06/14/2017 2:18 PM -
Myers Grand Slam Paces Dawgs to Victory
When it’s on, the Scrap Yard Dawgs offense is really on. After it was only able to muster three runs just 24 hours prior, the Dawgs absolutely obliterated Akron pitching in the 9-1 victory against the Racers. The win evens the series at one win apiece.
After failing to convert with bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning, the Dawgs more than made up for it in the second. Olivia Watkins’s bunt single started things off for the Dawgs. Watkins used her speed again to reach third on Kiki Stokes’s lined single to right. Kayla Winkfield drew the walk to leave the bases loaded for Nerissa Myers and she made them pay with an absolute bomb to right center for the grand slam. The homer was Myers’s second on the year.
Dawgs coach Jimmy Kolaitis said the offense is starting to come around for the Dawgs.
“The girls are still trying to get in a rhythm and get into a groove and we’re moving hitters in and out of the lineup,” Kolaitis said. “We went with a little bit of speed today and the top of the order did a really great job. When Nerissa (Myers) hit that home run, it kind of got everyone relaxed a little bit and it was a great day offensively.”
The offense kept pouring it on in the bottom of the third inning, exploding for four more runs. Britt Vonk opened the inning by drawing a walk. Alisa Goler singled to left center to get Vonk to third base. The Cal-Berkley product scored on a past ball strikeout. Watkins was able to reach on her strikeout. Stokes’s sacrifice fly scored Goler for the 6-0 lead.
The big hurt in the inning was Taylor Edward’s two-RBI single that scored Allexis Bennett and Kayla Winkfield to round out the inning. Edwards has driven in five runs on the year for the Dawgs.
The Racers offense was no match for Abbott. The three-time NPF pitcher of the year struck out eight - at one point in the second and third innings fanning six straight. The University of Tennessee product allowed one hit on the night in five innings of work. Abbott’s ERA dropped to 0.82 after the victory.
Dawgs pitching allowed just three hits on the evening and a lone run. Rachel Fox and Morgan Foley completed the game in relief. Fox allowed one run on two hits and struck out one. Foley closed out the seventh for Dawgs, striking out two.
The Racers tried to make it interesting in the top of the fifth inning, but the Dawgs defense erased those hopes. After an Abbott strikeout of Sam Fischer for the first out of the inning, Sallie Robinson was able to reach for the Racers when she was hit by a pitch. Abbott was then able to get a ground ball out of Kelley Montalvo. Nerissa Myers teamed up with Jade Rhodes at first for the double play to erase any threat.
Bennett kept up the hot bat for the Dawgs with two hits on the night to raise her batting average to a stellar .579. The Corona, Calif. native also drew a walk to lead off the game.
“Chip (Allexis Bennett) is just full of energy. Most players work out of a four or five energy level and Chip works at about a nine,” Kolaitis said. “She just brings a on of energy and is able to hit and swing. Her short game stuff is big. She just a competitor at the top and gets the offense ignited for us.”
For the Racers, Sara Groenewegen took the loss, allowing five runs on six hits in two innings of work. The University of Minnesota product walked and struck out four. The Dawgs poured on nine hits against Akron pitching.
The two teams square off in the rubber match tomorrow at the Scrap Yard Complex in the Woodlands with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.
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.