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: http://npf.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscoretext.html?gameid=80320
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 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