Nerissa Myers Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Washington, PA - July 16, 2014 - The Pennsylvania Rebellion, presented by The Coury Financial Group, clung to a short lead for most of the contest, but a strong push late in the game by the visiting the Akron Racers resulted in a 2-1 defeat. Sarah Pauly took the loss for the Rebellion while Lisa Norris earned the win.
The Rebellion’s lone run came in the bottom of the first inning when designated player Courtney Liddle rocketed a double into left that scored left fielder Brittney Lindley.
On the defensive side, catcher Taylor Edwards helped her pitcher immensely by throwing out two Racers on the base paths. The rest of the Rebellion defense showed some flair as they clung to their 1-0 lead heading into the sixth inning.
As shutdown as the Rebellion defense was, however, it is very difficult to defend against a home run. The Racers capitalized on the long ball in the top of the sixth when second baseman Ashley Thomas and shortstop Nerissa Myers each knocked a solo home run to tie and eventually overtook the Rebellion, giving Racers a 2-1 lead late in the contest.
The one-run deficit was too much to overcome in the bottom of the seventh for the Rebellion, giving the contest to the Racers and marking the Rebellion’s sixth-straight loss.
The Rebellion look to snap this recent losing-streak as they take on the Racers in game two of the four-game series on Thursday, July 17. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EDT. For tickets and/or group packages, contact the CONSOL Energy Park Box Office at 724.250.7412.
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Site: CONSOL Energy Park - Washington, PA
Score: Racers 2, Rebellion1
Records: Racers (13-16), Rebellion (5-22)
Next Game: Thursday, July 17 at 7:05p.m. EDT
About 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 13th season of play in 2014.
About PA Rebellion
The Rebellion is a professional women's softball team competing as part of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF). Joining the gritty, fast-paced league in 2014, the Rebellion will play head-to-head against the most talented players in the sport. Games are broadcast nationally and draw local fans of all ages to experience the action live. NPF is an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball.
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch is headquarted 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 name 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.