LOWELL, MA--The New England Riptide dropped the third game of a five game series to the New York Juggernaut last night by a score of 5-1. Riptide starter Leigh Ann Ellis, who held the Juggernaut to one run on two hits to win Tuesday's game got the start last night on one day's rest and was not sharp. Ellis lasted only 2.2 innings and gave up all five runs on four hits and three walks before being relieved by Danielle Henderson. Henderson was perfect giving up no hits for the rest of the game.
Juggernaut starter Peaches James started slowly, walking three in the first inning
and yielding a single to Stephanie Best to score the lone Riptide run. James
allowed only one more hit, with some help from the defense and issued three more
walks and a hit batter. The Juggernaut scored two in the top of the first. Carri
Leto started with a walk and Natasha Watley laid down a bunt to Ellis which looked like an out at first, however Ellis misplayed the ball allowing it to slide under
the glove. The kind hearted scorekeeper gave Watley a hit as Leto raced around to third. A sac fly by Ryan Realmuto scored Leto when Jess Allister failed to hang on to the perfect throw from Sara Jewett. An error, followed by a Chelsea Spencer single, accounted for the other run. A three run outburst in the third was all the scoring for the game.
The Riptide finish their season with games on Friday and Saturday against the
Juggernaut at 7:05 at Martin Softball Field.