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Angus, Frankenstein Homer in Another 3-1 Riptide Win

July 14, 2006 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - New England Riptide News Release

Allentown, PA - The Philadelphia Force continue to struggle, as the New England Riptide scored early to defeat the home team, 3-1 on Friday night. Both teams had seven hits apiece, as the Force left eight runners on base and the Riptide four. Force starter Jenn Stewart dropped to 3-6 with the loss, and Erica Beach picked up her first win since joining the Riptide on July 1st. The Riptide offense was led by Destiny Frankenstein who went three for three including a solo homerun in the seventh to add an insurance run. The Force offense was led by shortstop, Chelsea Spencer, who had two hits.

The Riptide jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when NPF batting leader, Lyndsey Angus, hit a two run homerun in the top of the first inning after KJ Kelley drew a two out walk.

The Force offense left three runners on base in their half of the first. With one out, shortstop Chelsea Spencer singled, Ryan Realmuto doubled and Jenna Hall drew a walk to load the bases. Beach managed to strike out Lindsey Cameron and then induced Jaime Dacey into a ground ball to end the Force threat.

The bottom half of the third inning meant more runners left on base for the Force, as Stacie Pestak and Carri Leto hit back-to-back singles with two outs, but Spencer was unable to deliver the RBI.

Cameron started a two out rally in the bottom of the sixth inning, hitting a single to center field. Dacey drew a walk to bring up pinch hitter, Stephanie VanBrakle, who went down on strikes. The Riptide took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh on Frankenstein's homerun. The Force did not go quietly, however.

Spencer opened up the Force scoring in the bottom of the seventh with a two out double to the right center gap, scoring Pestrak from first base. Realmuto ended the game with a pop up to right field.

This was Beach's second start for the Riptide and first complete game. In her first start she pitched 6.1 innings allowing two runs but did not figure in the decision as the 'Tide went on to win 4-3 in eight innings.

The Force will take on the Riptide in the final game of the series on Saturday, July 15th at 7:05 PM at ECTB Stadium at Bicentennial Park.

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