Brakettes rally to defeat Riptide
A Connecticut rally in the top of the sixth inning put an end to an otherwise scoreless game giving the Brakettes a 3-0 advantage over the New England Riptide Thursday July 27. The Riptide failed to answer Connecticut's late in the game rally dropping the second game and falling even in the four game series.
Erica Beach started her fourth game of the season in the circle for New England. Connecticut's Kelly Kretschman led off looking to give the Brakettes an early advantage. Kretschman lined a hard hit ball over the head of Destiny Frankenstein; Kretschman tried to turn the base hit into a double but was thrown out at second by Lindy Winkler.
Beach earned two consecutive strikeouts against Jessica Merchant and Germaine Fairchild to retire Connecticut in the top of the first. Brakettes pitcher Sarah Pauly proved to be tough opposition for the New England offense retiring the first three batters she faced.
Designated player Tarrah Beyster was the first to get to Pauly for a hit in the bottom of the second. Kristine Botto entered to pinch run for Beyster but the Riptide bats could not bring Botto home, leaving the game scoreless after two.
The pitchers duel between Beach and Pauly lasted through the fifth inning. Beach faced five batters in the bottom of the third, walking two but the Riptide defense worked its way out of trouble retiring the side and leaving the Brakettes scoreless. Beach recovered facing only three batters in both the fourth and fifth innings. Pauly faced only three batters an inning in the third, fourth and fifth giving up only two hits on the way.
Jessica Merchant set the Brakettes up for their best scoring chance of the game in the top of the sixth. Beach handed a walk to Kellie Wilkerson with one out in the inning to put a runner on for Connecticut. Merchant was next to the plate blasting a double down the left field line advancing Wilkerson to third. Designated player Germaine Fairchild put Connecticut on the board sending a double into left scoring Wilkerson and Merchant giving the Brakettes a 2-0 advantage. Fairchild advanced to third on the Riptide attempt to throw Merchant out at home. Stephanie Hill increased the Brakettes lead sending a sacrifice fly into deep centerfield that allowed enough time for Fairchild to tag up at third putting Connecticut on top 3-0.
Pauly continued to frustrate Riptide hitters through the remainder of the game. Angus got to Pauly in the bottom of the seventh for a base hit up the middle but was thrown out by Brakettes third baseman Hill on a fielders choice by Beyster. New England saw a scoring opportunity in the bottom of the seventh, Tiffany Stewart entered to pinch run for Beyster. Pauly handed a walk to Jen Scavone with two outs in the inning putting two on board for the Riptide. Lisa Iancin was next to the plate flying out to Kretschman in center sending the Brakettes to a 3-0 game two victory.
The Tide are back on Martin Softball Field tomorrow, Friday July 27 at 7:05 for the third game in the series of four with the Connecticut Brakettes.
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