Abbott, Dawgs stymie Charge

Photo by Gerald Castillo

National Pro Fastpitch Softball

Monica Abbott kept Texas off balanced Friday night behind a one hit, 11 strikeout performance to lead the Scrap Yard Dawgs to a 5-0 win.

The Charge entered Friday night’s contest inside Bobcat Softball Stadium on a three-game winning streak but they couldn’t find an answer to Abbott’s strong performance.

“We had a lot of momentum going and we just ran into a pitcher that was hitting spots with good velocity,” head coach Roman Foore said. “I was really proud of our kids for how they competed just sometimes you cap tip and move on. (Abbott) threw a great game. We made adjustments a little later in the game as you saw and that’s all I can ask from them. There’s a reason (Abbott) is one of the best pitchers in the world. We just saw that tonight.”

Friday’s game quickly became a pitcher’s duel for both teams. Texas pitcher Dallas Escobedo hit the first batter of the game but worked around the runner to keep the Dawgs off the board.

Abbott began her outing by striking out Texas' first three batters. She followed with three more strikeouts in the second inning.

Both teams entered the fourth inning without a hit until Scrap Yard center fielder Allexis Bennett broke up Escobedo’s no-hitter. The Charge, however, kept the Dawgs off the board.

But Texas couldn’t contain their opponent in the fifth inning. Scrap Yard shortstop Kayla Winkfield hit a leadoff single and Katiyana Mauga hit a two-run home run to give the Dawgs a 2-0 advantage.

Scrap Yard loaded the bases in sixth inning and used RBIs from Meagen Whitley and Britt Vonk to score three more runs and grab a 5-0 lead. Texas right fielder Bailey Landry limited the sixth-inning damage with a home-run robbing catch at the wall to end the frame.

Abbott brought a no-hit bid into the bottom of the seventh but it was broken up by a single from Lauren Haeger. But the Charge couldn’t take advantage of Haeger's hit and fell 5-0.

Despite the loss, Foore said he’s happy with how the team has been improving over the last few weeks, including the Charge’s three wins this week over the league-leading USSSA Pride.

“We’ve been working really hard just to continue to get better every day and like we told them today, ‘You had an opportunity to quit in the fifth or sixth inning and they keep competing’ and that’s what I want us to be known for,” Foore said. “We’re going to play from the first out to the last out and that’s kind of what sparked it is they’re starting to play the game the right way.”

After Texas returned from an 18-day road trip to play Scrap Yard on Friday, the Charge get three days to rest before their next game against Akron at Bobcat Softball Stadium on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Foore said the break will be nice for the team.

“Honestly, what’s really exciting is we have three days off after an 18-day road trip,” Foore said. “We have three days off. The girls can heal up a little bit and get their legs under them.”

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