Kelley Montalvo (Courtesy of Akron Racers)
AKRON, OH – August 17, 2013- The Akron Racers were unable contain the bats of the NY/NJ Comets in their second to last meeting of the regular season. The Comets sprinted to a 7-3 lead by the end of the second inning and the Racers could not catch up in the 10-4 loss. Olivia Gallati was given the win, while Erin Arevalo was charged with the loss.
Angeline Quiocho started the game with a leadoff double in the first inning and Brittney Lindley brought her home with a single to give the Comets a very early 1-0 lead in the game. Bianca Mejia followed the run with a single to give the Comets runners on the corners. Arevalo was able to bounce back after the early hits and strike out the next two batters she faced. But the Comets bumped up the score to 2-0 when Courtney Liddle kept the inning alive with an RBI single that brought Lindley home from third.
The Racers were able to answer the Comets quick lead with a run of their own in the bottom half of the first inning. After the Taylor Schlopy and Kelley Montalvo led off the inning with a pair of walks, Charlotte Morgan was hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded for Kaylyn Castillo. Castillo hit into a fielder’s choice towards the short stop, but Schlopy came around to score and made it a one-run ball game at 2-1.
In the second inning, Bianca Mejia brought two more Comets around to score after Erin Arevalo put two batters on base early in the inning. With the Comets leading 4-1, Rachele Fico came into relieve Arevalo with one on base and two outs in the inning. Arevalo lasted just 1.2 innings and gave up five runs on six hits. She also struck out two batters and walked one.
Fico promptly walked the first two batters she faced and Mejia came around to score on a wild pitch. Then, Liddle smacked one into right field for an RBI double that scored two more and gave the Comets a 7-1 lead. After McKinney reached base after being hit by a pitch, Hillary Bach came in to relieve Rachele Fico. Fico was unable to record an out and she gave up two runs on one hit and she walked two batters. Bach finally got the Racers out of the inning when Amy Hooks popped out in foul territory.
Brigette Del Ponte gave the Racers a leadoff single in their half of the second and Aja Paculba reached on an error by Taryne Mowatte to put runners on the corners for Karino. Karino loaded the bases on a walk and Kelley Montalvo hit a bouncer back to the circle that smacked Mowatt in the leg for an RBI single and kept the bases loaded for Charlotte Morgan. Olivia Galati came into replace Mowatt, who finished with three runs on two hits, walked three, and struck out two in 1.1 innings of work. Gallati got Morgan to ground out the shortstop, but Paculba was able to come into score and the Racers were able to bring the score to 7-3 after two innings.
After a quiet third inning from both teams, the Comets tacked on one more run in the fourth after Amanda Kamekona belted one over the right field fence to give NY/NJ an 8-3 lead. But Sam Marder responded with a solo shot of her own in the fifth inning and at the end of five innings the score was 8-4.
In the sixth inning, Jen Mineau came in to relieve Hillary Bach. Bach finished the night with a line of one run on six hits, while she walked one and struck out two. Mineau gave up singles to the first two batters she faced before Amy Hooks smacked one to Del Ponte at shortstop and the ball bounced off her glove. The error allowed another Comets run before NY/NJ loaded the bases on a throwing error by Montalvo. Angeline Quiocho hit a long fly out into left field, but Brittney McKinney tagged from third and the Comets were able to push their lead to 10-4.
Jen Mineau pitched 2.0 innings and gave up two runs, both unearned, on three hits. She struck out two batters and did not walk anyone. Gallati pitched 5.2 innings and gave up just one run on one hit, while walking two and striking out one.
The Racers return to action tomorrow, Saturday, August 18 at 2:05 p.m. against the NY/NJ Comets for the last game of their regular season. The Racers will head to Chicago next week for the NPF Championship. They will play the Comets again on Thursday, August 22 at 7:00 pm in the first game of Championship series.
-Sam Marder hit her fifth home run of the season and is now in a nine-way tie for fourth most home run this season.
- Taylor Schlopy stole her 10th base tonight and is tied for third place in the league in stolen bases.
- Olivia Gallati’s record jumps to (6-10), while Erin Arevalo’s record falls to (0-5).
SITE: Firestone Stadium
SCORE: Racers 4, Comets 10
RECORDS: Racers (15-32), Comets (10-37)
NEXT RACERS GAME: Sunday, August 18 @ 2:05 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