(Courtesy of Dallas Charge)
McKinney, TX -- The Akron Racers collected 11 hits, six for extra bases, including four home runs on the way to beating the Dallas Charge Monday night 7-3. Shortstop Sami Fagan mashed two of the long balls and drove in three RBI for Akron.
Pitcher Sarah Pauly went the distance for the Racers allowing three runs on seven hits. She fanned four and walked two. Pauly retired the last 11 hitters she faced.
Chelsea Forkin, Taylor Gadbois and Lauren Haeger each had two hits for the Charge. Forkin doubled in the second inning and homered in the third driving in two runs.
Lauren Haeger picked up the loss for the Charge. She allowed four runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings.
The Racers got things going early with a two-run bomb from designated player Sam Fischer in the top of the first inning. The Charge cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second inning when Gadbois singled home Forkin who had doubled. Fagan stretched the lead to 3-1 with a solo shot into the left field bleachers.
The Charge tied the game in the home half of the third inning on Forkin’s second home run in as many nights.
The Racers quickly regained the lead, this time for good. McKinney native Ashley Thomas led off the top of the fourth inning with a triple to right field and scored on a wild pitch. Haeger, then gave way to Cheridan Hawkins in the circle.
The score would remain 4-3 until to the top of the seventh when the Racers tacked on three more runs, two coming on Fagan’s second home run of the game. Thomas finished off the scoring with a solo rocket over the fence.
The Charge fell to 14-26 on the season. The Racers evened up their record at 21-21. The Charge will take on the Akron Racers again on Tuesday night with the game available on NPF TV.
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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