Akron, Ohio - After three straight games of the deficit being two or less runs, the Akron Racers exploded and blew out Denso Japan 10-0 to end the series.
The tone was set in the bottom of the third with the game still scoreless. Tracee McCoy, Veronica Wootson and Norrelle Dickson all singled loading the bases for the Racers (16-8). Catcher Kristen Butler stepped up with one out and launched a grand slam into left field to break the game open at 4-0.
The Racers weren't done scoring and picked things up in the very next inning. Ianetta Le'i started off the bottom of the fourth with a single to left field. Two batters later Tracee McCoy singled to shallow right to put runners on the corners with pinch runner Sara Zilles on third base and McCoy on first.
While Japan starter Risa Uno was holding the ball between pitches McCoy broke for second base and Zilles stole home on the throw to second. Japan attempted to get Zilles out at the plate allowing McCoy to steal second base.
A batter later, Dickson singled to left to plate McCoy. Iyhia McMichael immediately followed the single up by driving a home run to left field scoring her and Dickson.
That would close the book on Uno who gave up eight runs on ten hits in four innings of work while picking up the loss.
The Racers scored their final runs of the ball game when Jamee Juarez hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Kellie Middleton, and Wootson hit a double to
left field to score Kristin Johnson in the bottom of the fifth.
The ten runs put up by the Racers nearly doubled their run total for the series, as
they only scored 11 runs in the first three games.
While the Racers offense was putting up big numbers Jamee Juarez (8-4) was blanking Denso Japan. Japan never could get anything going offensively and only got a runnerto second base twice, with two outs both times. Juarez had six strikeouts while only allowing three hits and four walks in seven innings pitched.
The Racers await the NPF leading Washington Glory who come to Akron July 25-28.
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