Sarah Pauly Photo by Allie Martinez Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
McKinney, TX (June 20, 2016) – The Dallas Charge league losing streak stretched out to nine as they fell 7-0 to the Akron Racers Monday night. Sarah Pauly went the distance for the Racers, allowing just four hits. She struck out six. She improved to 2-0 on the season.
Rookie Cheridan Hawkins got her first NPF start in the circle for the Charge, throwing five and two-thirds innings.
Neither team recorded a hit until the sixth inning when Akron opened the game up with four runs on four hits. Taylor Schlopy doubled in A.J. Andrews who had walked. It was the first hit of the game. Sam Fischer and Shellie Robinson each followed with doubles pushing the margin to three. A single by Griffin Joiner brought home the fourth run of the inning and chased Hawkins from the circle. Compton threw three pitches in relief to get the Charge out of the inning.
Akron added three more runs in the final frame, two coming from a Schlopy blast to left. The Charge could not mount a series challenge in their last at bat and the game ended 7-0.
Taylor Gadbois had two of the Charge’s four hits.
Hawkins took the loss. She allowed four runs, fanned one and walked four.
The Charge fell to 4-10 on the season. Akron improved to 8-5. The two will face off again tomorrow night to conclude the two game set.
LOCATION: The Ballfields at Craig Ranch, McKinney, TX 75070
FINAL SCORE: Akron 7, Charge 0
RECORDS: Charge (4-10), Akron (8-5)
NEXT CHARGE GAME: June 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. CT vs. Akron Racers, The Ballfields at Craig Ranch
PLAY BY PLAY
About the Akron Racers:
The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league, celebrating their 15th Season of Play in 2016. 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.
About Dallas Charge:
The Dallas Charge, headquartered in McKinney, TX, began competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2015. The Charge provide elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the Charge organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dallas Charge at www.dallascharge.com.
About National Pro Fastpitch:
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
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