Allentown, Pa. On a hot and steamy afternoon at ECTB Stadium, the
Philadelphia Force defeated the Chinese-Taipei national team by a score of
5-2. The bats came alive for the Force as they pounded out nine hits
during the contest.
Savannah Long and Megan Gibson each recorded two of the hits for the
first-place Force (13-3), and Kellie Wilkerson drove in her league high
14th RBI on the season to pace the offense.
In the circle, Katie Burkhart (4-0) pitched a complete game for the win
and only allowed one earned run. Burkhart, who takes over the team lead in
wins, struck out five batters.
The Force got on the board quickly in the first inning. Sharonda McDonald
reached on a one-out single and moved all the way to third base on a wild
pitch. Wilkerson, who was 1-for-3 and still leads the NPF in hitting, hit
a sharp grounder to the second baseman who decided to come home with the
ball. But the speedy McDonald slid in under the tag to give Wilkerson her
first of two RBIs in the game.
Chinese-Taipei tied the score in the top of the third inning. Designated
player Chiang Hui Chuan smashed a home run over the right field fence to
put the Olympic contenders on the board.
In the bottom of the third, the Force would take the lead for good. A
two-out hustling double by Chelsea Spencer put a runner on second base.
Long followed Spencer with a single through the right side and Spencer
scored easily to put the Force up 2-1.
The Force broke the game open in the fifth inning. Clare Burnum started
the rally with a single and moved to second base when the ball was bobbled
in the outfield. One out later, Wilkerson singled home her 14th RBI of the
season to make the score 3-1 in favor of the Force, with Wilkerson
advancing to second on the throw. A groundout move pinch runner Michelle
Tatlock to third base with two outs. Long continued the rally with her
second hit and second RBI of the game to plate Tatlock. Jenna Hall
followed with a smash off the left-center field fence to score Long all
the way from first base, making score 5-1 Force.
Chinese-Taipei would add an unearned run in the top of the seventh to
complete the scoring.
The Force travel out to Akron, Ohio to take on the Racers in a four-game
set beginning on Wednesday night. Fans can follow all the action on
GameTracker during the Akron series, and for all remaining series. The
team returns home to face the Rockford Thunder on July 9 at 7:05 p.m.
The Automated ScoreBook
Chinese-Taipei at Philadelphia Force
Jun 29, 2008 at Allentown,PA (ECTB Stadium)
Chinese-Taipei 1st - Ting,Meng singled to left field. Yi,Miao singled,
bunt; Ting,Meng advanced to second. Ting,Hsiao singled, bunt; Yi,Miao
to second; Ting,Meng advanced to third. Chuan,Hui struck out. Hsiu,Li struck
out looking. Hui,Tzu reached on a fielder's choice; Ting,Hsiao advanced to
second; Yi,Miao out at third ss to 3b. 0 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.
Philadelphia Force 1st - Burnum struck out. McDonald singled to center
field. McDonald advanced to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third.
Wilkerson reached on a fielder's choice to second base, RBI; McDonald scored.
Spencer, C. walked; Wilkerson advanced to second. Long reached on a fielder's
choice; Spencer, C. advanced to second on a fielding error by 2b, assist
Wilkerson advanced to third. Hall grounded into double play 2b to c to 1b;
Wilkerson out on the play. 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.
Chinese-Taipei 2nd - Wen,Hui grounded out to ss. Chi,Yun grounded out to
3b. Ching,Chiu singled, bunt. Ching,Chiu stole second. Ting,Meng grounded out
to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Philadelphia Force 2nd - Gibson doubled to right center. Miller grounded
out to c, SAC, bunt; Gibson advanced to third. Peel grounded out to 1b
unassisted. Burnum grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Chinese-Taipei 3rd - Yi,Miao struck out. Ting,Hsiao fouled out to c.
Chuan,Hui homered to right field, RBI. Hsiu,Li grounded out to 2b. 1 run, 1
hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Philadelphia Force 3rd - McDonald grounded out to p. Wilkerson grounded
out to 2b. Spencer, C. doubled through the right side. Long singled
right side, RBI; Spencer, C. scored. Hall flied out to cf. 1 run, 2 hits, 0
errors, 1 LOB.
Chinese-Taipei 4th - Hui,Tzu flied out to lf. Wen,Hui flied out to cf.
Chi,Yun singled down the lf line. Ching,Chiu singled up the middle; Chi,Yun
advanced to second. Ting,Meng flied out to cf. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2
Philadelphia Force 4th - Gibson flied out to rf. Miller grounded out to
ss. Peel flied out to lf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Chinese-Taipei 5th - Yi,Miao singled up the middle. Ting,Hsiao out at
first 1b to 2b, SAC, bunt; Yi,Miao advanced to second. Chuan,Hui grounded out
to 2b; Yi,Miao advanced to third. Hsiu,Li struck out. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0
errors, 1 LOB.
Philadelphia Force 5th - Burnum singled up the middle, advanced to
second on a fielding error by cf. McDonald lined out to 1b. Wilkerson singled
to center field, RBI; Burnum scored. Wilkerson advanced to second on the
Tatlock pinch ran for Wilkerson. Spencer, C. grounded out to p; Tatlock
advanced to third. Long singled up the middle, RBI; Tatlock scored.
p for Hua,Su. Hall singled to left center, RBI; Long scored. Gibson
left field; Hall advanced to second. Spencer, R. pinch ran for Hall. Miller
grounded out to 2b. 3 runs, 5 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.
Chinese-Taipei 6th - Tatlock to dh. Hall to 1b for Spencer, R.. Hui,Tzu
struck out. Wen,Hui grounded out to 3b. Chi,Yun singled up the middle.
Ching,Chiu reached on a fielder's choice; Chi,Yun advanced to second on a
throwing error by ss, advanced to third. Hsueh Mei pinch hit for Ting,Meng.
Hsueh Mei grounded out to 1b unassisted. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.
Philadelphia Force 6th - Ting,Meng to rf for Hsueh Mei. Peel grounded
out to 2b. Burnum flied out to lf. McDonald flied out to lf. 0 runs, 0 hits,
0 errors, 0 LOB.
Chinese-Taipei 7th - Yi,Miao reached on a throwing error by 2b, advanced
to second. Ting,Hsiao grounded out to 2b; Yi,Miao advanced to third.
grounded out to ss, RBI; Yi,Miao scored, unearned. Hsiu,Li grounded out to p.
1 run, 0 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB.