Taylor Schlopy of the Akron Racers Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
AKRON, OHIO- July 31, 2015 - The Akron Racers took control of the diamond Thursday night with an impressive four homeruns in a 10-1 blow-out game against the Dallas Charge.
Once Kelley Montalvo (Alabama) hit the first homerun of the game to give the Racers a 3-0 lead she ignited the spark that then led to a nine run advantage. Taylor Schlopy (Georgia) led the team in runs with three, one of which was her 8th homerun on the season which leads the NPF. Her latest blast was a drive beyond left field in the bottom of the sixth.
Schlopy says that the difference that could be seen offensively in this game compared to how they have played recently should be linked to the preparations the team has been making. Schlopy says that they have been “taking a lot of cuts in practice and that has helped drastically.”
The Racers not only played strong offensively but opened the game with a powerful defense as well, holding the Dallas Charge scoreless until the top of the fifth.
The top of the first ended when Lauren Haeger of the Charge hit a line drive to second base for a double play by Ashley Thomas (Georgia Tech), who snagged Renada Davis as she advanced and hurled the ball to first baseman Briana Hamilton (Florida State) just in time to deliver the Charge’s final out of the inning.
The Racers’ promising defense that opened the game remained strong throughout the remaining six innings, as both teams fought for runs while hustling on the field to hold their opponents early in the game. Akron secured a three run lead though when Montalvo pummeled a three run homerun over the left centerfield fence, to bring in Jennifer Gilbert (Ball State) and Schlopy in the third inning.
The Dallas Charge finally broke free from the Racers’ resilient defensive hold when Taylor Thom advanced home on a single by Haeger in the top of the fifth. Their offensive success was brief as Lisa Norris (North Carolina) struck out the following batter, Nadia Taylor, to cut off Dallas with their only run of the game in the fifth inning.
Akron opened the game with a promising defense but their offense was what made them triumphant, with a daunting four homeruns to give a 10-1 win for the Akron Racers and improve their record 18-18 on the year.
The Akron Racers play the Dallas Charge again tomorrow night at 7:05 in Columbus, Ohio at Berliner Park Field #5.
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