Sunday August 11 Update
TEAM USA WINS FIRST GAME AT PAN AM
Eagles soar past Brazil at Pan American Games Qualifier; Moore tosses an 11-0, five inning shutout
San Juan, Puerto Rico — The USA Softball Women’s National team earned its second victory of the Pan American Games Qualifier in an 11-0, five-inning win over Brazil Sunday afternoon. Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) recorded a solid performance from circle for the Red, White and Blue tossing five complete innings and allowing just three hits. With the win, the U.S. moves to 2-0 in round-robin play and will return to the field tomorrow morning for a 9 a.m. EST matchup against Cuba.
The U.S. started things early in the top of the first when Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) reached second base on an error by the first baseman. Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) followed with a single before Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md.) drove Moultrie in with an RBI single to put runners on the corners. After a walk to Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) loaded the bases for Team USA, Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo.) hit a single to score Chavanne. Taylor Thom (Cedar Park, Texas), Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif.) and Moultrie continued the Red, White and Blue’s rally, combining for four RBI to give the U.S. a 6-0 lead entering the bottom half of the inning.
With a comfortable lead, Moore retired the first two Brazilian batters with a groundout and a popup before Veronica Fukunishi singled to right. USA’s defense held strong, as a flyout to center closed the inning to bring USA back to the plate.
The second and third innings were relatively quiet for both squads as the U.S. would put two runners on base but failed to score in the top of the second inning. Moore retired Brazil in order in the bottom of the second with two groundouts and a pop up to Chavanne. In the top of the third, Raquelli Bianco entered in relief for Brazilian starter Nilze Hilga, and Bianco was able to retire the U.S. in order for the first and only time in the game. In the bottom half of the inning, Moore issued a walk to leadoff batter Thais Nagano, but was able to get the next three batters to groundout.
Gibson singled with one out in the top of the fourth before scoring on a double from Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.). Arioto then connected for her second home run of the Qualifier to put the U.S. up 9-0. Brazil put their first runner in scoring position in the bottom of the fourth after Fukunishi recorded her second single of the game. Vivian Morimoto then reached on a fielder’s choice as Thom connected with Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold, Md.), who entered in the fourth for Gibson at second base, to get Fukunishi out at second. Martha Muraz then hit another ground ball to Thom to get Morimoto out at second, but an overthrow by Salvarola to first baseman Arioto advanced Muraz to second base. Brazil would then get runners on first and third as Thom midhandled a ground ball, but popup to Moultrie in left ended the threat and kept Brazil off the scoreboard.
USA would score another two runs in the top of the fifth as Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas) sent a long ball over left field fence to plate two after Martinez led off the inning with a walk. Heading into the bottom of the fifth, USA led 11-0 and needed just three outs to end the game via run-rule. A leadoff single by Nagano gave Brazil their third hit of the game, but a double play cleared the bases. Kim Chan hit a groundball to Arioto, who threw out Nagano at second and Thom then connected with Salvarola to get Chan out at first. With two outs, another groundout to Arioto ended the game, as USA walked away with the 11-0 (5 inning) run-rule.
Up next for the U.S. is a matchup against Cuba tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. EST. USA recently faced Cuba during the Mayor’s Cup in Puerto Rico where Team USA defeated the Cubans 4-1. Live stats and online streaming (pay-per-view) will be available throughout the Pan American Games Qualifier and links can be found at USASoftball.com.
RACERS LOSE 6TH IN A ROW; BANDITS COMPLETE SWEEP WITH 5-0 WIN
AKRON, OH – August 11, 2013– On Sunday afternoon, August 11, fans in Firestone Stadium found themselves treated to another epic fastpitch faceoff when Ivy Renfroe of the Akron Racers and Monica Abbott of the Chicago Bandits faced each other in a rematch of Friday night’s game. Abbott and the Bandits once again came out on top, beating Renfroe and the Racers 5-0. With the win, the Bandits completed their third sweep of the Racers this season.The Racers had a chance to get on the board first in the bottom of the first inning, when Taylor Schlopy kick started the offense with a leadoff double. Two outs later, Schlopy stood at third as Kaylyn Castillo walked to put runners at the corners for slugger Sam Marder. Marder flew out to center field to end the inning, the first of five long fly ball outs the Racers would have over the course of the afternoon. Akron also left seven total runners on base in the game.
