AUGUST 9 SPY UPDATE
USA claims Gold at Mayor’s Cup; Set sights on Pan American Games/World Championship Qualifier
(NOTE: Several teams have dropped out of the qualifier resulting in schedule changes. An updated schedule has yet to be announced.)
2013 Women’s Cumulative Stats
San Juan, Puerto Rico – The U.S. claimed its first Gold Medal of the 2013 season in an anti-climatic turn of events as rain caused a cancellation of the Championship Game at the Mayor’s Cup in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After several days of inclement weather, tournament officials determined that the remaining medal rounds would be cancelled with the No. 1 seed USA taking the gold. Cuba, who finished round-robin action as the No. 2 seed, came away with silver while Canada took the bronze.
The team had an impressive showing at the Mayor’s Cup despite rain delays and game cancellations. The Red, White and Blue outscored opponents 30 – 8 with the pitching staff combining for a 1.88 ERA. The offense continued to roll as the team collected 26 hits for a .299 batting average.
Aimee Creger (Yukon, Okla.) and Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) led the U.S. pitching staff with no hits and no runs allowed. In one inning pitched, Arioto struck out two batters, while Creger threw three hitless innings to close out a 5-1 game against Argentina and two hitless innings to close out a 10-1 run-rule of Puerto Rico. Sara Nevins (Pineallas Park, Fla.) finished the Mayor’s Cup with a 2-0 record and a 2.33 ERA. Nevins issued five hits through six innings pitched, allowing two runs and striking out eight. Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) collected the most innings pitched for the U.S., throwing 7 and two-thirds innings over two games played. Moore earned the win in USA’s 4-1 win over Cuba, and allowed nine hits and three runs while striking out two batters for a 1.82 ERA. Cheridan Hawkins (Anderson, Calif.) leads the pitching staff with 13 strikeouts through six and one-third innings pitched. Hawkins, who finished the tournament with a 1-0 record, got the win against Canada (11-5) and allowed just five hits and three runs for a 3.31 ERA.
Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas) had a team-high nine RBI during the tournament with three hits, two of which by way of a triple, for a .375 batting average. Arioto and Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo.) both collected a home run each with Arioto leading the offense with a .500 batting average and five RBI while Hudson finished the Mayor’s Cup with a .400 average.
Next up for USA Softball is the Pan American Games/World Championship Qualifier, which is slated to begin on August 10. Originally scheduled to open the qualifier at 2:30 p.m. EST against Peru, several teams have dropped out of the tournament resulting in a change of schedule which has yet to be released. For the most up-to-date tournament schedule, please follow along with ASA/USA Softball’s Facebook and Twitter pages, as we will announce the schedule as it becomes available. You can also visit the official tournament website, or visit USASoftball.com for more information. Live stats and streaming will be available throughout the event and links can be found at USASoftball.com.
OSTERMAN’S 16TH WIN
Kissimmee, FL- August 9, 2013 – The USSSA Pride recorded their 30th win of the season on Friday night with a 4-0 win over the NY/NJ Comets at Osceola County Stadium in the second game of a four game series in Kissimmee.
Cat Osterman (16-2) was dominant once again in the circle for the Pride, allowing only one hit and recording 16 strikeouts. It was Osterman’s league leading 16th win of the season.
The Pride wouldn’t waste any time, scoring in the first inning. GiOnna DiSalvatore would single home Caitlin Lowe give the Pride a 1-0 lead. Andrea Duran’s sacrifice fly to center would bring home Kelly Kretschman, making it 2-0 going into the second.
Osterman would strike out 11 batters until giving up her first hit of the game to Amanda Kamekona in the fifth inning. Osterman struck out Amy Hooks in the next at bat to give her 12 strikeouts after five innings.
GiOnna DiSalvatore struck again in the fifth, hitting a two run homerun to deep center, bringing home Watley who had singled earlier in the inning. The Pride held a 4-0 lead after five.
DiSalvatore’s home run would be all the Pride would need, winning 4-0 to keep the Pride in the hunt for first place. DiSalvatore would add more RBI to her total tonight, going 3-3 with three RBI for the Pride. Megan Willis and Natasha Watley also added a couple hits a piece for the Pride.
Osterman (16-3) would get the win, finishing with 16 strikeouts, two walks and giving up only one hit.
Olivia Galati (5-10) would suffer her 10th loss of the season. She would give up ten hits, 4 runs, walk a batter and strike out four.
The USSSA Pride (30-12) and the NY/NJ Comets (8-34) meet again for a double header on Saturday night at 5:35PM and 8:35PM. Don’t miss exclusive coverage on USSSALive.com.
AKRON RACERS FALL TO CHICAGO BANDITS, 3-1
AKRON, OH – August 9, 2013 – It would have been understandable if Racers fans thought they were in Knoxville, Tennessee after looking at the pitching lineup tonight. The former Lady Vol and NPF veteran, Monica Abbott, took the circle for the Chicago Bandits, while the former Lady Vol and NPF rookie, Ivy Renfroe pitched for Akron. But, it was the veteran who got the best of the rookie in Chicago’s 3-1 victory in tonight’s game.
