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WPSL All-Stars Sweep Doubleheader From WPSL Gold

"I expected good things to happen here in Akron," said WPSL All-Stars right fielder and former Akron Racer Kellyn Tate.

Good things did happen for the WPSL All-Stars as they rallied for two runs in the seventh inning in both games to post a pair of 3-2 victories over WPSL Gold to sweep a doubleheader in the WPSL Tour of Fastpitch Champions Saturday at Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio. The wins were the first for the All-Stars over Gold during the tour.

In game one, Jaime Foutch drove in two runs, including what proved to be the winning run on a fielder's choice to lead the All-Stars. In the second game, Kendall Richards' one-out RBI-single in the bottom of the seventh capped a two-run rally to give the All-Stars a sweep.

The All-Stars struck first as Patti Benedict walked to lead of the top of the first and advanced to second on Kellyn Tate's sacrifice. Foutch singled up the middle to score Benedict and give the All-Stars a 1-0 lead.

Gold left the bases loaded in the bottom of the first and stranded six runners through four innings as All-Stars pitcher Kaci Clark held Gold scoreless. Gold struck for a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth as a pair of errors and a single by Teri Klement-Goldberg loaded the bases with nobody out. Jennifer McFalls singled to tie the game and Sheila Douty's sacrifice fly put Gold ahead.

Gold pitcher Danielle Henderson held the All-Stars to two hits through six innings and had not allowed a hit since the second inning, but ran into trouble in the seventh. The All-Stars used Marty Laudato's leadoff single, a fielder's choice and a hit batsman to load the bases and Benedict singled to drive home the tying run. One out later, Foutch hit a grounder to shortstop Crystl Bustos, but Danielle Cox beat the throw to the plate for the go-ahead run.

In game two, the All-Stars again struck first as Foutch's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third plated Cox and gave the All-Stars a 1-0 lead. All-Stars pitcher Amy Kyler, who pitched a no-hitter against USA Blue last Sunday (June 17), held Gold to one hit through five innings, but McFalls' sacrifice fly in the sixth inning tied the game 1-1. Jennifer Brundage then led off the top of the seventh inning with a home run to left-center field to give Gold a 2-1 lead.

The All-Stars struck back in the bottom of the seventh as Julie Smith led off with a single and Cox beat out a bunt for a single. One out later, Kellyn Tate singled up the middle to score Smith. After Foutch walked to load the bases, Richards singled through the right side to plate Cox with the game-winner.

Benedict had two hits in each of the two games and reached base in all four plate appearances in game one. Richards and Lyndsey Klein had two hits apiece for the All-Stars in game two. McFalls had two hits for Gold in game one and Klement-Goldberg had a pair of hits in game two.

Clark (1-1) and Kyler (2-2) were the winning pitchers, while Henderson (2-1) and Michele Smith (1-1) took the losses. Gold falls to 5-3 on the tour, while the All-Stars improve to 3-5. The records include seven head-to-head meetings and one contest against the U.S. National Teams.

Kyler is one of four players on the All-Stars roster who played for the Akron Racers and she says it's fitting that the All-Stars' first wins over the Gold would come in Akron.

 

"We played here for years and it's just a very comfortable feeling," said Kyler. "We felt good playing here today and I think that helped us out with our wins."

Kyler is joined on the squad by former Racers Monica Armendarez, Cox and Tate. Tate also enjoyed the "homecoming."

"I knew what to expect from the energy this place offers during the games," said Tate. "There are great people here."

WPSL Gold and the WPSL All-Stars will face each other again Sunday at Akron in a game that will be televised live on ESPN. Game time is 2 p.m. (EDT).

WPSL Release

Game One Boxscore/Play-By-Play

Game Two Boxscore/Play-By-Play