Conroe, TX (August 11, 2016) – The Dawgs came away with the first two games of the series against the Rebellion as game three got underway at the Scrap Yard.
The Rebellion scored first on a home run from leadoff hitter Lindsey Stephens to start the game (1-0).
However, the Dawgs were not intimidated when they loaded the bases with the first three hitters and the hot bat of Madison Shipman delivered once again with a two-run RBI single up the middle to score Kiki Stokes and Britt Vonk (2-1).
A free pass to Amanda Fama after she battled off 11 pitches brought up Janelle Lindvall, who earned her first hit of her professional career with a two-run RBI single to put two more on the board for the Dawgs (4-1). A beautiful suicide squeeze bunt from Emilee Koerner scored a speedy Fama from third (5-1). After four hits and two walks, Miranda Kramer entered the circle in relief for Emma Johnson in the bottom of the first.
Dawgs pitcher and USA team member Jaclyn Traina shut down the Rebellion’s offense with back-to-back strikeouts to Taylah Tsitsikronis and Brittany Gomez in the second.
In the top of the third inning, the Rebellion loaded the bases on two walks and a hit, putting the pressure on the Dawgs defense. Mandy Ogle hit a shot to Fama at third, who got the force out at home plate to keep the score at 5-1.
Hawaiian native, Mikela Manewa, blasted a liner that hit the middle of the outfield fence resulting in a stand-up RBI double that scored Koerner, who previously walked in the bottom of the third (6-1).
Fama kept the spark in the Dawgs offense when she earned her second hit of the night with a stand-up double in the bottom of the fourth.
The Rebellion put in their third pitcher in the bottom of the fifth with Haylie Wagner in the circle.
Pennsylvania cuts the Dawgs’ lead in the sixth with a three-run homer from Cheyenne Cordes (6-4). After 5 innings of work, Traina is replaced by UMass Alum Sara Plourde in the circle with Meagan May Whitley behind the dish. A solo home run from Tsitsikronis put the game within one for the Rebellion in the sixth (6-5). Alisa Goler tied up the game with an RBI double to score Arion, who reached on a walk (6-6).
The Dawgs got the fire started again in the sixth with two shots from two veterans of the league in Nerissa Myers and Madison Shipman. A fielder’s choice from Fama put runners on first and third with heavy hitter May Whitley in the box, who put the Dawgs ahead again with a liner down the third base side to score Shipman (7-6).
Newest rookie Jade Rhodes knocked the seams off the ball with a three-run bomb to center field, scoring Fama and May Whitley to finish the inning (10-6).
With five (5) runs in the first inning, one in the third, and four (4) in the sixth, the Dawgs sweep the Rebellion in the three-game series.
The Dawgs will be back in action on August 13th in their last two home games against the Chicago Bandits before they head to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the NPF Championship series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00pm CDT.
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 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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