07/08/2016 12:00 AM -
Akron, Ohio - July 8th, 2016 – The Dawgs begin their two-week road trip in Akron against the Racers in a two game series.
A solo home-run by Racers third basemen, Kelley Montalvo in the bottom of the first inning allowed Akron to take an early 1-0 lead. The second inning was a different story as starting pitcher, Monica Abbott shut down the Racers offense with back to back strikeouts and a fly-out to first basemen, Lexi Overstreet to end the side.
Carrying that momentum in the top of the third, centerfielder, Emily Crane fired up the Dawgs offense with a shot down the right field side. Quickly following suite Texas Alum, Breja’e Washington laid down a textbook bunt to put runners on second and first. California native, Amanda Fama put the Dawgs on the board with a hard two-run RBI single up the middle (2-1). The offense didn’t stop there as catcher, Taylore Fuller and shortstop, Christian Stokes hit back-to-back bombs extending the Dawgs lead to 5-1.
A pitching change for the Racers in relief for starter, Jalyn Ford was 2nd season right-hander, Laura Winter who swiftly went to work in the top of the fourth with two strikeouts and fly-out to slow down the Dawgs bats. However, Abbott maintained composure in the circle recording her 100th strikeout of the season in the bottom of the 4th to Racers rookie, Alex Hugo. The fifth inning was a series of three in a row warning track fly-outs for C. Stokes, pinch hitter Renee Erwin, and left fielder, Kiki Stokes as the Racers outfielders barely snagged them on the breakaway fence.
The Racers offense began to heat up in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs as Akron’s lead-off hitter, Taylor Schlopy started it off with a single followed by a hit up the middle from pinch hitter, Emily Messer putting runners on first and second. The Dawgs put out the fire with another strikeout to end the side totaling thirteen (13) on the day for Abbott with just three hits.
Powerhandz Player of the Game: Monica Abbott
Despite a fighting effort by Akron in the final two innings the Dawgs end the night with a 5-1 win against the Racers. The Scrap Yard Dawgs will be back in action tomorrow, July 9th, 2016 against the Racers in game two at Firestone Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05pm CT.
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