Scrap Yard Dawgs pitcher Monica Abbott tossed a complete game shut-out against the Texas Charge on Friday and got some help from Katiyana Mauga along the way. Abbott struck out 11 in the 5-0 victory in San Marcos.
Abbott had a no-hitter going into the bottom of the seventh when Lauren Haeger launched a ball to the wall in center. Allexis Bennett was able to field the ball and hit the cut-off in Kayla Winkfield to get Bailey Landry out at home on the relay to save the run. Landry reached in the seventh on an error at third base by Anissa Urtez.
The win is Abbott’s ninth of the year and with the win saw her ERA dip to 0.90, third best in the NPF. Her 129 strikeouts are a league-best.
Katiyana Mauga is settling in nicely with the Dawgs and got things rolling offensively late in the game. The rookie came to the Scrap Yard Dawgs from the Texas Charge and was a big factor offensively in the win against her former team.
With the score knotted at 0-0 in the top of the fifth inning, the University of Arizona product took Charge pitcher Delanie Gourley deep to left field for the two-run pinch-hit home run. It was Mauga’s second home run since joining the Dawgs and gives the San Diego, Calif. native her second and third RBI of the season.
To start the fifth, Winkfield singled to left field to reach for the Dawgs. Winkfield was able to steal second base in the inning for stolen base number seven on the year. The former Mississippi State Bulldog had two hits on the night for the Dawgs in the game. She scored on Mauga’s home run.
Mauga’s shot was the spark the rest of the Dawg offense needed. In the top of the sixth inning, Brittany Cervantes and Amanda Kamekona drew back-to-back walks. Winkfield was able to reach after her grounder to short was bobbled by the Charge’s Renada Davis. Meagan May-Whitley then ripped a ball off the glove of Davis for an RBI single that scored pinch-runner Olivia Watkins. The RBI gave the Spring, Tex. native her seventh RBI of the season. Britt Vonk followed suit, this time lacing a single to right field to score Winkfield and pinch-runner Urtez to extend the lead to 5-0.
Gourley took the loss in the circle for the Charge, allowing five runs on four hits in two innings of relief. The University of Florida product struck out two and walked a pair. Dallas Escobedo allowed just two hits in four innings for the Charge, striking out six.
The Dawgs had a shot to get on the board in the top of the fourth off Charge starter Escobedo. Bennett went opposite field for a base hit to lead things off. Taylor Edwards was hit by a pitch to put two on for the Dawgs. Charge pitcher Dallas Escobedo was able to get herself out of the jam, though – getting Cervantes and Kamekona out swinging for two outs. Charge catcher Kristyn Sandberg was part of the strike ‘em out throw ‘em out, getting Bennett stealing third to end the inning and the threat.
The Charge offense had trouble with Abbott and the Dawg defense was able to keep Abbott’s no-hitter intact through six innings. In the bottom of the fifth, Nadia Taylor looked to put an end to Abbott’s perfect game with a blooper to right field. Amanda Kamekona had other plans, though, coming in with the diving catch to rob her former teammate of a hit to end the inning.
Abbott’s perfect game was broken up in the bottom of the sixth when Mysha Sataraka drew a two-out walk. But a pop up to Vonk by Taylor Gadbois ended the inning with no damage done.
Bennett was 1-for-3 in the game for the Dawgs to extend her hit streak to 11 games. Urtez got her first hit of her NPF career with a single in the top of the seventh inning.
The Dawgs come home to the Scrap Yard for two games, taking on the Chicago Bandits on Saturday and Sunday. The first pitch on Saturday is slated for 5:05pm.
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.