Morgan Melloh Photo by Allie Martinez Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
McKinney, TX (August 1, 2016) – Morgan Melloh went the distance, tossing a complete game shutout. She scattered seven hits. The defense came up big, specifically Kylee Lahners at second base, to do their part to secure the win. The Charge won 1-0, taking two of three from the Racers. It was Dallas’ fifth series win and first over the Racers in 2016.
The Charge managed just four hits, two from Lauren Haeger. Her first inning single scored rookie Taylor Gadbois. Melloh and the Charge defense would make that run enough to get the win.
Melloh struck out seven and walked five. She worked out of jams in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings, stranding 11 Racers in all. The veteran left-hander left the bases load in each of the last two frames.
In support of Melloh, the Dallas defense made some excellent plays to help keep Akron off the board. In the top of the third, Kylee Lahners grabbed a one out ground ball bound for center field with a dive. From her belly, she made a back-handed flip to Renada Davis to get the force at second.
In the final inning, Lahners turned a no-doubt double play that certainly saved the game for the Charge. After the play, the Racers loaded the bases with two hits and a walk. Melloh coaxed a week ground ball to first from McKinney native Ashley Thomas to end the game.
The Charge improved to 15-26 on the season. The Racers fell just under .500 to 21-22. The Charge go on their final road trip of the season to face the PA Rebellion for three games.
LOCATION: The Ballfields at Craig Ranch, McKinney, TX
FINAL SCORE: Charge 1 Racers 0
RECORDS: Charge (15-26), Racers (21-22)
NEXT CHARGE GAME: Friday, August 5, 2016 at 6:05 p.m. CT vs. the PA Rebellion at Consol Energy Field in Washington, PA.
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 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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