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Tough Outing for the Diamonds

June 9, 2012 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - Carolina Diamonds News Release

Akron, OH - The Carolina Diamonds did not repeat the offensive and defensive strength displayed Thursday night on Friday as they were defeated by the Akron Racers 14-2.

However, everyone in the league now goes into the second half of the opening weekend series with a 1-1 record with both Carolina and the Chicago Bandits losing Friday evening.

"It's just one of those games. It's a tough one. I don't want to blame it on still being early," outfielder Jami Lobpries said. "Bottom line, we just didn't play well and we didn't play like we are capable of playing. Hopefully we got all that out of our system."

The Diamonds pitching staff had a hard time finding the strike zone, giving up ten walks total to one strike out. In all, the Diamonds gave up 14 runs in 13 hits with no errors allowed. The offense manged six hits off Racers pitchers Lisa Norris and Jennifer Mineau including two solo blasts from Angeline Quiocho in the third inning and Rachel Foulden in the sixth inning.

Lobpries felt the team could have executed better at the plate to combat Norris' typical tough pitching featuring a good change-up.

"Really it's about being more disciplined at the plate and sticking to the plan that you come up to bat with," she said. "It's not that we hit badly but it's about having a better game plan and approach and sticking with that."

Danielle Spaulding started the game in the pitcher's circle and went one and one third innings before Sara Plourde took to the helm. Plourde then gave way two innings later for Sharon Palma to finish the game for the Diamonds.

"I think in this league it's so important to take one game at a time because there's not that many teams in the league," Lobpries said. "Really, we just have to come out and make a statement and prove to them that that's not us and we didn't show up with our best stuff team wise, offensively, defensively."

The Carolina Diamonds continue the third game of the four game series Saturday night, June 9 at 7:05 p.m.

To view the Carolina Diamonds' schedule or purchase tickets to an upcoming game, visit www.yourcarolinadiamonds.com.

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