Friedman takes a bite out of the Racers

Allentown, Pa.- Emily Friedman, who had her teeth jarred on a foul ball earlier in the game, singled home two runs in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Philadelphia Force took game one of the four game series by a score of 3-2.


The Force (28-17) had chances to open the scoring in both the second and third innings. In the second, the Force loaded the bases off of Angela Tincher with one-out, but the rookie retired the last two batters in the inning on strikes. Then in the bottom of the third, the Force would have a runner thrown out at the plate. Sharonda McDonald, who was in the lead-off spot,  reached on an infield single, and moved to second base when the throw to get her at first sailed by the first baseman. The Force looked to have their first run when Friedman, who was moved up to second in the batting order, singled a hard shot to centerfield, but the quick McDonald was put out at the plate on a great throw from Racers centerfielder Kim Hamilton.


But it would be the Racers (19-26) who would break through first. Norelle Dickson started the fourth inning by reaching on a hit-by-pitch. One out later, Dickson scored from first on a double to right center off of the bat of Susan Ogden. Ogden then moved over to third base on a fly out to right field. She would be stranded there when Katie Burkhart got Shannon Doepking to pop out to Chelsea Spencer at short stop.

The Force, who have already punched their ticket to the NPF playoffs in Kimberly, Wisconsin, got to Tincher in fifth inning. McDonald started off her second inning of the game with an infield single. And for the second time in a row, Friedman singled and this time McDonald moved up to third base. So with Force runners on first and third with nobody out, Friedman swiped second base without a throw. Tincher then got Trena Peel on strikes. But Spencer would get the game tied when she lofted a fly ball to medium left field that was deep enough to score McDonald. For Spencer it was RBI number 24 on the year.

The standard seven innings was not enough to provide a winner, so the teams entered extra innings. For the Force, it marked their eighth game to beyond seven innings.

Actually nine innings was not enough. So on to the 10th inning, and enter everyone’s friend, the International Tie Breaker rule. The Force got a Racer runner out at home to prevent Akron from scoring in the top of the tenth.

In the bottom of the 10th, Peel was placed on second. Spencer was intentionally walked to start the inning. Savannah Long successfully moved both runners with a bunt. Tincher then got Stacy Birk on strikes, and then issued her second intentional walked of the inning to load the bases. But Tincher got Kristen Miller on a comebacker to end the 10th.

In the 11th, the Racers started with Angelina Mexicano. Kim Hamilton bunted and the Force tried to get the runner at 3rd but the throw was late. After a strikeout, Burkhart throw a pitch out of the reach of Miller and Mexicano scored the second Akron run. Hamilton was retired on the play trying to go to 3rd.  Burkhart finished the inning by getting Veronica Wootson to fly out.

The bottom of the 11th would see the Force pinch run Michelle Tatlock for the schedule runner Miller at second base. Amy Hudson popped up her bunt attempt, but Sharonda McDonald singled for the third time in the game to put runners on first and third. With the rain beginning to fall at the stadium, Friedman sent the fans home happy with a walk-off single to score Tatlock and McDonald.

Five minutes later, the field looked more suitable for Michael Phelps to compete in rather than have a softball game, and the press box internet was down.

With the win, the Force are 1 ½ games behind the Washington Glory for first place and ½ game behind the Chicago Bandits for second place. The Force have three games remaining while the other two teams each have four left. For the Racers, they drop a ½ game behind the idle New England Riptide for the final playoff spot.

Overall, McDonald and Friedman each had three hits on the day.  McDonald scored two runs and Friedman had two RBI’s.

Burkhart (12-5) went the distance for the Force, pitching all eleven innings.  She struck out seven batters and only gave up four hits on the night.

Tincher (12-9) took the disappointing loss for the Racers.  In 10.1 innings of work, Tincher struck out 14 batters and gave up seven hits.

