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The Scotts Lead the Juggernaut into the Finals

August 27, 2004 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - New York/New Jersey Juggernaut News Release

Akron, Ohio - The NY/NJ Juggernaut (2-1) looked to move into the Championship series by facing the Akron Racers (1-2) in an all-or-nothing match up at Firestone Stadium. The Scott duo proved to be the definitive force of the contest, as the Nauts edged the Racer 2-1. Amanda Scott (2-0) pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts and Courtney Scott (1-for-2) shifted the tempo of the game with one swing of her bat in the fourth inning to send a McArthur pitch over the left field fence.

Rain and lightning was the first obstacle standing in the Juggernaut path, causing over a two hour rain delay. However, it did not affect the Juggernaut who jumped out early to take the lead in the top of the second inning. Nauts third baseman Laura Harms (2-for-3, RBI) stepped up with her first hit of the playoffs to score Lisa Iancin (1-for-2, R) with a hard single to right field with two outs.

The Racers quickly answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the third inning. Brandi Stuart (1-for-2) led off the inning with a single that snuck past the diving Juggernaut second baseman Carri Leto and into right field. Racer Heather Wright and advanced Stuart into scoring position with the Racers' offensive MVP Iyah McMichael (2-for-3) coming to bat. McMichael produced and put the Racers on the board with a single to center field to score Stuart, tying the game at one a piece.

The spark the Juggernaut needed came with one swing in the top of the fourth inning. Juggernaut Gina Oaks (1-for-2) led off the inning by drawing a walk. She was moved into scoring position by a deep sacrifice fly ball by Iancin. Coming to bat with two outs, Juggernaut C. Scott blasted a two-run home run over the left field fence to put the Juggernaut on top, 3-1.

The Racers tried their best to not let the prior inning be their ultimate defeat. Racer Treena Peel (1-for-3) kept her playoff hot streak going by leading off the inning with a single. One batter later, Nicole Tromboli was tagged out at first due to a base running error. However, heads up base running by Peel allowed her to score while all the Juggernaut attention was drawn to first base which allowed the Racers to pull within one.

The lead paired with the dominant performance by the Scott sister's was too much for the Racers to overcome. With a pop out to third base as the final out, the Juggernaut was the first team of the NPF to advance to the Championship Series. That series will also be a three game series with the first game scheduled for tomorrow at 7:00 pm at Firestone Stadium. The Nauts will play the winner of the Texas Thunder/New England Riptide game.

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