Schlopy tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with an RBI triple to the right-center field gap that scored Ayumi Karino, who reached on an error. One batter later, Morgan put the game away for Akron.
Five members of the Racers pitching staff combined to complete the game, with rookie Ivy Renfroe eventually picking up the win. Renfroe threw one pitch in the game, an inning-ending double play ball in the top of the seventh inning that gave Akron some solid momentum heading into the bottom of the inning.
Who would eventually in the ballgame was very unclear until the seventh inning. Just like last night, NY/NJ came out swinging early, getting on the board in the top of the second inning on a solo shot by Courtney Liddle, who also hit a three-run home run last night. The next batter, Brittany McKinney, launched a high fly ball that looked like it had a chance to clear the yard until it landed safely in the glove of Racers center fielder Schlopy as she fell across the fence in deep right-center field, and Racers starter Jen Mineau struck out the next batter to end the early threat.
Akron’s defense continued to shine throughout the game. Right fielder Karino leaped backwards over the fence in right field to end the top of the third inning and rob Amanda Kamekona of a grand slam. The Racers made countless other plays, and the gloves of second baseman Aja Paculba and third baseman Kelley Montalvo particularly stood out. Despite committing one error, Paculba controlled several ground balls that could have eaten her up, and Montalvo anchored the infield from the hot corner as she usually does, snagging grounders that bounced as high as she is tall.
Patience followed by timely hitting finally paid off for the Racers in the bottom of the third inning, when, after two outs and two walks, Charlotte Morgan clobbered a three-run home run that landed on the grass in front of the Firestone Stadium scoreboard in center field to give the home club a 3-1 lead. But the Comets retook the lead in the top of the fifth inning, loading the bases with two outs for Amy Hooks, who hit her first home run of the season in the form of a grand slam that put the Comets ahead 5-3. Taylor Schlopy led off the bottom of that inning with a solo home run to center field to cut the lead in half before playing a key role in the seventh-inning rally.
The Racers and the Comets are scheduled to continue this final regular season series tomorrow evening, Saturday August 17 at 7:05 p.m. During the game Firestone Stadium will go pink for the second time this season in support of the fight against breast cancer and the Racers will auction off their special game-worn pink jerseys, with proceeds benefiting Akron Racers Charities. Tickets are still available for the game and can be purchased online at www.akronracers.org or by calling the ticket office at (330) 376-8188.
-Charlotte Morgan went 2-3 with one run scored and 4 RBI. She hit a 3-run home run in the 3rd inning to give the Racers the lead and the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 7th inning.
-With the win, the Racers both snapped a seven-game losing streak and also surpassed the team’s win total from last season.
SITE: Firestone Stadium
SCORE: Racers 6, Comets 5
RECORDS: Racers (15-31), Comets (9-37)
NEXT RACERS GAME: Saturday, August 17 @ 7:05 p.m. vs. NY/NJ Comets
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Written by Nina Zimmerman for the Akron Racers