Lisa Norris (Courtesy of Akron Racers)
AKRON, OH – July 14, 2013 – The Racers fell short of sweeping a five-game series against the NJ/NY Comets. It was a pitching showdown between Racers veteran Lisa Norris and Comets rookie Olivia Galati in the final game of the series. Norris and Galati each pitched seven scoreless innings, only giving up 8 hits and three walks between both pitchers. Neither team could put runs on the board in seven innings leading to an eighth-inning battle for the win.
The Comets posed a threat in the second inning. After Norris struck out Dorian Shaw at the plate she walked Brittany Lindley to first base. Kelsi Weseman was hit by a pitch and advanced to first pushing Lindley to second. A fielder’s choice put Weseman out at second from Courtney Liddle’s single, and Lindley stopped at third base. Amy Hooks stepped to the plate with Lindley in scoring position, but second baseman Tess Sito caught Hooks’ line drive ceasing the threat.
The Racers returned the threat in the fourth inning. An error on the Comet’s shortstop allowed Kaylyn Castillo to reach first base. Sam Marder hit a grounder to left field moving Castillo to second base. Brianna Hesson stepped to the plate with Marder on first and Castillo on second. Hesson hit a single to the catcher for the first out. Sito grounded out to the shortstop for the second out, but Castillo advanced to third base. Brigette Del Ponte concluded the inning with a fly out to center field, ending the threat.
Both team’s bats were silent as the pitching battle brewed into extra innings. Hooks led-off in the eighth inning giving the Comets their first runner on base. Taryne Mowatt came in to pinch-run for Hooks at first. Samie Garcia’s attempted bunt was gloved by Del Ponte and she fired to first base for an apparent double play, however the plate umpire indicated the ball had hit the ground. Mowatt responding to the umpire’s call proceeded to second base. However, when the umpires gathered to review the play they determined Del Ponte in fact made the catch, but due to the plate umpires original ruling of no catch, Mowatt was able to return to first base. The score shifted for the Comets when Amanda Kamekona stepped to the plate. She hit a two run homer giving the Comets a 2-0 advantage. Norris struck out Shaw and Lindley at the plate for the two outs needed to finish the Racers’ game in the outfield. The Racers were unable to answer the Comets’ lead and fell 2-0.
- Racers ended a four-game winning streak
- The Comets got their first victory against the Racers.
- Lisa Norris pitched seven scoreless innings
SITE: Firestone Stadium
SCORE: Comets 2, Racers 0
RECORDS: Comets (4-21). Racers (10-14)
NEXT RACERS GAME: Thursday, July 18 @ 8:35 p.m. vs. Chicago Bandits
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 kickoff their 12th season of play in 2013.
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.
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Written by: Melaina Lewis