Monica Abbott Photo by Allie Martinez Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Aurora, CO (June 30, 2016) – Monica Abbott beat the Charge for the fourth time this season tossing a complete game three-hitter and the Dawgs hit three home runs in the third inning on route to a 9-0 victory and series win over the Charge Thursday night at the Aurora Sports Complex.
Abbott dominated the Charge again, striking out 15 hitters in her seven innings of work. The Charge managed just one baserunner beyond first base in the game.
Cheridan Hawkins got the start for the Charge. After a scoreless first inning, the Dawgs bats came alive. Meagan May Whitley began the hit parade with a monster drive over the centerfield fence. Two more hits followed before Emily Crane launched a long ball over the right centerfield fence extending the lead to 4-0. Britt Vonk reached on a bunt single before Emily Koerner made the score 6-0 with a two-run shot to right. The third homer of the inning signaled the end for Hawkins night.
Jill Compton entered in relief of Hawkins temporarily stopping the bleeding. After a scoreless third, the Dawgs added a single run in the fourth and another in the fifth pushing the lead to 8-0.
After two Dawg singles in the sixth, Compton made way for Andi Williamson in the circle. A wild pitch and Breja’e Washington single up the middle brought home the Dawg ninth and final run of the night.
Lauren Haeger broke up the shutout in the bottom of the seventh with a 0-2 laser into the crowd in centerfield. It was her second hit of the night.
The Charge fell to 7-13. The Dawgs raised their record to 11-9. The Charge will return home for a two game series against the PA Rebellion on July 4th and 5th.
LOCATION: Aurora Sports Park, Aurora, CO FINAL SCORE: Dawgs 9, Charge 1 RECORDS: Charge (7-13), Dawgs (11-9) NEXT CHARGE GAME: Monday, July 4, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. CT vs. PA Rebellion at The Ballfields at Craig Ranch
About the Scrap Yard Dawgs:
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.
About Dallas Charge:
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.
About National Pro Fastpitch:
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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