Conroe, TX (June 10, 2017) -The Scrap Yard Dawgs have had trouble with the Charge’s Ally Carda.
The pitcher from UCLA has led the way on the mound so far in the Dawgs/Charge series, defeating the Dawgs twice in three game - this time by the score of 3-1. The loss spoiled the Dawgs’ 2017 home debut in front of a standing room only crowd in Conroe. The loss drops the Dawgs to 1-2 on the season.
Dawgs coach Gerry Glasco said Carda has been effective against his team, but the Dawgs control its own destiny.
“Carda is a great competitor and a great pitcher, but we control our own results. I think right now we just need to figure out how to get the barrel on the ball and make some adjustments. I feel confident we can do that,” Glasco said.
Though the Dawgs were able to scrape together four hits against Carda in her five and a third innings of work, it couldn’t take advantage of opportunities in the loss.
The Dawgs knocked on the door in the bottom of the second when Alisa Goler singled up the middle to start the inning. Goler has been an offensive spark for the Dawgs in the young season, hitting .429 in three games.
After a Kayla Winkfield ground ball careened off Charge third baseman Missy Taukeiaho, the Dawgs had two runners aboard. Kiki Stokes battled with Carda for twelve pitches before flying out to third base to end the inning and the threat. The Dawgs left four runners on base on the night.
The Charge broke through in the top of the fourth inning as Dawgs pitcher Sarah Plourde walked the first two Charge batters. Carda helped her own cause with a sacrifice to advance pinch runner Brittany Gomez and Breja’e Washington, who drew the walk. A wild pitch scored Gomez for the first run of the game. A base hit to left by Lauren Haeger scored Washington to add another Charge run.
The Charge’s Nadia Taylor struck again in the top of the fifth inning on a pinch-hit single. The University of Texas product has hit a staggering .714 in the series. Taylor Gadbois reentered to run for Taylor and scored later in the inning when the throw on her steal attempt to third sailed into the outfield to put the Charge up 3-0.
In the top of the sixth inning, Haeger looked to rally the Charge with two outs, lacing a line shot to left, but Kiki Stokes made the diving catch for the Dawgs to deny Haeger her second hit of the night.
The Dawgs finally struck in the bottom of the sixth inning to cut the lead to 3-1. Hannah Flippen got the one-out single and advanced to second on the sacrifice by Nerissa Myers. Taylor Edwards ripped a single to center for the RBI and the first run of the game to score Flippen. Olivia Watkins entered to pinch run for Edwards and advanced to third when Charge catcher Kristyn Sandberg’s throw sailed into centerfield. But Haeger - who took the mound in relief of Carda - got Amanda Fama out on a called strike three to end the inning.
Dawgs pitcher Sara Plourde took the loss, entering the game in relief of Cheridan Hawkins, who lasted two thirds of an inning. Plourde allowed two runs on one hit and walked three in two and a third innings of work. Pitcher Morgan Foley made her Dawgs debut on the mound, tossing two and two-thirds in relief. In her debut she allowed no runs and one hit. She also fanned one.
Glasco said his defense didn’t do his pitchers many favors in the loss. The Dawgs' defense amassed three errors on the night.
“I thought our pitching kept us in the game really well tonight, I just think we let our pitchers down a bit tonight with our defense and hitting,” Glasco said. “If you take away the walks, our pitching was outstanding today.
The Dawgs and Charge face off in the final two games of the series in a twin bill on Sunday with first pitch at 1:05pm.
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