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Riptide fall to Racers

July 1, 2006 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - New England Riptide News Release

The New England Riptide was back on Martin Softball Field Saturday, July 1 for the final game of a four game series with the Akron Racers. The Riptide fell to the Racers in a 1-0 decision. The Riptide defense started out strong behind Jocelyn Forest in the circle. Akron was held scoreless for the first two innings with Forest earning consecutive strikeouts against Amber Hall and Kristen Butler to retire the side in the top of the second. New England was sparked offensively in the bottom of the second but could not get a run on the board. Lyndsey Angus led off with a single and Jen Scavone was hit by a pitch to put two on for the Riptide. Lisa Iancin hit into a fielders choice that allowed Scavone to be thrown out at second. Iancin stole second and Akron pitcher Radara McHugh walked Destiny Frankenstein to load the bases for New England with two outs in the inning. Kristin Vesely was next to the plate hitting to shortstop Kristin Johnson who threw her out at first to end the inning and leave three on the bases for New England. Akron started off the scoring in the top of the third. Sara Larquier led off with a double to left center field. Kim Gonzalez laid down a sacrifice bunt that allowed Angus to throw to Iancin at first for the out but advanced Larquier to third. Iyhia McMichael was next to the plate sending a deep fly ball to left field that allowed Larquier to tag up and score giving the Racers a 1-0 lead. The Riptide remained alive offensively in the bottom of the third but failed to produce a run. Lindy Winkler blasted a double into left field with one out in the inning. McHugh handed consecutive walks to designated player Tarrah Beyster and Lyndsey Angus to load the bases for the Riptide. Scavone flied out to Johnson at short and second baseman Caitlin Benyi caught a foul ball off the bat of KJ Kelley to end the inning leaving three stranded on the bases for the Riptide. The Riptide contained the Racers at the plate through the sixth inning but was quieted offensively. Akron managed to hang on to their one run lead to take the game 1-0. Forest had five strikeouts on the night despite recording her second loss of the season as a pitcher. The Riptide ended up dropping the series to the Racers three games to one.

The 'Tide are back in action at home on Wednesday July 5 at 7:05 pm for the first game in a four game series with the Philadelphia Force. American Idol finalist and Massachusetts native Ayla Brown will be on hand to sign autographs and sing the National Anthem before the game.

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