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Friedman’s blast make Force walk-off winners

Allentown, Pa.-  Pinch hitter Emily Friedman hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Philadelphia Force a 1-0 win over the Rockford Thunder. Friedman’s blast made a winner of Katie Burkhart who impressed in the circle by striking out a career-tying 14 Thunder batters.

 

In the top of the seventh inning the Rockford mounted a scoring chance when Shanna Diller led off with a line-drive double to right center field. Burkhart dug in and struck out Stephanie Best for her 13th strikeout of the game. The next batter, Settlemier grounded a shot to Clare Burnum at third that she fielded cleanly and fired to first getting Settlemier for the second out. On the play, Diller held at second base. Sandy Vojik was asked to pinch hit, but Burkhart (5-2) got her out looking at strikes for number 14 on the night.

 

In the bottom of the last frame, Friedman would send the 399 in attendance at ECTB Stadium home happy. With one out, Friedman was summoned to pinch hit for Trena Peel. The three-year NPF veteran lined Serena Settlemier’s first pitch just inside the left field pole and over the out stretched glove of Amanda Williams. It was Friedman’s first professional home run.

 

Early in the game, the Force (16-6) had a runner thrown out at the plate. Sharonda McDonald stroked a one-out single in the first inning. She moved to third base on a stolen base and a throwing error by the Thunder catcher. NPF’s leading hitter Kellie Wilkerson launched a fly ball to medium left field. Thunder’s Williams hauled in the fly and then sent a laser to home to retire McDonald trying to score.

 

Settlemier (0-4) was the hard-luck loser in the contest. She pitched 6.1 innings and allowed just six hits. She struck out six Force batters.

 

Burkhart scattered just three hits on the evening. On the season, she has 69 strikeouts which ties her for second in the NPF. She also lowered her ERA to 1.29 which is also second in the NPF.

 

The Force and Thunder (10-12) meet for game three of the series on Friday night at 7:05 p.m.  The Force will continue to celebrate the Coach’s for the Cure Series as they honor the Autism Society of America, Lehigh Valley Chapter.

 

 

Rockford Thunder vs Philadelphia Force (Jul 10, 2008)



Box Score

                            The Automated ScoreBook
                     Rockford Thunder at Philadelphia Force
                  Jul 10, 2008 at Allentown, PA (ECTB Stadium)
 
Rockford Thunder 0 (16-6)
 
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Zaleski, Kristen cf......  2  0  0  0   1  2  0  0   0
Rendon, Audrey 3b........  3  0  0  0   0  0  2  2   1
Gardner, Lindsay 2b......  3  0  1  0   0  1  2  2   0
Callahan, Tonya 1b.......  2  0  0  0   1  2  4  1   0
Diller, Shanna rf........  3  0  2  0   0  1  0  0   0
Best, Stephanie dh.......  3  0  0  0   0  3  0  0   0
Settlemier, Serena p.....  3  0  0  0   0  2  0  1   3
Batistelli, Victoria c...  2  0  0  0   0  2  8  0   0
 Vojik, Sandy ph.........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1
Williams, Amanda lf......  2  0  0  0   0  0  2  1   0
Davison, Jamie ss........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Totals................... 24  0  3  0   2 14 19  7   5
 
Philadelphia Force 1 (10-12)
 
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Burnum, Clare 3b.........  3  0  1  0   0  2  1  2   0
McDonald, Sharonda cf....  2  0  2  0   0  0  0  0   0
Wilkerson, Kellie dh.....  3  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Spencer, Chelsea ss......  3  0  0  0   0  0  2  0   3
Long, Savannah 2b........  2  0  0  0   0  1  0  2   0
Hall, Jenna 1b...........  2  0  1  0   0  0  4  0   0
 Hudson, Amy pr..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Gibson, Megan lf.........  1  0  0  0   2  0  0  0   0
Miller, Kristen c........  3  0  0  0   0  1 14  0   2
Peel, Trena rf...........  2  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   2
 Friedman, Emily ph......  1  1  1  1   0  0  0  0   0
Burkhart, Katie p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 22  1  6  1   2  5 21  4   7
 
Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Rockford Thunder.... 000 000 0 -  0  3  1
Philadelphia Force.. 000 000 1 -  1  6  0
-----------------------------------------
 
Note: 1 out, 0 runners LOB when the game ended.
 
