Nadia Taylor (Texas Charge) Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
SAN MARCOS, TX (July 25, 2017) — On Tuesday night, the Charge’s offense was so locked in that the scoreboard operator at Bobcat Softball Stadium may soon be diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Texas (19-19) walloped six home runs and collected 24 hits in its 23-2 thrashing of the Beijing Eagles in San Marcos. The offensive standouts included Nadia Taylor, who went 2 for 3 with a pair of homers and seven RBIs, and the tandem of Emily Vincent and Kristyn Sandberg, who each launched grand slams.
An additional five Charge players — Taylor Gadbois, Brittany Gomez, Bailey Landry, Mysha Sataraka and Renada Davis — posted multi-hit outings for Texas during its biggest offensive outburst of the season.
“They’re being selectively aggressive,” head coach Roman Foore said. “That’s what we were talking about earlier, and being aggressive in early hitting counts. You don’t see that (type of offense) every day, so we’re going to take that as we can get it.”
It was another monster performance for Taylor, who padded her team-best RBI total (27) in addition to tying Lauren Haeger for the team lead in home runs on the season with eight. The University of Texas product also increased her overall batting average to .296.
“It was awesome,” Taylor said of her team’s effort from the plate. “This is what we’ve been waiting for all year and it’s truly exciting because it’s toward the end of the season and we’re head into the postseason just swinging it.”
Texas sprinted to a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to a three-run home run from Taylor and a grand slam off the bat of Sandberg.
The fireworks continued when Haeger belted a solo shot in the second and Alisa Goler added an RBI single. Taylor and Haylie McCleney each added RBIs in the third to extend the Charge’s lead to 11-2.
Texas then erupted for five runs in the fourth and seven more in the fifth to turn the game into an all-out home run derby.
Taylor smashed a three-run homer in the fourth and Vincent added her team’s second grand slam of the evening in the fifth. Kylee Lahners then capped the game’s scoring by belting a two-run shot over the left-field fence.
It was an impressive way for the Charge to rebound from Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Beijing (2-31).
“They came out and took care of business,” Foore said. “That’s the kind of mentality that we’re preaching, is we can’t do anything about yesterday, but let’s take care of today.”
Rookie pitcher Delanie Gourley picked up her first professional win for the Charge after working five innings and allowing two runs on two hits. The southpaw struck out three.
The Eagles’ lone runs came on a two-run home run by Nancy Bowling in the top of the second.
Brittany Mack-Oakes tossed two shutout frames to end the night.
Texas infielder Mysha Sataraka, who finished 3 for 3 with two runs scored, said everything came together in Tuesday’s blowout victory.
“I just say it was a great overall team win,” Sataraka said. “Everyone was staying hot and when one person catches on fire, we all catch on fire.”
The Charge will look to keep their momentum flowing Wednesday when they close their series against Beijing with a 8:05 p.m. ET. game in San Marcos.
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.