Taylor Edwards (Scrap Yard Dawgs) Photo by Jade Hewitt Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Conroe, TX (July 30, 2017) - The Scrap Yard Dawgs saved some of its best offense for the last home game of the 2017 season, as it exploded for seven runs in the second inning en route to a 8-3 win against Texas rivals the Texas Charge.
The Dawgs finished its 2017 home schedule with a 15-8 record, only dropping two games in Conroe in the month of July. The victory also gives the Dawgs its 18th win in 20 games.
Allexis Bennett began the bottom of the first inning drawing a leadoff walk. Kasey Cooper continued her hot streak offensively with a base hit up the middle off of Charge pitcher Lauren Haeger to move Bennett to third base. Taylor Edwards ripped a ball to the gap in left center to score Bennett to take a 1-0 lead. The RBI was the Murrieta California native’s 29th of the year, which leads the NPF. The former Nebraska Cornhusker ended up with three RBI on the night, to up her RBI total to 31.
The Charge tied things up an inning later, though. Former Scrap Yard Dawg Alisa Goler guided a single to right to score Bailey Landry, who started the inning with a single to right center to tie the game at 1-1.
That’s when the Dawgs offense took over, with every Dawg in the line-up batting in the inning. The big hurt came when Ali Aguilar took a Haeger pitch deep over the wall in dead center for the home run. The two-run bomb scored Britt Vonk, who began the inning with a single down the third base line. The former Washington Husky has hit three homers in six games with the Dawgs.
But the Dawgs were just getting started. Meagan May-Whitley, Kayla Winkfield and Bennett singled to load the bases for Cooper, who singled to score pinch runner Olivia Winkfield to the extend the Dawgs lead to 4-1. Bennett’s single in the inning made the UCLA product the league leader in hits with 46. Brittany Cervantes was hit by a pitch to score Winkfield, then Edwards smacked a double into the gap in left center to score Cooper and Bennett to make the score 7-1. Finally, a sacrifice fly by Britt Vonk brought the final run of the inning home in pinch runner Kiki Stokes for the 8-1 lead.
The Charge had 11 hits in the game, two more than the Dawgs, but the Charge couldn’t string together enough momentum to do much damage, just pushing across a run in the third and fourth innings. Goler had a pair of hits and two RBIs on the night. Haylie McCleney also had a pair of hits and an RBI for the Charge.
The Dawgs got strong performances in the circle in Rachel Fox and Miranda Kramer. Fox was credited with the win, allowing three runs on five hits in four innings of work. The Sugarland, TX native struck out and walked a pair in getting her second win of the year. Kramer didn’t allow a run in three innings of relief. The Western Kentucky product allowed six hits and struck out two.
For the Charge, Haeger took the loss in the circle, allowing five runs on five hits in an inning of work. Delanie Gourley allowed three runs on four hits in four innings of relief.
The Dawgs travel to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bandits and the Beijing-Shougang Eagles. The Dawgs face the Eagles on Tuesday at 4:05 PM ET and have a date with the Bandits on Wednesday and Thursday at 8:05 PM ET.
The Scrap Yard Dawgs began competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2016. The Dawgs provides 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.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, 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.