AKRON, OH – July 30, 2013 – The Akron Racers dropped the second game of the three-game seires against the NY/NJ Comets. The final score was 8-4. Erin Arevalo pitched six and two-thirds innings for the Racers and had a no hitter going into the sixth, before she gave up two hits in a row and then a grand slam that inning.
Erin Arevalo took the circle for her fifth start of the season. Olivia Galati threw for the Comets. Arevalo threw for six two-thirds innings and she finished the game with a line of seven hits, eight runs, four walked batters and three strike outs. Hillary Bach came on in relief to get the final out in the seventh.
Arevalo got off to a shaky start; in the first inning she sat down the first two batters, then walked the next two, and finally got the last out on a grounder sent back to the circle. However, as the game progressed, she was able to develop a rhythm and did not allow a hit until the sixth inning. She had 1, 2, 3 innings in the second, third, fourth, and fifth.
Arevalo received a great deal of assistance from the Racers fielders – they did not allow an error and made some spectacular outs. Kelly Montalvo made a diving catch in the second inning and was able to get the throw to first in time to record the second out. Tess Sito also made some solid plays at second and was picking up grounders all game long, as was Brigette Del Ponte at shortstop.
In the first inning, it was Charlotte Morgan who helped Akron get on the board first, launching a towering solo home run beyond the center field fence on a 1-1 count with two outs. In the next inning, it was Brigette Del Ponte with the big bat. After Garcia started the second inning off with a leadoff single, Del Ponte sent sent the ball past the right field fence to give the Racers a 3-0 lead.
Brigette Del Ponte led off the Racers in the fourth inning. She put up a battle at the plate by turning a 1-2 count into a full count before getting the walk. Ayumi Karino followed up by laying down a bunt and made it to second on a Comets error. Tess Sito came to the plate with no outs and two in scoring position, before sending a line drive to third and the Comets were able to turn the double play when Del Ponte was not able to get back to third in time. But Brianna Turang was able to slap one over the head of the Bianca Mejia at shortstop and bring Karino home from second to drive the score up to 4-0.
In the sixth inning, the Comets ended Arevalo’s bid for a no-hitter and were finally able to get their bats going. After Arevalo got the first out, she walked the second, and Angeline Quiocho got the first hit of the game for the Comets by sending a short pop-up into left field. Bianca Mejia followed with a single of her own into left field and managed to bring Brittney Lindley home to give the Comets their first run of the game. Dorian Shaw became the second out of the game when she hit a line drive into Del Ponte’s glove. But Arevalo walked Amanda Kamekona to load the bases and Brittney McKinney hit a grand slam with two outs to give the Comets a 5-4 lead.
NY/NJ struck again in the seventh. The Comets started with a leadoff single from Amy Hooks and Samie Garcia followed with a single of her own. Kelley Montalvo made a leaping catch for Lindley’s high grounder and tagged third to get Hooks for the first out. Quiocho was able to follow that with a single of her own to load the bases for Bianca Mejia. But Arevalo was able to come back from a 3-0 count to strike her out for the second out. Then, Dorian Shaw brought all three NY/NJ runners home on a double into left field to give the Comets their 8-4 lead.
Olivia Galati pitched all seven innings for the Comets and finished the game with a stat line of 10 hits, four runs, three walks, and had two strikeouts.
The Racers will finish up their three-game series against the Comets tomorrow night at 7:05 pm. They have a break on Thursday before kicking off a four-game home series against the Pride on Friday, August 2 at 7:05 pm.
About the Akron Racers
The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play. The Racers kick off their 11th season of play in 2012.
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.
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Written by Ben Schwartz for the Akron Racers