7-4-2013 July 4 NPF Update


Akron Racers Fall 6-4 in Series Opener vs. USSSA Pride

– The USSSA Pride wasted little time against the Akron Racers Thursday, scoring early against starting pitcher Ivy Renfroe. 

The Racers’ rookie surrendered 11 hits through her seven innings of work, while the Pride’s counterpart Cat Osterman fanned double-digit batters for the eighth time this season.


The Pride jumped out to an early lead in the 6-4 victory, scoring five runs off eight hits in the first two innings. Despite the early advantage, Renfroe and the Racers didn’t lay down. The rookie silenced Florida the next four innings, and the Racers rallied back to make it a two-run game.


Charlotte Morgan struck first for the Racers, as her RBI double brought home Taylor Schlopy in the third inning. Akron found themselves in scoring position again in the fourth with bases loaded and just one out. However, the Racers were unable to capitalize as Dara Toman and Schlopy struck out to end inning.


Morgan got things started again for the Racers in the next inning, as her lead-off shot slipped past Jenn Salling at short. Kaylyn Castillo drew a walk in the next at-bat, then Hesson’s double to left field put the Racers back within striking distance.


Renfroe and Osterman held both teams scoreless in the sixth inning, but Francesca Enea pushed the lead further out of the Racers’ reach in the top of the seventh. Enea stepped in to pinch hit for Kristyn Sandberg and sent Renfroe’s first offering flying over the left field fence.


Akron is now 6-10 on the season, but will try to bounce back against the Pride tomorrow. The Racers and Pride will take game two of the series to a neutral site in an attempt further expand the fan base of the National Pro Fastpitch League. The game is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. at the Lucas County Rec Center in Maumee, OH.



– Cat Osterman struck out 10 or more batters for the eighth time this season.

– Ivy Renfroe falls to 1-3.


SITE: Firestone Stadium

SCORE: USSSA Pride -6 Racers 4.

RECORDS: Racers (6-10). USSSA Pride (12-5).

NEXT RACERS GAME: Friday, June 5 @ 5:05 p.m. vs. USSSA Pride

Bandits Defeat the Comets 5-1

Tammy Williams (Photo by Dina Kwit)

 – Veteran Tammy Williams’ three singles led all hitters in a game filled with red, white and blue and an abundance of Bandit offensive counter attacks. Chicago plated five runs off eleven hits, all of which were singles.
The Chicago Bandits short stop hit a trio of singles and accounted for nearly half of the team’s runs, powering the Bandits to a 5-1 win over the NY/NJ Comets.Andi Williamson was the winning pitcher, improving to 4-0 on the season, while Olivia Galati took the loss for the Comets, dropping to 2-6.
Things looked promising from the start for Williamson, as she collected three strikeouts and allowed just one hit through the first two innings. The game proved to be a pitcher’s duel between the two rookies as we remained scoreless through four innings.
The Comets threatened in the fourth after a walk and hit-by-pitch put a pair on for Brittney Lindley who singled but Kimi Pohlman threw a perfect strike from left field to throw-out the runner at the plate. The score remained tied through four innings of play as neither team were able to bring any runs across despite multiple base runners.
NY/NJ put a pair of runners on again in the fifth after drawing back-to-back walks. A nice play by Amber Patton at third picked off the runner at third and a fly-out to Megan Wiggins ended the inning as the Bandits escaped the inning unscathed.
Alisa Goler put Chicago on the board first after her single to right scored Wiggins, the league leader in batting average, who reached on a fielder’s choice. Kristen Butler followed suit after her hit to right scored Danielle Zymkowitz who also singled earlier in the inning. Tammy Williams hit the fourth single of the inning, scoring another Chicago run as the Bandits took a 3-0 lead. Tarynne Mowatt (0-4, 8.32 ERA) took over pitching for the Comets and walked her first two batters to load the bases, but the Comets were able to end the inning still within three.
Despite a double by Brittany McKinney in the sixth, three straight fly-outs kept the Comets from chasing the Bandits three-run lead.


After another single by Jenna Grim in the seventh, Lindsay Richardson (0-1, 3.50 ERA) entered the game for the Comets. Zymkowitz’s single was followed by consecutive walked batters as Richardson walked in the Bandits fourth run.  With the bases loaded again, Williams drove the ball for her third single, and second RBI of the afternoon.
The Comets recorded a homerun off Williamson in the seventh but a web gem by Amber Patton at third and two straight fly-outs ended the game as the Bandits took game two, 5-1.
The Bandits and Comets play again tomorrow, Friday, July 5 at 7:35 p.m. at the Ballpark at Rosemont.

Boxscore: http://npf.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=142113


SITE: The Ballpark at Rosemont

SCORES: Bandits 5, Comets 1

RECORDS: Bandits (13-4), Comets (3-15)

NEXT BANDITS GAME: Friday July 5 @ 7:35pm vs. NY/NJ Comets



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