Glory Lose First Playoff Game to Philadelphia
KIMBERLY, WISC. -- The Washington Glory could not find the same magic from 2007 in their first playoff game of 2008 as they fell to the Philadelphia Force 7-4 on Friday night in Kimberly, Wisc.
The Glory, who were down 4-0 after the first inning, fought back and had the tying run at the plate in the seventh inning when the game ended just after midnight eastern time. It's the first post-season loss in Glory history.
The Force jumped on board in the first inning by scoring four runs, three on a home run by Savannah Long off starter Taryne Mowatt. Mowatt would last only 2/3 of an inning, striking out one and throwing two wild pitches in taking the loss.
Desiree Serrano came on and allowed single runs in the second and third before the Glory got on the board in the fourth on a walk and a pair of errors by shortstop Chelsea Spencer as Courtney Bures and Jessica Dignon both drove in runs on the errors.
After taking a 7-2 lead in the fourth, the Glory loaded the bases with the first three batters in the fifth but failed to score. The Glory would mount a comeback in the seventh, taking advantage of another Philadelphia error when, with runners at first and second and two out, Oli Keohohou lifted a fly ball to right that was misplayed by Trena Peel scoring both runners making it 7-4. Sara Larquier then bounced what should have been the game-ending ground ball to Emily Friedman at second base. Friedman could not handle it and put runners at the corners for the fifth Philadelphia error of the game. Courtney Bures then stepped up and flew out to right to end the game.
Serrano finished the game for the Glory, allowing three runs in 6 1/3 innings. Katie Burkhart earned the win, throwing a complete game and allowing four unearned runs.
The Glory will now take on the New England Riptide at 6 p.m. eastern time in Kimberly on Saturday night. The winner will advance to play on Sunday morning for the right to play in the championship game Sunday afternoon.
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