Scrap Yard Dawgs Move Onto Championship Finals
BATON ROUGE (August 18, 2017) – The Scrap Yard Dawgs got a late run on a bases loaded walk in the fifth inning and that proved to be the difference in a 4-3 win over the Akron Racers Friday at the NPF Championships at LSU’s Tiger Park.
The win advances the Dawgs to the NPF best-of-3 championships series on Saturday night at 7 p.m. against either the USSSA Pride or the Chicago Bandits who were playing the late game on Friday. The Dawgs won two consecutive games over the Racers in their semifinal, winning 4-1 on Thursday.
For the second straight game, after throwing a one-hitter on Thursday, Monica Abbott picked up the win to run her record to 19-3. Abbott came in as the third pitcher for the Pride, pitching 3.2 innings with eight strikeouts, giving her 22 for the two games. The Dawgs are now 33-18.
Megan Betsa, who put what would be the winning run on base, took the loss to go to 3-8. The Racers finish at 26-26.
In the fifth, Nerissa Myers walked and Akron brought in former LSU pitcher Rachele Fico to the circle. Myers was replaced on the field by Allexis Bennett on a fielder’s choice. Brittany Cervantes walked and then Taylor Edwards was hit by pitch to load the bases. Kasey Cooper then walked to score Bennett with the go-ahead run.
The Dawgs scored a solo run in the first on a Cervantes single and got two in the second on a two-run single by Myers.
The Racers would then get three of their own – two coming on a two-run homer to right field by Sami Fagan in the third and a single by Griffin Joiner in the third.
That set up the Dawgs go-ahead run and then Abbott got four strikeouts and two fly balls over the final two innings to seal the win and advancement to the championship series.