Riptide Drop First Game to Force 3-0
Lowell, MA- The New England Riptide and Philadelphia Force met for the first of a four game series tonight at Martin Softball Field, the Force fighting to be in contention for a playoff spot looking to win at least three. The Riptide meanwhile are looking to move up in the standings in order to receive a better seeding in the playoffs. Starting pitchers were Eileen Cannery for the Riptide and Kristina Thorson for the Force. Both pitchers came in with identical records of 7-3, Canney leading the league in both strikeouts and ERA and Thorson not so far behind. Both pitchers pitched well yielding only four hits, however the Force got three in one inning, helped by an error to score three in the fourth. The score held as the Force took the first game of the series 3-0. Both pitchers struck out eight, Canney increasing her league lead to 111. The Riptide threatened in the first on hits by Gina Carbonatto and Lyndsey Angus but were unable to capitalize.
The Force got all of the game's runs in the top of the fourth with a bit of help from the defense. Emily Friedman led of with a single to right, the first hit of the night for the Force. Shoranda McDonald laid down a perfect bunt and beat it out to put runners at first and second. Chelsea Spenser's single up the middle scored Friedman and sent the speedy McDonald to third. When Spenser tried to steal second, Jess Merchant's throw home went to the backstop allowing McDonald to score and Spenser to go to third. Spenser later scored on a ground out to second.
The teams continue the series on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Martin Softball Field. Game times are 7:05 each night.
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