Opening Day - May 29 - Chicago @ Akron - Firestone Stadium, Akron, OH............May 30 - PA Rebellion @ USSSA Pride - Perdue Stadium, Salisbury, MD...............Next NPF Radio Show - May 7th............Opening Day - May 29 - Chicago @ Akron - Firestone Stadium, Akron, OH............May 30 - PA Rebellion @ USSSA Pride - Perdue Stadium, Salisbury, MD...............Next NPF Radio Show - May 7th.........Opening Day - May 29 - Chicago @ Akron - Firestone Stadium, Akron, OH............May 30 - PA Rebellion @ USSSA Pride - Perdue Stadium, Salisbury, MD...............Next NPF Radio Show - May 7th.........
HomeAbout NPFNewsOwn a TeamSchedulePlayersStoreChampionship StatisticsInternships
 

HEAT DROPS FIRST OF FOUR TO FIRST PLACE THUNDERArizona remains two games back thanks to California win

By:
HOUSTON, Texas – The Arizona Heat came to Texas riding a three-game winning streak at the hands of the California Sunbirds, but they dropped the opening game of the four game series by a final score of 1-0.

Wednesday night’s game was being played as a makeup from the July 17 halted game. The two teams were only able to get through one batter before severe wind and rain forced the suspension of the game.

When the two teams returned to action, it was the Texas Thunder who would threaten first. Texas began the game with a runner on first, as Kristen Zaleski (2-for-3) opened the July 17 game with a single, with sharp-hitting Lindsay Gardner (1-for-2) at the plate. Gardner would also reach base by way of a single, but she would advance no further than second base thanks in large part to a poor base running decision by Zaleski and timely pitching by Arizona starter Erica Beach (6-5).

Beach would settle in after the Gardner single by retiring 14 of the next 16 batters she would face. Beach finished the game by allowing five hits and walking three to go along with her four strikeouts.

But in the top of the sixth inning, Zaleski got the Thunder going again with a lined double into the outfield. After advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt by Gardner and a walk to Clare Burnum, designated player Ryan Realmuto (1-for-2, RBI) delivered the only RBI of the game with a hard single to right field.

The Heat had several chances to get on the board in the game, as they stranded six runners on base, including two runners that reached second base with no outs. Jodi Otten was the big hitter on the night for the Heat, she finished the game 2-for-3 including a double to leadoff the game. The only other player to register a hit in the game for Arizona was Sara Pickering. Her hit was an infield hit that ricocheted off of the Texas pitcher.

Texas pitcher Marissa Young (3-2) pitched effectively all night allowing only three hits while striking out six. She went a stretch where she retired four consecutive hitter, including Lisha Ribellia (0-for-3, 3 K) looking with two on in the bottom of the first inning.

Even with the loss, the Heat remains just 2.0 games behind the New England Riptide for the final playoff spot in the 2004 playoffs. The Riptide lost for the fourth consecutive game on Wednesday night, dropping a 6-2 extra inning game with the California Sunbirds. The two will square off again on Thursday night in Stockton, Calif.

The Thunder and Heat will play a doubleheader tomorrow night beginning at 6 p.m. CDT. All Thunder home games are played at the University of Houston’s Cougar Softball Stadium.

For information on the Heat or for ticket information, visit the official team website at www.tucsonsoftball.com or call 520-296-9595. Tickets for the Heat are available for purchase at the Hi Corbett Field Box Office and can be purchased for $3-11.

National Pro Fastpitch is the only professional women’s fastpitch league in the United States. The league is headquartered in Denver, and has been in operation since 1997 under the names Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Professional Softball League (WPSL).

-NPF-



Search Archive »





Browse by Month »

March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
May 2004
April 2004
March 2004
February 2004
January 2004
December 2003
October 2003
September 2003
August 2003
July 2003
June 2003
May 2003
February 2003
November 2002
July 2002
December 2001