Jailyn Ford Photo by Ryan Breiding Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Washington, PA (July 11, 2011) - After a long, nine-game road trip, the Pennsylvania Rebellion returned home to the friendly confines of Consol Energy Park in Washington, PA, this evening for a matchup with the visiting Akron Racers. It was a tight, defensive battle that was ultimately won by the Akron Racers by the final score of 2-0.
Racers Center Fielder Taylor Schlopy wasted no time getting the scoring started. She smacked the third pitch of the game over the left field fence. It was her 6th home run of the season and it had Akron out to an early 1-0 lead.
The Rebellion had a chance to answer back quickly after Second Baseman Kayla Winkfield led off the bottom half of the first by getting hit by the pitch. She advanced to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt from Shortstop Chaley Brickey, but was stranded there when First Baseman Alisa Goler struck out and Right Fielder Lexie Elkins flew out to end the threat.
Akron Pitcher Jailyn Ford was nothing short of stellar this evening as she tossed a complete game, two-hit shutout. She did not allow a hit until the 6th when Designated Player Mandy Ogle got aboard on an infield single and finally got PA into the hit column. At one point in the game, Ford set down 15 straight Rebellion batters. For her strong performance, Ford earned Powerhandz Player of the Game honors.
Rebellion Pitcher Dallas Escobedo threw a great game, though a losing effort. She went all seven innings and gave up just a pair of runs on four hits while striking out five Racers.
The Pennsylvania Rebellion (11-19) and the Akron Racers (15-11) each will have the day off tomorrow and use it to travel to Maryland. These two teams meet again on Wednesday night for the first of two games from Arthur W. Perdue Stadium, home of the Delmarva Shore Birds. As always, you can catch all the action on NPFTV at profastpitch.com.
About the Akron Racers:
The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league, celebrating their 15th Season of Play in 2016. 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.
About the Pennsylvania Rebellion:
The Rebellion is a professional women’s softball team competing as part of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF). In their third season in the league, 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. For more information about the Pennsylvania Rebellion, please visit www.pennsylvaniarebellion.com or call 724-250-9555.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF):
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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