The Racers fell to the PA Rebellion, 7-3, in the first game of their doubleheader this afternoon. The Racers managed to get 8 hits in the ball game, but had trouble advancing runners home throughout the game, going 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
Racers starting pitcher Aimee Creger (Tulsa) was taken out of the game in the top of the 1st inning after giving up two quick runs to the Rebellion. The Rebellion led 2-0 early. Racers pitcher Laura Winter (University of Notre Dame) came in for Creger, but the Racers could not get the key outs they needed to keep the game close.
The Racers, as a team, gave up 11 hits to the Rebellion, and also had two costly errors during the game.
The bats came alive for the Racers at certain points in the game. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, CF Taylor Schlopy (University of Georgia) lined a single to left field. That allowed RF Ayumi Karino to advance Schlopy to second by softly hitting another single to left field. Shortstop Nerissa Myers (The University of Louisiana at Lafayette) stepped to the plate by hitting the third straight single for the Racers in the third inning.
The Racers had the bases loaded in the 3rd, but did not score any runs.
In the bottom of the 7th, Racers down 7-2, the top of the lineup came up to the plate. The bases were loaded and C Haley Outon (University of Houston) singled to center field, scoring Schlopy, making the score 7-3. The comeback was not enough as LF Jennifer Gilbert (Ball State University) struck out to end the game.
Cheyenne Cordes for the PA Rebellion was a problem for the Racers pitching staff all afternoon. She finished 3 for 4 with a double and 1 RBI.
It was also Pink The Park at Firestone Stadium where fans dressed up in pink to honor breast cancer awareness.
Stay tuned to our social media and website for updates on game 2 of today’s doubleheader against the PA Rebellion.
About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, is 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 14th season of play in 2015.
About National Pro Fastpitch: National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fast pitch 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 o Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women's fast pitch softball since 2002. www.profastpitch.com