Charity logo

Stay Connected


News Archives

Diamonds blast off for bottom of seventh victory against Racers

Score: Racers 3, Diamonds 4
Records: Racers (5-10), Diamonds (5-10)
Winning Pitcher: Sharon Palma (1-1)
Losing Pitcher: Lisa Norris (1-4)
Box Score:
Photo: Sam Marder

Diamonds knock Racers off in bottom seventh, 4-3

Asheville, N.C. - July 1, 2012 - Down 3-2 in the bottom half of the seventh inning and with Rachel Folden on base, Diamonds short stop Biannca Mejia smashed a two-run home run to give Carolina a comeback victory, 4-3, in the bottom of the seventh inning to clinch their third victory in as many nights against the Akron Racers.

The Racers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when catcher Sam Marder launched a solo home just three batters into the game. Marder continued the hot night, getting another hit and RBI to go 2-for-2 at the plate with two RBIs and one run. She was also walked two times in the game.

Akron managed three runs in the game (2nd, 4th innings) while putting up nine hits on the day. Kelley Montalvo and Jessica Garcia (pinch running for Sam Marder) scored the other two Racers runs.

Lisa Norris took the loss for the Racers, pitching 6.1 innings of work while allowing six hits, four runs and striking out five batters. Three of the six hits given up were home runs.

Four pitchers saw time in the circle for the Diamonds, with former Racers’ pitcher Sharon Palma taking the victory for Carolina. Rookie Sara Plourde started things off for the Diamonds, pitching two innings while allowing two hits, four walks and one home run. Her ERA on the season jumped to 15.17 after the short outing, her first as a starter.

Amanda Locke took over next, allowing one run on six hits while striking out one batter in two innings of work. Danielle Spaulding came in to pitch next, throwing six innings while striking out one and walking two. Palma finished the game with one inning pitched, one walk and one strikeout.

For more information about the Akron Racers visit 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.
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.

Search Archive »

Browse by Year »


Browse by Month »

October 2019
March 2019
November 2018
September 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
January 2018
December 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
November 2011
October 2011
August 2011
January 2011

Site Map