AKRON, Ohio - With the Akron Racers holding a 1-0 lead in the first round of the NPF Championships, Cat Osterman and Angela Tincher faced off in what started as a great pitching match up. Tincher carried a perfect game through the first three innings, while Osterman surrendered only one walk in the same time frame.
That would be where the duel would ultimately end. In the top of the fourth inning, Tincher walked Shanel Scott. After a stolen base by Scott, Chelsea Spencer knocked a double to the left-center field gap to score the Thunder base runner. Spencer came home when Amanda Williams lined a single back up the middle to make the score 2-0 in favor of the Thunder.
Tincher would eventually get out of the inning before ending her day. The Racer starter went 4.0 innings allowing two runs on two hits and one walk while striking out three Rockford hitters. Brittany Weil came in to relieve Tincher and pitched the rest of the game.
Rockford added another run in the top of the fifth inning with an RBI double down the left field line by Shanel Scott.
Down 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Jenny Topping tried to get her team going when she blasted a home run to left field to lead off the inning. Osterman wouldn't allow anymore damage that inning and the Thunder left with a 3-1 lead after five innings.
In the top of the sixth inning, Rockford put the game out of reach for good when Shanna Diller blasted a two out, two run home run to left-center field.
After picking up the loss in a 1-0 game earlier in the day, Osterman had her way with pretty much all of the Racers' hitters except Topping who went 2-3 with a home run to give the Racers their only hits and run. Osterman finished the night allowing one run on two hits and three walks while striking out ten in the complete game effort.
The win tied the Thunder with the Racers 1-1 in the first round playoff series.
Tickets for the Championship series are available by calling the Akron Racers Box Office at 330-376-8188 or online at ticketreturn.com. Fans who can't come to Akron can WATCH LIVE through NPF's partnership with MLB.com.
Friday, August 21st: Gates open at 3:00 pm for the evening session
Playoff Game #1 - 10:00 am: Bandits 1 vs. Pride 0
Playoff Game #2 - approx. 12:45 pm: Racers 1 vs. Thunder 0
Playoff Game #3 - 6:00 pm: Bandits 1 vs. Pride 2
Playoff game #4 - approx. 8:45 pm: Thunder 5 vs. Racers 1
Ticket Prices for Friday:
- Stadium Seating: $13 for morning or evening session (includes 2 games/session)
- Cambria Suites Bleachers/Terrace Seating: $14 for morning or evening session (includes 2 games/session)
- VIP Seating: $15 for morning or evening session (includes 2 games/session)
Saturday, August 22nd:
Playoff Game #5 - 1 pm: tie-breaker between the #1 and #4 seeds (if necessary)
Playoff Game #6 - approx. 4 pm: tie-breaker between the #2 and #3 seeds (if necessary)
Tickets for ‘if necessary’ games will not go on sale until SATURDAY morning at 9:00 am with gates opening at 10:00 am.and will be priced accordingly:
$7/$13 - Stadium Seating/Cambria Suites Bleachers/Terrace Seating (one game/two games)
$8/$14 - VIP Seating (one game/two games)
Championship Game #1 - approx. 7:00 pm
Sunday, August 23rd: Gates will open at 9:00 am
Championship Game #2 - 1 pm
(FINALS) - 4:00 pm (TIE-BREAKER if necessary)
Tickets for the Championship games will be priced as follows for EACH game:
$8 - Stadium Seating/Cambria Suites Bleachers/Terrace Seating
$9 - VIP Seating
A post-game trophy and championship MVP Award Presentation will follow upon conclusion of the championship game with the Cowles Cup being presented to the 2009 NPF Champion.
How to Watch
Fans unavailable to make the trip to Akron, Ohio to catch the Championship Series in person can tune in from home. All games will be streamed via profastpitch.com thanks to NPF’s partnership with MLB.com. Bernie Guenther will handle the play-by-play action. Live statistics will also be available via Gametracker. Go to the “Live-Games” page for Broadcast and Gametracker links and WATCH LIVE!
To purchase tickets, call the Akron Racers Box Office at 330-376-8188 or go Ticket Return.com.