Allentown, Pa. - Philadelphia Force designated player Jenna Hall drove in both runs to lead the Force to a 2-0 victory over the Stratford Brakettes. The Force took three of the four games in the series to improve their record to 13-11.
Kristina Thorson (7-2) pitched the complete game and yielded three hits to earn the win. She had the Brakettes swinging and missing throughout the game. Thorson recorded nine strikeouts on the evening, and all were of the swinging variety.
The Force started the scoring in the first inning. Shortstop Chelsea Spencer drew a two-out walk. Hall followed with a line shot that landed in front of the charging Brakettes left fielder, Allison Twarowski. The ball took a strange bounce towards the left field line and away from Twarowski allowing Spencer to score all the way from first on the RBI stand-up double.
In the fifth inning, the Force added to their lead. Center fielder Sharonda McDonald began the frame by putting down a perfect bunt for a single. The leagues leading hitter Spencer moved McDonald to third with a bloop single to right and advanced to second on a fielding error by the Brakettes right fielder. Cleanup batter, Hall, plated McDonald with a well executed suicide squeeze bunt to give the Force their second run. When Hall was retired on the sacrifice, pitcher to the second baseman covering, Spencer tried to score on the play but was cut down at the plate.
The Brakettes threatened to get one run back in the top of the sixth off of Thorson. Center fielder Sari-Jane Jenkins struck out on a pitch in the dirt, but reached first base when the pitch bounced away at the plate. Jenkins would then move all the way to third on a groundout to the right side by right fielder Denise Denis. Thorson put an end to the threat and stranded Jenkins at third by striking out Mandie Fishback.
Force first baseman Kellie Wilkerson, had two of the five Force hits off of Brakettes pitcher Candice Freel.
The Force are now away from ECTB Stadium until August 6 when they play host to the Rockford Thunder. Next week, they will visit the first-place Washington Glory starting Wednesday. Details of the games will be available on www.philadelphiaforce.com shortly after the games conclusion.