Nerissa Myers (Scrap Yard Dawgs) Photo by: Allie Martinez courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
WESTMINSTER, CO (June 28, 2017) — A mix of timely hitting and solid pitching propelled the Scrap Yard Dawgs past the Charge 7-1 Wednesday night at Westminster City Park.
Scrap Yard Dawgs plated two runs in the first to grab the early advantage against Texas starter Lauren Haeger.
Haeger put her team on the board with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third that cut the Scrap Yard Dawgs’ lead in half, but Scrap Yard ace Monica Abbott retired 11 of the next 12 batters she faced to silence the Charge.
Meanwhile, the Dawgs tacked on two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth against Haeger to build a six-run edge.
The Scrap Yard Dawgs were paced offensively by Meagan May Whitley, who finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs, and Nerissa Myers, who was 3 for 4 with a pair of runs scored.
LSU alum Bailey Landry continued the red-hot start to her professional career by going 2 for 3 from the plate for Texas. Haeger, Taylor Gadbois and Amanda Kamekona tallied the Charge’s other three hits in the outing.
Emily Vincent relieved Haeger in the top of the sixth and worked 1 1/3 scoreless frames.
Haeger took the defeat after allowing seven runs — six earned— on 12 hits in her 5 2/3 innings of work. The right-hander struck out seven and walked two.
Abbott tossed a complete game and struck out eight en route to collecting the victory.
Texas and the Dawgs split their two-game tour of Colorado. The Charge are set to return to action Friday for a 6:05 p.m. contest against the Akron Racers at Firestone Stadium.
Game Time: 2:20
Vaultz® Lock it Up! ® Player of the Game: Nerissa Myers (Scrap Yard Dawgs)
The Texas Charge are an affiliate professional fastpitch softball team competing in the National Pro Fastpitch league. The team, headquartered in New Braunfels, TX, began competition in the league in 2015. The Charge provides elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Austin area, the Charge organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Texas Charge at www.texascharge.net
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 NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.