Riptide Beat Force 5-0 Behind Forest. Scott Ties Zaleski Stolen Base Record
Allentown, PA- Shanel Scott tied Kristin Zaleski's all time single season stolen base record of 33 last night and also tied Amber Jackson for the league lead in runs scored with 31 as the New England Riptide beat the Philadelphia Force 5-0 at Allentown last night. Scott still has one day to break Zaleski's record and surpass Jackson. Jackson, the Washington Glory star, has completed her season. The victory puts the Riptide in the driver's seat for a playoff spot with either a win in tomorrow's final game or a Rockford Thunder loss to the Chicago Bandits tonight securing a spot. The Riptide, of course would have clinched the berth and a probable second or third place finish a few days back had Commissioner Cheri Kempf not decided that she would like to influence the standings on her own and issue forfeits to the Riptide for an infraction that wasn't considered even as much as a misdemeanor until she made one out of it.
The Riptide scored early thanks to Scott, Jackie Pasquerella and Lyndsey Angus. Scott, leading off singled to left, but when the throw to the infield missed the cutoff and rolled into rightfield, the speedy Scott made it all the way to third. Pasquerella came up and beat out an infield hit and then got into the stolen base action herself, stealing second. She scored on a double down the left field line by Angus to give the Riptide a 2-0 lead after one. Scott helped keep the score that way in the bottom of the first when she fell through the breakaway fence to rob leadoff hitter, Emily Friedman, of a homerun. That was as close as the Force would come to scoring for the rest of the game
The Riptide extended to 3-0 in the third again, courtesy of Scott and Pasquerella, this time both on infield hits. Scott got on and stole her record tying base and then Pasquerella was given a hit on her ground ball off pitcher Margo Pruis' glove. However, the throw to first went into right field allowing Scott to score her second run of the night.
In the fifth it was Angus driving in another run, this time a solo homerun, her second of the year. The Riptide added their fifth and final run after Carri Martin singled, stole second and scored of Tarrah Beyster's line drive single to left.
Jocelyn Forest pitched her second complete game shutout and improved to 4-5 on the season. She scattered five singles, while striking out nine and not issuing any walks. Margo Pruis took the loss for the Forceand drops to 5-6 giving up all five runs. Jodie Cox relieved Pruis in the sixth and held the RIptide at bay.
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