Akron, OH, June 12, 2015 - The Akron Racers battled back for a (6-3) victory over the Pennsylvania Rebellion with an all around team effort.
The match up began with a tough first inning for the Racers, giving away three unearned runs to the Rebellion.
The Racers quickly came alive in the bottom of the second and were able to make up the deficit with a two run single by Cassie Tysarczyk (Texas A&M), an RBI single by Taylor Schlopy (Georgia) and an RBI single by Ashley Thomas (Georgia Tech).
The Rebellion refused to give in and the Racers found themselves with bases loaded in the top of the fourth. Tysarczyk made a catch in center field to end the inning and hold runners from advancing home.
In the bottom of the fifth inning Nerissa Meyers (Louisiana Lafayette) got things rolling again for the Racers with a hard hit single to center field. Megan Low (Texas- San Antonio) put the ball into play up the third base line, which allowed Meyers to score.
The Racers kept the momentum going in the following at bat with a RBI single to left field by Jill Barrett (Tulsa).
In the top of the seventh inning, Sarah Pauly (Texas A&M- Corpus Christi), Nerissa Myers and Megan Low carried out a seamless double play followed by a catch in left field by Jennifer Gilbert (Ball State) to close the game.
Racers’ pitcher Sarah Pauly (2-0) threw the full game and picked up her second win of the season with four strikeouts. "After we got past the first, everything was fine," Pauly explains "Everyone was a little more relaxed after the first inning." Dagmar Bloeming took the loss for the PA Rebellion.
An hour rain delay pushed the game’s initial start time back to 8:05pm EST. Regardless of the delay; a crowd of dedicated Racers fans joined the team for teachers night and for a Racers’ win at Firestone Stadium.
Next Racers Game: Akron Racers vs. Pennsylvania Rebellion Saturday June 13, 2015 7:05 p.m. EST at Firestone Stadium
Tickets for the Racers Opening Weekend, June 11-14 are on sale now in person; at the Firestone Stadium Box Office, 1575 Firestone Parkway, Akron, OH; by phone at 330.376.8188 or; online at akronracers.org.
The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, is 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 14th season of play in 2015.
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 o 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