Scrap Yard Dawgs Photo by: Maggie Bowles courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
BATON ROUGE, LA (August 18, 2017) – The Scrap Yard Dawgs got a late run on a bases loaded walk in the fifth inning and that proved to be the difference in a 4-3 win over the Akron Racers Friday at the NPF Championships at LSU’s Tiger Park.
The win advances the Dawgs to the NPF best-of-3 championships series on Saturday night at 7 p.m. against either the USSSA Pride or the Chicago Bandits who were playing the late game on Friday. The Dawgs won two consecutive games over the Racers in their semifinal, winning 4-1 on Thursday.
For the second straight game, after throwing a one-hitter on Thursday, Monica Abbott picked up the win to run her record to 19-3. Abbott came in as the third pitcher for the Pride, pitching 3.2 innings with eight strikeouts, giving her 22 for the two games. The Dawgs are now 33-18.
Megan Betsa, who put what would be the winning run on base, took the loss to go to 3-8. The Racers finish at 26-26.
In the fifth, Nerissa Myers walked and Akron brought in former LSU pitcher Rachele Fico to the circle. Myers was replaced on the field by Allexis Bennett on a fielder’s choice. Brittany Cervantes walked and then Taylor Edwards was hit by pitch to load the bases. Kasey Cooper then walked to score Bennett with the go-ahead run.
The Dawgs scored a solo run in the first on a Cervantes single and got two in the second on a two-run single by Myers.
The Racers would then get three of their own – two coming on a two-run homer to right field by Sami Fagan in the third and a single by Griffin Joiner in the third.
That set up the Dawgs go-ahead run and then Abbott got four strikeouts and two fly balls over the final two innings to seal the win and advancement to the championship series.
Game Time: 2:12
Vaultz® Lock It Up® Player of the Game: Nerissa Myers (Scrap Yard Dawgs)
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.