NPF AUGUST 17 ROUNDUP
Late Saturday scores were not available at 113pET.
AKRON RACERS FALL TO NY/NJ COMETS, 10-4
AKRON, OH – August 17, 2013- The Akron Racers were unable contain the bats of the NY/NJ Comets in their second to last meeting of the regular season. The Comets sprinted to a 7-3 lead by the end of the second inning and the Racers could not catch up in the 10-4 loss. Olivia Gallati was given the win, while Erin Arevalo was charged with the loss.
Angeline Quiocho started the game with a leadoff double in the first inning and Brittney Lindley brought her home with a single to give the Comets a very early 1-0 lead in the game. Bianca Mejia followed the run with a single to give the Comets runners on the corners. Arevalo was able to bounce back after the early hits and strike out the next two batters she faced. But the Comets bumped up the score to 2-0 when Courtney Liddle kept the inning alive with an RBI single that brought Lindley home from third.
The Racers were able to answer the Comets quick lead with a run of their own in the bottom half of the first inning. After the Taylor Schlopy and Kelley Montalvo led off the inning with a pair of walks, Charlotte Morgan was hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded for Kaylyn Castillo. Castillo hit into a fielder’s choice towards the short stop, but Schlopy came around to score and made it a one-run ball game at 2-1.
In the second inning, Bianca Mejia brought two more Comets around to score after Erin Arevalo put two batters on base early in the inning. With the Comets leading 4-1, Rachele Fico came into relieve Arevalo with one on base and two outs in the inning. Arevalo lasted just 1.2 innings and gave up five runs on six hits. She also struck out two batters and walked one.
Fico promptly walked the first two batters she faced and Mejia came around to score on a wild pitch. Then, Liddle smacked one into right field for an RBI double that scored two more and gave the Comets a 7-1 lead. After McKinney reached base after being hit by a pitch, Hillary Bach came in to relieve Rachele Fico. Fico was unable to record an out and she gave up two runs on one hit and she walked two batters. Bach finally got the Racers out of the inning when Amy Hooks popped out in foul territory.
Brigette Del Ponte gave the Racers a leadoff single in their half of the second and Aja Paculba reached on an error by Taryne Mowatte to put runners on the corners for Karino. Karino loaded the bases on a walk and Kelley Montalvo hit a bouncer back to the circle that smacked Mowatt in the leg for an RBI single and kept the bases loaded for Charlotte Morgan. Olivia Galati came into replace Mowatt, who finished with three runs on two hits, walked three, and struck out two in 1.1 innings of work. Gallati got Morgan to ground out the shortstop, but Paculba was able to come into score and the Racers were able to bring the score to 7-3 after two innings.
After a quiet third inning from both teams, the Comets tacked on one more run in the fourth after Amanda Kamekona belted one over the right field fence to give NY/NJ an 8-3 lead. But Sam Marder responded with a solo shot of her own in the fifth inning and at the end of five innings the score was 8-4.
In the sixth inning, Jen Mineau came in to relieve Hillary Bach. Bach finished the night with a line of one run on six hits, while she walked one and struck out two. Mineau gave up singles to the first two batters she faced before Amy Hooks smacked one to Del Ponte at shortstop and the ball bounced off her glove. The error allowed another Comets run before NY/NJ loaded the bases on a throwing error by Montalvo. Angeline Quiocho hit a long fly out into left field, but Brittney McKinney tagged from third and the Comets were able to push their lead to 10-4.
Jen Mineau pitched 2.0 innings and gave up two runs, both unearned, on three hits. She struck out two batters and did not walk anyone. Gallati pitched 5.2 innings and gave up just one run on one hit, while walking two and striking out one.
The Racers return to action tomorrow, Saturday, August 17 at 2:05 p.m. against the NY/NJ Comets for the last game of their regular season. The Racers will head to Chicago next week for the NPF Championship. They will play the Comets again on Thursday, August 22 at 7:00 pm in the first game of Championship series.
-Sam Marder hit her fifth home run of the season and is now in a nine-way tie for fourth most home run this season.
– Taylor Schlopy stole her 10th base tonight and is tied for third place in the league in stolen bases.
– Olivia Gallati’s record jumps to (6-10), while Erin Arevalo’s record falls to (0-5).
PRIDE’S 4-1 WIN SETS UP BATTLE FOR FIRST IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE
The Pride entered the series needing to win three of the four games in order to force a tie-breaker for first-place and currently lead the series 2-1. Tomorrow’s game will be the deciding factor on who advances straight into the Championship series.
Former University of Oklahoma standouts Michelle Gascoigne and Keilani Ricketts faced each other in the circle for the first time wearing NPF uniforms. Gascoigne knows a thing or two about pitching in big games as she led the Sooners to a 2013 National Championship FINAL GAME just three months ago. However, Ricketts would ultimately come out victorious, pitching a complete game while only allowing four hits and one run.
The Bandits jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning after Megan Wiggins drew a walk, advanced to second off a fielder’s choice and scored after Kristen Butler’s single drove her in.
Both pitchers dueled through the second and third inning, only allowing one hit and tossing a combined five strikeouts.
A single by Andrea Duran in the fourth jumpstarted the Pride’s offense which went on to score three runs off four hits and take a 3-1 lead. Kristyn Sandberg reached on a fielder’s choice and Francesca Enea followed with a single to put runners on first and second. Megan Willis came through in the clutch again hitting a single up the middle to score Sandberg and tie the game. The Pride took the lead after Charters scored off an error and Natasha Watley hit the team’s fourth single of the inning to score Willis.
The Bandits tried to rally in the sixth inning after Amber Patton led off with a bunt single but the Pride’s defense recorded three straight outs to end the inning unscathed.
USSSA added an insurance run in the seventh when Caitlin Lowe reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and scored off Kelly Kretschman’s single.
Alisa Goler tried to rally her troops late in the seventh inning, hitting a two-out single but the Bandits were unable to capitalize as a fly-out ended the contest and the Pride took game three, 4-1.
The Bandits and Pride play game four tomorrow, Saturday, August 17 with the first pitch set for 7:35 p.m. CDT at the Ballpark at Rosemont.
There are still a limited amount of tickets available, but they can only be purchased at the box office, which opens at 5 p.m. CDT prior to tomorrow’s game.
SITE: Ballpark at Rosemont
SCORE: Pride 4, Bandits 1
RECORDS: Bandits (35-12), Pride (34-13)
NEXT BANDITS GAME: Saturday, August 17 @ 7:35 p.m. vs. USSSA Pride
AKRON RACERS SNAP SKID ON 7TH INNING WALKOFF; BEAT NY/NJ COMETS 6-5