June 25 NPF Roundup
Hawkins and Offense Lead the Charge to Victory
San Antonio, TX (June 24, 2016) – The Dallas Charge scored nine runs in their first at bat and rookie Cheridan Hawkins got her first NPF win, tossing a two-hit shutout in route to a 10-0 victory over the Chicago Bandits Friday night at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. The win stops the Charge’s 10-game league losing skid.
Hawkins was extremely efficient for the Charge, throwing just 73 pitches in seven innings of work, 51 for strikes. The Oregon alum faced only two hitters over the minimum. She walked one and struck out five. It was the 2016 PAC-12 Pitcher of the Year’s first NPF win in the circle.
Charge shortstop Renada Davis and catcher Kaylyn Castillo each homered in the effort. Dallas racked up 10 hits in total. Six of the 10 runs were scored off Bandit’s starter Lacey Waldrop, who lasted just one-third of an inning. Tatum Edwards relieved Waldrop with one out in the bottom of the first. Edwards would go the rest of the way for the Bandits.
Eight different Charge batters reached via a hit. Both Davis and Castillo tallied two hits a piece. Castillo drove in three. Davis and Lauren Haeger both knocked in two.
The Charge sent 13 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the first, giving themselves an insurmountable 9-0 lead. Dallas added one more in the second on a walk and two singles to push the lead to 10 and end the scoring.
The Charge improved to 5-11. Chicago dropped to 9-9. The two teams will face off again Saturday night at St. Mary’s to conclude the two-game set.
LOCATION: The Ballfields at Craig Ranch, McKinney, TX 75070
FINAL SCORE: Charge 10, Bandits 0
RECORDS: Charge (5-11), Bandits (9-9)
USSSA Pride Outlast Rebellion in Extra Innings
Allentown, PA (June 24, 2016) – Over 3,700 fans packed Coca-Cola Park Friday to watch the Pennsylvania Rebellion and the USSSA Pride play the second game in as many nights from Allentown, PA. It took extras, but the Pride outlasted the Rebellion, 4-3, in 8 innings to sweep the two-game series.
The Pride wasted no time jumping out in front when Shortstop Shelby Pendley hammered her 4th homer of the season in the top of the 1st. The solo shot gave the Pride a 1-0 lead.
The Rebellion responded immediately in the bottom of the 1st inning on a two-out RBI single from Rookie Right Fielder Lexie Elkins, and the game was tied at 1-1.
The Pride came right back in the top of the 2nd with another solo shot, this time off the bat of the Designated Player Lauren Chamberlain. Her first home run of the season regained the lead for the USSSA, 2-1.
The Pride would add to the advantage in the top of the 3rd. Rookie Second Baseman Sierra Romero singled home Right Fielder Kelly Kretschman, who stole 2nd to get into scoring position, and the score was 3-1 Pride.
The Rebellion battled back once again in the bottom of the 3rd. After Second Baseman Kayla Winkfield and Third Baseman Stacey Porter reached consecutively from errors by Sierra Romero at 2nd to start the inning, the Rebellion were in business. A fielder’s choice from First Baseman Alisa Goler scored the first run of the inning. It was followed by an RBI groundout by Catcher Kristyn Sandberg a few batters later, and the game was knotted at 3-3.
The Pride threatened in the 5th and were able to load the bases with only one out. Rebellion Pitcher Emily Weiman danced out of trouble, though, by getting Missy Taukeiaho to ground one right back to the circle, which started an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play.
A few minor scoring threats the rest of the way were not enough to decide anything and the game went to extra innings.
In the top of the 8th, Left Fielder Kirsti Merritt was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, and came across to score the go-ahead run when First Baseman Hallie Wilson singled to center field. For the game-winning RBI, Hallie Wilson was named the Powerhandz Player of the game.
Pride Pitcher Jordan Taylor entered in the 8th and set down the Rebellion in order to pick up the save, and finished off the victory for USSSA.
