Monica Abbott Photo by Jade Hewitt Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Conroe, TX (July 22, 2016) – The Dawgs are back home at the Scrap Yard against the Dallas Charge for a three-game series.
After a long, two-week road trip, the Dawgs went right back to work at home against the Dallas Charge. The Charge had bases loaded in the first, but would go no further when Kiki Stokes made a diving catch in left field off the bat of Kaitlyn Richardson to keep Dallas scoreless. K. Stokes started the Dawgs offense as well, with a shot over the head of shortstop Renada Davis to reach first. Oregon State Alum Mikela Manewa followed suit with a hit up the middle, but the Dawgs could not manage to get a run across home.
The second, third, and fourth innings end scoreless as both teams battle to be the first on the board. In the top of the fifth, Dawgs pitcher Monica Abbott continued to work hard in the circle, getting Brianna Cherry to hit a slow roller at shortstop Madison Shipman for out number one. A strikeout to Ashley Burkhardt would put two away when Davis approached the plate, popping out to center fielder Emily Crane, making it a 1-2-3 inning for the Dawgs.
The Dawgs ignited in the bottom of the fifth with two outs. Crane reached first on a free pass, followed by a shot to right field from K. Stokes, allowing Crane to get to third with her wheels as Stokes dove into second. An intentional walk to Nerissa Myers, who came in for Manewa, loaded the bases for the Dawgs. A deep fly ball to right field just caught off the bat of Koerner would end the side.
The sixth inning heated up again for the Dawgs as Shipman and Taylore Fuller both reached first and second, respectively, on walks. But Charge pitcher Morgan Melloh sat down Lexi Overstreet to head to the seventh. Abbott was tremendous in the circle tonight for the Dawgs with nine (9) strikeouts and giving up just three (3) hits.
The Dawgs took seven free passes tonight from Melloh. With two runners on in the bottom of the seventh from back-to-back walks in Myers and Koerner, cleanup hitter Amanda Fama stepped into the box and, putting the pressure on the defense, hit a shot to third baseman Nadia Taylor, who overthrew first base, resulting in Myers scoring in walk-off fashion for the Dawgs (1-0).
The Dawgs will be back in action tomorrow July 23 for game two against the Dallas Charge. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00pm CT.
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About the Dallas Charge:
The Dallas Charge, headquartered in McKinney, TX, began competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2015. The Charge provide elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the Charge organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dallas Charge at www.dallascharge.com.
About the Scrap Yard Dawgs:
The Scrap Yard Dawgs will begin competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2016. The Dawgs will provide elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Houston area, the Dawgs organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dawgs at www.scrapyarddawgs.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF):
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
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