The USSSA Florida Pride (16-10) had an unstoppable night of home runs against the Akron Racers (10-17). The Akron Racers attempted a come-back in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Pride but only managed to score one run before ending the game 11-1.
The home run parade kicked off when Jessica Mendoza blasted a two-run home run in the top of the second inning, giving the USSSA Florida Pride (16-10) a combined 3-0 lead after two. Charlotte Morgan then hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. Finally, Lauren Lappin and Jamee Juarez both hit solo home runs in the seventh inning making a combined score of 11.
The Racers' first hit of the game came in the fourth inning when catcher Sam Marder hit the ball to center field, earning herself a single.
After starting the season 2-10, the Carolina Diamonds (6-10) have rebounded, defeating the Akron Racers (5-11) for the fourth game in a row to earn the series sweep and their sixth victory of the season.
Carolina pitcher Katie Burkhart was electric in the cirlce, throwing seven innings for a complete game victory over the Racers. Burkhart struck out nine Akron batters while allowing just one run on three hits. Her ERA dropped to 3.50 on the season.
The Diamonds compiled 10 hits on the day with GiOnna DiSalvatore scoring two runs on one hit for two RBIs.
The Akron Racers (5-7) started off the game, in the bottom of the first, with two runs scored by the first two batters when Sharonda McDonald took a hit-by-pitch to reach first base and Lisa Modglin singled to reach safely. One batter later, after another hit-by-pitch, the Racers scored their first run when with bases loaded; Nicole Pauly drew a walk to set the score at 1-0.
Taylor Schlopy followed her up with a fielder’s choice single to second base, earning an RBI on the play to give the Racers two runs.
The Racers scored three more, but it would not be enough as the Bandits (9-3) rallied behind two Kristen Butler home runs to defeat the Racers, 8-5, sweeping the weekend series.
Racers rookie Lexy Bennett hit her first home run, a solo blast, in her professional career with the Akron Racers (5-6) last night, putting the Racers up early in the ball game.
The Racers were the first team this season to crack Chicago Bandits’ pitcher Monica Abbott (4-1), putting up seven runs (the first earned runs all season) against the left-hander. It would not be enough, however, as the Bandits (8-3) rallied behind a Kristen Butler grand slam to win the game, 9-7.
Lisa Norris (1-2) started the night off in the pitching circle for the Racers, going 4.1 innings while allowing five hits and seven runs. Mineau stepped in after Norris loaded the bases in the fifth, pitching for 1.2 innings while allowing two hits and two runs.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- With the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning, Racers’ catcher Sam Marder blasted her second home run in as many days, this time a grand slam to give the Racers (4-4) a 4-0 lead in extra innings.
The Pride (5-3) rallied with three runs in the bottom half of the eighth inning, but Racers’ pitcher Kristina Thorson (2-2) closed the door to keep the 4-3 victory in game two of today’s doubleheader.
Thorson pitched eight innings while allowing seven hits, three runs (one home run) and one walk. She struck out seven Pride batters to earn the win.
Kaylyn Castillo blasted the first home run of her career in the second inning with a three-run home run to left field, giving the Akron Racers (3-1) a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second against the Carolina Diamonds.
The Akron Racers added five more runs to defeat the Diamonds, 9-2, in a Sunday afternoon matchup. Danielle Spaulding (0-1) started in the circle against the Racers, allowing no runs and no hits with one strikeout in the first.
Spaulding’s pitching faded in the second inning after an RBI single by Taylor Schlopy and Castillo following that up with the home run. From the second through fourth innings, the Diamonds were unsuccessful at stopping the Racers offense from the circle, allowing nine runs and seven hits.
The Akron Racers and 95.5 the Fish and Salem Communications will team up to bring Morning Show host Len Howser and the Fish promotional team to Firestone Stadium for Opening Day June 7, as the Akron Racers play host to the newly formed Carolina Diamonds.
“I look forward to introducing FISH listeners to Racers softball. As a dad with three daughters, fastpitch has been a big part of our family,” said Howser. “It doesn’t take long to fall in love with this sport. These girls earn your admiration and respect from the very first pitch. Lots of speed, skill and power. If you’ve never seen a 70 mph rise ball before you’ve got to come to a game!”
95.5 the Fish listeners will get to see Howser toss the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day for the Racers, and a Fish listener will get the opportunity to be the “Fish Fan of the Game” on June 7. Fans can enter the online contest at www.akronracers.org/home by visiting the ‘Fan Central’ tab.
The Akron Racers will host a coaching seminar May 28 at Firestone Stadium, the home of the Akron Racers, located in Akron. The seminar will provide instruction on how coaches can help their athletes improve their softball skills, knowledge and ability to execute through proper communications with their players.
Instructors are currently scheduled to be Akron Racers’ players Nicole Trimboli (outfielder/first base), Lisa Modglin (outfielder), Taylor Schlopy (outfielder) and Kristina Thorson (pitcher). More instructors may be announced as the seminar date approaches.
The Akron Racers now offers 2012 single game tickets for all 25 regular season home games. The Racers team will begin its 11th campaign in professional softball and its ninth season in National Pro Fastpitch with an exhibition game against the Northeast Ohio All-stars at June 4 at 7:05 p.m.
The 2012 regular season opener will take place at Firestone Stadium on June 7 as the Akron Racers host the newly formed Carolina Diamonds in a four game series.
With the first signs of spring and early sun shining down on the endeavors of one local woman, daring to make a difference, it was a good day. Julie Costell, owner of Ms. Julie's Kitchen -- a local, organic vegan restaurant -- is turning her dreams into a reality.
Costell started her newest endeavor this past Saturday, which left many passersby scratching their heads and doing double takes. It’s not every day that you see two large horses plowing the ground in the city. It didn’t take long for the word to spread and neighborhood children to come running out of their houses, watching from their porch steps, and shouting to others to take a look at what was going on.
Vehicles pulled over to the side of the road, and some even parked for the rare sight. One young boy was climbing a tree in his backyard, setting a leprechaun trap (it was St. Patrick’s Day after all), when he noticed the horses and came running over to take photos.