08/06/2016 12:00 AM -
Conroe, Texas – August 6th, 2016 – Going into tonight’s game, the series is tied 1-1 with Scrap Yard taking game one and dropping last night’s contest to the Akron Racers.
The Racers came out swinging in the first but could not break through the defensive wall of the Dawgs when a line drive in the 5-6 hole was snagged by diving shortstop, Madison Shipman to keep Akron scoreless.
A ‘strikeout-thrown out’ inning for the Dawgs in the second when starting pitcher, Sara Driesenga struck out Griffin Joiner and Sandra Simmons, who reached earlier on a walk, attempted to steal second on the third strike but was thrown out by catcher, Taylore Fuller to end the side.
Racers veteran, Taylor Schlopy, earned her 193 career hit, a double to left field, which is a new Akron Racers franchise record in career hits. With that double Schlopy has 40 hits on the season. An RBI double from Sami Fagan would score Schlopy for the first run of the game in the third (1-0).
The Dawgs answer right back in the bottom of the third when Madison Shipman earned the first hit for the Dawgs in RBI form, by scoring Britt Vonk who reached first on a free pass (1-1)
The fourth and fifth innings remained scoreless for the Racers on the arm of Driesenga with back-to-back 1-2-3 innings. For the Dawgs in the bottom of the fifth, the third hit of the night came from Vonk on a poke between Fagan and Montalvo at third followed by a textbook bunt from Nerissa Myers to put runners on first and second with one away.
Montalvo made a full-effort diving catch to rob Shipman on a hard liner down the third base line. However, Amanda Fama came in clutch with an RBI single to left field to score Vonk for the second time tonight giving the Dawgs the lead for the first time in tonight’s game (2-1).
Pinch hitter, Christi Orgeron laced a hard liner in the right-centerfield gap to bring around Fama and Myers extending the Dawgs lead to a 4-1 game. Starting pitcher for the Racers, Rachele Fico is replaced by Laura Winter who gets Emilee Koerner to fly out to centerfield ending the fifth.
With two outs in the top of the sixth, pinch hitter, Shellie Robinson cleared the bases with a stand-up triple to tie up the game (4-4). This brings in relief pitcher, Monica Abbott. Driesenga ended the night with five (5) strikeouts on five and 2/3rd innings pitched.
Sami Fagan singled to right field in the seventh, going 3-3 on the night up at the plate. Another pinch hitter for the Racers, Sam Fischer, punched a triple in the right-center field gap. Fagan scored on the hit (5-4) on a loose ball behind home plate Fischer took off for home but was called out on the tag by Vonk who was covering home.
In the bottom of the seventh, Winter is replaced by Jailyn Ford in the circle. After fouling off a few, Shipman singled to shortstop putting runners on first and second as Meagan May Whitley stepped into the box and delivered a beautiful sacrifice bunt to move the runners over.
With bases loaded, Jade Rhodes, a recent pick-up for the Scrap Yard Dawgs earned her first professional hit in walk-off fashion with a laser down the third base line to score Myers and Shipman (6-5) taking the final game against the Racers.
The Dawgs will be back Tuesday, August 9th at the Scrap Yard for another three-game series against the Pennsylvania Rebellion. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30pm CDT.
What’s New with the Scrap Yard Dawgs?
Tickets are now on sale for all Scrap Yard Dawgs 2016 home games at www.ScrapYardDawgs.com. The Dawgs have also opened their online store and apparel can now be purchased by all Dawgs fans!
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About the Scrap Yard Dawgs
The Scrap Yard Dawgs will begin competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2016. The Dawgs will provide 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 the NPF
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball and has been since 2002.