The PA Rebellion (7-13) will have a few days off before hitting the road on Tuesday for a pair of games in Ohio with the Akron Racers. For the USSSA Pride (10-3), they are back in action tomorrow evening in Akron against the Racers. As always you can catch all the action on NPFTV at profastpitch.com.
SY Dawgs Take Game Three Against Chicago Bandits
The Woodlands, TX (June 23, 2016) – The Dawgs took on the Chicago Bandits for the final game of the series.
Monica Abbott and Sara Moulton battled it out in the circle for three innings, with both teams remaining scoreless until the Dawgs scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Emily Crane led it off with a walk and Britt Vonk beat the throw to first to put two Dawgs on base. Emilee Koerner followed with a sac bunt to move the runners into scoring position. Moulton intentionally walked Nerissa Myers to load the bases and bring up Christian Stokes. A passed ball went by Bandits catcher Kellsi Kloss, to score the first run for the Dawgs (0-1). Stokes laid down the second sac bunt of the inning and scored Vonk and then Taylore Fuller had the third sac bunt of the inning to score Myers (0-3).
The rally continued in the fifth inning with Breja’e Washington beating out the throw from second base and Amanda Fama reaching base on a fielder’s choice. Crane followed with a triple to left center to bring in Washington and Fama to put two more runs on the board for the Dawgs (0-5). Morgan Foley entered the circle for the Bandits and a throwing error by Kloss to third base, allowed Crane to score (0-6). The Dawgs bats were on fire and Christian Stokes continued the rally with a triple to right field to bring in two runs (0-8).
The Dawgs defense held the Bandits and Abbott had five strikeouts. Sara Driesenga entered in relief for Abbott and finished the game.
The Dawgs took game three against the Bandits. The Scrap Yard Dawgs will face the Dallas Charge in Colorado for a three game series June 28th through June 30th.
Player of the Game: Emily Crane
Rebellion Falls to Pride 6-3
Allentown, PA (June 23, 2016) – After three games in Washington, PA, the Pennsylvania Rebellion and the USSSA Pride headed east for a two game series in Allentown, PA at Coca-Cola Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies AAA affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. The Pride rallied late to surpass the Rebellion and take the victory tonight, 6-3.
The Rebellion were the first team to hit the scoresheet. After three scoreless innings, Center Fielder Lindsey Stephens got things started with her RBI single that scored Catcher Kristyn Sandberg. A few batters later, Mandy Ogle came to the plate as a pinch hitter and promptly rocketed a two-run single to left and the Rebellion were out to a 3-0 lead.
The Pride started on the comeback trail in the 5th with a single run coming across to score on a double off the bat of Shortstop Shelby Pendley, and it was 3-1 PA.
The Pride rally would come to full fruition in the top of the 6th. A pair of runs scored on a single from Third Baseman Missy Taukeiaho to tie the game at 3-3. That was followed by the go-ahead base knock by the veteran Right Fielder Kelly Kretschman to make it 4-3. When Kretschman stole second, that allowed Center Fielder Megan Wiggins to sneak home from third and push another run across. A fifth run in the inning scored when Shelby Pendley hit her second RBI single of the game and made it 6-3 Pride.
Kelly Kretschman finished 2-for-3 with two singles, the game-winning RBI, and a stolen base. For that performance, Kretschman was awarded the honor of Powerhandz Player of the Game.
A bright spot for the Rebellion came with the strong effort from starting pitcher Miranda Kramer. Kramer tossed four scoreless frames and allowed just 3 hits.
Haylie Wagner came in the game in relief of Kramer and picked up the loss pitching 1.2 innings and giving up the lead in the 6th. Dallas Escobedo entered in the 6th and recorded the final four outs for the Rebellion.
The PA Rebellion (7-12) and the USSSA Pride (9-3) will conclude the series from the Lehigh Valley tomorrow evening. Game 2 from Coca-Cola Park starts at 7:05pm. You can catch all the action on NPFTV at profastpitch.com.