck out swinging to end the inning, the Racers batted around and sent five players across the plate, taking an 8-3 lead over NY/NJ.
The Comets scored once more in the top of the sixth inning on a two-out solo shot by Kelsi Weseman, but Fico found her footing and sent them down scoreless for the final inning and a third, allowing the Racers to cruise to an 8-4 victory. The game one win gives Akron a great source of momentum as they embark upon a stretch of 15 home games in 21 days to finish out the 2013 regular season.
Despite the loss, NY/NJ displayed daring defense during the game, making several diving catches and even more valiant attempts. Left fielder Angeline Quiocho in particular hurled herself into the fence along the third base line to catch a foul pop for the second out of the fourth inning. Catcher Brittany McKinney also crashed into the backstop as she gave chase to a foul ball.
The Racers and the Comets are scheduled to play the next game of this three-game set tomorrow evening, July 30, at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at www.akronracers.org or by calling the ticket office at (330) 376-8188.
-Tess Sito had a monster game for the Racers, going 2-2 with four RBI and a run scored.
-Rachele Fico pitched a complete game for the Racers, giving up four runs and striking out two.
Osterman Shuts Out Bandits; K’s 12 in 9 Inning Affair
Pride: 1 Bandits: 0
KISSIMMEE, FL – Cat Osterman pitched a complete nine-inning contest in a 1-0 Pride win against Chicago on Monday night at Osceola County Stadium.
Cat Osterman and Michelle Gascoigne took the mound in what would be a fantastic display of pitching from both players. Both pitchers held the opponents offense in check throughout the game.
The Pride threatened in the seventh with runners on first and second, after Francesca Enea reached by walk and Lauren Lappin singled. After a dominant pitching performance by Michelle Gascoigne, she would be relieved by Monica Abbott, who forced a double play to end the inning.
Leading off the bottom of the ninth was Caitlin Lowe (2-4) who would single and then steal second base, bringing up the veteran Kelly Kretschman. Kretschman hit a ground ball that deflected off Abbotts glove and Abbott would overthrow first base, bringing in Lowe to score for the walk off win.
Osterman (13-2) would get the win, pitching a full nine innings, striking out 12 while walking two.
Michelle Gascoigne had a superb outing, shutting out the Pride offense in 6.1 innings. She gave up four hits, struck out five, while walking two.
Monica Abbott would suffer the loss for the Bandits which will be only her second of the season. Coming into the game in relief she struck out one, while giving up two hits and an earned run in an inning and two thirds of work.
The two teams face off again Tuesday night in a double header at Osceola County Stadium. Coverage begins at 5:35 p.m. on USSSALive.com
About USSSA Florida Pride:
The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.