06/09/2017 3:49 PM -
Dawgs Offense Comes to Life in Win Against Charge
The Scrap Yard Dawgs offense more than erased its sluggish start from Thursday in a 9-4 victory against the Texas Charge on Friday in San Marcos, in a game that included ten Dawg hits, rain and a rare protest.
After Dawgs pitcher Monica Abbott walked Taylor Gadbois in the bottom of the first inning, she advanced to second on an illegal pitch. Haylie McCleney’s groundout advanced Gadbois to third. It appeared Gadbois would be allowed to score on another illegal pitch from Abbott, but after a lengthy delay to protest to the league the rule on advancement of the base runner on an illegal pitch, the run was erased. Gadbois headed back to third. The league concluded in its rules that runners do not advance on an illegal pitch.
When the game resumed, Abbott walked Lauren Haeger, who recieved a pinch runner, Breja'e Washington. Taylor Edwards gunned Washington down at second on a steal attempt. Abbott then stuck out Charge Rookie, Katiyana Mauga to end a bizarre inning and the threat.
The Dawgs got things going offensively right away in the first inning – and never stopped. Chip Bennett drew the leadoff walk. She advanced to second on a steal and reached third on Nerissa Myers’ textbook bunt for a single. Edwards entered the batter’s box and punched a no-doubter over the left field fence to clear the bases on a three-run home run. The Murrieta, Calif. native has been on a tear offensively in just two games, hitting .667.
The Dawgs continued their offensive streak as the game played on. Amanda Fama singled down the third base line in the top of the second inning. Pitch-runner Olivia Watkins advanced to second on a sacrifice by Britt Vonk and after a Bennett walk, it was 2016 All-NPF Selection, Myers with the three-run bomb to make the score 6-0.
In the third, Alisa Goler launched a pinch-hit three-run shot to right to extend the lead to 9-0. The University of Georgia product has been a spark offensively for the Dawgs, hitting .500 to start the year. All three Dawg homers came with two outs. In that third inning, Fama ripped a double off the wall in right center. Britt Vonk walked to set the table for Goler’s three-run shot.
Meanwhile, Abbott got stronger on the mound as the game progressed. The Olympian allowed two runs on three hits and struck out seven in the win. The lefty walked three. Cheridan Hawkins tossed three innings in relief for the Dawgs, allowing two runs on four hits. The University of Oregon product struck out three.
The Charge got on the board in the bottom of the third and sixth innings, but it wasn’t enough to make it a game. Brittany Gomez used a slap single to get on board for the Charge in the third. After Abbott fanned the next two batters, Amanda Kamekona crushed a pitch into left center for the two-run homer.
Dawgs pitching does not yet have the answer for Nadia Taylor’s power. Taylor launched a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth.
The Charge pitching could not tame the Dawg offense, allowing ten hits on the night. Starting pitcher Haeger took the loss, allowing six runs on five hits in an inning and a third. For the Dawgs, Myers had a pair of hits and three RBIs. Fama and Bennett chipped in two hits on the night.
The Dawgs and Charge face each other again tomorrow, but this time at Scrap Yard Stadium in The Woodlands. First pitch is at 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.