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7-23-2017 Chargers Defeat Beijing on Saturday

SAN MARCOS, TX (July 22, 2017) — After two tough losses, the Texas Charge got back into the win column with a 6-0 victory over Beijing Saturday night at Bobcat Softball Field.

The Charge got the clutch hits to build an early lead and rode two-hit pitching of Dallas Escobedo. The Charge starter, who carried a no-hitter through six innings in last Wednesday’s 5-3 loss to Akron, was even stronger, striking out 13 and allowing three baserunners.

The Charge gave her a cushion, building an early 3-0 lead and adding insurance in the sixth.

Bailey Landry started the scoring with a one-out single in the second. She stole second and raced home when Kristyn Sandberg laced a single to left.

Nadia Taylor zapped a solo home run in the third. In the fourth, Sandberg singled. Haley Outon took over the base-running chores and moved to third on Renada Davis’ double before crossing the plate on a wild pitch.

Sandberg played a part in the Charge’s run in the sixth when she walked and scored on Mysha Sataraka’s double. New Braunfels’ products Brittany Gomez and Mandy Ogle followed with singled that led to runs.

During Escobedo’s last outing, the Charge collapsed in the seventh as Akron tied the score with a three-run home before scoring the winning runs in the eighth.

The Charge had a little tension again as a single and error enabled Beijing to stage a potential rally. Escobedo got through the ordeal, wrapping up the game with a strikeout.
Quick Facts

Attendance: 134

Game Time: 7:05 PM CT

Vaultz® Lock it Up! ® Player of the Game: Dallas Escobedo (Texas Charge)

 

7-23-2017 Dawgs, Abbott Defeat Racers on Saturday

Vonk, Cervantes Pace Dawgs in Win against Racers

 

Conroe, TX (July 22, 2017) – Britt Vonk kept her hot streak alive at the plate for the Scrap Yard Dawgs on Saturday, driving in a pair of runs to help the Dawgs grab the 3-1 victory against the Akron Racers. The Dawgs have won nine of their last ten games.

 

The former Cal-Berkeley standout has been on a tear offensively of late for the Dawgs, going 4-for-7 yesterday in Sugarland against the Beijing-Shougang Eagles – and in the last three games has four RBIs.

 

Monica Abbott was stellar in the circle once again for the Dawgs, striking out 12 in getting win number 12 on the year. The lefty hurler allowed one run on four hits while walking three in the complete-game victory.

 

For the Racers, AJ Andrews started the game with a leadoff bunt single, but her attempt to steal second was thwarted by Dawgs catcher Taylor Edwards, whose perfect throw got Andrews out at second.

 

The Dawgs jumped on top right away in the bottom of the first inning after Nerissa Myers was hit by a Jailyn Ford offering to get on board. Brittany Cervantes then ripped a ball into the gap in left center just beyond a diving Andrews for the double. Myers was able to score all the way from first base for the first run of the game and a 1-0 lead. The Cervantes RBI is her tenth as a Dawg. Myers continues to find a way to get on base – the Petal Miss. native has reached base in 11 straight games.

 

Dawgs coach Joe Guthrie said the Dawgs’ approach at the plate has been a huge factor in its winning ways of late.

 

“I think offensively, we are doing a better job of putting the ball in play and our strikeout numbers have been lower than they were, say, at the beginning of the year. Usually a team that wins the strikeout battle is the team who is in a good spot to win the game,” Guthrie said. “We still have some spots to improve overall, but that has been something that has been better.”

 

In the top of the fourth, it was Andrews again who tried to provide the spark offensively for the Racers. The former LSU standout drew a leadoff walk and moved over to second base on the sacrifice by Ashley Thomas. Andrews advanced to third base on a wild pitch. After Shellie Robinson reached first on the free pass, the Racers had runners on the corners for Nicole Schroeder. Abbott was able to get Schroeder out swinging to get out of the inning unscathed.

 

Vonk, who played hero in last night’s game against the Beijing Eagles, came through in a big way again for the Dawgs in the bottom of the fourth. Cervantes got things going with a single to left center. The University of Kentucky product went 2-for-2 on the day for the Dawgs. After a deep fly ball by Katiyana Mauga let pinch runner Olivia Watkins reach second base, Kayla Winkfield drew a walk to put two runners aboard. A double steal moved Watkins and Winkfield over 60 feet to set the table for Vonk, who ripped a ball up the gut for the two-RBI single and a 3-0 Dawg lead. The Enschede, Holland native went 2-for-3 on the night and has racked up 14 RBIs on the year for the Dawgs.

 

For the Racers, Ford took the loss in the circle, allowing two runs on three hits, walking one in 3.1 innings of work. Emily Weiman tossed 2.2 innings of relief and allowed one run on two hits. Weiman struck out four.

