Lauren Haeger Photo by Jade Hewitt Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Conroe, Texas (July 23, 2016) – The Dawgs are back home for game two against the Dallas Charge.
After a walk-off win in last night’s contest featuring the Charge from the bat of Amanda Fama, the Dawgs were eager to continue their momentum for tonight.
However, the Charge were the first to score in the top of the second after Kaylyn Castillo took a walk from pitcher Ellen Renfroe Reed, bringing up Kaitlyn Richardson, who hit a shot to right-center field, scoring Castillo from first (1-0).
The Dawgs answered back on the defensive end as Fama snagged a hard grounder for out number one. A base hit from Taylor Gadbois would result in out number two after she attempted to steal second, but catcher Taylore Fuller with a cannon to Madison Shipman got her on the tag. The third out came from Reed herself, with a strikeout to Renada Davis.
After a scoreless third inning, the Charge were in scoring position after a double off the bat of Kylee Lahners, who was then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Lauren Haeger. A walk to Castillo put runners on first and third. Kiki Stokes caught a hot line drive from Richardson for the second out. Another strikeout to Brianna Cherry from Reed would leave runners stranded.
The Charge loaded the bases in the top of the fifth, but the Dawgs smoothly worked their way out of the jam with a pop up to Shipman from Davis for one out. Reed continued to hold her own with a strikeout to Lahners for two. The Charge finally broke through with a two-run single from Haeger to score Danielle Henderson and Vicky Galasso (3-0).
In the top of the sixth the Dawgs enter a new battery to replace Fuller and Reed. The new pitcher, her sister, Ivy Renfroe, and catching, Meagan May Whitley. Reed ended the night with an impressive five (5) strikeouts. A double from Nadia Taylor followed by a hit in the 5-6 hole from Galasso put runners on third and first again for the Charge. Renfroe remained composed with a strikeout to Gadbois to bring the Dawgs up to bat.
K. Stokes takes a hit to the arm to reach first base. Breja’e Washington keeps the Dawgs alive with a single to left field. Haeger gets Myers to strikeout to bring on the final inning.
An impressive double play gave the Dawgs the first two outs in the seventh. Davis reached first on a walk and reached third on a throwing error from May Whitley. Lahners grounded out to Renfroe, making a play to first baseman Lexi Overstreet, who threw a bullet to third, where Davis was leading too far off and was picked off by Fama. A strikeout to Castillo would end the side and carry the momentum for the Dawgs into the seventh.
A solo blast to left field from Shipman put the Dawgs on the board in their last at bat but was not enough to outhit the Charge (3-1).
The Dawgs will be back at home tomorrow for the final game of this Dallas series. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00pm CT.
About the 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 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 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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