Riptide Hand Force First Loss 5-1
June 4, 2008- Allentown, PA The New England Riptide came into Allentown tonight to take on the 4-0 Philadelphia Force. Two veterans, Jocelyn Forest for the Riptide and Amy Harre for the Force, were the starting pitchers.
After the Riptide went down 1-2-3 in the first, the Force got their one run in the bottom of the first. With one out, Claire Burnum hit a double into the right center gap and scored from second when Jenna Hall looped a single into left. The Riptide got it right back in the second. With one out, DP Carmen Paez drew a four pitch walk. Since Paez was the designated player (hitter) she could be pinch run for by the defensive player (Forest) and was. Forest stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. One pitch later Forest scored on a single by Lisa Iancin.
The Riptide scored three in the top of the fourth to take a 4-1 lead on four consecutive hits, all with two out. Lyndsey Angus led off the inning and got hit between the numbers with the pitch. After being forced at second on a ground out and a Carmen Paez strikeout, Iancin got her second hit of the night, a hard single up the middle. Lisa Modglin followed and after a 2-0 count, Margo Pruis came in to relieve Harre. Modglin followed with a double scoring two and KJ Kelley got her first hit and first RBI of the season with a single to left. Gina Carbonatto doubled for the fourth Riptide hit in a row, but did not score a run.
The Force were able to threaten in the bottom of the sixth when Jenna Hall got her second hit of the night and Savannah Long got her first hit of her career to give the Force runners at 1st and 2nd with no outs. After Emily Friedman grounded into a force play Forest struck out Ashley Smith and Rocky Spencer to end the threat.
The Riptide got some insurance in the seventh when Carrie Embree walked with one out, stole second and scored on Angus's single up the middle to end the scoring at 5-1.
The Force are now 4-1 after their first loss of the season and the Riptide improve to 2-3. Harre gave up all four runs in suffering her first loss and Forest evens her record at 1-1, pitching a complete game while striking out eight.
The Riptide and Force continue the series on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Riptide then return to Lowell for their home opener at Martin Softball Field to take on the Venezuelan Olympic team beginning on June 12.
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