Chicago once again got on the board first the next inning, scoring one run a sacrifice fly by catcher Kazuki Watanabe. The inning ended on the same play, however, when Kimi Pohlman got caught in a pickle between second and third, and the Racers tagged her for the inning’s final out.
The Bandits got on the board again in the top of the sixth inning, scoring two runs on a hit and two Racers errors. Renfroe departed with one on and two out, and Jen Mineau entered the game, which she would later finish for the Racers. Renfroe pitched 5.1 innings, giving up just three runs and one earned run while striking out two and walking three. The Bandits added another pair of runs off of Mineau in the top of the seventh inning on Tammy Williams’ towering home run over the right field fence.
Despite considerable improvement over the course of the season, Akron’s defensive inconsistencies showed in the game as the team committed four errors that led to two unearned runs for Renfroe. But even with the errors, the Racers also made several spectacular plays, most notably by the left side of the infield. Kelley Montalvo had several at third base, including a great grab of Nerissa Myers’ line drive in the top of the third inning and a smooth scoop of Myers’ grounder in the top of the seventh, while Brigette Del Ponte made a daring diving catch of Alisa Goler’s foul pop to end the top of the fifth inning.
The Racers return to action next weekend for their final home stand of the season. They are scheduled to face the NY/NJ Comets in a four-game series from Thursday, August 15 to Sunday, August 18. The series is dedicated to raising awareness for the fight against breast cancer. Tickets are still available for all four games and can be purchased online at www.akronracers.org or by calling the ticket office at (330) 376-8188.
-Monica Abbott picked up her 16th win of the season.
-Ivy Renfroe took her 8th loss of her rookie season.
-The Racers finished the regular season 1-15 against the Bandits.
SITE: Firestone Stadium
SCORE: Racers 0, Bandits 5
RECORDS: Racers (14-30), Bandits (34-10)
NEXT RACERS GAME: Thursday, August 15 @ 7:05 p.m. vs. NY/NJ Comets
AKRON RACERS FALL TO CHICAGO BANDITS 6-2; CHICAGO COMPLETE DH SWEEP
|AKRON, OH – August 10, 2013 – Less than an hour after playing one ballgame, the Akron Racers and the Chicago Bandits returned to the Firestone Stadium diamond for their second-to-last regular season meeting of 2013. Despite a late rally, the Racers fell once again to the Bandits 6-2.
Akron sent Rachele Fico to the circle, seeking redemption from the loss earlier in the day. She faced Andi Williamson of the Bandits, who beat the Racers on Opening Day back at the beginning of June. After sending the Bandits down in order in the first inning, Fico ran into a little pothole in the top of the second inning when Chicago put two runners in scoring position with just one out. But she got Kimi Pohlman and Brittany Cervantes, both of whom hit home runs in the first game, to strike out swinging on 2-2 counts to end the inning.
The Racers had a chance in the bottom of that inning, when Sam Marder drew a one-out walk from Bandits starter Andi Williamson. One out later, Brigette Del Ponte walked to put runners on first and second for Tess Sito. Sito singled just over the head of the second baseman, but the Bandits threw Marder out at the plate as she tried to make it home.
The Bandits broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning, putting three runs on the board off of Fico thanks to doubles by Brittany Cervantes and Alisa Goler, a walk by Nerissa Myers, and a single by Kristen Butler that sent Fico to the bench. The Racers brought in Fico’s former Louisiana State University teammate Brittany Mack to replace her, and Mack responded by striking out Tammy Williams to end the inning. Mack went 1.1 scoreless innings before giving up two-RBI single to Eri Yamada in the top of the seventh inning. Hillary Bach replaced Mack and allowed an RBI single to Goler before retiring the next three batters to end the inning. Heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Chicago had a 6-0 advantage.
Akron’s bats finally pushed two runs across the board in the bottom of the seventh, spearheaded by Marder’s leadoff single. Two outs later the Racers’ first crossed the plate when Ayumi Karino, who entered the game to run for Marder, dashed home on Sito’s double. Sito herself scored on a rare error by Bandits’ third baseman Amber Patton, but Williamson struck out Taylor Schlopy to end the game. The Racers had many missed opportunities throughout the afternoon and into the night, however, and left 15 total runners on base. They had just two extra-base hits, Aja Paculba’s double in the first game and Sito’s double in the second game. The Bandits also turned five total double plays against the Akron offense.
