Lowell, Mass Destiny Frankenstein sent game two in a series of four with the Arizona Heat into extra innings with a seventh inning solo homerun. Frankenstein was handed the walk off walk in the bottom of the tenth
inning sending the winning run home for a 4-3 Riptide victory in game two.
Jen Scavone sparked the Riptide defense with a big play in the top of the first. Leadoff batter Catalina Morris placed the ball just outside the dirt behind second base; Scavone laid out making the catch and robbing Morris of a base hit. Heather Scaglione was the first to get to Riptide pitcher Danielle Henderson for a hit, singling into right field. Scaglione was stranded on base when Nichole Thompson grounded out to Lyndsey Angus to end the inning.
Jackie Pasquerella gave the Riptide a chance to score in the bottom of the first hitting her first triple of the season off Arizona pitcher Celena Velasquez. With one out in the inning Angus stepped to the plate laying down a squeeze bunt in an attempt to score Pasquerella. Heat catcher Scaglione picked up the bunt just in front of the plate and tagged Pasquerella out, ending the Riptide scoring threat.
A leadoff homerun in the top of the second by Arizona's Toni Mascarenas gave the Heat an early 1-0 advantage. Henderson quieted Arizona at the plate after giving up her third homerun of the season, striking out Crystal Farley to put the inning away.
Scavone carried her impressive defense play over to the plate sending a double over the head of right fielder Kaleo Eldredge with one out in the bottom of the second. Lisa Iancin was next to the plate sending a single down the left field line, Scavone slid into third under the glove of Coburn putting two on for New England. Kristin Vesely put the Riptide on the board doubling over the head of left fielder Morris advancing Iancin to third and scoring Scavone tying the game at 1.
Frankenstein quickly broke the tie sending a sacrifice fly out to left field scoring Iancin giving New England a 2-1 advantage over the Heat. Lindy Winkler singled advancing Vesely to third, and with Pasquerella at bat Winkler stole second giving the Riptide two runners in scoring position. Velasquez made an early exit from the game and was replaced by April Valdez. Pasquerella lined out to Valdez to put
the inning away.
The Heat quickly answered the Riptide run tying the game again in the top of the third. Henderson hit Morris with one out in the inning sending her to first. Eldredge was next to the plate singling to put two on for the Heat. Nichole Thompson hit into a fielders choice but an error on the play by Iancin allowed Thompson on board advancing Eldredge and scoring Morris tying the game at 2.
Scavone was the first to get to Valdez for a hit in the bottom of the fourth singling into right field. Iancin laid down a sacrifice bunt advancing Scavone to second but the Riptide bats could not bring Scavone home as Vesely flied out to Ladonia Hughes in center and Frankenstein hit back to Valdez in the circle.
Henderson made her exit from the game in the top of the fifth after walking Scaglione and allowing her to advance on a wild pitch. Henderson threw eighty-nine pitches collecting four strikeouts. Jocelyn Forest came in to relieve Henderson after earning the win in game one of the series last night. Scaglione advanced to third on a passed ball and a double by Thompson drove her home putting the Heat on top 3-2.
Forest had a strong performance out of the bullpen for the Riptide collecting three strikeouts in two and a half innings pitched. Frankenstein dashed the Arizona hope of walking off with a victory in the seventh sending her second homerun of the season over the leftfield wall tying the game at 3. The Riptide could not rally for
more runs in the bottom of the seventh sending the game into extra innings.
Valdez walked designated player Tarrah Beyster with one out in the bottom of the eighth. Kristine Botto entered to pinch run for Beyster. Kelley singled up the middle prompting Valdez?s exit from the game. Desiree Serrano replaced Valdez after recording the loss in game one. Scavone was next to the plate hitting into a fielders choice that allowed shortstop Mascarenas to throw Kelley out at second
for out number two. Serrano walked Iancin loading the bases for New England. Vesely flied out to Hughes in center stranding three on and sending the game into the ninth inning.
Forest continued to be a force in the circle for the Riptide facing only three batters in both the eighth and ninth. New England saw another scoring opportunity in the bottom of the ninth. Serrano handed a leadoff walk to Frankenstein and Winkler sacrificed putting Frankenstein in scoring position. Pasquerella singled up the middle advancing Frankenstein to third. Angus was next to the plate sacrificing to advance Pasquerella to second. The Heat intentionally walked Beyster loading the bases for New England. Kelley flied out to Eldredge in right sending the game into inning number ten.
The international tiebreaker rule was instated in the tenth where the last batter of the last inning starts at second base. Scaglione started at second in the top of the tenth for the Heat. Frankenstein made a big double play to end the tenth catching a line drive off the bat of Mascarenas and tagging second for the out on the advancing Scaglione.
Tiffany Stewart entered to pinch run for Kelley and started the inning at second. Scavone sacrificed to third baseman Jackie Coburn advancing Stewart to third. Iancin was intentionally walked putting two on for New England and handed another intentional walk to Vesely loading the bases. Serrano handed the walk off walk to Frankenstein walking Stewart home for the 4-3 win.
The two teams are back on Martin Softball Field tomorrow, Friday August 4 at 7:05 for game three.