The Scrap Yard Dawgs used the long ball and some great pitching to come out on top of the Beijing Shougang Eagles on Wednesday. Taylor Edwards, MJ Knighten and Katiyana Mauga each hit homers in the 8-0 win at Firestone Stadium in Akron. The victory gives the Dawgs its fifth straight win.
In the circle, Morgan Melloh, Cheridan Hawkins and Miranda Kramer combined to silence the bats of the first-year NPF team, allowing just a pair of hits in the shut-out.
In the top of the second, Amanda Kamekona started things off with a bloop single to right center. The single was Kamekona’s first hit as a Dawg after being part of a trade with the Texas Charge. After Kayla Winkfield drew the walk off Eagles pitcher Nancy Bowling and pinch runner Olivia Watkins swiped second base, Anissa Urtez’s ground ball to the shortstop was enough to score Watkins for the first run of the game. The RBI came off Urtez’s first at-bat of her NPF career.
In the top of the third, it was none other than Allexis Bennett causing problems for the Eagles defense. The Corona Calif. native was able to beat out the throw to first base on a ground ball to third base for an infield single. Bennett has had a monster rookie season for the Dawgs – she is currently in the middle of a ten game hit streak. Her two hits on the night also give the UCLA product 13 multiple-hit games. She also stole of pair of bases for the Dawgs in the win.
Edwards then smoked a ball to deep left center field for the two-run home run to give the Dawgs a 3-0 advantage. The long ball was the Murrieta, Calif. native’s second of the season.
The Dawgs kept pouring it on in the top of the fourth inning. With two outs, Kiki Stokes reached after Eagles shortstop Yi Ning Lui couldn’t come up with the ground ball. Myers made the Eagles pay – the second baseman cracked a ball to the gap in left center to easily score Stokes to extend the Dawgs lead to 4-0. It was RBI number 15 on the year for Myers, who went 2-of-4 on the night. Bennett’s single to left scored Myers to put the Dawgs lead at 5-0.
Mauga started the home run derby for the Dawgs in the top of the sixth, sending a towering fly ball over the fence in right field. The University of Arizona product’s solo shot was her second of the season and the first in a Dawgs uniform. After Myers was hit by a pitch, Knighten muscled a ball to left field for a two-run homer. It was the Buena Park, Calif. native’s first home run of her NPF career and put the game out of reach, 8-0.
Melloh was strong in the win for the Dawgs, not allowing a hit in three innings. The former Indiana Hoosier struck out three and walked one. Hawkins allowed one hit in two innings of relief and struck out a pair. Kramer was just as effective in her two innings of relief. The West Burlington, Ia. native allowed one hit and struck out three.
The Dawgs had eight hits in the game and have a combined 35 hits in the six-games away from the Scrap Yard, in a trip where its lone loss came to the USSSA Pride 1-0.
The Dawgs hope the hot bats follow them to San Marcos, where they face in-state rival Texas Charge on Friday for the final game of the seven-game road trip. The Charge are coming off a sweep of the Pride in Kansas City. The Dawgs then return to the Scrap Yard for a pair of games against the Chicago Bandits on Saturday and Sunday. First pitch on Saturday is slated for 5:05pm.
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.