 

Andrews helped the Racers get on the board in the top of the sixth inning. She took the first pitch from Abbott over the right field wall for a home run to cut the lead to 3-1. It was the Oldsmar, Fla. native’s second homer of the year.

 

The win puts the Dawgs at 19-11 on the year and gives them a bit more breathing room in the standings from the Racers, who drop to 19-17.

 

The Dawgs and Racers square off once against tomorrow at the Dawg Pound in Conroe with the first pitch slated for 1:05 pm CT.

 

Quick Facts

Attendance: 183

Duration: 1:55

Vaultz® Lock It Up!® Player of the Game: Brittany Cervantes (Scrap Yard Dawgs)

7-19-2017 Akron 5, Charge 3

SAN MARCOS, TX (July 19, 2017) — For six innings, it appeared the Texas Charge was on the verge of doing something special Wednesday night.

Not only did the Charge have a three-run lead, pitcher Dallas Escobedo carried a no-hitter against Akron into the final inning. Then it all came crashing down.

Sam Fischer delivered a game-tying three-run home run in the seventh and followed with a two-run single in the eighth to rally Akron to a 5-3 win at Bobcat Softball Stadium.

The Charge (16-17), coming off a 4-1 win over Akron Tuesday, had everything under control so it seemed. Escobedo allowed one baserunner through six innings and struck out 11.

In addition, Nadia Taylor ripped a three-run home run in the sixth to put the Charge in front.

Akron (18-16) delivered the spoiler.

A.J. Andrews broke up the no-hitter with a lead-off single. After a walk to Jennifer Gilbert, Fischer tied things up with her bases-clearing blast.

In the eighth, Kristen Wyckoff struck out, but reached first on a passed ball. A bunt moved her to second and Andrews drew a walk.

Fischer followed through with her two-run single.

The Charge attempted a rally in the bottom of the inning when Bailey Landry singled and Alisa Goler was safe on an error.

However, Akron pitcher Rachel Fico came in relief to end the game with a strikeout.

The Charge and Racers play Friday in Sugar Land.

Quick Facts

Attendance: 113

Game Time: 7:05 PM CT

Vaultz® Lock it Up! ® Player of the Game: Sam Fischer (Akron Racers)

 

7-21-2017 Team USA Wins Two in Tuscaloosa

USA Softball Women’s National Team earns 9-1, 7-0 run-rule victories at Tuscaloosa doubleheader

July 20, 2017, 11:30 p.m. (ET)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — In front of approximately 2,000 fans at Rhoads Stadium sporting their Red, White and Blue, the USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) claimed back-to-back victories over the Alabama All-Stars in their doubleheader Thursday, USA Softball announced.

“Tonight was a real good indication of how good our pitching staff can be,” said Head Coach Ken Eriksen. “They’re very efficient, effective and economical, and our catchers did a great job with controlling that tempo and giving our team a chance to score first by keeping the Alabama All-Stars at zero. We also had some timely hitting and everybody looked comfortable at the plate.”

Game One: USA 9, Alabama All-Stars 1 (six innings)

Box Score

It didn’t take long for the Red, White and Blue to get on the board Thursday evening after jumping out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning. Leading off the bottom of the first frame with a single was Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.) who stole second and quickly advanced to third on a single by Michelle Moutlrie (Jacksonville, Fla.). An RBI single by Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) brought McCleney home to score Team USA’s first run of the night.  Following a few errors by the Alabama All-Star defense and a fly out to center field, Moultrie and Chidester extended the lead, 3-0. Ali Aguilar (Orangevale, Calif.) capped off the inning and added to the lead with a solo shot sent over the left field fence.

A home run by Moultrie in the bottom of the second stretched the lead to 5-0 before the Alabama All-Stars answered back with a run of their own in the top half of the third inning. Back-to-back singles by Kasey Cooper (Dothan, Ala.) and Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.) led off the bottom of the third before McCleney grounded into a fielder’s choice to put runners on the corners for Team USA. Jazmyn Jackson (San Jose, Calif.) entered as a pinch runner for Cooper and was then brought home on a groundout by Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.).

Ahead 6-1, the U.S. wrapped up their run-rule victory in the bottom of the sixth on a three-run blast from Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.), handing the USA Softball WNT a 9-1 win over the Alabama All-Stars.

Moultrie went 3-for-3 at the plate, while Arioto recorded four RBI. Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) got the win in the circle for Team USA, pitching three and two-third innings, allowing just one run on four hits. Delanie Gourley (Lakeside, Calif.) pitched the fourth inning, striking out one with no hits while Barnhill picked up three strikeouts in her one and one-third innings pitched.

