Sugarland got a pair of games worth way more than the prize of admission, with the Scrap Yard Dawgs stealing both games of a double header against Beijing-Shougang in walk-off fashion at Constellation Field on Friday. The Dawgs took game one 3-2 and the nightcap, 8-7, in ten innings. The pair of walk-off wins gave the Dawgs its third walk-off in as many games.
In the second game, the Eagles pushed across three runs in the top of the tenth inning to make the score 7-4. The Dawgs weren’t fazed, though. With the International Tie Rule in effect, Allexis Bennett started the inning on second base. Katiyana Mauga’s fly ball to left was mishandled by Xun Sun to let Mauga on board to start the inning.
A long fly-out to left by Amanda Kamekona moved Mauga and Bennett up 60 feet for Brittany Cervantes, who took advantage and laced a single to left center to score Bennett and cut the lead to 7-5. It was the University of Kentucky product’s 11th RBI of the year and her second of the game.
Kayla Winkfield singled to left center to score Mauga and Cervantes, who slid around the tag at home plate to tie the game at 7-7. Winkfield went 2-for-3 in the nightcap for the Dawgs. Britt Vonk got the game winner, ripping a base hit up the middle to score Winkfield to end the game. The Cal-Berkeley product went 2-for-3 in the second game for the Dawgs.
Morgan Melloh got the win in the circle for the Dawgs, tossing 2.2 innings of relief. The Fishers, Ind. native one run on one hit and struck out three. Morgan Foley, Miranda Kramer and Cheridan Hawkins all saw time in the circle in the second game.
The Eagles extended its lead to 2-0 on a shot to dead center by Meng Meng Lu in the third inning. The solo shot was the first home run by any Beijing player in the 2017 season.
The Dawgs cut the deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth. Mauga singled up the middle to start the inning. Cervantes followed suit with a base hit to left that moved Mauga to third. MJ Knighten drew the walk to load the bases for Vonk. The Dawgs had a shot to do some more damage with bases loaded, but Eagles pitcher Qi Li got Edwards down swinging to end the inning and the threat. The Dawgs left eight runners on base in the game.
After a two-run fifth inning gave the Eagles a 4-1 advantage, Cervantes left no doubt on a fly ball to left to cut the deficit to 4-2 in the sixth inning for the Dawgs. The solo shot was Cervantes’s second home run of the season. Not to be outdone, after Winkfield drew a one-out walk, Edwards sent a ball to left a homer of her own. The two-run bomb was the Murrieta, Calif. native’s third of the season and gave her RBI 17 and 18 and tied the game at 4-4. Edwards leads the Dawgs in runs driven in so far in 2017.
In the first game, the Dawgs went into the bottom of the seventh tied with the Eagles at 2-2. Vonk started the inning guiding a ball to left for a base hit. A sacrifice bunt by Anissa Urtez put Vonk at second base for Kiki Stokes. The Olathe Kan. native took a pitch right up the gut for a single. Vonk was able to beat the throw to home to end the game. The former Nebraska Cornhusker in Stokes got her eighth RBI of the year with the walk-off hit.
Monica Abbott claimed win number 11 on the year in relief for the Dawgs. In two innings, the University of Tennessee product didn’t allow a hit and struck out five. Rachel Fox returned to her native Sugarland for the start and allowed two runs on two hits in the start. Hawkins had a strong relief appearance, tossing 2.2 shut out innings. The former Oregon Duck struck out five – a season high for Hawkins.
Both teams pushed across a run in the first inning of the first game. Li Li Lui started the game with a single to left field and was able to advance to second when Stokes had trouble coming up with the ball in left field. Lui had the hot bat for the Eagles in the game, with a single and a double. A sacrifice bunt by Jing Zhao put Lui at third base. Jia Chen’s sacrifice fly to center drove in Lui to put the Eagles out front, 1-0.
The Dawgs answered right back in the bottom half of the opening frame. Nerissa Myers launched a ball to deep left field, good enough for a stand-up double. Myers found her way to third on a sacrifice by Bennett. One batter later, Edwards sent a ground ball to the pitcher and Myers was able to slide under the tag tie the game at 1-1. The RBI was Edwards’s 16th of the season.
Liu’s double to the gap in left center starting off the top of the third inning. She scored off of Zhou’s bloop single to centerfield to give the Eagles a 2-1 advantage. The Dawgs were able to tie it up a half inning later, though. Urtez singled to start the inning and was able to steal second and advance to third on Myers’s sacrifice. Bennett laced a ball up the middle to score Urtez and tie the game at 2-2.
The wins put the Dawgs at 18-11 on the year. Tomorrow the Dawgs head back to Conroe for a date with the Akron Racers with the first pitch slated for 7:05pm.
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.