June 18, 2017 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - Akron Racers
AKRON, OH - Facing a daunting challenge, down eight runs with only two innings left, the Akron Racers battled back, but the deficit was too large and the rally came up short on Sunday afternoon, losing 12-9 to the Texas Charge in a contest that featured plenty of offense.
Down 12-4 entering the top of the sixth inning and with one out, the Racers offense strung together four straight base hits. A.J. Andrews began the rally with an infield single to the right side and rookie Haley Fagan followed with a base hit between first and second base that allowed Andrews to advance to third base. Fagan followed to second base on the unsuccessful throw attempting to retire Andrews. Sami Fagan brought home Andrews with a single up the middle and Hannah Day drove Haley Fagan home to cut the deficit to 12-6. Shellie Robinson hit an RBI single to right field to bring home Sami Fagan to cap off the inning, and the Charge escaped the inning with runners on first and second base.
Back on the attack in the top of the seventh inning, Sami Fagan plated Megan Geer and A.J. Andrews with a two-out double to cut the score to 12-9. That would be where the comeback attempt ended.
Texas jumped ahead early in the game, after scoring two unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning, the Charge added three more in the bottom of the second frame. Kristyn Sandberg kicked off the inning with a solo home run over the left field fence. After three base hits loaded the bases, Nadia Taylor put Texas ahead 5-0 with a two-run single that scored Bailey Landry and Brittany Gomez.
Akron nearly erased the five-run deficit in the top of the third inning. A double by Andrews and single by Ashley Thomas put runners on the corners. Two batters later Kelley Montalvo brought home Andrews with a base hit. Shellie Robinson followed Montalvo by blasting a three-run home run to left field to make the score 5-4 in favor of the Charge.
Texas' hot offense went right back to work in the bottom of the third inning though as a two-run hit by Landry and an RBI single by Katiyana Mauga put the Charge back ahead 8-4.
Texas added two runs in each the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings on two-run home runs by Sandberg and Amanda Kamekona, respectively, to put the Charge ahead 12-4.
The Racers were paced offensively Andrews, who went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored, Robinson, who went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI, and Sami Fagan, who went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI.
Texas was led by Landry, who went 3-for-3 with three runs, and Gomez, who went 3-for-5 with a run scored.
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