06/11/2017 12:30 PM -
Vonk’s Four RBIs Pace Dawgs to Doubleheader Victory
The Scrap Yard Dawgs got two huge wins on Sunday at the Scrap Yard in a twin bill against the Texas Charge. The 5-4 and 4-0 victories gave the Dawgs the 3-2 win in the series.
The Dawgs made a statement offensively right away in both games, scoring a pair of runs in the each opening frame. The Dawgs exploded for 16 hits on the day.
Dawgs’ coach Gerry Glasco said he was pleased with how his offense performed in the doubleheader.
“Anytime you can just jump out there and score, it livens up your dugout and creates a positive atmosphere,” Glasco said. “You could feel it. It also gives our pitchers room to make a mistake and takes the mental pressure off of them.”
In the first game, University of Georgia product Alisa Goler drew the two-out walk for the Dawgs to start the rally. Taylor Edwards singled up the gut to advance pinch runner Emilee Koerner. The Murrieta, Calif. native has been an offensive force in the young season, batting .429. Hannah Flippen then lined a ball down the third base line for her first NPF career RBI to put the Dawgs up 1-0. To keep things going, Britt Vonk drew the walk to load the bases for Jade Rhodes. Rhodes got the RBI after being hit by a Dallas Escobedo pitch for the 2-0 lead.
Glasco must have put the three-run homer in the playbook, as all Dawgs’ homers this season have been good for three runs. This time it was Vonk in the bottom of the third inning of the first game who crushed a ball to right field for the homer to make the score 5-0. To set the table for Vonk, Edwards drew the lead-off walk. A bunt single by Flippen moved pinch runner Olivia Watkins to second base. Flippen has had a hot hand for the Dawgs offensively,
Dawgs pitcher Morgan Melloh was dominant in the first four innings of the first game, not allowing a hit. The left-hander from Fishers, Ind. and traded in 2017 to the Dawgs from the Charge, allowed four runs off four hits and struck out one against her former team.
“They were both great,” Glasco said of her pitchers on the day. “Melloh is a great player. And of course Abbott was Abbott. She’s the best pitcher in the world right now.”
The Charge’s Mysha Sataraka launched a ball to dead center for a home run in the top of the fifth inning, which broke up Melloh’s no-no. In the sixth inning, the Charge pushed across three additional runs when rookie Katiyana Mauga went yard for her first NPF hit to bring the Charge within a run, 5-4.
Monica Abbott got the save in relief of Sarah Plourde in the first game, striking out two. For the Charge, Escobedo was charged with the loss, tossing two and one-third innings. The Arizona State product allowed five runs off five hits and walked three.
Vonk had an excellent pair of games for the Dawgs, driving in four runs. The Cal-Berkley product’s hit in the bottom of the first inning in the second game scored Goler, whose single also scored Nerissa Myers. Myers started the offense off with a double to the gap.
The Dawgs got some insurance runs in the second and third innings of the second game. Kayla Winkfield singled in the third to start things off and used her speed to get around the base paths, scoring from second on a throwing error in right field off a fly ball out. She reached second on Rhodes’ bloop single to left.
The was all the offense Abbott needed in grabbing the second game win. The lefty veteran tossed a three-hit, complete game shutout and struck out eight. For the Charge, Jill Compton is charged with the loss.
The Dawgs welcome the Akron Racers on Tuesday for a three-game series, with first pitch each night 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.