AKRON, OH (August 12, 2017) — The Charge went into Saturday’s crucial two-game series against the Akron Racers knowing full well that nothing short of a pair of victories would allow them to prolong their 2017 season.
And while Texas (22-27) showed its grit by battling back from an early 2-0 deficit, it was Akron that punched its ticket to the National Pro Fastpitch Championship Series by collecting a 4-2 win at Firestone Stadium.
The Racers (25-24) saw their two-run lead slip away when the Charge’s Lauren Haeger and Nadia Taylor each smacked solo hone runs in the top of the fourth. Haeger’s homer came against starter Emily Weiman and cleared the fence in center field, while Taylor’s blast greeted reliever Rachele Fico and sailed over the left-field wall.
The 2-2 tie didn’t last long, though, as Akron came back to plate a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to vault ahead for good.
The eventual game-winning hit was delivered by Sami Fagan, who plated teammates Ashley Thomas and Kristen Wyckoff with a two-out single to left field.
The Charge saw Lauren Haeger reach base on an error in the top of the sixth, which allowed head coach Roman Foore to use Haley Outon as a pinch runner. Outon reached second on a groundout by Taylor, but Fico used a strikeout and a flyout to escape the jam unharmed.
Texas’ last chance in the top of the seventh was denied by Racers closer Aimee Creger, who struck out the side to end the game.
Fico picked up the win for Akron after tossing three innings and allowing one run on one hit.
Haeger took the loss for the Charge after tossing six innings and giving up four runs — two earned — on five hits. The right-hander finished with four punch-outs.
Texas’ Renada Davis added the Charge’s only other hit in the ballgame and finished 1 for 3.
Texas and Akron will close the regular season today with a 4:05 p.m. game at Firestone Stadium.
Game Time: 7:05 PM CT
Vaultz® Lock it Up! ® Player of the Game: Sammy Fagan (Akron Racers)
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.