Stockton, Calif. The California Sunbirds fell in the opening game of their three game homestand against the Akron Racers by the score of 8-3 on Friday, July 23. With the loss the Sunbirds fall to 11-27 on the season while the Racers improve to 24-11.
The Racers blew the game open in the third inning scoring four runs on three hits including a two-run double with the bases loaded by Trena Peel. Akron had threatened in the second inning, loading the bases with two outs but California starter, Jodie Cox was able to pitch herself out of the jam. She was not as lucky in the third as she walked two and hit a batter, which pushed across the first run of the game. The Racers got some added insurance in the sixth as Peel hit a three run homerun over the right-field wall.
The Sunbirds had an opportunity to get back into the game in the bottom of the fifth inning as they loaded the bases with only one out. With some clutch hitting and some help from the Akron defense the Birds plated to runs to bring the game with in three runs. However, the Sunbirds rally was brought to an end at the plate as Shauna Briggs was cut down at the plate trying to advance home from second on a broken play. The Birds got a small rally going in the bottom of the seventh as Cindy Ball collected a pinch hit single. She advanced to second on a throwing error and Barbara Moody, who re-entered to run, came in to score on a double by Jaime Foutch.
The Sunbirds look to rebound in game two of their three game series with the Akron Racers tomorrow, Saturday, July 24. Game time is scheduled for 7:35 pm.