NPF SATURDAY UPDATE
Bandits Avoids Series Sweep, Defeat Racers 2-0
Akron, OH. – June 27, 2015 – The Akron Racers met the Chicago Bandits for their third and final game of the series at Firestone Stadium to face off against Bandits ace, Monica Abbott.
Alison Owen (Mississippi State) opened the game with a promising start for Racers fans, shutting the Bandits down with no hits, no runs and no errors in the first inning.
A strike out by Jill Barrett (Tulsa) and Nerissa Myers (Louisiana at Lafayette) being caught at first turned the pressure on for the clean-up hitter, Hayley Outon(Houston). With Taylor Schlopy (Georgia) on base after a walk, Outon entered the batter’s box in the bottom of the first and fell short of keeping the inning going.
Sonoka Kuniyoshi held the Bandits off of the board for another inning when she caught two fly balls in left field for the Bandits’ last two outs.
The Bandits managed to keep the score at a 0-0 tie at the end of the second inning.
With two Bandits outs, second baseman Ashley Thomas (Georgia Tech) tagged Brenna Moss while sneaking to second in an attempt to steal the base and sent the Bandits back to defense. Unfortunately, the third time is not a charm for the Racers and they don’t make it home in the third inning either.
Motivation arrived for the Racers to get a run in the bottom of the fourth, when Bandits first baseman, Brittany Cervantes, hit a homerun over left field to wake up the crowd for good on this dreary evening. The Bandits followed the homerun up with Tatum Edwards being sent home when Kirsten Verdun hit a single, advancing Tammy Williams to second and pushing Edwards to round third and sprint home. Schlopy threw the ball in from centerfield but it fell just short of home plate, allowing Edwards to score and giving the Bandits a 2 run lead in the bottom of the fourth.
Following the Bandits’ second run in the top of the fourth the Racers switch pitchers, Hannah Campbell (South Alabama) entered the circle for Alison Owen.
The Racers held the Bandits for the remaining three innings, entering the bottom of the seventh inning down just a mere 2 runs. Jessica Garcia, the first batter of the inning, was walked to first. Cassie Tysarczyk (Texas A&M) replaced Garcia on first base. Kuniyoshi hit a single, just tapping the ball for pinch run for the shortstop, advancing Tysarczyk to second.
What seemed to be a promising turn around in the bottom of the seventh was shut down by the persistently strong defense that has been seen by the Bandits throughout the game. The game ended with a 2-0 win for the Chicago Bandits.
Abbott struck out 11 and allowed three hits in the win against the Racers.
The Racers played well tonight, however Coach Levin says that “No lose is a good lose, we just ran into a really good pitcher.” Levin explains that with a “pitcher like Monica Abbott, you have to come in with a better focus.”
Owen picked up the loss for the Racers.
Box Scores –http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=90408
Location – Firestone Stadium, Akron, OH.
Final Score – Racers- 0, Bandits- 2
Records – Akron Racers 8-9, Chicago Bandits 13-4
Next Racers Game –Monday June 29
Chamberlain’s Extra-Inning Homer Gives USSSA 4-2 Victory Over Rebellion
LANCASTER,PA. – June 26, 2015—The Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Pride found themselves in extra innings for the second-straight evening, but a two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning from Lauren Chamberlain was enough to give the Pride the late-night victory by a final score of 4-2 from Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, PA.
USSSA jumped out early to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second when third baseman Andrea Duran notched a solo home run to left-center followed by a sacrifice fly from Chamberlain that plated shortstop Shelby Pendley. The Rebellion answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning when center fielder Courtney Senas hit a sacrifice fly of her own to score designated player Mandy Ogle, who reached base on a hit-by-pitch.
Despite the run in the second, the Rebellion were held hitless against USSSA starter Cat Osterman until the fourth inning when catcher Kristyn Sandberg belted a solo home run to right field to knot the game at 2-2. On the night, Osterman tossed seven innings allowing just one hit, two runs and nine strikeouts.
Osterman’s opponent, Rebellion hurler Emma Johnson was just as dominant in the circle for PA. After the two-run second, Johnson managed to pitch her way out of three situations where the Pride had runners in scoring position. She finished her seven-inning outing allowing seven hits, three walks and tossed three strikeouts.
Neither team was able to score in regulation, forcing extra innings for the second-consecutive night. With the international tiebreaker in effect, Chamberlain broke the stalemate with a 2-1, two out, two-run dinger. The Rebellion were unable to answer in their final hacks, awarding the game to USSSA by a 4-2 final. Haylie Wagner suffered the loss, while Jordan Taylor picked up the win.
Box Score: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=90477&a=1.
Location: Clipper Magazine Stadium, Lancaster, PA.
Score: Pride 4, Rebellion 2
Records: Pride (8-4), Rebellion (5-13)
PA and USSSA will conclude their neutral site series tomorrow, June 27 from Clipper Magazine Stadium at 6:35 p.m. Fans can listen to all of the Rebellion play-by-play via msasports.net/broadcasts or follow along via Twitter @PARebellion.
Outon belts grand slam walk off, Racers defeat the Bandit 5-2
Akron, OH. – June 26, 2015 – The Akron Racers (8-8) triumphed over the Chicago Bandits (12-4) in the second game of the series Friday evening by a score of 5-2. Racers pitcher Lisa Norris (North Carolina) celebrated her 28th birthday with a win against the Bandits picking up her second win of the season. Haley Outon (Houston) hammered a walk-off grand slam with two down in the bottom half of the 7th inning.