Akron and Philadelphia meet up again Thursday night at 7:05. The game will mark their third to last game of the regular season and the last chance for fans to pick up hot dogs for just $1. Free Majestic NPF replica T-shirts will be given away to the first 300 fans entering the gate at ECTB Stadium

Box Score

The Automated ScoreBook                       Akron Racers at Philadelphia Force                  Aug 13, 2008 at Allentown, PA (ECTB Stadium) Akron Racers 2 (19-26) Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB——————————————————Wootson 2b……………  5  0  0  0   0  0  3  0   1Dickson 3b……………  3  1  1  0   0  0  3  0   0Butler c……………..  3  0  1  0   1  1 18  0   0Ogden rf……………..  4  0  1  1   0  1  0  0   1Robinson 1b…………..  3  0  0  0   0  1  2  1   0Doepking dh…………..  4  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   1Toocheck ss…………..  2  0  0  0   0  1  3  2   0 Barnes ph……………  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0 Mexicano ph………….  1  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   1Hamilton cf…………..  2  0  0  0   0  1  0  1   0 Williams ph………….  1  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0Chiles lf…………….  4  0  0  0   0  2  2  0   0Tincher p…………….  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0Totals………………. 33  2  4  1   1  7 31  5   4 Philadelphia Force 3 (28-18) Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB——————————————————McDonald,Sharonda cf…..  6  2  3  0   0  1  3  0   0Friedman,Emily 2b……..  6  0  3  2   0  0  2  0   0Peel,Trena rf…………  3  0  0  0   1  3  1  0   0Spencer,Chelsea ss…….  3  0  0  1   1  0  5  4   1Long,Savannah lf………  4  0  0  0   0  1  4  1   3Hall,Jenna 1b…………  1  0  1  0   1  0  2  1   0 Spencer,Raquel pr…….  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0 Birk,Stacy pr………..  2  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   0Gibson,Megan dh……….  2  0  0  0   3  1  5  0   0Miller,Kristen c………  4  0  0  0   1  3  8  1   3 Tatlock,Michelle ph…..  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0Hudson,Amy 3b…………  4  0  0  0   0  2  3  2   6 Smith,Ashley ph………  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   1Burkhart,Katie p………  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  3   0Totals………………. 36  3  7  3   7 14 33 12  15 Score by Innings                       R  H  E———————————————-Akron Racers…….. 000 100 000 01 –  2  4  2Philadelphia Force.. 000 010 000 02 –  3  7  0———————————————- Note: 1 out, 1 runner LOB when the game ended. E – Wootson; Toocheck. LOB – Racers 4; Force 15. 2B – Ogden. HBP – Dickson;Peel; Hall. SH – Robinson; Hamilton; Long. SF – Spencer, C. SB – McDonald;Friedman; Long. Akron Racers           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF———————————————–Tincher…………. 10.1  7  3  2  7 14 36 47 Philadelphia Force     IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF———————————————–Burkhart,Katie…… 11.0  4  2  1  1  7 33 37 Win – Burkhart (12-5).  Loss – Tincher (12-9).  Save – None.WP – Burkhart 2. HBP – by Burkhart (Dickson); by Tincher (Hall); by Tincher(Peel).Umpires – HP: Joe Massaro  1B: Edward Sadowski  3B: Mike SechristStart: 7:05 pm   Time: 3:25   Attendance: 547Game: PHIL0813


