Amanda Fama Photo by Jade Hewitt Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Myrtle Beach, SC (July 28, 2016) – On a beautiful evening in Myrtle Beach, SC at TicketReturn.com Field, the Dawgs faced off in game one against the Rebellion.
The Dawgs came out swinging in the first inning against the three-year veteran pitcher for the Rebellion, Dallas Escobedo. Kiki Stokes reached on a single to left field, followed by a bunt from Breja’e Washington to put runners on first and second. A deep sacrifice fly ball to left field off the bat of Madison Shipman allowed K. Stokes to move to third. Washington, with her speed, stole second base quickly after Shipman’s hit. A two-run RBI single from Amanda Fama put the Dawgs on the board (2-0).
The Dawgs dominated on the defensive end in the first two innings as well, shutting down the Rebellion with 1-2-3 innings. Monica Abbott, in the circle, gave up one walk to Alisa Goler in the bottom of the second.
Continuing to strike with bats in their hands, the Dawgs delivered again in the top of the third. Another single from K. Stokes, followed by a shot down the third base line from Washington quickly put both speedsters on second and third. A perfect suicide squeeze by Shipman would score K. Stokes coming in home to score (3-0).
After a scoreless fourth inning, the Dawgs kept their bats alive in the fifth with a walk to Nerissa Myers, bringing up Shipman, who hit a rocket right back up the middle, just missing Escobedo. With two runners on, Fama remained disciplined at the plate and took a free pass to load up the bases. Emilee Koerner entered the box, but was sat down by Escobedo to end the side, who had an impressive outing tonight in the circle with 12 strikeouts on the evening.
In the top of the sixth inning, hometown favorite Christian Stokes stepped in to pinch hit for Taylore Fuller and just missed getting one over the head of second baseman Olivia Watkins. A blast up the middle from Dawgs center fielder Emily Crane kept the offense rolling, however, a strikeout to K. Stokes would end the inning.
A pitching change in the top of the seventh for the Rebellion brought in relief pitcher Emma Johnson, who ended the side in order. The Rebellion attempted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh with bases loaded and pinch hitter Kristyn Sandberg up to bat. Sandberg hit a shot, but it was knocked down by shortstop Madison Shipman, who made an amazing diving stop and flipped the ball to Myers for the final out of the game. The Dawgs take game number one from the Rebellion on Fama’s 2-run RBI and Shipman’s suicide squeeze (3-0). Abbott shut down the Rebellion offense with nine strikeouts on the night. Attendance at tonight’s game was 3,494.
The Dawgs will be back in action tomorrow, July 29, 2016 at TicketReturn.com Field in Myrtle Beach, SC, for game two against the Rebellion. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 EDT.
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About the Pennsylvania Rebellion:
The Rebellion is a professional women’s softball team competing as part of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF). In their third season in the league, the Rebellion will play head-to-head against the most talented players in the sport. Games are broadcast nationally and draw local fans of all ages to experience the action live. NPF is an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball. For more information about the Pennsylvania Rebellion, please visit www.pennsylvaniarebellion.com or call 724-250-9555.
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 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF):
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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