LEAGUE CITY, Texas Thursday night was a night the Thunder will hope to soon forget, as they were beat for the fourth time this season by the Philadelphia Force of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), 8-2, at Big League Dreams in League City.
The win improved Philadelphia to 4-8 on the season and unfortunately for the Thunder, all four wins have come at their expense. The expansion Force took three of four games with Texas two weeks ago in Allentown. The loss dropped the Thunder to 11-7 on the season.
The big star of the game was Philadelphia first baseman Jenna Hall. The left-handed power hitter delivered two monster home runs in the game with the first giving the Force the lead for good at 4-1. She came to the plate again in the fifth inning and blasted the first pitch she saw in the at-bat to right centerfield, measuring some 250' from home plate.
Carri Leto also had a good game for the Force. The three-year league veteran finished the game 3-for-3 from the plate with three runs scored. Ryan Realmuto and Lindsey Cameron each had two hits a piece for the Force, who out hit Texas 10-4 on the night.
Texas did, however, have its chances to score in the game. The Thunder left the bases loaded on two different occasions and left 10 runners on base in the game. To go with their four hits, Force pitcher Stephanie Van Brakle also walked seven and hit one in the game. But the Thunder could not come up with the timely hit.
Clare Burnum and Rocky Spencer were the only productive players in the lineup on Thursday night. Burnum was 2-for-3 on the night and Spencer walked twice and came around to score both times.
Nicole Neuerburg, who fell to 1-3 on the season, went five innings for the Thunder allowing eight hits and six runs. Van Brakle also went five innings in the game. The right-hander from Alabama allowed just four hits and struck out five in the game.
Game three of the series with the Force is scheduled for Friday night, June 30 at 7:05 p.m. The Thunder will look to take a 2-1 series advantage over the Force. Christa Williams is expected to start in the circle for Texas.
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