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Riptide Beat Team Canada 5-3

June 24, 2006 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - New England Riptide News Release

Kitchener, Ontario- Game three of the series between the New England Riptide and the Canadian National Team took place Saturday night with the Riptide coming out on top 5-3 in a game which featured some great defensive plays by both teams. Lyndsey Angus, Lindy Winkler and Worcester native, Jen Scavone, led the nine hit Riptide attack, each with a double and single. Winkler scored two runs, Angus one. The Riptide took advantage of a slow start by Lauren Bay in the first inning. Bay walked leadoff hitter Kristin Vesely and later in the inning Tarrah Beyster. Angus made them pay for the walks with a two out single to score Vesely. The Riptide chased Bay in the third with back to back doubles by Winkler and Beyster. Bay, who took the loss, yielded to Kaila Holtz.

Canada got one back in the third on leadoff singles by Rachel Schill and Kristy Odamura. Schill stole second and scored on Odamura's single, however Odamura was thrown out by KJ Kelley when she attempted a steal. The Riptide took a 3-1 lead in the fourth when Jackie Pasquerella ripped a double to score Destiny Frankenstein who had walked to lead off the inning. Meanwhile Riptide starter Jocelyn Forest (3-1) was cruising, retiring ten consecutive batters when, with two out in the sixth, Sheena Lawrick blasted a homerun over the right field wall. Forest gave up two hits and one unearned run in the seventh, before Danielle Henderson came in to record the save. Fortunately for the Riptide, they had scored two insurance runs in the seventh, with Winkler and Angus leading the way again, then scoring on Scavone's double.

The Riptide now hold a 2-1 game lead in the series and look to close strongly tomorrow when the two meet in a 1:00 afternoon game. The Riptide finally return home to Martin Softball Field with an exhibition game against the Israeli National Team on Tuesday followed by a four game series with the Akron Racers on Wednesday through Saturday, all games at 7:05. Thursday will mark the Riptide debut on Fox Sports Net New England.

In other NPF action, the Akron Racers won a pair of games from the Chinese Taipei National Team by scores of 5-2 and 2-0. The Philadelphia Force's game with the Chinese National Team was postponed due to rain, as was the Brakettes game with the Chicago Bandits. Both games will be made up with doubleheaders tomorrow. The Texas Thunder hosts the Arizona Heat in a late game.

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