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Racers Cruise Past Northeast Ohio All-Stars, 16-0
AKRON, Ohio (June 7, 2010) – First baseman Micaela Minner led the hit parade, blasting a three-run homer to highlight a 10-run fifth inning as the Racers cruised past the Northeast Ohio All-Stars, 16-0 at Firestone Stadium this evening.
In addition to her round-tripper, Minner capped a perfect 3-for-3 performance with a team-high three RBI and four runs scored. In all, the Racers pounded out 22 hits enourte to driving in 16 runs as 10 players each finished with at least one. Newcomers Minner, Sharonda McDonald, Clare Burnum, Jessica Valis and veteran Jamee Juarez each finished the day with three each while Burnum and Juarez also added two RBI apiece.
Akron worked its entire staff, utilizing five pitchers who combined to keep the All-Stars off the board, limiting the squad to just two hits across nine frames. Veteran Lisa Norris worked well, tossing a pair of scoreless innings with a strikeout to record the win. Juarez led the team with four strikeouts in two innings as Taryne Mowatt and Brittany Weil each fanned a batter in two frames. 2005 standout Jamie Southern returned to the circle and fanned a batter while retiring the side in order to close out the ninth.
The Racers scored in all but three innings, pushing across a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to take the early lead. With the bases loaded, rookies Kelley Montalvo and Liz Young each collected two-out RBI walks to put the Racers ahead, 2-0.
A scoreless second gave way to single tallies in the third and fourth for the home team. Minner led off with a single in the third, stole second before advancing to third on a groundout and then scored on a passed ball to make it a 3-0 affair.
Courtney Bures’ one-out double set the stage for a Valis RBI single in the fourth to put the Racers in front by four runs before the floodgates opened.
The Racers batted around in the fifth as Juarez and Burnum sandwiched RBI triples around a Trena Peel RBI single to start the frame. Burnum took home on a passed ball before Mackenzie Vandergeest singled and was sacrificed over to second for the first out in the inning. Vallis clubbed her second hit of the contest prior to a Lisa Modglin sac-fly RBI which put Akron ahead, 9-0. McDonald followed with an infield single to put two on for Minner who drilled a three-run shot to right center, putting the Racers up, 12-0. The offensive onslaught continued on Burnum’s RBI-single which was misplayed in right, enabling another run to score (unearned) as Akron staked a 14-0 lead.
Akron added two more runs in the home half of the eighth, toughening up with two outs as Samantha Ricketts and Juarez each drove in runs on singles, accounting for tonight’s final 16-0.
The Racers open the 2010 National Professional Fastpitch season in Tennessee against the Diamonds, June 9-13. Game recaps will be posted on www.akronracers.org while live stats can be found at www.profastpich.com.