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Riptide win 4-3 in seventh

July 11, 2008 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - New England Riptide News Release

Akron, Ohio July 11th - Jamee Juarez took the circle for the Racers tonight to face her former coach at Ohio State, Erica Beach for the Riptide. Both pitchers fought hard, but neither pitcher figured in the decision or made it through four innings as the Riptide broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh to win by a score of 4-3 for the second consecutive night.

The teams traded home runs in the second inning to leave the score tied at one. For the Riptide it was Lisa Modglin smacking her first of the year, while for the Racers it was a lead off by Veronica Wootson hitting her fourth, second in two nights.

The Riptide took a 3-1 lead in the third an inning in which Juarez pitched to four batters, getting none of them out. Jackie Pasquerella led it off with a double to left and Lyndsey Angus reached first when she was hit by the next pitch. Jessica Merchant followed with her second hit of the night, this time a single scoring Pasquerella. Carmen Paez followed with a single and that was all for Juarez as Radara McHugh entered. McHugh calmed the Riptide rally but not before Modglin almost hit her second of the night, but instead scored Angus on a sac fly.

Beach, who had been in command for the first three innings, striking out three, ran into control problems in the fourth. Kate Robinson drew a walk and came home on Shannon Doepking's double in the gap. With two outs, Susan Ogden walked and Kim Hamilton was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jocelyn Forest replaced Beach and was able to strike out Kellie Middleton on a three two count to stem the threat. The Racers made a pitching change in the fifth bringing in Angel Shamblin with one out as the Riptide did not score.

Once again the Racers were able to tie the game, this time in the fifth. With one out, speedy India Chiles stretched a single into a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Forest was then able to get Kristen Butler on a ground out with out Chiles scoring. She then seemed to be out of the inning when Robinson grounded a ball back to her, but was unable to handle the routine grounder which allowed Chiles to score the unearned run.

The Riptide scored the winner in the seventh thanks to a Gina Carbonatto double off Angela Tincher, who had just entered the game, to score Carrie Embree in running for Lyndsey Angus who had led off with a single. Forest picked up the win in relief for the Riptide, her fourth of the year, while Shamblin takes the loss.

The Riptide return home to Martin Field to complete the away-home series with the Racers. The games are on Wednesday the 16th, Thursday the 17th (St. Patrick's Day at Martin Softball Field), Friday the 18th (features the friends of the Wiggles from Six Flags) and Saturday the 19th. All games are at 7:05

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