LITTLE FALLS, NJ
In front of a crowd of over 1,100, NY/NJ Juggernaut shortstop Lyndsey Klein nailed a two-run homerun in the first inning to power the Nauts to a 3-2 win over the New England Riptide. It was Kleins third homerun of the season and she finished 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored.
Four of the Riptides five total hits came in the fifth as they tied the score at two with four straight singles off of starter Amanda Scott. Leftfielder Ashley Moore and designated player Emily Krueger each picked up an RBI in the inning. But those would be the only runs the Riptide would score as Scott got leadoff batter LaDonia Hughes to ground out and second baseman Nicole Thompson to fly out to right. Scott pitched a complete game, giving up two earned-runs on five hits, one walk, and four strikeouts.
In the sixth inning, Juggernaut catcher Lindsey Collins tripled down the left field line with one out, and then scored the game-winning run on designated player Lisa Iancins line drive single up the middle. Right fielder Lauren Bauer and left fielder Gina Oaks led the Nauts offensively. Bauer went 3-for-3 and Oaks went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
New England starter Dana Sorenson went six full innings, giving up three earned-runs on nine hits, two walks and two strikeouts.
The game was the second of four to be aired live on the YES Network. The next game to be aired on YES will be on July 11th at 7:35 pm against the Arizona Heat. The third-place Juggernaut improves to 10-6 on the season and the Riptide drop to 6-10.
June 21st vs. NE Riptide, 7:35 pm (home)
June 22nd vs NE Riptide, 7:35 pm (home)
(Photo of Juggernaut infielder Lyndsey Klein. Courtesy of David Saffran)