Akron, OH- June 30, 2014 - On a night where no lead was safe, Pennsylvania Rebellion shortstop Bianca Mejia, who was previously awarded the National Pro Fastpitch League’s (NPF) 2011 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award, turned to her bat as the veteran slugged two home runs in the team’s 6-5 walk-off defeat to the Akron Racers Monday at Firestone Stadium.
The Rebellion quickly jumped out to a comfortable 3-0 lead as back-to-back singles in the third by Samantha Garcia and Brittney Lindley set the stage for Mejia’s first blast, a three-run shot. Teammate Courtney Liddle followed suit with her own home run, a solo shot, to put the visitors in front 4-0.
The Racers battled back in the home half of the inning on an error and a fielder’s choice to cut Pennsylvania’s lead 4-2. In the next inning, the Racers continued to push the offense to the pedal as Jill Barrett and Kelley Montalvo both doubled in runners to give the Racers the 5-4 edge.
Then, in the top of the sixth, Mejia collected her fourth RBI of the night as the native of Sylmar, California smacked her second homer to tie the game at five.
However, in the bottom of the seventh, a hit batsmen and a single by Taylor Schlopy on her very own bobblehead night allowed one of the most experienced players in the NPF Montalvo, to drive in Nerissa Myers for the game-winning run, 6-5.
Hannah Campbell earned the win for Akron in relief, as the Rebellion’s first-round draft pick, Dallas Escobedo, took a no decision. Rebellion pitcher Anna Miller was tagged with the loss as she tossed 2 2/3 innings, allowed five hits and two earned runs.
The Rebellion and Racers conclude their four-game set Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. in Akron, OH. Pennsylvania returns home to CONSOL Energy Park to face the USSSA Pride June 5th at 7:05 p.m. For tickets, call (724) 250-9555, visit the box office, or order online at www.rebellionprosoftball.com.
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.
The Rebellion is a professional women's softball team competing as part of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF). Joining the gritty, fast-paced league in 2014, the Rebellion will play head-to-head against the most talented players in the sport. Games are broadcast nationally and draw local fans of all ages to experience the action live. NPF is an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquarted in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport has operated since 1997 under the name 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 fastpitch softball since 2002.