Rachele Fico Photo Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Akron, OH – August 5, 2014 – The Akron Racers took the field tonight looking to move back to .500, for the first time since July 5th. With ace Rachele Fico in the circle, the Racers knew they would have as good a chance as any to get the win.
“Fico has been a workhorse for us all year,” said Racers Field Manager Brian Levin. “Any time you put her in there, you know you’re going to be in the game. That’s all we can ask from our pitching staff.”
Fico held the Rebellion scoreless through three innings, while the Racers bats gave the ace plenty of run support. In the second inning, Ashley Thomas and Ayumi Karino singled off of Rebellion starter Tatum Edwards, before Jill Barrett’s RBI single plated Thomas.
They would add to the lead in the third inning, when Charlotte Morgan walked and Olivia Watkins entered the game to pinch run. After Jessica Garcia reached on an error by Rebellion shortstop Kourtney Salvarola, Kelley Montalvo walked to load the bases. Thomas then beat out a bunt which allowed Watkins to score. A fielding error by Mandy Ogle allowed Karino to reach third on her single, and drove in Montalvo and Thomas.
That ended Edwards’ night, as she threw 2.2 innings and allowed 6 runs on 6 hits, walking 3 and striking out 3 Racers hitters. Sarah Pauly entered the game in relief, but didn’t fare much better in the inning for the Rebellion. She allowed an RBI single to Jill Barrett which drove in Karino, and after Barrett stole second, surrendered a 2 run home run to Nerissa Myers. Pauly would complete the game for the Rebellion, throwing 3.1 innings and allowing 2 runs on 4 hits.
The seven run inning would be more than enough for the Racers, with Fico in the circle. Her only runs on the night came in the 4th inning, by way of a two run home run to Lauren Lappin, following a walk to Ogle. Fico threw 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 2.
Hannah Campbell entered the game for the Racers in the 5th inning to record the save. She allowed only one run on a solo homerun to Briana Hamilton in the top of the 7th. In her three innings of work, she allowed only 2 hits and struck out 1.
The Racers return to Firestone Stadium on August 7th through the 10th for their final home series of the season against the USSSA Pride. For more information about the Akron Racers or to order tickets, visit www.akronracers.org or call (330) 376-8188.
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Site: Firestone Stadium – Akron, OH
Score: Racers 8, Rebellion 3
Records: Rebellion (8-32), Racers (20-20)
Next PA Rebellion Game: Friday, August 8, 7:05 PM ET vs Chicago Bandits at CONSOL Energy Park - Washington, PA
Next Akron Racers Game: Thursday, August 7, 7:05 PM ET vs USSSA Pride at Firestone Stadium – Akron, OH
About PA Rebellion
The Rebellion is a professional women's softball team competing as part of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF). Joining the gritty, fast-paced league in 2014, the Rebellion will play head-to-head against the most talented players in the sport. Games are broadcast nationally and draw local fans of all ages to experience the action live. NPF is an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball.
About 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 13th season of play in 2014.
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch is headquarted 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 name 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.