Asheville, NC- The Carolina Diamonds overcame a sluggish offensive start to win their 3rd straight on a walk off 2 run home run from Bianca Mejia.
The Diamonds winning streak has been characterized by falling behind early and this game was no different. Carolina starter Sara Plourde surrendered a 1st inning home run to Sam Marder then a Aja Paculba single scored a run in the 2nd to leave the Diamonds in familiar territory, trailing 2-0 after an inning and a half.
Akron’s Lisa Norris gave up only 1 hit through the first 4 innings of Carolina Hitters. The change came in the 5th when Rachel Folden crushed an 0-1 fastball over the fence in dead center field. Rookie Kelsi Weseman then matched Folden’s at bat with a home run to right center to cut the Akron lead to 1 at 3-2.
Interim Head Coach Lisa Navas went through 4 Carolina pitchers tonight, with Sharon Palma coming in for the 7th and getting the win. Danielle Spaulding also pitched in with 2 innings of no-hit ball in the 5th and 6th.
Trailing 3-2 in the 7th, the Diamonds started their rally with a liner into center for a single from Rachel Folden, who was then replaced on the basepaths by Angie Quiocho. Little did the Diamond coaching staff know that the pinch runner wouldn’t be necessary. With 1 out, Shortstop Bianca Mejia blasted a deep fly ball to right center, over the fence and just barely out of the reach of Racers’ center fielder Lisa Modglin for a walk off home run.
The Diamonds winning streak now stands at 3, as they are a perfect 3-0 under Interim Head Coach Lisa Navas. The standings have suddenly tightened up as Akron and Carolina are now tied for 3rd place. The 2 will face off again tomorrow, July 2nd at 7pm to decide who goes home in 3rd place.
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