CHANTILLY, VA -- Catalina Morris tied the game at one in the first with an RBI single then delivered again with an RBI double in the fifth two break the 2-2 tie and send the Glory to their 20th victory on the season, 3-2 over Rockford on Saturday night.
Morris' two RBI performance was the fourth time this season she's driven in multiple runs for the Glory in a game this season. The other Glory run came on Oli Keohohou's ninth home run of the season in the third inning, putting her on top of the NPF home run standings, one ahead of teammate Courtney Bures.
Erin Evans led off the game with a home run for Rockford. The Glory came back with Morris' single in the bottom of the first. Rockford struck back in the second on an RBI slap-single by Audrey Rendon to put the Thunder up by one. Keohohou's home run in the third tied it at two setting it up for Morris again in the fifth.
Sarah Pauly, who went through the line-up twice without recording a strikeout, then struck out five of the next 12 batters she faced, including Tonya Callahan twice. Callahan had homered off Pauly in the first game of the series and the second strikeout ended the game. Pauly improved her record to 10-2 on the season, becoming the first pitcher in the NPF this season to reach 10 wins.
Defense played an important role again in tonight's game. With one out in the seventh, Rockford had Rendon on at third and Amanda Williams pinch running at first. Williams took off on an 0-1 pitch to Callahan and froze just shy of second base. The throw to second base by Glory catcher Callie Piper was cutoff by second baseman Bures who checked Rendon at third. Bures then flipped behind her back to Amber Jackson who came in backdoor to make the tag and get Williams. Callahan struck out on the next pitch to end the game.
Thunder third baseman Shanna Diller played a terrific game defensively by snaring a couple of hard line drives in the fourth. The first line drive was misplayed at first base as an error was charged to Callahan. Diller then made a nice catch on a line drive off the bat of Bures with one out and the bases loaded.
The two teams line up again in the finale Sunday night at 7:05 p.m. at the Westfield Softball Complex.