E - Batistelli. LOB - Thunder 5; Force 7. 2B - Gardner; Diller. HR -
Friedman(1). HBP - Long. SH - McDonald; Hall. SB - McDonald.
 
Rockford Thunder       IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Settlemier, Serena..  6.1  6  1  1  2  5 22 27
 
Philadelphia Force     IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Burkhart, Katie.....  7.0  3  0  0  2 14 24 26
 
Win - Burkhart (5-2).  Loss - Settlemier (0-4).  Save - None.
HBP - by Settlemier (Long).
Umpires - HP: Tom Meyer  1B: John Cambridge  3B: Joe Massaro
Start: 7:05 pm   Time: 2:10   Attendance: 399
Game: PHIL0710
 

Play-by-Play

                            The Automated ScoreBook
             Rockford Thunder at Philadelphia Force - Play-by-Play
                  Jul 10, 2008 at Allentown, PA (ECTB Stadium)
 
 
Score by Innings                  R  H  E
-----------------------------------------
Rockford Thunder.... 000 000 0 -  0  3  1
Philadelphia Force.. 000 000 1 -  1  6  0
-----------------------------------------
 
Rockford Thunder starters: 17/cf Zaleski; 0/3b Rendon; 3/2b Gardner; 35/1b
Callahan; 33/rf Diller; 16/dh Best; 11/p Settlemier; 7/c Batistelli; 2/lf A.
Williams; 24/ss Davison;
Philadelphia Force starters: 5/3b Burnum; 8/cf McDonald; 20/dh Wilkerson; 2/ss
Spencer, C.; 22/2b Long; 44/1b Hall; 12/lf Gibson; 52/c Miller; 0/rf Peel; 7/p
Burkhart;
 
Rockford Thunder 1st - Zaleski struck out. Rendon popped up to ss.
Gardner struck out. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
 
Philadelphia Force 1st - Burnum struck out. McDonald singled to third
base. McDonald stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error by c.
Wilkerson flied out to lf; McDonald out at home lf to c. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1
error, 0 LOB.
 
Rockford Thunder 2nd - Callahan walked. Diller struck out. Best struck
out. Settlemier struck out. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
 
Philadelphia Force 2nd - Spencer, C. grounded out to 3b. Long popped up
to 3b. Hall singled to right field. Gibson walked; Hall advanced to second.
Hudson pinch ran for Hall. Miller reached on a fielder's choice; Gibson
advanced to second; Hudson out at third 3b unassisted. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0
errors, 2 LOB.
 
Rockford Thunder 3rd - Hall to 1b for Hudson. Batistelli struck out. A.
Williams grounded out to 2b. Zaleski walked. Rendon reached on a fielder's
choice; Zaleski out at second 2b to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
 
Philadelphia Force 3rd - Peel grounded out to 2b. Burnum struck out.
McDonald singled to second base. Wilkerson singled to second base; McDonald
advanced to third. Spencer, C. out on batter's interference. 0 runs, 2 hits,
0 errors, 2 LOB.
 
Rockford Thunder 4th - Gardner doubled to left center. Callahan struck
out. Diller singled to left field. Best struck out. Settlemier struck out. 0
runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.
 
Philadelphia Force 4th - Long hit by pitch. Hall out at first 1b to 2b,
SAC, bunt; Long advanced to second. Gibson walked. Miller struck out. Peel
struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.
 
Rockford Thunder 5th - Batistelli struck out. A. Williams grounded out
to 1b unassisted. Zaleski struck out. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
 
Philadelphia Force 5th - Burnum singled up the middle. McDonald out at
first 3b to 2b, SAC, bunt; Burnum advanced to second. Wilkerson lined out to
ss. Spencer, C. grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
 
Rockford Thunder 6th - Rendon grounded out to 3b, bunt. Gardner lined
out to 3b. Callahan struck out. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
 
Philadelphia Force 6th - Long struck out. Hall grounded out to p. Gibson
flied out to lf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
 
Rockford Thunder 7th - Diller doubled to right center. Best struck out.
Settlemier grounded out to 3b. Vojik pinch hit for Batistelli. Vojik struck out
looking. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
 
Philadelphia Force 7th - Batistelli to c for Vojik. Miller fouled out to
c. Friedman pinch hit for Peel. Friedman homered to left field, RBI. 1 run,
1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.