BATON ROUGE, LA (August 17, 2017) – Monica Abbott of the Scrap Yard Dawgs came within one pitch of a no-hitter in the second game of the NPF Championship semifinals, but walked away with a complete game 4-1 win over Akron Racers to take a 1-0 lead in the second best of three semifinal series played at LSU’s Tiger Park Friday night.
Abbott, the league’s pitcher of the year, gave up a two-out solo home run to straight away center field in the top of the seventh inning, to Akron’s Shelllie Robinson. Abbott went the distance walked only one and struck out 14 to run her record to 18-3. Jailyn Ford went 3.1 innings for Akron and fell to 5-5 on the year.
The Scrap Yard Dawgs, 32-18, broke open the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when Ali Aguilar doubled past second base to drive in the first run of the game. An infield single by Kayla Winkfield drove in the second run of the inning. That drove Ford from the game and allowed Tiger Park fans to see one of their favorite former pitchers, Rachel Fico.
Abbott continued to mow down the Racers and the Scrap Yard Dawgs put the game away in the bottom of the sixth inning when Akron made two errors and Nerissa Myers drove in the final two runs on a single to center field.
The tournament continues Friday with the same two matchups in game two of the series. The Racers and Dawgs will play the first game at 5 p.m. with Chicago and the USSSA Pride at 8 p.m. The Scrap Yard Dawgs and Pride need just one win to advance to Sunday’s championship series.
The games will be available on NPF TV and MLP.com streaming broadcasts from Tiger Park.
Game Time: 2:01
Vaultz® Lock It Up® Player of the Game: Monica Abbott (Scrap Yard Dawgs)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.