Lowell, Ma. - Kristina Thorson pitched a complete game shutout to give the Philadelphia Force a 3-0 road victory over the New England Riptide. With the win the Force (14-15) moved to within two games in the loss column of the Riptide (20-13) for fourth place in the NPF standings.
Thorson (8-3) picked up her eighth win of the season. In her sixth complete game of the year, she allowed just four hits, and struck out eight batters. The eight strikeouts placed Thorsons season total at 61, good for sixth in the league. Her eighth win of the year, put her tied for fourth in that category.
The Force would do all the games scoring in the fourth inning. Second baseman led off the frame with a base hit. Center fielder Sharonda McDonald followed her with a single of her own off of Riptide pitcher Eileen Canney, who leads the NPF in ERA and strikeouts. Shortstop Chelsea Spencer singled to plate Friedman with the first run of the game, and moved McDonald to third base. With designated player Jenna Hall up, Spencer and McDonald executed a double steal with McDonald getting credit for a steal of home to make the score 2-0. On the play, Spencer would end up at third courtesy of a Riptide error. Hall then grounded out to second base and Spencer scored the games final run.
Aside from the one half inning, the game belonged to the pitchers. Canney (7-4) matched Thorson on the night with eight strikeouts and four hits allowed. Thorson retired the last eight Riptide batters to seal the victory.
McDonald had two of the four Force hits, while center fielder Gina Carbonatto had two of the four hits for the Riptide.
The Force and Riptide continue their rivalry Thursday night at Martin Softball Field. Game two of the vital four-game series is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.