Sami Fagan Photo by Allie Martinez Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
McKinney, TX (August 1, 2016) – The Akron Racers collected 11 hits, six for extra bases, including four home runs on the way to beating the Dallas Charge Monday night 7-3. Sami Fagan mashed two of the long balls and drove in three.
Sarah Pauly went the distance for the Racers, allowing three runs on seven hits. She fanned four and walked two.
Chelsea Forkin, Taylor Gadbois and Lauren Haeger each had two hits for the Charge. Forkin doubled in the second inning and homered in the third driving in two runs.
Lauren Haeger picked up the loss for the Charge. She allowed four runs on seven hits in three and two-thirds innings.
The Racers got things going early with a two-run bomb from Sam Fischer in the top of the first. The Charge cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second inning when Gadbois singled home Forkin, who had doubled. Fagan stretched the lead back to two runs with a solo shot into the left field bleachers.
The Charge tied the game in the home half of the third on Forkin’s second home run in as many nights.
The Racers quickly regained the lead, this time for good. McKinney native Ashley Thomas led off the inning with a triple to right and scored on a wild pitch. Haeger then gave way to Cheridan Hawkins in the circle.
The score would remain 4-3 until the top of the seventh, when the Racers tacked on three more runs, two coming on Fagan’s second home run of the game. Thomas finished off the scoring with a solo rocket over the fence.
The Charge fell to 14-26 on the season. The Racers evened up their record at 21-21. The Charge will take on the Akron Racers again on Tuesday night.
LOCATION: The Ballfields at Craig Ranch, McKinney, TX FINAL SCORE: Racers 7 Charge 3 RECORDS: Charge (14-26), Racers (21-21) NEXT CHARGE GAME: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. CT vs. the Akron Racers at The Ballfields at Craig Ranch
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 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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