Akron , Ohio The Akron Racers made sure that when the Texas Thunder came to town their welcoming wasn't a happy one. The Racers (21-15) dominated every aspect of the game Wednesday night defeating the Thunder 4-0.
Radara McHugh (10-5) took the circle for the Racers and baffled the Thunder (16-21) bats all night long. McHugh struck out eight and didn't allow a hit after the fifth inning. Texas managed only three hits on the evening and never advanced a runner past second base.
The Racer bats exhibited the same control over the game as did McHugh. After retiring the first two batters of the game, Thunder starter Selena Settlemier (2-6) got Caitlyn Benyi to hit a flyball to left. However, the evening sun that plagued both left-fielders in the first inning forced Danyele Gomez to miss play the ball giving Benyi a double. She scored a batter later Oli Keohohou delivered a two-out RBI
single to left.
That would prove to be all the offense that McHugh would need, but her teammates made sure to give her plenty of support as catcher Kristen Butler led off the second with a single. Two batters later shortstop Kristin Johnson came up and extended the lead to 3-0 when she laced a home run over the left-field fence, her second longball of the year.
The Racers would add the final run of the game in the bottom of the fourth when right-fielder Kim Gonzalez scored on an error by Gomez with two outs in the inning.
The Racers will be back in action at Firestone Stadium tomorrow as they take on the Thunder in game two of their four game series. Game time is set for 7:05 and fans can connect the Akron Racers ticket office at 330-376-8188 for more information.