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RACERS FALL TO BANDITS, CHICAGO SWEEPS AKRON IN WEEKEND SET

Site: Firestone Stadium
Event: Regular Home Game #12
 Records: Racers (5-7), Bandits (9-3)
Written By: Lauren Vandenbroek
Photo: Nicole Pauly
Racers fall to Bandits’ lead again, 8-5.
AKRON, OH –June 24, 2012- The Akron Racers (5-7) started off the game, in the bottom of the first, with two runs scored by the first two batters when Sharonda McDonald took a hit-by-pitch to reach first base and Lisa Modglin singled to reach safely. One batter later, after another hit-by-pitch, the Racers scored their first run when with bases loaded; Nicole Pauly drew a walk to set the score at 1-0.
Taylor Schlopy followed her up with a fielder’s choice single to second base, earning an RBI on the play to give the Racers two runs.
The Racers scored three more, but it would not be enough as the Bandits (9-3) rallied behind two Kristen Butler home runs to defeat the Racers, 8-5, sweeping the weekend series.
In the top of the first inning Kristen Butler blasted a three-run home run, putting the Bandits on the board with an early 3-0 lead. She then had a two-run home run in the second inning and an RBI single in the third. Butler assisted in scoring six of the eight runs from the Bandits in today’s ball game.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Racers slugger Nicole Pauly blasted a solo home run to close the scoring gap to 7-4. Herron pinch ran for Trimboli and scored in the sixth inning but the Racers couldn’t come back to beat the Bandits in the seventh.
Hillary Bach (1-2) started the game off in the pitching circle for Akron, pitching 1.2 innings allowing six runs on eight hits and now has an ERA of 3.39.
Lisa Norris (1-2) pitched five innings for the Racers; she had eight strikeouts, one walk, and allowed two runs on 10 hits. Thorson finished the game pitching 0.1 innings and has an ERA of 3.70 after today’s game.
Nikki Nemitz (3-1) started in the pitching circle for the Bandits, tossing  5.1 innings with nine strikeouts, one walk, and five runs on seven hits.
Michelle Moses also saw the pitching circle for one inning, giving up one hit and had one walk. Monica Abbott finished the game off for the Bandits pitching 0.2 innings and has an ERA of 1.24.
Notes: Sam Marder was hit by pitch in the first inning against Nikki Nemitz for her sixth hit by pitch this season.
For more information about the Akron Racers visit www.akronracers.org or call 330-376-8188. 

About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play. The Racers kick-off their 11th season of play in 2012. www.akronracers.org
 
About National Pro Fastpitch: National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002. www.profastpitch.com


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