Conroe, TX (August 6, 2016) – Going into tonight’s game, the series is tied 1-1, with Scrap Yard taking game one and dropping last night’s contest to the Akron Racers.
The Racers came out swinging in the first, but could not break through the defensive wall of the Dawgs when a line drive in the 5-6 hole was snagged by diving shortstop Madison Shipman to keep Akron scoreless.
It was a “strikeout-thrown out” inning for the Dawgs in the second when starting pitcher Sara Driesenga struck out Griffin Joiner and Sandra Simmons, who reached earlier on a walk, attempted to steal second on the third strike but was thrown out by catcher Taylore Fuller to end the side.
Racers veteran Taylor Schlopy earned her 193 career hit, a double to left field, which is a new Akron Racers franchise record in career hits. With that double, Schlopy has 40 hits on the season. An RBI double from Sami Fagan would score Schlopy for the first run of the game in the third (1-0).
The Dawgs answer right back in the bottom of the third when Madison Shipman earned the first hit for the Dawgs in RBI form by scoring Britt Vonk, who reached first on a free pass (1-1)
The fourth and fifth innings remained scoreless for the Racers on the arm of Driesenga with back-to-back 1-2-3 innings. For the Dawgs in the bottom of the fifth, the third hit of the night came from Vonk on a poke between Fagan and Montalvo at third, followed by a textbook bunt from Nerissa Myers to put runners on first and second with one away.
Montalvo made a full-effort diving catch to rob Shipman on a hard liner down the third base line. However, Amanda Fama came in clutch with an RBI single to left field to score Vonk for the second time tonight giving the Dawgs the lead for the first time in tonight’s game (2-1).
Pinch hitter Christi Orgeron laced a hard liner in the right center field gap to bring around Fama and Myers, extending the Dawgs lead to a 4-1 game. Starting pitcher for the Racers Rachele Fico is replaced by Laura Winter, who gets Emilee Koerner to fly out to center field, ending the fifth.
With two outs in the top of the sixth, pinch hitter Shellie Robinson cleared the bases with a stand-up triple to tie up the game (4-4). This brings in relief pitcher Monica Abbott. Driesenga ended the night with five (5) strikeouts on five and 2/3 innings pitched.
Sami Fagan singled to right field in the seventh, going 3-3 on the night up at the plate. Another pinch hitter for the Racers, Sam Fischer, punched a triple in the right center field gap. Fagan scored on the hit (5-4), and on a loose ball behind home plate, Fischer took off for home, but was called out on the tag by Vonk, who was covering.
In the bottom of the seventh, Winter is replaced by Jailyn Ford in the circle. After fouling off a few, Shipman singled to shortstop, putting runners on first and second as Meagan May Whitley stepped into the box and delivered a beautiful sacrifice bunt to move the runners over.
With bases loaded, Jade Rhodes, a recent pickup for the Scrap Yard Dawgs, earned her first professional hit in walk-off fashion with a laser down the third base line to score Myers and Shipman (6-5) taking the final game against the Racers.
The Dawgs will be back Tuesday, August 9th at the Scrap Yard for another three-game series against the Pennsylvania Rebellion. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30pm CDT.
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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