Tatum Edwards Photo Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Washington, PA – July 21 - After earning the nickname of “TNT” by teammates at the University of Nebraska, Taylor and Tatum Edwards ventured into professional softball. In just her second professional game throwing to her twin sister, Tatum Edwards was dynamic as she carried the Pennsylvania Rebellion to a 3-2 victory over the Akron Racers.
Before her exit in the middle of the fifth inning, Tatum was stellar in the circle for the Rebellion, pitching her way to her first victory of the year. She allowed no runs and blanked four Akron batters before being relieved by teammate Sarah Pauly, who earned the save.
As both teams were deadlocked at zero through three and a half innings of play, the Rebellion lit up the scoreboard in the fourth. Second baseman Lauren Lappin singled to score pinch runner Ashley Carter, putting Rebellion up by one. Later, Briana Hamilton followed Lappin’s lead with her own RBI single to end the inning with a 2-0 Pennsylvania lead.
In the sixth, Mandy Ogle gave the Rebellion an important insurance run off a solo blast to make the score 3-0 before the Racers added two in the seventh. Nerissa Myers scored two runs for the Racers off of an RBI single in Racers’ last at bat, but it wasn’t enough as the Rebellion ended the game, 3-2.
The Rebellion offense out hit the Racers 8-7, with Hamilton and Ogle leading the pack. The first baseman and right fielder both hit 2-3 with an RBI.
Alison Owen walked away with the loss for the Racers, as she gave up three runs in five innings.
The Rebellion look to even the series with the Racers, as the four-game set finale is scheduled for Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. For tickets and/or group packages, contact the CONSOL Energy Park Box Office at 724.250.7412.
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.