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Riptide earn 6-1 victory over the Brakettes

July 29, 2006 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - New England Riptide News Release

The New England Riptide was back on Martin Softball Field for the second game of the Saturday July 29 double header and the final game in the series of four with the Connecticut Brakettes. Strong offense sent the Riptide to a 6-1 victory over the Brakettes giving New England the win for the series, three games to one.

Lindy Winkler helped put the Riptide on the board early in the game. Leadoff batter Lyndsey Angus got to Connecticut pitcher Kaci Clark for a single. Jackie Pasquerella was next to the plate laying down a sacrifice bunt, but an error on the play by Brakettes catcher Germaine Fairchild allowed Pasquerella to reach safely and advance to second putting Angus on third. Winkler singled to right field scoring Angus giving the Riptide an early 1-0 advantage. Designated player Tarrah Beyster walked loading the bases for New England. Lisa Iancin hit into a fielders choice that scored Pasquerella, putting the Riptide on top 2-0 but allowed Brakettes shortstop Jessica Merchant to throw Winkler out at third. Jaime Haas was entered to pinch run for Beyster at second. KJ Kelley was next to bat singling to load the bases for the second time but the Riptide bats could not bring Haas home and the inning ended with the Riptide leading 2-0.

The Riptide defense quieted the Brakettes at the plate behind Danielle Henderson in the circle. Henderson allowed the Brakettes only one hit an inning in the first two innings and no runner advanced beyond second base.

Destiny Frankenstein led off in the bottom of the second with a triple to right centerfield. Frankenstein's triple prompted Clark's early exit from the game, she was replaced with Connecticut pitcher Sarah Pauly. Angus was the first to face Pauly laying down a bunt that got her aboard safely and scored Frankenstein making it 3-0 Riptide.

Pasquerella ended a Connecticut rally in the top of the third leaving the Brakettes scoreless after three. Kellie Wilkerson led off with a single and Jessica Merchant walked putting two on for the Brakettes. Callie Piper laid down a sacrifice bunt that advanced Wilkerson and Merchant into scoring position with two outs in the inning. Adrienne Alo grounded out to Pasquerella for out number three stranding two on the bases.

New England loaded the bases again in the bottom of the fourth with three consecutive singles. Frankenstein stepped to the plate with one out sending a single past second baseman Stephanie Best. Angus singled and Pasquerella bunted her way on to load the bases for the Riptide. Winkler sacrificed to Best scoring Frankenstein to put the Riptide on top 4-0. A wild pitch sent Angus home safely increasing New England's lead 5-0.

The rolling ‘Tide increased their lead over the Brakettes again in the bottom of the sixth. Pauly handed Angus a walk with one out in the inning and Pasquerella laid down a sacrifice bunt that advanced Angus to second. Winkler was next to the plate blasting a triple to the centerfield wall scoring Angus and putting New England on top 6-0.

The Brakettes finally got on the board in the top of the seventh. Jen Owens led off with a single. Consecutive sacrifices by Kretschman and Wilkerson sent Owens to third and a single by Merchant put the Brakettes on the board, 6-1 Riptide. Henderson caught Piper looking to end the inning sending the Riptide to a 6-1 victory. The ‘Tide are back in action at home Wednesday August 2 at 7:05 pm for the first game in a series of four with the Arizona Heat.

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