Lowell, Mass-- The New England Riptide ended a five game winning streak by losing to the Texas Thunder 4-3 in Game Two of a four game series at Martin Softball Field in front of a lively crowd. Despite making solid contact with Thunders pitcher, Amanda Freed, the Riptide scattered just four hits throughout the seven-inning game.
In the top of the first inning, the Texas Thunder scored three quick runs on a throwing error. Kristen Zaleski started the game with a bloop-single to left, just out of the reach of Jess Merchant.
After Lindsay Gardner reached on a fielder's choice, Riptide pitcher Leigh Ann Ellis hit Claire Burnham with a pitch and walked Amanda Freed.
The second out was a force at home and after Kim Nesloney hit a ground ball to short, the Riptide looked like they would be out of the inning, however shortstop Stephanie Best threw the ball into right field allowing all the runners to score.
The Texas Thunder then scored again in the top of the fourth on the strength of four singles by Freed, Adrian Gregory, Crystal Krebs, and Monica Garza. The run scored in the fourth was the first earned run Ellis has given up this season in 22 innings pitched.
The Riptide retaliated in the bottom of the fourth. Kellie Wilkerson and Sarah Andersen reached on back-to-back walks. Lowell native Kristine Botto then entered the game to pinch run for Andersen. The runners then came around to score on a mishandled bunt single by Riptide centerfielder Jen Scavone.
In the fifth, Sara Jewett hit a shot into left field for a stand up double, but the Riptide was unable to bring her around.
The Riptide struck again in the bottom of the sixth scoring yet another unearned run after a hard hit single up the middle from Sarah Andersen.
Jocelyn Forest came into the game in the sixth and pitched two scoreless innings of relief. Amanda Freed picked up the win for the Thunder, pitching 5.1 innings allowing 3 runs, all unearned, while Christa Williams picked up the save.
Ellis was the losing pitcher. Her record falls to 1-1.
The New Riptide will face the Texas Thunder in a rematch on July 25 at Martin Softball Field at 7:05 with the series tied at one game apiece.