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McAllister's Hot Bat Thaws the Ice

Allentown, Pa.- Designated player Megan McAllister went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs to spark the Philadelphia Force to a 7-1 win over the Michigan Ice in the day portion of a day/night doubleheader. The offense for the Force backed pitcher with Margo Pruis with 10 hits, including four extra base hits. The second game of the doubleheader is scheduled for tonight at 7:05.

Pruis (5-4) picked up the win for the Force. She pitched all seven innings, allowing just one run on three hits. The rookie from Wichita State University struck out six Ice batters in win.

The Force (21-17) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. With two outs in the inning, shortstop Chelsea Spencer and first baseman Kellie Wilkerson reached on back-to-back walks. Right fielder Trena Peel knocked in Spencer with an RBI single. McAllister followed her by doubling down the left field line with Wilkerson and Peel scoring on the hit.

The Ice scored their lone run in the top of the second inning. Meaggan Pettipiece drew a two-out walk. An error on a pickoff attempt moved her to second base. Pettipiece then scored on a double by Charity Butler to cut the Force lead to two.

In the bottom of the third, the Force would tack on three more. Wilkerson led off the inning with her second straight walk. An infield single by Peel placed runners on first and second. McAllister loaded the bases for the Force by beating out a bunt to third. Clare Burnum would then clear the bases with a double down the right field line to give the Force a 6-1 advantage after three complete innings.

The Force would end the scoring for the game in the fourth. Spencer led off by reaching on a single. She was then sacrificed to second by Wilkerson. After a Peel line out for the second out, McAllister, a University of Georgia product, doubled for the second time in the game and scoring Spencer for her third RBI.

Left fielder Jaime Dacey added a triple in the second inning.

A sparse crowd of 126 witnessed the game that took just over two hours to complete.

The Force remain in fourth place in the NPF standings with six games left.

Game three of this four game set with the Michigan Ice begins at 7:05 p.m. The final game of the series is slated for Friday night at ECTB stadium. The Force conclude their regular season with a four game series against the New England Riptide which runs from August 16 through August 19.