Lauren Haeger Photo by Jade Hewitt Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Westminster, CO (June 29, 2016) – Lauren Haeger fired a complete game two-hit shutout Wednesday night in game two of a three-games series, leading the Charge to a 5-0 victory over the Dawgs. The win was the first ever for the Charge over the expansion Scrap Yard squad. Haeger improved to 4-3 in the circle. She struck out 11 and walked five. The game was delayed in the top of the sixth inning for just over an hour by lightning and rain.
Haeger kept the Dawgs under control most of the game. Although she did pitch out of trouble of her own making in the second. Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases with one out. Haeger coaxed a line out to short and routine ground ball to get out of danger.
The Charge scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning. All four were charged to Dawg starter Ellen Renfroe Reed. Sara Driesenga took over in the second and pitched the rest of the way for the Dawgs.
Four hits in the Charge half of first led to an early lead. RBI doubles from Kylee Lahners and Haeger drove in the first three. A single from Dallas catcher Kaylyn Castillo plated Haeger and run number four.
In the bottom of the sixth, Danielle Henderson drilled a rocket over the center field fence to stretch the lead to five and end the scoring. The solo shot was her second of the season.
The Charge collected seven hits from six hitters. Castillo reached via the hit twice.
The Charge improved to 7-12. The Dawgs fell to 10-9. The two teams will finish their three-game Colorado series on Thursday at Aurora Sports Complex in Aurora, CO.
LOCATION: Christopher Fields, Westminster, CO
FINAL SCORE: Charge 5, Dawgs 0
RECORDS: Charge (7-12), Dawgs (10-9)
NEXT CHARGE GAME: Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. CT vs. The Scrap Yard Dawgs, Aurora Sports Park, Aurora CO.
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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 the 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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