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Riptide win in extras

July 28, 2007 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - New England Riptide News Release

Lowell, MA- The final game of a four game series was played tonight in Lowell with the New England Riptide hosting the Philadelphia Force. It was Erica Beach, coming in at 5-2 for the Riptide against Margo Pruis (3-5) for the Force. The Force scored a run in the second on a Kellie Wilkerson homerun an the Riptide answered with five in the third. The Force battled back to score two in each of the sixth and seventh innings. The teams traded runs in the ninth, before the Riptide won it in the 10th for a 7-6 win.

Pruis walked two Riptide batters in the first, but despite that and Shanel Scott's 28th stolen base of the year, the Riptide were unable to capitalize. In the top of the second, the Force proceeded to load the bases after Wilkerson's shot, but Beach bore down and struck out Jaime Dacey and Sharonda McDonald to end the inning.

The Riptide exploded for five runs in the third to take the lead for good on timely hitting taking advantage of a lack of control by Pruis. Scott singled hard into left and no surprise, recorded her second steal of the night, leaving her four short of Kristen Zaleski's single season record with eight games to play. After Gina Carbonatto flied out to center and Carri Martin grounded to first sending Scott to third, Angus drew her second walk of the night. Lisa Modglin came up with the first clutch hit of the inning, a double over the head of left fielder Jaime Dacey clearing the bases and giving the Riptide a 2-1 lead. It wasn't over as Shelley Prochaska was hit on the wrist by a Pruit pitch and Alex Sutton walked to load the bases and for the second time, a Riptide hitter, this time Lisa Iancin, cleared the bases for a double and a 5-1 lead. That brought in Jodie Cox to pitch for the Force who got out of the inning and silenced Riptide bats for the remainder of the game allowing only a Carbonatto single.

Meanwhile Beach got stronger as the game progressed through the fourth and fifth inning as she retired seven in a row. In the sixth, Beach got into trouble walking three batters to load the bases, yielding to Danielle Henderson. Henderson got the out of the jam on three ground outs but the Force was able to push through two runs to pull within two to 5-3. The Force managed to tie it in the top of the seventh on a McDonald single and an error allowing Hall to reach. Then it was Wilkerson again, driving in her second and third run of the night with a double to left center. It would be extra innings and both teams made pitching changes. For the Force it would be Kristina Thorson and for the Riptide, Eileen Canney. Both pitchers started the opening game of the series, Thorson also pitching the third game. The Force got their run on an infield single by McDonald who went to second when Chelsea Spencer grounded out. A wild pitch sent her to third and she scored on Trena Peel's single to left. The Riptide responded, though. Shanel Scott led off with a walk and eventually scored on Carri Martin's single after Carbonatto sacrificed her to second.

When the Force failed to score their runner from 2nd in the 10th, the Riptide responded. KJ Kelley sacrifice Modglin to third and she scored on Lisa Iancins single. Friedman was actually able to stop the ball on the outfield grass, but could not get Iancin in time. The Riptide won their 22nd game of the season against 14 losses.

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