Akron , Ohio The defending National Pro Fastpitch champion Akron Racers continued its winning ways Wednesday, but in an unconventional fashion. The Racers defeated the Arizona Heat 2-1 with the winning run plated on an illegal pitch.
The score was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Designated player Stephanie Pomes was on third and left-fielder Kim Gonzalez was on second for Akron. Heat relief pitcher Desiree Serrano was called for delivering an illegal pitch which scored Pomes and advanced Gonzalez to third. The mistake proved to be costly, giving Akron the eventual winning run.
Akron jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first after stringing together three-straight, two-out singles. Following hits by Crystl Bustos and Jenny Topping, Oli Keohohou knocked in her third run of the year as Bustos scored from second.
The Heat quickly responded in the top of the second with a run to tie the game at one. The run was the first allowed by Akron this season. Jamie Southern, who opened the year by throwing a no-hitter, gave up a single to Nichole Thompson to lead off the inning. After a sacrifice bunt and another single off the bat of Shelly Schultz, Arizona had runners on the corners. Southern threw a wild pitch in the dirt, allowing Thompson to score, knotting the game at one.
The score remained tied until the sixth. The Racers squandered scoring opportunities in both the third and fifth innings, including a bases loaded situation in the bottom of the fifth.
Jamie Southern notched her second win and complete game of the season, giving up one run on six hits, while striking out six. With the win the Racers stay undefeated and improve to an overall record of 4-0.
The Racers and Heat resume their four-game-series at Firestone Stadium Thursday night. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.