The Racers and the Bandits are scheduled to finish this four-game series, their final regular season series against each other, tomorrow afternoon at 2:05 p.m. at Firestone Stadium. Tickets are still available either online at www.akronracers.org or by calling the ticket office at (330) 376-8188.
-Rachele Fico took the loss for the Racers, going 4.2 innings and giving up three runs.
-Andi Williamson pitched a complete game with four strikeouts for her eighth win of the season.
AKRON RACERS DROP GAME ONE OF THEIR DOUBLE HEADER, FALL TO CHICAGO BANDITS, 8 – 5
|AKRON, OH – August 10, 2013 – The Akron Racers struggled all game to quiet the Chicago Bandits batters. The Bandits jumped out to a 5-0 lead early in the game and the Racers couldn’t figure out how to respond until too late. The Racers bats finally came alive in the seven innings and the team scored three runs, but they were unable to get the victory. Michelle Gascoigne gets the win and boosts her record to a perfect 6-0. Erin Arevalo receives the loss and her record falls to 0-4.
Chicago was able to get on the board quickly; Erin Arevalo allowed Nerissa Myers to earn a leadoff single in the first inning. Myers was out on a fielder’s choice hit by Eri Yamada but Alisa Goler smacked a bomb to centerfield to give the Bandits an early 2-0 lead. Kristen Butler followed the home run with a walk and Tammy Williams hit a slow tapper along the right field line to put two on before Amber Patton also walked to load the bases. Kimi Pohlman hit a two run double to right field and boosted the Bandit’s lead to 4-0. Arevalo was able to get Brittany Cervantes out on strikes, but on her second pitch to Danielle Zymkowitz, she threw a wild pitch and Amber Patton came home from third to give the Bandits a 5-0 lead at the end of the first inning.
Nerrissa Myers led off again in the second inning after the Bandits hit through the lineup in the first. She fired a long one towards centerfield but Taylor Schlopy was able to track the ball down right in front of the fence for the first out. Yamada reached first on a one out walk and Jen Mineau came in to the circle to relieve Arevalo. However, Arevalo would return in the sixth inning and finished the game with a line of six runs on six hits, walked four and struck out one.
Mineau was able to the first batter out for the second out in the inning, but Kristen Butler made it to first on a single and Tammy Williams brought Yamada home from second on a long single to give the Bandits a 6-0 lead.
After the Racers went down 1, 2, 3 in their half of the first inning, Kaylyn Castillo gave Akron its first hit of the game in the second inning – a hard hit single into left field. But the Racers were unable to make any noise after the hit as the next three batters were all put out.
The Bandits bats kept rolling in the third inning. Brigette Del Ponte made a spectacular diving catch at shortstop to turn Kimi Pohlman into the first out. But Brittany Cervantes responded by sending a long ball of her own deep past the right field fence to boost the Banidts lead to 7-0.
The Racers struggled to take advantage of their opportunities throughout the game. In the third inning, Ayumi Karino reached on an error when she just beat Tammy Williams throw to first. With one on and one out, Taylor Schlopy earned the Racers second hit of the game – a single into right field. Kelley Montalvo popped up for the second out, but Gascoigne walked Charlotte Morgan on four straight pitches. With the bases loaded, Kaylyn Castillo was unable to take advantage of the opportunity and hit a slow roller to first for the final out of the inning. In the fifth inning, the Racers had runners in the corners but Charlotte Morgan popped out into foul territory to end the inning and stranded the two runners.
Eri Yamada started off the fourth inning with a leadoff walk. Mineau countered by striking out Alisa Goler to rack up her first strikeout of the game. But Kristen Butler followed the strikeout with an RBI single to bring Eri Yamada home and give Chicago an 8-0 lead.
Aja Paculba led off the fifth inning with a single into right field. Ayumi Karino laid down a bunt that danced along the right field line, but she was thrown out at first while Paculba advanced to second. Kelley Montalvo, on the other hand, was able to beat the throw to first in her at bat. Montalvo’s single put runners on the corners for Charlotte Morgan but the slugger popped out in foul territory to end the inning.
In the sixth inning, Erin Arevalo came back into the circle and even though she allowed two hits in the inning, she managed to keep the Bandits scoreless in the inning. Mineau gave up two runs on six hits in 3.2 innings, along with one walk and one strikeout.
