2017 NPF

Championship Series

August 17-20


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AKRON, Ohio – Amy Kyler tossed a no-hitter and shortstop Kristin Johnson drove home four runs to lead Akron to a 12-0 win over the Canadian Elite Team.

Kyler, a graduate of Cleveland State and Northwest High School, faced just 23 batters, walking two and hitting one. The right-hander struck out seven and raised her record to 7-2. Kyler’s no-hitter comes on the heels of Brandee McArthur’s no-hit masterpiece Thursday against the Canadians.

The Racers won their fifth straight game and improved to 25-4. The Canadians dropped their seventh consecutive game against National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) competition.

Akron sent 11 hitters to the plate during a seven-run third inning. Johnson’s bases-loaded double down the left-field line brought home three runs and made the score 8-0. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native went 2-for-3 at the plate and had a stellar day defensively.

In the top of the fifth, Johnson took an apparent infield single away from Canada’s Robin Mackin when she gloved a ground ball behind second base and threw to first for the out. Earlier, in the first inning, she made a diving catch of a line drive off the bat of Erin Gee.

Akron’s Crystl Bustos added an RBI single and ran her league-leading total to 41. U.S. Olympic catcher Jenny Topping scored three runs and caught her second no-hitter in three days. Mackin (0-2) took the pitching loss for Canada.
The Racers and Canadians meet again Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Contact: Jeff Brewer (330-376-8188)