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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)

 

7-20-2017 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)

7-21-2017 Chargers vs Racers

2017 National Pro Fastpitch

Akron Racers vs Texas Charge

Jul 20, 2017 at Conroe, Texas (Scrap Yard Sports)

Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

Akron Racers 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 6 2

Texas Charge 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 1

Akron Racers starters: 9/cf Andrews, A.; 11/lf Wyckoff, K.; 5/ss

Fagan, S.; 3/dp Robinson, S.; 52/1b Fischer, S.; 25/rf Gilbert, J.;

21/2b Rice, C.; 13/c Joiner, G.; 14/3b Geer, M.; 37/p Fico, R.;

Texas Charge starters: 9/cf Gadbois, T; 7/lf Costa, K; 26/rf Landry,

B; 17/dp Haeger, L; 35/1b Goler, A; 88/3b Taylor, N; 23/c Sandberg,

K; 11/2b Lahners, K; 5/ss Davis, R; 18/p Ries, C;

Akron Racers 1st – Andrews, A. struck out swinging (1-2 KBKS).

Wyckoff, K. grounded out to p (0-0). Fagan, S. grounded out to p

(0-2 KK). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas Charge 1st – Gadbois, T struck out swinging (2-2 BBKSS). Costa,

K struck out swinging (2-2 KBFBS). Landry, B singled to pitcher,

bunt (0-0). Landry, B stole second. Haeger, L grounded out to p

(1-2 KFFB). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Akron Racers 2nd – Robinson, S. flied out to rf (0-1 K). Fischer, S.

struck out swinging (2-2 BBFFS). Gilbert, J. flied out to lf (0-2

KFF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas Charge 2nd – Goler, A popped up to p (3-2 KBKBB). Taylor, N

flied out to lf (1-0 B). Sandberg, K singled to right center (2-1

BFB). Lahners, K struck out swinging (3-2 BSBBSS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Akron Racers 3rd – Rice, C. singled to center field (1-2 KBF).

Joiner, G. flied out to rf (1-0 B). Geer, M. struck out swinging

(2-2 FFBBFFS). Andrews, A. singled to pitcher (1-1 KB); Rice, C.

advanced to second. Wyckoff, K. lined out to p (0-0). 0 runs, 2

hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Texas Charge 3rd – Davis, R struck out swinging (1-2 SKBS). Gadbois,

T singled to third base, bunt (3-0 BBB). Costa, K struck out

swinging (0-2 FSS). Gadbois, T stole second, advanced to third on a

throwing error by c. Landry, B struck out swinging (2-2 BKFBFFS). 0

runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Akron Racers 4th – Fagan, S. grounded out to ss (1-0 B). Robinson, S.

flied out to lf (0-0). Fischer, S. flied out to rf (1-2 KFBFF). 0

runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas Charge 4th – Haeger, L struck out looking (2-2 BFKFBK). Goler,

A struck out swinging (0-2 KKS). Taylor, N lined out to 1b (1-2

FBS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Akron Racers 5th – Gilbert, J. singled down the rf line (1-2 FBK).

Rice, C. fouled out to 1b, bunt (0-1 F). Joiner, G. struck out

swinging (2-2 KKFBFFFFBS). Geer, M. struck out looking (1-2 KBFFK).

0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Texas Charge 5th – Sandberg, K flied out to cf (1-0 B). Lahners, K

grounded out to 3b (2-2 KBFFBF). Davis, R grounded out to 1b

unassisted (3-2 KBSBFBF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Akron Racers 6th – Andrews, A. out at first 1b to 2b, bunt (1-0 B).

Wyckoff, K. reached on a fielding error by 3b, bunt (0-0). Fagan,

S. doubled down the lf line (1-2 FFBF); Wyckoff, K. advanced to

third. Haeger, L to p. Davis, R to dp. Rivera, R to ss for Ries, C.

Robinson, S. struck out swinging (1-2 KKFBS). Fischer, S. struck

out looking (0-2 KSK). 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Texas Charge 6th – Gadbois, T singled to third base (2-2 KFBBFF).

Costa, K out at first 1b to 2b, SAC, bunt (0-0); Gadbois, T

advanced to second, advanced to third on the throw. Landry, B

singled to shortstop (2-1 KBB); Gadbois, T no advance. Haeger, L

flied out to cf, SF, RBI (0-0); Gadbois, T scored. Landry, B out at

second c to ss, caught stealing. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Akron Racers 7th – Gilbert, J. flied out to lf (2-2 BKSBF). Rice, C.

walked (3-2 BKSFBBB). Thomas, A. pinch ran for Rice, C.. Joiner, G.

doubled to right center, RBI (1-1 SB); Thomas, A. scored. Montalvo,

K. pinch ran for Joiner, G.. Geer, M. struck out swinging (0-2

KSS). Andrews, A. tripled down the rf line, RBI (1-1 SB); Montalvo,

K. scored. Wyckoff, K. grounded out to ss (0-2 KKFF). 2 runs, 2

hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Texas Charge 7th – Rice, C. to 2b for Thomas, A.. Joiner, G. to c for

Montalvo, K.. Goler, A flied out to lf (0-0). Taylor, N flied out

to rf (1-0 B). Sandberg, K reached on a fielding error by ss (2-2

BBKK). Gomez, B pinch ran for Sandberg, K. Washington,B pinch hit

for Lahners, K. Washington,B struck out looking (1-2 BKSK). 0 runs,

0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB