In a game against the Akron Racers, Scrap Yard Dawgs pitcher Monica Abbott did was Monica Abbott does. This time, the lefty hurler kept the Racers hitless for five innings and struck out 17 in the 2-0 win at Firestone Stadium in Akron on Tuesday.
The complete game shut-out was Abbott’s eighth win of the season, second best in the NPF. The three-time NPF pitcher of the year has struck out a league-leading 118 batters in 63 innings of work. Abbott allowed one hit and allowed a runner to reach on hit by pitch in the game.
After Monday’s game against the Racers was postponed by rain, the Dawgs looked to create a little space in the standings from Akron, who started the day in third place behind the Dawgs.
Thanks to Abbott and Nerissa Myers, that hope came to fruition, with the Dawgs tightening its grip on second place with the win. The Dawgs fourth straight victory puts it at 13-10 on the year. The loss drops the Racers down to 14-13.
Myers led off the game for the Dawgs and took the second pitch of the contest opposite field for the home run and a 1-0 lead. The former Louisiana-Lafayette standout has four homers on the year, most of any Dawg player. It also upped her RBI total to a team-best 14.
In the top of the second, the Dawgs knocked on the door again, but couldn’t produce a run. Kayla Winkfield laced a ball to left for the base knock after a nine-pitch battle with Akron pitcher Megan Betsa. The Giddings, Tex. native has been a spark at the bottom of the order for the Dawgs, hitting .310 on the year. After Kiki Stokes drew a walk, Myers rocketed another fly ball to the warning track in left field, but Megan Greer came up with the catch to end the inning and the threat.
Akron pitching held the Dawgs bats in check for most of the game, with Alexis Silkwood allowing just two hits in 4.2 innings of relief. The loss is credited to Betsa, who allowed one run on two hits in two innings. The former Michigan Wolverine struck out and walked a pair. Rochele Fico allowed a hit and struck out a pair. The run in the seventh with Fico in the circle was unearned.
Akron’s Kelley Montalvo broke up Abbott’s no-no in the bottom of the fifth with a hot shot right back at the pitching circle. The eight-year NPF veteran beat out the throw to first for the infield single. But that’s as far as Montalvo would get after Abbott got Griffin Joiner to strike out looking to end the inning. Joiner was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the second inning for the Racer’s only other base runner in the game.
Meagan May-Whitley helped give the Dawgs a 2-0 advantage in the top of the seventh. Amanda Kamekona drew a lead-off walk to start the inning and pinch-runner Anissa Urtez advanced to second off a pinch-hit single by Brianna Cherry. May-Whitley’s single was bobbled in left field by Greer and was enough to score Urtez for the second run of the game.
The Dawgs spend one more day in Akron, tomorrow facing Beijing-Shougang at Firestone Stadium. First pitch is slated for 6:05pm CDT.
About the Scrap Yard Dawgs
The Scrap Yard Dawgs began competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2016. The Dawgs provides elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Houston area, the Dawgs organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dawgs at www.scrapyarddawgs.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.