06/08/2017 3:21 PM -
If the opening game in San Marcos tonight was any indication, the Scrap Yard Dawgs/Texas Charge rivalry has the potential to be a heated one.
Third Baseman, Nadia Taylor, drove in all three Charge runs to secure the 3-0 victory in the season opener for both teams.
But it didn’t come without a bit of controversy.
The Dawgs appeared to have taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning off third baseman Hannah Flippen’s sacrifice fly to left. Charge Head Coach, Crystl Bustos would come out on the field to appeal. The third base umpire called Dawgs’ baserunner Kayla Winkfield out for leaving third base early upon the appeal. The out erased Flippen’s first RBI of her NPF career and ended the inning with runners still on second and third.
In that inning, the Dawgs had its best shot of the game to get on the scoreboard. Winkfield and Nerissa Myers both used their speed to get on base with infield singles. Another single to left center by starting catcher, Taylor Edwards loaded the bases. Charge pitcher, Ally Carta got Dawgs first baseman Alisa Goler to swing at a rise ball for the first out of the inning. Then came the called double play to end the inning and threat.
The Charge finally broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth. Taylor’s fly ball cleared the left field fence for a home run and a 1-0 lead. The University of Texas product led the Charge with three hits on the night.
Lauren Haeger was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the sixth inning for the Charge. An infield single by Mysha Sataraka moved Haeger into scoring position for the Charge. Which would bring up the hot bat of Taylor who punched one up the middle to score both Haeger and Sataraka for the final runs of the game.
Carta kept the Dawgs’ offense off balance for most of the game. The UCLA graduate tossed six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out six. Dallas Escobedo pitched an inning of scoreless relief, striking out two and walking one.
Morgan Melloh pitched four strong innings for the Dawgs, allowing one run off three hits and sitting down three. The Fishers, Ind. native gave up one free ride in the loss.
The Dawgs and Charge meet again in San Marcos on Friday, June 9th with first pitch set for 7:05 pm CST. The Dawgs will host the Charge in their first home series of the season on June 10th and 11th at the Scrap Yard Sports complex.
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
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang, 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.