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Racers’ Offense Edges Out the Pride, 5-4

The Pride fell to the Racers 5-4 Wednesday night. Photo by Kit Mohr

The Pride fell to the Racers 5-4 Wednesday night. Photo by Kit Mohr

Kissimmee, FL– July 22- The Akron Racers (16-16) fell behind early before rebounding to pull out the 5-4 victory over the USSSA Pride (25-10) Wednesday evening at Champion Stadium. The Prides’ Madison Shipman split the middle infielders to lead off the second inning and Andrea Duran followed with a double down the left field line. Duran eventually scored on Brigette Del Ponte’s sacrifice fly, giving the Pride a 2-0 lead.

Akron tied the game 2-2 in the next half inning as Jill Barret drove in Ayumi Karino from first with a double to left center then scored a run of her own on Taylor Schlopy.

USSSA took the lead, 3-2, in the bottom of the fourth as a result of a fielding error by the Racer’s second baseman but rebounded in the top of the fourth when Nerissa Myers knocked a two-run triple off the right field fence to give Akron their first lead of the night, 4-3.

The Racers’ added an insurance run in the sixth when Briana Hamilton singled to lead off the sixth frame, advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch, and scored on Griffin Joiner’s single.  Andrea Duran cut the deficit to one run at 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth with her fifth run of the season, a solo shot to center field.

Rachele Fico (W, 2-2) went the distance in the circle for the Racers, holding the Pride to four runs (three earned) on six hits over seven innings.

Chelsea Thomas (L, 5-3) dropped her third game of the season after allowing five runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings in the circle. Andi Williamson finished out three of the final four outs of the game via strike out, giving up one hit in the process.

The Pride will host the Akron Racers for the second game of the four game series tomorrow, July 23, at Champion Stadium. First pitch is slated for 7:05.

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