Racers have no answer for Diamonds’ Melloh, home runs in game one
AKRON, Ohio - The home run ball turned out to be Racers starting pitcher Morgan Childers’ kryptonite in Akron’s 5-2 loss to the NPF Diamonds.
The Diamonds (3-0) struck twice in the top of the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie, leadoff hitter Kristin Schnake broke the game open with a three-run home run, after Jami Lobpries and Jessica Bachkora began the inning with base hits. A solo shot by Brianna Hesson, two batters later brought the Diamonds to a 4-0 lead.
After resuming Friday night’s suspended game due to rain, Childers escaped a potential big first inning for the Diamonds to keep the game tied.
Childers’ (0-1) afternoon was finished after four innings after surrendering six hits, four earned runs, walking four batters and striking out four.
With Hesson and Mejia already on first and second base, respectively, from Friday night, Childers came back to strike out Rhiannon Kliesing and Angie Quiocho to come out of the first inning with a zero on the scoreboard.
The Diamonds stretched their lead to 5-0 in the top of the fifth, after Brittany Hile blasted a homerun over the centerfield fence off of Sharon Palma.
Diamond starting pitcher Morgan Melloh kept the Racers bats cooled off throughout most of the game, only allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits and two walks. Melloh fanned seven in the complete game effort.
After stranding runners on the corners in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Racers (0-3) finally got on the scoreboard in the home half of the sixth, thanks to a Roya St. Clair sacrifice fly to right, scoring Taylor Schlopy.
Akron added another run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Schlopy that plated Lisa Modglin.