Monica Abbott Photo by Allie Martinez Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Erie, CO (June 28, 2016) – Monica Abbott tossed a one-hit complete game shutout Tuesday night in Colorado, leading the Scrap Yard Dawgs to a 7-0 victory over the Dallas Charge. Lauren Haeger broke up the no-hit bid with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. The gamed marked the fifth straight win for the Dawgs over the Charge and the third time in five games the Charge have faced Abbott.
Extremely efficient, Abbott needed just 77 pitches to dispatch the Charge. She struck out 11.
Morgan Melloh got the start for the Charge going four innings, allowing six runs, three earned. She fanned seven and walked just one. Andi Williamson relieved Melloh, pitching the final three frames. She allowed one run and struck out three.
In a game marred by a weather delay of nearly an hour and illegal pitch calls, the Dawgs stroked nine hits, five for extra bases, including two home runs. Emilee Koerner and Nerissa Myers each hit the lasers that left the park.
The Dawgs took the lead in the top of the third, scoring three. They added two in the fourth and one in the fifth, pushing the lead to six. The Koerner solo bomb in the top of the seventh made the score 7-0.
The Charge fell to 6-12. The Dawgs upped their record to 10-8. The two teams will face off again on Wednesday at Christopher Complex in Westminster, CO.
LOCATION: Erie Community Park, Erie CO
FINAL SCORE: Dawgs 7, Charge 0
RECORDS: Charge (6-12), Dawgs (10-8)
NEXT CHARGE GAME: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. CT vs. The Scrap Yard Dawgs, Christopher Complex, Westminster, Colorado.
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About the Scrap Yard Dawgs:
The Scrap Yard Dawgs will begin competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2016. The Dawgs will provide elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Houston area, the Dawgs organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dawgs at www.scrapyarddawgs.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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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