Conroe, TX (August 6, 2016) – Going into tonight’s game, the series is tied 1-1, with Scrap Yard taking game one and dropping last night’s contest to the Akron Racers.
Racers veteran Taylor Schlopy earned her 193 career hit, a double to left field, which is a new Akron Racers franchise record in career hits. With that double, Schlopy has 40 hits on the season. An RBI double from Sami Fagan would score Schlopy for the first run of the game in the third (1-0).
The Dawgs answer right back in the bottom of the third when Madison Shipman earned the first hit for the Dawgs in RBI form by scoring Britt Vonk, who reached first on a free pass (1-1)
The fourth and fifth innings remained scoreless for the Racers on the arm of Driesenga with back-to-back 1-2-3 innings. For the Dawgs in the bottom of the fifth, the third hit of the night came from Vonk on a poke between Fagan and Montalvo at third, followed by a textbook bunt from Nerissa Myers to put runners on first and second with one away.
Montalvo made a full-effort diving catch to rob Shipman on a hard liner down the third base line. However, Amanda Fama came in clutch with an RBI single to left field to score Vonk for the second time tonight giving the Dawgs the lead for the first time in tonight’s game (2-1).
Pinch hitter Christi Orgeron laced a hard liner in the right center field gap to bring around Fama and Myers, extending the Dawgs lead to a 4-1 game. Starting pitcher for the Racers Rachele Fico is replaced by Laura Winter, who gets Emilee Koerner to fly out to center field, ending the fifth.
With two outs in the top of the sixth, pinch hitter Shellie Robinson cleared the bases with a stand-up triple to tie up the game (4-4). This brings in relief pitcher Monica Abbott. Driesenga ended the night with five (5) strikeouts on five and 2/3 innings pitched.
Sami Fagan singled to right field in the seventh, going 3-3 on the night up at the plate. Another pinch hitter for the Racers, Sam Fischer, punched a triple in the right center field gap. Fagan scored on the hit (5-4), and on a loose ball behind home plate, Fischer took off for home, but was called out on the tag by Vonk, who was covering.
In the bottom of the seventh, Winter is replaced by Jailyn Ford in the circle. After fouling off a few, Shipman singled to shortstop, putting runners on first and second as Meagan May Whitley stepped into the box and delivered a beautiful sacrifice bunt to move the runners over.
With bases loaded, Jade Rhodes, a recent pickup for the Scrap Yard Dawgs, earned her first professional hit in walk-off fashion with a laser down the third base line to score Myers and Shipman (6-5) taking the final game against the Racers.
The Dawgs will be back Tuesday, August 9th at the Scrap Yard for another three-game series against the Pennsylvania Rebellion. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30pm CDT.