(Courtesy of Scrap Yard Dawgs)
Conroe, Texas –– The Dawgs are back for good at the Scrap Yard for the remainder of the 2016 season. The first of three separate series at home began tonight against the Akron Racers, with the Dawgs edging out a 1-0 win Thursday night.
Both teams were held to one hit a piece in the first two innings of play, the Racers (21-23) earned theirs off the bat of Taylor Schlopy in her first at bat up the middle in the top of the first inning. The Dawgs’ (25-18) first hit came from a single in the 5-6 hole from Amanda Fama.
The third hit of the game in the top of the third from A.J. Andrews was short lived on the base path when she attempted to steal second but was thrown out by catcher Taylore Fuller from her knees. That marked the first time Andrews was caught stealing this season as she is leading the league in stolen bases, her current stolen base record is now 15-for-16.
The Racers had runners in scoring position first when second baseman Ashley Thomas reached safely on a bunt and was moved over to second on another bunt from Alex Hugo who was thrown out. A single to centerfield from former Kentucky Wildcat Griffin Joiner put Thomas on third. Thomas was caught in a run down at home resulting in out number two, as pinch runner Emily Messer raced from first base to replace Thomas at third base with two outs. A strikeout ended the side from Abbott to Andrews left the game scoreless going into the bottom of the fifth.
The Dawgs finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth inning with an RBI single over the head of Thomas from Fama, her second hit of the night, to score Nerissa Myers at second base who reached earlier on a hit by pitch and was moved over on a sacrifice bunt from Madison Shipman.
With two lefties in the circle for both teams it was a back and forth battle each inning but the Dawgs come away with game one at the start this series against the Racers. Abbott ended the game with seven strikeouts, along with four 1-2-3 innings. James Madison Alum, Jailyn Ford had herself a game as well, with five strikeouts. Both pitcher threw complete games.
The Dawgs will be back in action tomorrow night for Game Two against the Akron Racers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 pm CDT/8:30 pm EDT.
About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league, celebrating their 15th Season of Play in 2016. 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.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
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