Sam Marder (Courtesy of Akron Racers)
AKRON, OH – July 13, 2013 – The Akron Racers and their bats are rocking. The Racers have won three in a row against the NY/NJ Comets. Akron won again this afternoon, 6-2. The Racers got the win with a great deal of help from designated player Sam Marder and rookie Brigette Del Ponte, who combined for three home runs and six RBIs. Brittany Mack started in the circle for Akron and gave up just three hits over five innings.
Over five innings, Mack threw 81 pitches, walked one and striking out five. Jen Mineau took over for her in the sixth inning. She walked the first batter before turning the 6-4-3 double play on a grounder hit by Amy Hooks. Kelsi Weseman sent a grounder to Aja Paculba, who made the throw to first to get the final out in the sixth.
Mineau gave the Racers a bit of a scare in the seventh when she allowed the Comets to tack on two runs. Brittany Liddle scored on a wild pitch with one out and Courtney Liddle scored on the next play after Bianca Mejia singled on a grounder towards shortstop.
Racers rookie, Brigette Del Ponte filled in for Kelly Montalvo again at third base. Del Ponte made most of her contributions on the defensive side of the ball yesterday. But today, she reminded Racers fans and the Comtes pitchers that she can contribute from the plate as well. Del Ponte had a three run homer in the second inning, which gave the Racers a nice 4-0 lead early in the game.
The Racers struggled a bit on defense, posting two errors in the game by secondbasemen, Tess Sito, and Brittany Mack. Both players bobbled the ball and were unable to make the throw to first. However, both players recovered well and put in solid work on the defensive side for the rest of the game. Mack also did a great job of responding to any pushes the Comets made by not allowing them to capitalize on any of their hits.
The Racers hitters were definitely putting their power on display in this game. Akron scored all of its six runs via the home run. Sam Marder hit two of her four home runs she has this season this afternoon and reached base on all three of her at bats. She hit a solo home run in the second inning to put the Racers on the board. Then she had a two run homer in her next at bat in the third home run to give the Racers their 6-0 lead. In her last at bat, she was walked on four pitches. Del Ponte also helped the team out with a three run homer in the second.
Katie Cotta made her pitching debut for the NY/NJ Comets. She went just 2.2 innings and gave up six runs on six hits. She walked two and struck out one. Lindsey Richardson replaced her in the second inning and finished the day and did not give up a run. Akron had one hit, walked twice, and struck out four times against Richardson over her 3.1 innings in the circle.
The Racers return to action tonight, Saturday, July 13 against the NY/NJ Comets in a to finish up their daynight double header. The game begins at 7:05 pm.
-The Racers are on a three-game win streak.
- Sam Marder has hit three of her four home runs in the past two games
-Comets have only been able to score just two run throughout the first three games of the series
SITE: Firestone Stadium
SCORE: Racers 6, Comets 2
RECORDS: Racers (9-13), Comets (3-20)
NEXT RACERS GAME: Saturday, July 13 @ 7:05 p.m. vs. NY/NJ Comets
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 kick off their 11th season of play in 2012.
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 Ben Schwartz for the Akron Racers