In the bottom half of the sixth inning, the Racers were finally able to get on the board. Kaylyn Castillo started the inning with a leadoff single and Sam Marder followed with a walk. However, Marder was called out at second on a fielder’s choice hit by Brigette Del Ponte to put runners on the corners for Aja Paculba. Paculba managed to drop one just fair along the right field line and bring both Castillo and Del Ponte home to bring the score to 8-2.
The Racers saved their best for last, but it just wasn’t enough to over come the six run deficit. Schlopy started off the bottom of the seventh inning with a leadoff walk and Kelley Montalvo followed with a single, which brought Charlotte Morgan to the plate with two on and no outs. Morgan walked on four straight pitches and the Racers loaded the bases for the second time in the game. Nikki Nemitz came in to relieve Gascoigne and walked to Castillo to keep the bases loaded and bring Schlopy home to score. Gascoigne pitched 6.0 innings and gave up five runs on eight hits, walked four and struck out one. Sam Marder hit a roller to second and the Bandits were able to turn the double play even though, Kelley Montalvo scored from third to bring the score to 8-4 and Jessica Garcia brought Charlotte Morgan home from third on a two out single to close the gap to 8-5. Brigette Del Ponte hit a lazy pop up that landed just behind the circle and was able to beat the throw to first to put two on and bring Paculba to the plate as the winning run. But Paculba hit a grounder to the shortstop who was able to make the throw to first in time to end the game. Nemitz pitched 1.0 inning, gave up two hits, and walked one.
The Racers and Bandits will play again in their last regular season game on Sunday at 2:05. The Sunday game will be taped and rebroadcast on the Time Warner Sports channel. Check your cable provider for more information. The Racers will begin a four-game home series against the NY/NJ Comets on Thursday, August 15 at 7:05 pm.
Pride Shut Out Comets in Double Header, Ricketts Earns First Win
KISSIMMEE, FL – July 10, 2013 – It was another great night of softball at Osceola County Stadium Saturday night as the USSSA Pride won both games of a double header against the NY/NJ Comets, sweeping the four-game series. Game one was an offensive explosion with USSSA scoring 11 runs on seven hits, including a grand slam from Kristyn Sandberg, and game two found rookie Keilani Ricketts earning her first ever NPF win.
Pride: 11, Comets: 0
The Pride came out swinging, quite literally, in the third inning against NY/NJ starter Lindsey Richardson (1-3), who would face off against USSSA’s Jordan Taylor (4-1). After RBIs from Caitlin Lowe and GiOnna DiSalvatore put USSSA up 2-0, Kristyn Sandberg, who’d gone hitless in the Pride’s previous six games, sent a grand slam sailing over the outfield fence, giving her team a six-run lead.The runs kept coming in for the Pride when Taryne Mowatt replaced Richardson in the circle in the fourth. Jessica Shults and Natasha Watley both scored on back-to-back pass balls, then Mowatt walked four straight Pride batters: Lowe, Jenn Salling, DiSalvatore and Haruna Sakamoto, walking in a run. Comets head coach Jay Nelson put Richardson back in the game, but she was once again no match for Sandberg, who earned her sixth RBI of the night with a two-run double.
Taylor threw five shutout innings with three hits and three strikeouts, picking up her fourth win of the season. Rookie Blaire Luna came in in relief in the top of the sixth and ended the game by getting out of a two outs, bases loaded, seventh inning jam, securing the win for the Pride.
The Comets’ only hits of the game came from Brittney Lindley (1-3), Angeline Quiocho (2-2) and Amanda Kamekona (1-3).
The first run of the ballgame came in the third inning when DiSalvatore scored on a throwing error from NY/NJ shortstop Bianca Mejia, giving the Pride a 1-0 lead. The next inning, Lowe scored on an RBI from DiSalvatore off of Comets pitcher Angel Bunner (2-10), who threw a complete game. The final run of the night came when Francesca Enea scored on a single from Megan Willis.
After allowing just one hit and striking out four Comets hitters, Ricketts was replaced by fellow NPF rookie Chelsea Thomas at the start of the fifth inning. Thomas also only gave up one hit, a single to Mejia in the sixth, and she finished the night with three Ks, helping Ricketts earn her first NPF win.
The Pride may have come away with the win, but they had plenty of missed opportunities; they stranded 12 runners on base throughout the game, including three bases-loaded innings.
Next, the Pride face off against the league-leading Chicago Bandits in Rosemont, Ill. for a four-game series starting Wednesday, Aug. 14.