“It was a great birthday present for Lisa,” said Outon on her game-winning grand slam. “She gave me a hug; it was great.”
The Racers’ defense started out strong in the first inning. Ashley Thomas (Georgia Tech) snagged a line drive off of Bandits’ Emily Allard’s bat to get the first out. Norris walked Brenna Moss, who was called out at second base on runner interference. Kelley Montalvo (Alabama) grabbed a hard-hit grounder and threw to Kailee Cuico (Oregon) to shut down the Bandits in the first inning.
In the bottom half, the Racers’ Jill Barrett (Tulsa) grounded out to second base and Taylor Schlopy (Georgia) followed with a grounder to the pitcher to get the first two outs. Nerissa Myers (Louisiana Lafayette) singled to first base on a well-placed bunt. Shellie Robinson (USC-Upstate) hit a long fly ball to left field to end the first inning.
In the top of the second, the Bandits got a runner on base when Taylor Edwards singled. Amber Patton reached first base on an error by second baseman Ashley Thomas placing Edwards into scoring position. Schlopy caught a fly ball to left-center to knock down the first out of the inning. Megan doubled down the right field line to plate Edwards. A.J. Andrews had a sacrifice hit to score Patton, making the score 2-0. Barrett grabbed a quick grounder hit by Allard and fired to first to end the inning.
The Racers’ Montalvo began the inning with long fly ball that was snagged in left. Outon and Cuico got shut down at the plate to get the last two outs of the inning.
Bandits player Moss laced a single up the middle to start off the top third. Tammy Williams lined out to Norris. Moss was picked off at first base for the second out inning. After a long fight at the plate, Brittany Cervantes was walked and moved into scoring position with a single to third base by Taylor Edwards. Patton hit a hard short-hopper to third base, fielded cleanly by Montalvo to end the top half.
In the Racers’ half of the third inning, Thomas lost her battle at the plate for the first out. Ayumi Karino grounded out to first for the second out. Barrett reached first on a well-placed bunt. Schlopy brought the inning to an end with another long fly ball to left field.
In the top of the fourth, Barrett could not reach Danielle Zymkowitz’s ground ball before it got to the grass for a single. Blank was hit by a pitch and moved Zymkowitz to second base. Andrews struck out looking. Thomas snatched a grounder by Allard for the second out of the inning. Both Blank and Zymkowitz advanced on the play first. Thomas fielded a grounder by Moss to end the top half of the fourth.
Myers started off the bottom of the fourth smashing a single to centerfield. Robinson hit another long fly out to center to get the first out of the inning. Montalvo blasted a triple down the right field line to plate Myers, cutting the Bandits lead in half. Outon hit a high fly ball that was grabbed by Blank in the first base foul territory. Montalvo was left stranded at third when Jessica Garcia flew out to centerfield to end the fourth.
The Racers’ defense was tough in the fifth inning. Thomas nabbed a hard-hit grounder to second and flipped it to Cuico to retire Williams. Montalvo seized a hot grounder and fired to first to cut down Cervantes. Karino made the inning-ending play by capturing a long fly ball to right.
Thomas began the bottom half of the fifth with a slap to shortstop Tammy Williams who fired to first for the first out of the inning. Karino walked and moved second on a hit up the middle by Barrett. Schlopy struck out swinging. Myers walked to load the bases. Robinson shot a fly ball to left field for the third out leaving the runners on base and ending the inning.
Starting the top of the sixth inning, the Bandits’ Patton singled to left field. Zymkowitz moved Patton to second base with a sacrifice bunt. The Racers’ Karino caught a fly ball in right to retire Blank to get the second out of the inning. Natalie Hernandez pinch hit for Andrews. Hernandez struck out looking.
Montalvo dropped a hit into short-center to start off the bottom half of the sixth. Outon reached first on a fielder’s choice while Montalvo was gunned down out at second. Jennifer Gilbert, pinch hitting for Cuico, was hit by a pitch, advancing Outon to second base. Thomas popped up to centerfield for the second out of the inning. Karino marooned Outon and Gilbert on base with her first strike out of the night to end the sixth inning.
In the top of the seventh, Montalvo snagged a line drive at third hit by Allard to get the first out. Barrett caught a high fly ball to retire Moss. Williams reached first base on a single to centerfield. Williams stole second base. Outon tagged Williams out at home after attempting to score on a Cervantes infield pop fly.
Barrett led off the bottom half of the seventh inning with a double to the right field. Schlopy hit a pop fly to centerfield for out number one. Myers walked to put the winning run on the base-path. Robinson grounder to third base loaded the bases when the Bandits infield failed to record an out. Montalvo popped out to short leftfield for the second out. Outon slammed a towering grand slam to give the Racers 5-2 come-from-behind victory.
“You just try to do whatever you can for the team,” said Outon. She stayed calm and relaxed up at the plate, making her walk-off all the more enjoyable. “I just wanted to do it for them.”
Box Scores – http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?a=1&id=90407
Location – Firestone Stadium, Akron, OH.
Final Score – Racers- 5, Bandits- 2
Records – Akron Racers 8-8, Chicago Bandits 12-4
Next Racers Game –Saturday, June 27 at 7:05pm