Columbus, OH – July 12, 2014 – The Akron Racers headed to Columbus, Ohio for the inaugural Akron Racers Classic at Berliner Park. Lannah Campbell made her first professional start for the Racers, throwing one inning, and allowing five runs on six hits, and recording the loss.
Madison Shipman proved to be too much for the Racers, going 3 for 4 at the plate and hitting two home runs. Her 3 run home run in the first inning gave the Pride a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
The Pride would add two more runs in the second inning, on singles from Keilani Ricketts, Megan Willis. Rachele Fico then entered the game for the Racers, and surrendered a single to Natasha Watley. A SAC fly from Caitlin Lowe drove in Sharonda McDonald, who pinch ran for Ricketts. Shipman then singled to left to drive in Willis.
Both teams scored in the third inning, as Kelly Kretschman singled to right field, and Amanda Kamekona singled to drive in pinch runner Brejae Washington. The Racers would score their only run on a solo home run from Haley Outon.
The Pride would score the final three runs of the game in the fourth inning. Madison Shipman led the inning off with a home run. Andrea Duran walked and scored on an error by Kelley Montalvo that allowed Kretschman to reach base and advance to third. Kretschman then scored on Kamekona’s single to centerfield.
Hannah Campbell came in to pitch in the sixth inning, and allowed no runs on one hit, walking one and striking out one to finish the game for the Racers.
Ricketts earned the win for the Pride, pitching four innings, allowing one run on two hits, while walking one and striking out three. Danielle Lawrie entered the game in the 5th inning to record the save. She threw 3 innings of scoreless softball, surrendering no hits, while striking out two.
The Racers are back in action against the Pride at Firestone Stadium on Monday, July 14 at 7:05pm EDT. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network. For more information about the Racers or to order your tickets for the game, visit www.akronracers.org or call 330-376-8188.
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Site: Lou Berliner Park in Columbus, OH
Score: Pride 9, Racers 1
Records: Pride (19-7) Racers (11-15)
Next Akron Racers Game: Monday, July 14 at 7:05pm EDT vs. USSSA Pride (Firestone Stadium in Akron, OH)
About USSSA Florida Pride
The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.
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.