CONROE, TX (August 5, 2016) – The Scrap Yard Dawgs took on the Akron Racers in Game Two of a three-game series at the Scrap Yard tonight and, thanks in large part to a four-run first inning, Akron took home an 8-1 victory on Friday night.
The Racers (22-23) jumped out with an early lead in the first inning with four hits in a row. Third baseman Kelley Montalvo smacked a double to the left center field gap. Shortstop Sami Fagan followed with an RBI single to score Montalvo. After another base hit by designated player Sam Fischer, Shellie Robinson stepped in and punched a three-run home run over the left field fence to put the Racers up 4-0. Jaclyn Traina stopped the damage there with a strikeout of Griffin Joiner.
Former Mizzou Tiger Emily Crane crushed a home run to dead center field to put the Dawgs (25-19) on the board with a solo bomb in the bottom of the second inning to make the score 4-1. Traina and catcher Janelle Lindvall are given relief from Sara Driesenga in the circle with Taylore Fuller behind the dish in the top of the third inning.
Starting with pinch hitter Geri Ann Glasco, the Racers delivered three RBI in a row from Glasco, first baseman Sandra Simmons, and right fielder A.J. Andrews to extend their lead in a 7-1 game going into the bottom of the third inning.
The Racers knocked in their final run in the top of the fifth inning by center fielder Taylor Schlopy with an RBI single up the middle. The hit was Schlopy’s 192nd career hit, tying her with former center fielder Iyhia McMichael for the most career hits in franchise history.
A deep fly ball at the warning track from Montalvo was snagged by Emilee Koerner in right field to bring the Dawgs up to bat.
In the top of the sixth inning, Sara Plourde entered the circle for the Dawgs with Meagan May Whitley taking over behind the plate. Plourde returns to the Dawgs after being away with Team Canada. Coming in hot, Plourde shut down the Racers’ offensive momentum in the final two innings of play, allowing no hits.
The Dawgs will be back tomorrow night for the final game Akron on August 6th. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CDT/8:00 p.m. EDT with the game available on CBS Sports Network.
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 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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