Akron, OH – June 10, 2014 -The Akron Racers came from behind to win the last game of their series against the Chicago Bandits. Lisa Norris made her first start of the season, and went 5 innings and gave up 5 runs on 8 hits.
The Bandits scored on Norris early, on an Emily Allard double, a Tammy Williams single and a passed ball. The Racers responded with 2 runs in their half of the first, when Bandits starter Sara Moulton walked Nerissa Myers and Brianna Cherry. After Nadia Taylor singled to load the bases, the Racers put two on the board with Jessica Garcia’s RBI single.
Cheyenne Coyle gave the Bandits another run in the second on a solo home run. Neither team scored again until the fifth inning, when Alisa Goler drove in a run with a bases loaded single to short. Norris walked in a run and Hernandez hit a sac fly to left, to give the Bandits a 5-2 lead.
“I felt a lot better tonight,” said Norris. “My spins were a lot better and I hit my spots better than I did last night. We just have to keep working, keep hitting and keep playing good softball.”
The Racers provided some support with two runs of their own off of Bandits reliever Estella Pinon. Taylor Schlopy walked, and Nerissa Myers singled to short, before Briana Cherry hit a hard ground ball past Bandits shortstop Tammy Williams to drive in both runs.
Rachele Fico came in to relieve Norris and gave up a solo home run to Williams, but didn’t allow any other runs on the evening.
Fico got the win after the Racers bats lit up off of reliever Ellen Renfroe. Williams committed an error, allowing Kelley Montalvo to reach first, and a single from Jenny Gilbert set the plate for Ashley Thomas. Thomas doubled, driving in both runs, and then scored the winning run on Jill Barrett’s single to short right field.
The Racers return to action against the Pennsylvania Rebellion at Firestone Stadium on Thursday, June 12 at 7:05. For more information about the Akron Racers, visit www.akronracers.org or call (330) 376-8188.
About the Akron Racers:
The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play. The Racers kick-off their 13th season of play in 2014.
About National Pro Fastpitch:
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fast pitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women's fast pitch softball since 2002. www.profastpitch.com