Ivy Renfroe got off to a shaky start – she began the game by hitting Chicago’s leadoff batter, Megan Wiggins, on the third pitch of the game. She was able to get the next two batters out, but then Kristen Butler hit a long single into right field to bring Wiggins home and give the Bandits an early 1-0 lead.
However, Renfroe became more comfortable as the game progressed; she went three up–three down in the second inning. In the third, she gave up a leadoff hit to Kazuki Watanabe and a two out single to Alisa Goler but did not allow the Bandits to capitalize, even after Watanabe stole third. Renfroe gave up five hits in the next five innings, but she was able to hold the Bandits to just one run.
Throughout the game, the Racers struggled to take advantage of leadoff hits in their innings. Castillo lead off with a double in the second inning to give the Racers their first hit of the game but after Sam Marder struck out, Jessica Garcia hit into a double play to end the inning. In the bottom of the third, Brigette Del Ponte led off the team with a long double into centerfield. Then, she made it to third on a passed ball before Aja Paculba reached on a walk to put Racers on the corners for Ayumi Karino but Karino flew out to third for the first out. Then Paculba was caught trying to steal second and Taylor Schlopy struck out for the final out.
Finally, with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Kaylyn Castillo sent a long one over the centerfield fence and tied the game at 1-1. But Abbott responded to the homer with her third strike out of the game as she sent Sam Marder back to the dugout on four pitches.
But in the top of the sixth inning, Kristen Butler lead off for the Bandits and was able to take Renfroe to a full count before she sent a ball deep past the centerfield fence to give the Bandits a 2-1 lead. Tammy Williams followed the homerun with a long double before Rachele Fico came in on relief pitching. Renfroe threw for 5.0 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits, while walking none and striking out one.
Fico was able to turn Amber Patton into the first out, but Williams advanced to third on the play. She followed by walking Pohlman and with runners on the corners, Nerissa Myers laid down a bunt to bring Williams in to score. The Bandits held onto their 3-1 lead for the rest of the game. Fico pitched 2.0 innings of scoreless ball and had just one hit, a walk, and zero strikeouts.
Throughout the game, Renfroe and Fico got a great deal of help from the Racers gloves. Schlopy and Karino made a couple great catches in the outfield and Montalvo and Del Ponte made some solid stops in the infield.
Monica Abbott threw for seven innings and gave up one run on three hits to go along with two walks and seven strike outs. However, Abbott received a lot of help from her fielders, as well. In the Racers half of the first inning, Taylor Schlopy almost tied the game at one run apiece, but she was robbed of a home run as Kimi Pohlman snagged the ball right as it made it over the left field fence. Tammy Williams played solid defense at shortstop and made some nice stops and Amber Patton made a great diving catch at third to record an out in foul territory.
The Racers return to action tomorrow, Saturday, August 10 against the Chicago Bandits for a two game double header. The first game will be the rescheduled game from Thursday which was called due to the weather and it begins at 4:05 pm. The second game is the originally scheduled 7:05 game. The Racers and Bandits will also 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 proider for more information.
– Renfroe is charged with the loss and her record drops to 3-7. Monica Abbott recieves the win and her record improves to 15-4.
– Kaylyn Castillo, who scored the Racers only run, went 2-2 with 1 run and 1 RBI.
– The Racers are 1-13 against the Bandits this season.
Pride Defeat Comets 4-2, Sarah Pauly Gets 10 K’s
|KISSIMMEE, FL – August 8, 2013 – The USSSA Pride recorded their 29th win of the season with a 4-2 victory over the NY/NJ Comets at Osceola County Stadium Thursday night in game one of the four-game series, their final home series of the season.Pride pitcher Sarah Pauly shined against NY/NJ’s Angel Bunner, allowing only five hits and dishing out ten strikeouts in seven complete innings.The Comets struck first with a solo homerun to left center from Brittney Lindley in the fourth inning, but it didn’t take the Pride long to fire back; Kristyn Sandberg and Ashley Charters scored on a double from Caitlin Lowe, who went 3-4 with three RBIs, in the bottom half of the inning, which was immediately followed by Natasha Watley scoring on a pass ball, giving the Pride a 3-1 lead.
Lindley (2-2) scored on a double to center field from Courtney Liddle in the sixth inning, bringing the Comets back within one run, but a double from Lowe in the same inning scored Jenn Salling, which would be the final run of the ballgame, giving the Pride a 4-2 win.
Bunner pitched six full innings, allowing seven walks and four runs on seven hits, though she struck out four Pride hitters.
Along with Lowe, it was a big night at the plate for USSSA’s Francesca Enea as well, going 2-3.
Thursday night’s win puts the Pride just one game behind the first place Chicago Bandits in the NPF standings.
The USSSA Pride (29-12) and NY/NJ Comets (8-33) meet again for game two of the series Friday night at 7:05 p.m. Don’t miss exclusive coverage on USSSAlive.com.