The Automated ScoreBook               Akron Racers at Philadelphia Force – Play-by-Play                  Aug 13, 2008 at Allentown, PA (ECTB Stadium)  Score by Innings                       R  H  E———————————————-Akron Racers…….. 000 100 000 01 –  2  4  2Philadelphia Force.. 000 010 000 02 –  3  7  0———————————————- Akron Racers starters: 21/2b Wootson; 5/3b Dickson; 10/c Butler; 15/rf Ogden;8/1b Robinson; 11/dh Doepking; 3/ss Toocheck; 12/cf Hamilton; 23/lf Chiles; 1/pTincher;Philadelphia Force starters: 8/cf McDonald; 31/2b Friedman; 0/rf Peel; 2/ssSpencer, C; 22/lf Long; 44/1b Hall; 12/dh Gibson; 52/c Miller; 18/3b Hudson;7/p Burkhart; Akron Racers 1st – Wootson popped up to ss. Dickson flied out to lf.Butler singled down the rf line. Ogden grounded out to p. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0errors, 1 LOB. Philadelphia Force 1st – McDonald fouled out to 3b. Friedman fouled outto c. Peel struck out. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Akron Racers 2nd – Robinson struck out. Doepking grounded out to ss.Toocheck struck out. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Philadelphia Force 2nd – Spencer, C popped up to ss. Long reached on anerror by ss. Long stole second. Hall walked. Gibson walked; Hall advanced tosecond; Long advanced to third. Miller struck out looking. Hudson struck out.0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 3 LOB. Akron Racers 3rd – Hamilton popped up to ss. Chiles out at first 1b to2b, bunt. Wootson fouled out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Philadelphia Force 3rd – McDonald singled to shortstop. McDonaldadvanced to second on a throwing error by 2b. Friedman singled to center field,advanced to second on the throw; McDonald advanced to third, out at home cf toc. Peel walked. Spencer, C lined out to 2b. Long flied out to 3b. 0 runs, 2hits, 1 error, 2 LOB. Akron Racers 4th – Dickson hit by pitch. Butler flied out to ss. Ogdendoubled, RBI; Dickson scored. Robinson lined out to rf; Ogden advanced tothird. Doepking popped up to ss. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Philadelphia Force 4th – Hall hit by pitch. Spencer, R pinch ran forHall. Gibson fouled out to 3b. Miller struck out. Hudson flied out to ss. 0runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Akron Racers 5th – Hall to 1b for Spencer, R. Barnes pinch hit forToocheck. Barnes lined out to cf. Hamilton struck out. Chiles struck out. 0runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Philadelphia Force 5th – Toocheck to ss for Barnes. McDonald singled toshortstop. Friedman singled to center field; McDonald advanced to third.Friedman stole second. Peel struck out. Spencer, C flied out to lf, SAC, RBI;McDonald scored. Long popped up to ss. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Akron Racers 6th – Wootson lined out to lf. Dickson out at first 3b to2b, bunt. Butler walked. Butler advanced to second on a wild pitch, advanced tothird, out at home lf to c. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Philadelphia Force 6th – Hall singled to right center. Birk pinch ranfor Hall. Gibson struck out. Miller struck out. Smith pinch hit for Hudson.Smith struck out. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Akron Racers 7th – Birk to dh. Gibson to 1b. Hudson to 3b for Smith.Ogden struck out. Robinson flied out to cf. Doepking flied out to cf. 0runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Philadelphia Force 7th – McDonald grounded out to ss. Friedman groundedout to ss. Peel hit by pitch. Spencer, C lined out to lf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0errors, 1 LOB. Akron Racers 8th – Toocheck grounded out to 3b. Williams pinch hit forHamilton. Williams singled to right center. Hamilton to cf for Williams. Chilesgrounded out to ss; Hamilton advanced to second. Wootson lined out to lf. 0runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Philadelphia Force 8th – Long struck out. Birk struck out. Gibsonwalked. Miller walked; Gibson advanced to second. Hudson struck out. 0 runs,0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB. Akron Racers 9th – Dickson singled to left field. Butler struck out.Ogden lined out to ss. Dickson runner left early, out at first 1b unassisted.0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Philadelphia Force 9th – McDonald struck out. Friedman popped up to 2b.Peel struck out. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Akron Racers 10th – Ogden placed on second. Robinson grounded out to p,SAC, bunt; Ogden advanced to third. Doepking reached on a fielder’s choice;Ogden out at third ss to 3b. Mexicano pinch hit for Toocheck. Mexicano groundedout to p. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Philadelphia Force 10th – Mexicano to ss. Peel placed on second.Spencer, C intentionally walked. Long out at first 1b to 2b, SAC, bunt;Spencer, C advanced to second; Peel advanced to third. Birk struck out. Gibsonintentionally walked. Miller reached on a fielder’s choice; Gibson advanced tosecond; Spencer, C advanced to third; Peel out at home p to c. 0 runs, 0hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB. Akron Racers 11th – Mexicano placed on second. Hamilton reached on afielder’s choice, SAC, bunt; Mexicano advanced to third. Chiles struck out.Hamilton advanced to second; Mexicano scored on a wild pitch, unearned.Hamilton out at third c to ss to 3b. Wootson fouled out to lf. 1 run, 0hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Philadelphia Force 11th – Miller placed on second. Tatlock pinch hit forMiller. Hudson fouled out to c, bunt. McDonald singled through the left side;Tatlock advanced to third. McDonald stole second. Friedman singled through theleft side, 2 RBI; McDonald scored; Tatlock scored, unearned. 2 runs, 2 hits,0 errors, 1 LOB.

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