CONROE, TX (July 29, 2017) — The Scrap Yard Dawgs’ Monica Abbott and the Charge’s Dallas Escobedo matched each other pitch for pitch through six full innings Saturday night in Conroe.
Unfortunately for Texas (20-20), the Scrap Yard Dawgs (26-12) found some seventh-inning magic in order to snag a 1-0 victory in their home ballpark.
Escobedo watched the Dawgs load the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh following a leadoff walk by Ali Aguilar and consecutive singles from Britt Vonk and Kayle Winkfield.
The Charge right-hander battled back and struck out pinch hitter Nerissa Myers for the first out of the frame, but an infield single by Kasey Cooper moments later allowed pinch runner Olivia Watkins to scamper home from third for the game-winning run.
It was a tough loss for Escobedo, who scattered eight hits on the night and struck out 11.
Abbott was her usual dominant self. The left-hander tossed a complete game shutout while allowing just four hits and striking out a dozen batters.
“I just want to give major props to Dallas Escobedo tonight,” Abbott said afterward. “She pitched a great game. I’m just proud of the Dawgs. We had a doubleheader (Saturday) and it was really hot. There’s a heat wave in Texas, so it’s extra hot.”
Haylie McCleney paced the offensive effort for Texas against Abbott by finishing 2 for 4 from the plate. Lauren Haeger and Kelsey Stewart collected the other two base hits for the Charge.
Texas’ best chance to light up the scoreboard came in the top of the first when McCleney reached base on an error, advanced to second on a single by Haeger and then took third when Nadia Taylor was hit by a pitch.
However, Abbott escaped the bases-loaded, one-out jam by striking out Bailey Landry and Stewart in consecutive at-bats.
The Scrap Yard Dawgs were led by Vonk, Winkfield and Alexis Bennett, who all went 2 for 3 on the night.
The Charge will look to bounce back tonight when they take on the Dawgs at 7:30 p.m. at the Scrap Yard Sports Complex in Conroe in the series finale between the two clubs.
Game Time: 7:05 PM CT
Vaultz® Lock it Up! ® Player of the Game: Monica Abbott (Scrap Yard Dawgs)
About Texas Charge
The Texas Charge are an affiliate professional fastpitch softball team competing in the National Pro Fastpitch league. The team, headquartered in New Braunfels, TX, began competition in the league in 2015. The Charge provides elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Austin area, the Charge organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Texas Charge at www.texascharge.net
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang, 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.