NPF Championship Thursday
August 18, 2011 Sulphur Louisiana
Chicago Bandits 8, Akron Racers 1
The Bandits, behind Monica Abbott’s 3-hitter, won the first of three contest against the Racers to determine which team will advance to the championship round against the winner of the Pride/Diamonds three-game set. Lisa Norris took the loss.
The Racers scored their run, bottom 1st. Sharonda Macdonald led with a walk and scored on Nicole Trimboli’s 1-3 groundout. Taylor Sclopy struck out to end the at-bat, the first of 8 Ks by Abbott.
Bandits tied, top 2nd. Tammy Williams walked. One out, Amber Patton singled. Williams scored on Shannon Doepking’s sac fly. In the bottom, Kelly Montalvo slashed a ground-rule double but was stranded.
The Bandits notched three runs, top 3rd. One out, Danielle Zymkowitz singled, and scored on Alisa Goler’s double. Stacy May-Johnson singles; pinch runner Robin Thompson scores. Two out, Nikki Nemitz walks; Patton singles, May-Johnson scores. The Racers went down in order.
Both sides went down in order in the 4th. The Bandits were 1-2-3 in the 5th; Lisa Modglin doubled with two out for the Racers, but McDonald grounded to Abbott. Both sides failed to reach base in the 6th.
Bandits put the game away with 4 runs, top 7th. Zymkowitz singled, with two out. Goler walked. May-Johnson doubled, scoring Zymkowitz. Alexis Jager in to run. Williams jacked a 3-run homer. In the bottom, Schlopy ground out; Abbott struck out Montalvo and Megan Bush.
Abbott faced 25 batters; 68 of her 101 pitches were strikes. Norris gave up 9 hits; she threw 135 pitches to 35 batters, 81 for strikes.
The Bandits and Racers meet for Game 2 on Friday at 830pm.
NPF Diamonds vs USSSA Pride
SPY waited until 2am, but the NPF scoreboard was stopped after two innings, and NPF did not send an email covering the game.
Spaulding for Diamonds, Lawrie for Pride.
Top 1st Diamonds. Loryn Johnson and Megan Gibson singled, both stranded. Bottom 1st: Natasha Watley and Caitlin Lowe opened with singles. Jessica Mendoza hit by pitch. Bases loaded, Watley scores on passed ball. Lowe scores on Charlotte Morgan sac fly. 2-0 Pride.
J Lobpries singled, GiOnna DiSalvatore walked to put a Diamond runner in scoring position. With two out, Bianca Mejia hits into a fielder’s choice. Charters opened the Pride 2nd with a single. Andea Duran walked. Lowe doubled in two runs. 4-0.