On a beautiful afternoon at Firestone Stadium, the Akron Racers closed out their series with the Philadelphia Force (3-11) in impressive fashion with a 7-3 victory. The Racers (8-7) utilized home runs by Lisa Modglin and Kristen Butler to fuel their outburst.
Lisa Norris stepped into the pitching circle and outdueled the Force's Jessica Sallinger with a fine performance, leading the Racers to a 2-1 win. Norris kept the Force (2-9) hitters off balance for most of the night by mixing pitches and locations effectively. Norris only surrendered three singles spread out through the seven innings and none of the hits led to Philadelphia scoring.
With Jennie Finch and Kristie Fox on base in the top of the second, Bandits outfielder Nicole Trimboli stepped up to bat against USSSA Pride pitcher Monica Abbott. Trimboli got the better of Abbott, blasting a 3-run home run over the left field fence to give the Bandits a 4-0 lead.
The Akron Racers started off their series against the Philadeindelphia Force with a dramatic walk-off victory Wednesday night.
With the Racers (5-6) down 3-2 entering the bottom of the seventh, the Force (2-8) turned to Kristen Erb to try and pick up the save. Erb (0-3) plunked Akron's leadoff hitter, Lisa Modglin to start the inning.
Celebrating its 10th consecutive year of providing professional opportunities for post-graduate softball student-athletes throughout the United States, the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) League’s profile continues to grow as many of the country’s best players choose to call the League home.
The Thunder had an up and down day on Saturday as they split a day-night doubleheader with the visiting USSSA Pride. The Pride took game one behind a strong pitching effort from Monica Abbott by a final of 6-2, while the Thunder won the nightcap 1-0 behind another Osterman shutout.
The differences between game one and game two of the Akron Racer's double header vs the Rockford Thunder were truly like night and day. Game one saw the Racers (4-5) utilize two big innings to win a battle of who can strike last offensively, 11-6. In the night cap, Cat Osterman baffled Racer batters on her way to delivering a no hit performance in a pitcher's duel that put the former Olympian head to head with Akron's perfect game thrower Lisa Norris. A battle that Rockford (5-4) won 5-0.
With two on and two down in the bottom of the seventh Tammy Williams blasted the 1-1 pitch deep to right field. The ball drilled the base of the right field fence as Williams hustled around the bases, making it home for the third run, inside the park homerun, bringing the Bandits to within one of the USSSA Pride, 6-5.
Rockford led the entire game until back-to-back homeruns by Crystl Bustos and Lisa Modglin in the top of the seventh tied the game at 4-4. Jamie Davison didn’t keep it tied for long as she blasted a walk-off home run deep to left field to propel the Thunder to a 5-4 win.
The National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF) and MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball, announced today a multi-year agreement in which they will partner to stream a schedule of 60 NPF games live online exclusively from the League’s official Web site at www.ProFastPitch.com.
The most publicized change for the Bandits will be the return of superstar pitcher Jennie Finch, who along with infielder Vicky Galindo and outfielder Caitlin Lever come back after playing in the Beijing Olympics a year ago.