07/04/2017 1:48 PM -
Dawgs Victim of Second Straight Extra-Inning Loss
The change of scenery did not change the quality of the battle with the Scrap Yard Dawgs and the USSSA Pride. The change of location, however, did not change the result for the Dawgs, with the Pride stealing the first game of two in Florida in eight innings, 1-0. It was the second consecutive extra-inning affair with the Pride.
Sierra Romero was the hero for the Pride in the bottom of the eighth inning. She got the game-winning RBI to push across the lone run in the game. Hallie Wilson singled to right with one out. She advanced to second on a Morgan Foley wild pitch. After Kelly Kretschman was awarded the free pass to first base, Romero chopped a ball to second base – with the throw to first by the Dawgs Nerissa Myers just offline to allow Romero to reach base. Wilson scored on the play for the Pride win. The RBI for Romero was number 14 of the year, good enough for second-best in the NPF.
Both pitching staffs were effective in the game, not allowing a run in the first seven innings. Angel Bunner got the win in relief for the Pride, not allowing a hit in two innings of work. The Auburn product struck out one in her second win of the season. Kelsey Nunley pitched six shut-out innings for the Pride, allowing four hits and striking out four.
For the Dawgs, Morgan Foley took the loss, allowing one run on one hit in one inning of relief. Morgan Melloh tossed a gem in the circle as the starter, not giving up a run in seven innings. The Fischers, Ind. native allowed just five hits and struck out one in the game.
The Pride knocked on the door in the bottom of the fourth as Kretschman laid down the bunt and beat out Melloh’s throw to first. Christian Stokes erased the threat after gunning the league-leader in batting average down attempting to steal second base. The throw out saved a run as Romero next laced a double into the gap in left center that bounced off the wall. The University of Michigan product advanced to third on a Shelby Pendley fly out. Melloh got the fly ball out of Chelsea Goodacre to end the inning and the threat.
With two outs in the top of the fifth, Christian Stokes got aboard for the Dawgs, ripping a ball just inside the third base line and the outstretched glove of Andrea Duran for the double. Nunley got Kiki Stokes swinging for the strikeout to end the inning. It was Nunley’s fourth ‘K’ of the evening.
The Dawgs knocked on the door once again in the sixth. Brittany Cervantes got the single off a hot shot that careened off Duran at third base. A sacrifice by Allexis Bennett put pinch runner Olivia Watkins at second. Meagan May-Whitley smoked a line drive down the third base line that would have scored Watkins, but Duran made a great leap to rob May-Whitley of a hit and a potential RBI.
Kretschman muscled a one-out single to right the bottom of the sixth, but was the victim of a fielder’s choice on a Romero grounder. It was Christian Stokes again who erased the runner, easily getting Romero out at second on the steal attempt for the final out of the inning. The Pride left just three runners on base in the game. The Dawgs left four stranded in the game.
Bennett kept up the hot bat for the Dawgs with a hit in the game. The former UCLA Bruin extended her hit streak to five games.
The Dawgs and Pride square off again on Wednesday night in Florida.
About the Scrap Yard Dawgs
The Scrap Yard Dawgs began competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2016. The Dawgs provides elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Houston area, the Dawgs organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dawgs at www.scrapyarddawgs.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.