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8-1-2017 Racers Defeat Canada

Akron Racers Force Tie Game With Canada

 

AKRON, OH (August 1, 2017) – After a marathon, 13-inning game the night before, Tuesday’s exhibition between the Akron Racers and Team Canada could have been destined for a similar outcome. However, the game was pre-determined to last only seven innings, so the game ended with the score tied 7-7 after the Racers made a second furious comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning.

 

Akron faced multi-run deficits on two separate occasions during the game, but continued to fight and tied the game both times.

 

Heading in to the final half inning of the ball game, the Racers came to the plate trailing 7-4. Centerfielder A.J. Andrews led off the inning with a bunt single, and Canada pitcher Sara Plourde walked both left fielder Kristen Wyckoff and designated player Sami Fagan to load the bases for Akron. Shortstop Sam Fischer-Cooke came through with a sacrifice fly, that came just a few feet from being a game-winning grand slam, cutting the lead to 7-5. Plourde then hit first baseman Nicole Schroeder with a pitch, once again loading the bases. A single from right fielder Megan Geer plated Wyckoff, cutting the Canada lead to just one run. Another sacrifice fly, this time from third baseman Kelley Montalvo, scored Fagan for the seventh run for Akron, tying the game in the seventh inning. With one more out to declare a winner, catcher Shelby Hiers was unable to get all of it, flying out to center field, ending the game with the score at 7-7.

 

Canada jumped out to a quick lead against Akron, scoring four unanswered runs in the first two innings against Racers’ starter Jailyn Ford.

 

In the first inning, Canadian third baseman, and former NPF player, Jenn Salling drove in a run on a double ripped over the head of centerfielder A.J. Andrews. The double plated shortstop Joey Lye, who reached on a bunt single.

 

Canada came back with three more runs in the second, putting Akron behind the eight ball early in the game. Following back-to-back singles into left-center field by left fielder Erika Polidori and catcher Kaleigh Rafter, a sac bunt from designated player Carey-Leigh Vyse moved both runners into scoring position. Centerfielder Larissa Franklin smacked a double into left center, scoring both runners. Franklin advanced to third on an error following her hit, and was able to score when second baseman Kelsey Jenkins grounded out to third base, giving Canada the early 4-0 lead.

 

Akron battled back, however, as reliever Emily Weiman entered the circle to start the third, and did not give up a run in the next three innings. The Racers began their comeback in the bottom of the third inning, as A.J. Andrews stretched a single into a double on a hit to shallow right-center field to lead off the inning. A bunt from Kristen Wyckoff moved Andrews to third, and a throwing error allowed her to come home to score Akron’s first run of the game and cut the score to 4-1.

 

A couple Canada errors led to Akron’s second run of the game in the fourth frame. Geer reached first on an error by Lye, and stole second base to move into scoring position. An error by Jenkins at second base on a grounder hit by Hiers allowed Geer to hustle around and score, cutting the lead to 4-2.

 

Akron completed their initial comeback effort in the fifth inning, tying the game at 4-4 at the hands of Fischer-Cooke. With two outs, Fagan ripped a single into right field, bringing the tying run to the plate. Fischer-Cooke tied it up with one swing of the bat, blasting a two-run homer to straight away centerfield and evening the score after five innings.

 

“Tonight, we really came together and I think that’s really important to finish out the season, to get our run for the playoffs,” Fischer-Cooke said. “I think it was just everybody being there for everybody. Everybody rooting everybody on. It was just a really big team effort tonight.”

 

In the top of the sixth and seventh innings, it looked as though Canada would take the victory. Canada scored a go-ahead run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Jenkins, giving them the slim 5-4 lead. Team Canada would add two insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning, as Rafter hit a two-RBI single into right field, pushing the Canada lead to three runs before the seventh inning rally by the Racers. Rafter ended the game 4-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI.

 

Starting pitcher Karissa Hovinga pitched 5 innings and allowed only two earned runs before being relieved by Sierra Bertrand. Bertrand threw a perfect sixth inning, before Canada turned it over to Plourde in the seventh. After Ford and Weiman, Alexis Silkwood and Laura Winter each pitched two-thirds of an inning to finish of the game for the Racers in the circle.

 

“I’m pretty pleased all around with the little adjustments that we are making, we just have to do it all together, Akron Field Manager Charlotte Morgan explained. “It seems we either show up in the circle, or we show up on offense. We just have to show up all in the same day. I think if we do that we’re going to be unstoppable.”

 

Andrews had two hits and scored two runs, while Wyckoff had two hits and a run, and Fischer-Cooke drove in three RBI to lead the Racers offensively.

 

Akron will host three more series at Firestone Stadium this season, as they look to make a push for a spot in the 2017 NPF Championship Series. The Racers will resume NPF play on Thursday at 7:05 pm ET, kicking off a three-game series against the Beijing Shougang Eagles. Tickets for the remainder of the season are available now. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.akronracers.org or contact the Akron Racers ticket office at (330) 376-8188 today.

 

Quick Facts:

Attendance: 366

Game Time: 2:16

 

8-2-2017 Dawgs Down Beijing Eagles

Rosemont, IL (August 1, 2017) – The Dawgs had a slow start in today’s game going in to the 6th with only two hits, both from Katiyana Mauga.

 

A quality at bat from Brittany Cervantes resulted in a lead-off walk in the top of the 6th bringing up Taylor Edwards. Pinch runner for Cervantes, Kiki Stokes, advances herself by stealing second. Single to right scores Stokes from second to bring the score to 1-0.

 

Olivia Watkins starts off the top of the 7th with a shot down first base line for a lead-off triple!

 

A ground out from Allexis Bennett brings up Nerissa Myers who hits another line past the Eagles first baseman for an RBI triple making it 2-0 with Kiki Stokes up to bat. Dawgs coaches pinch run for Myers with Amanda Kamekona.

 

Kiki Stokes draws a walk to bring up Christian Stokes who also draws a walk to load the bases for Mauga. A line out from Mauga brings up pinch hitter Brianna Cherry.

 

Cherry with a hit back up the middle off Eagles pitcher Nancy Bowling to score two, making it 4-0.

 

Former Oregon Duck, Cheridan Hawkins, held the Eagles to only two hits with 13 strikeouts, facing 22 total batters and earning her the Vaulz® Lock It Up!® Player of the Game.

 

Quick Facts

Attendance: 25

Duration: 2 hr 3 min

Vaultz® Lock It Up!® Player of the Game: Cheridan Hawkins

8-2-2017 Abbott, Dawgs No-Hit Bandits

Rosemont, IL (August 2, 2017) – Monica Abbott was nearly perfect with a Scrap Yard Dawgs first no hitter in program history with only one hit by pitch and 18 strikeouts! This was Abbott’s fourth no hitter in her professional career.

 

The Dawgs came out swinging in the top of the first scoring two runs off a bases loaded single from Britt Vonk.

 

A solo shot by Brittany Cervantes in the third extends the Dawgs lead to three.

 

After a lead off base hit from Allexis Bennett, a single up the middle from Cervantes advances Bennett to third. A sac fly to left from Taylor Edwards scores Bennett making it 4-0.

 

Another lead off base hit from Bennett and a walk drawn by Nerissa Myers gives the Dawgs two runners on in the top of the 7th. Cervantes hits into a fielder’s choice catching Myers at second putting runners on first and third with Edwards up.

 

Edwards hits another sac fly, this time in right field foul territory, to score Bennett from third.

 

With three more strikeouts Abbott ends the game in style.

Quick Facts

Attendance: 775

Duration: 1 hour, 47 minutes

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

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)