Washington, PA - July 17, 2014 - The Akron Racers were the last to cross the finish line as outfielder Jill Barrett delivered the game winning hit in the top of the seventh to send the Racers home with a 5-3 victory over the Pennsylvania Rebellion Thursday at CONSOL Energy Park.
The Rebellion’s pitcher, Dallas Escobedo, suffered the loss while the Racers thrower Hannah Campbell got the win in relief for the Racers. Hannah Campbell pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed one run.
The Racers jumped out to an early lead in the top of the third as a triple by Barrett, a RBI single by Charlotte Morgan and a sacrifice-fly by Jessica Garcia gave the Racers a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Rebellion began to inch closer as a RBI single by outfielder Brittney Lindley made it 3-1. With no outs and to lead off the bottom of the fifth, designated player Courtney Liddle blasted a solo homer to trim the deficit 3-2. With bases loaded in the sixth, infielder Jennifer Salling capitalized on a one-and-two count by smacking an infield RBI single to tie the game at three a piece.
However, Barrett’s go-ahead single in the top of the seventh gave the Akron the 5-4 lead. The Racers tacked on an insurance run as Barrett reached home on an illegal pitch by Rebellion hurler Sarah Pauly.
The Rebellion and the Racers return to action for game three of the series on Monday, July 21 at 7:05 p.m. EDT. For tickets and/or group packages, contact the CONSOL Energy Park Box Office at 724.250.7412. For the fans cheering from home, all of the action can be found online at www.msasports.net/broadcasts.
Box Score:Click Here Site: CONSOL Energy Park - Washington, PA Score: Racers 5, Rebellion3 Records: Racers (14-16), Rebellion (5-23) Next Game: Thursday, July 21 at 7:05p.m. EDT
About 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 PA Rebellion
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.
About National Pro Fastpitch
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.