Site: Akron, OH (Firestone Stadium)
Event: Regular Season Game #3
Records: Racers (2-1), Diamonds (1-2)
Hillary Bach earns first NPF win with 5-0 shutout over Diamonds
AKRON, OH --June 9, 2012-- In her first career start as a professional softball player, Hillary Bach (1-0) stepped in the pitching circle and was electric, allowing two hits and zero runs in seven innings of work earning a complete game shutout.
The Racers (2-1) maintained the strong defense that was seen in last night’s game, winning 5-0 against the Diamonds (1-2).
Diamond’s second basemen, Natalie Villarreal started the game off with a walk to first and Caitlin Lever followed that up with a base hit, moving Villarreal to second. GiOnna DiSalvatore hit a line drive to second basemen Nicole Pauly, allowing for a double play with a tag on Lever and punch out of DiSalvatore out at first.
The Racers continued their strong defense throughout the game allowing no more than four batters to appear at-bat in an inning.
During the bottom of the second, Taylor Schlopy earned a walk to first, Alicia Herron also reached with a HBP, and Kaylyn Castillo also earned a walk walking, loading the bases for the Racers. Aja Paculba stepped up to bat, hitting a foul ball to the third basemen for a sacrifice fly. Schlopy added a run at home after a wild throw from third to home, also allowing Herron to score.
The winning pitcher of the night was Hillary Bach with two hits, zero runs, and one walk. Burkhart (0-1) took the fall for the Diamonds, pitching four innings with two hits, three runs, four walks and four strikeouts.
The Akron Racers and Carolina Diamonds will play game four of the four game weekend series tomorrow afternoon at 2:05 p.m.
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
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