AKRON, OH – Facing a daunting challenge, down eight runs with only two innings left, the Akron Racers battled back, but the deficit was too large and the rally came up short on Sunday afternoon, losing 12-9 to the Texas Charge in a contest that featured plenty of offense.
Down 12-4 entering the top of the sixth inning and with one out, the Racers offense strung together four straight base hits. A.J. Andrews began the rally with an infield single to the right side and rookie Haley Fagan followed with a base hit between first and second base that allowed Andrews to advance to third base. Fagan followed to second base on the unsuccessful throw attempting to retire Andrews. Sami Fagan brought home Andrews with a single up the middle and Hannah Day drove Haley Fagan home to cut the deficit to 12-6. Shellie Robinson hit an RBI single to right field to bring home Sami Fagan to cap off the inning, and the Charge escaped the inning with runners on first and second base.
Back on the attack in the top of the seventh inning, Sami Fagan plated Megan Geer and A.J. Andrews with a two-out double to cut the score to 12-9. That would be where the comeback attempt ended.
Texas jumped ahead early in the game, after scoring two unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning, the Charge added three more in the bottom of the second frame. Kristyn Sandberg kicked off the inning with a solo home run over the left field fence. After three base hits loaded the bases, Nadia Taylor put Texas ahead 5-0 with a two-run single that scored Bailey Landry and Brittany Gomez.
Akron nearly erased the five-run deficit in the top of the third inning. A double by Andrews and single by Ashley Thomas put runners on the corners. Two batters later Kelley Montalvo brought home Andrews with a base hit. Shellie Robinson followed Montalvo by blasting a three-run home run to left field to make the score 5-4 in favor of the Charge.
Texas’ hot offense went right back to work in the bottom of the third inning though as a two-run hit by Landry and an RBI single by Katiyana Mauga put the Charge back ahead 8-4.
Texas added two runs in each the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings on two-run home runs by Sandberg and Amanda Kamekona, respectively, to put the Charge ahead 12-4.
The Racers were paced offensively Andrews, who went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored, Robinson, who went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI, and Sami Fagan, who went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI.
Texas was led by Landry, who went 3-for-3 with three runs, and Gomez, who went 3-for-5 with a run scored.
Tickets are on sale for a special showing of Burn the Ships. There will be two showings at the Akron-Summit County Public Library at 6:00 pm and 8:15 pm on Tuesday, June 20. Burn the Ships is a Think Media Studio’s feature-length documentary on the 2014 Akron Racers and the history of women’s professional softball in America. There will also be a player Meet & Greet with the 2017 Akron Racers from 7:45-8:30 pm.
Tickets are on sale for the 2017 Racers home season at Firestone Stadium. The Racers begin play against the NPF’s newest team the Beijing Shougang Eagles at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21.
Call the Akron Racers box office at 330-376-8188 for more ticket information for both Racer games and the Burn the Ships showings.
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 will celebrate their 16th season of play in 2017. 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 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.