Game Two: USA 7, Alabama All-Stars 0 (five innings)

Box Score

The U.S. continued their momentum into Game Two of the doubleheader exhibition series, capitalizing on a five-run second inning to take a sizeable lead early on and earn the 7-0 shutout win over the Alabama All-Stars.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the second when the U.S. once again found their rhythm. A pair of walks issued to Hannah Flippen (San Diego, Calif.) and Aubree Munro (Brea, Calif.) and a single by Jenna Lilley (North Canton, Ohio) loaded the bases for the Red, White and Blue. Morgan Zerkle (Milton, W. Va.) then drew a walk to plate Flippen before a grand slam by Aguilar stretched the score to a comfortable 5-0 lead.

The score remained 5-0 until the bottom of the fourth when Paige Halstead (Alta Loma, Calif.) hit a two-out single before coming around to score off a double by Cooper. With the 6-0 advantage, Lilley sealed the victory in the bottom of the sixth frame with a solo shot to right field to finish the 7-0 (five innings) shutout.

Both Cooper and Lilley went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Aguilar posted four RBI. Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.) got the win in the circle for Team USA, pitching four scoreless innings with six strikeouts and one hit allowed, while Danielle O’Toole (Upland, Calif.) induced three groundouts in her one inning pitched.

The USA Softball WNT is back in action Saturday, July 22 to play an exhibition doubleheader at Jane B. Moore Field against a team comprised of additional Alabama All-Stars. The Red, White and Blue continue their preparation for the Pan American Championship, which will be held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic August 4-13, where the top five finishing countries will qualify for the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship and the 2019 Pan American Games.

Fans can follow along with the National Team program by visiting USASoftball.com.

7-20-2017 Pride 3, Chargers 0

Viera, FL (June 20, 2017) – Lightning was not the only thing rocking the Space Coast, as the USSSA Pride (25-6) thundered past the Chicago Bandits (16-16) on a rainy Thursday evening at the Space Coast Stadium. A solo shot in the second by Lauren Chamberlain opened up the score for the Pride, who remained ahead for the entire game and ultimately topped the 2016 Cowles Cup Champs, 3-0.

After the game, the Pride and the Bandits united to participate in “So You Think You Can Hit?”, a fundraising idea for pediatric cancer research created and carried on by former Wolverine Jordan Taylor, who is also the founder of the FIGHT- charity program for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. All the money will be donated to Emma’s Art Cart and Mott Children’s Hospital, for more information fans can visit the website victors.us/Jordan_for_Mott.

Keilani Ricketts (7-3) took the circle for the Pride and collected eight strikeouts against 21 batters faced within 5.1 innings pitched, while allotting no walks and four hits for no runs. The 2013 USA Softball Collegiate pitcher of the year is currently one of the most dominating pitchers in the league, as she sits in first within the 2017 NPF leaderboard for strike percentage, counting a 71.0 average. With her seventh win, Ricketts accumulates an impressive 1.4 ERA garnished by 49 strikeouts and solely 8 walks in 50.0 innings pitched. Entering in the sixth as a reliever, Kelsey Nunley (6-1, 1) closed the game for USSSA and earning a save, recording two strikeouts and only one hit in 1.2 innings pitched.

Going 2-for-3 with two RBI, Chamberlain led the USSSA offense, and enlarged her seasonal home run record by two, recording her sixth and seventh home run in back-to-back appearances. The NCAA All-Time Home Run Record holder has one of the highest slugging percentages within the NPF, as she currently counts a .627 percentage. Moreover, Chamberlain counts 21 RBI, the third best in the Pride leaderboard. With her .277 batting average, the former Sooner has collected 23 hits, eight of which are doubles.

USSSA struck first in the second, where a solo bomb by Chamberlain brought the Pride on the scoreboard, 1-0. As the third came around, Sierra Romero increased the Pride stretch with a triple down the right field line to drive Kelly Kretschman home and put USSSA ahead, 2-0.

In the home offensive half of the fourth, USSSA number 44 went yard, delivering another solo shot behind the left field fence to further enlarge the Pride lead, 3-0. As fifth and sixth went by blank for both lineups, in the top of the seventh Courtney Ceo made an extraordinary diving catch towards the third base dugout and the Pride quickly wrapped up the last Bandits offensive frame to fasten its 25th seasonal, 3-0.

The Pride will now hit the road and travel to Rosemont, Ill. to face the Chicago Bandits on Saturday evening at the Ballpark at Rosemont. Dugouts will line up at 8:35 p.m. CT.
Quick Facts

Attendance: 487

Duration: 2:41

Vaultz® Lock It Up!® Player of the Game: Lauren Chamberlain (USSSA Pride)