8-5-2013 Spy August 5 Update


Racers Fall to USSSA Pride 12-4

Akron, OH – August 4, 2013
– During the last two series between the Akron Racers and USSSA Pride, the teams have traded wins, and Sunday was no exception to the familiar pattern. 

One day after the Racers limited Florida to one run and handed Cat Osterman just her third loss of the season, the Pride exploded for 13 hits in the 12-4 victory.


The Pride took an early advantage, claiming a 3-0 edge in the top of the second. After a pair of walks and a fielding error loaded the bases for the Pride, Megan Willis made the Racers pay with a two-RBI single down the left field line. Natasha Watley also came through for Florida, pushing an RBI single past the glove of second baseman Tess Sito.


Florida struck again in the third, tagging the Racers for six runs off five hits. The Racers called to the bullpen during the inning after the Pride combined for three hits and a run off starting pitcher Hillary Bach. The team wasted little time against reliever Ivy Renfroe, though, as Ashley Charters sent out her sixth home run of the season, pushing the Pride’s lead to 9-0.


Ricketts kept the Racers off the board through the first two innings, but Akron was able to break through for a three-run third inning. The Racers loaded the bases after Ricketts hit former University of Oklahoma teammate Brianna Turang and gave up a pair of singles to Jessica Garica and Ayumi Karino. Kaylyn Castillo, Sam Marder  and Brigette Del Ponte kept the rally alive for the Racers, stringing together a pair of RBI singles and a sacrifice fly.


The Pride wasn’t satisfied with the 9-3 advantage, though, and added a run in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings. Erin Arevalo entered in relief in the top of the fifth and allowed two runs off four hits.


Rookie Chelsea Thomas replaced Ricketts in the fourth and pitched one scoreless inning but was unable to contain the Racers in the fifth.


Karino led off in the inning with her second single of the day, then quickly moved to third on a fielding error by Jenn Salling Castillo’s sacrifice fly to left field brought home the fourth and final run for the Racers.


With the loss, the Racers fall to 14-24 on the season but will look to bounce back against the Pride at 7:05 p.m. Monday at Firestone Stadium.



– The Pride utilized their bullpen in the 12-4 victory, using Keilani Ricketts, Chelsea Thomas, Blaire Luna and Jordan Taylor.

– Sam Marder went 3-4 during the contest, improving her season batting average to. 257.

– Thomas earned her first win for the Pride. She is now 1-1 during her rookie season.



USA Softball announces dates for 2013 National Coaching Schools


OKLAHOMA CITY –The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today the host cities for two USA Softball National Coaching Schools presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance in the coming months. The schools, which feature instruction from current and former USA Softball Women’s National Team coaches, will take place in Reynoldsburg, Ohio Sept. 6-8, 2013, and Livermore, Calif. Nov. 22 – Nov 24, 2013.

To download an application, please click here.

The schools feature first-hand instruction from members of the USA Softball Women’s National Team coaching staff including Head Coach Ken Eriksen (University of South Florida) and assistant Mike White (University of Oregon). Portions of the school will also feature former USA Softball Women’s National Team Head Coach turned USA Softball Director of Coaching Education Mike Candrea (University of Arizona). Candrea led the program to a Gold and Silver Medal at the Olympic Games as well as numerous other medals in international competition before retiring from his USA Softball coaching duties in 2008.

After the opening of the school on Friday, Eriksen will address the audience on the state of USA Softball and his time with the USA Softball Women’s National Team. Other Friday classes are “Beginning Pitching” with White and “Practice Organization” with Candrea.

Saturday and Sunday’s instruction includes classes on both defense and offense as well as base running, hitting, pitching and fielding. Candrea will also speak on the Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports program. The National Coaching School concludes Sunday morning with a question and answer session with the staff.


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