Oklahoma City, OK (June 16, 2016) – Monica Abbott tossed a gem Thursday afternoon in the sweltering heat to pick up her second win of the season over the Dallas Charge. She went six innings, giving up just two hits while striking out 11 and walking two. The Scrap Yard Dawgs beat the Charge in their first ever meeting in NPF history 7-2.
The Scrap Yard Dawgs had base runners in every inning. Charge starting pitcher Morgan Melloh, in her first start of the season, went five innings. She allowed seven runs on seven hits. The lefty also walked seven and hit three batters, Christian Stokes twice.
The Charge managed just three hits in the contest. Left fielder Kylee Lahners was a bright spot, hitting a solo home run, her fourth of the season, over the right centerfield fence in the bottom of the fourth.
The Dawgs opened the scoring on a sacrifice fly in the top of the second off the bat of Stokes. In the following frame the Dawgs put up a four spot on four hits including a Stokes two-run blast, pushing the lead to 5-0.
Lahners’ fourth inning homer closed the gap to 5-1. In the top of the sixth, Christi Orgeron notched a pinch hit two-run homer to left, her first hit of the season. That stretched the lead to 7-1 and spelled the end of Melloh’s day. Rookie Jill Compton came in to get the final six outs, throwing two scoreless innings.
Ivy Renfroe relieved Abbott in the final inning. The Charge managed one run in the at bat on the strength of doubles by Nadia Taylor and Chelsea Forkin.
The Charge dropped to 4-6. The Dawgs moved to 4-7. Both teams head to McKinney for exhibition games against Team USA on Friday, before resuming their series in The Woodlands on Saturday.
LOCATION: ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, Oklahoma City, OK FINAL SCORE: Dawgs 7, Charge 2 RECORDS: Charge (4-6), Dawgs (4-7) NEXT CHARGE GAME: Friday, June 17, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. CT vs. Team USA
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The Scrap Yard Dawgs will begin competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2016. The Dawgs will provide elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Houston area, the Dawgs organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dawgs at www.scrapyarddawgs.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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The Dallas Charge, headquartered in McKinney, TX, began competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2015. The Charge provide elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the Charge organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dallas Charge at www.dallascharge.com.
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National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
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