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Akron Racers Eliminate NY/NJ Comets From 2013 NPF Championship Series
ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Akron Racers (17-32) used a four-run fifth inning rally to accelerate past the NY/NJ Comets (10-39) in opening round action on Thursday night of the 2013 NPF Championship Series. The win moved the Racers to round two of title action in the league's season finale.
NY/NJ took the lead in their very first at-bat off a Dorian Shaw single to center that scored Angeline Quiocho from second base. Quiocho walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a booted infield grounder off the bat of Bianca Mejia.
The Comets 1-0 lead stood until the bottom half of the fifth inning when Kelly Montalvo reached base on a Comets miscue. With one out, Kaylyn Castillo singled to put Racers runners on the corners. The table was set for Racers' slugger Sam Marder who was robbed earlier in the game of a home run by a stellar Quiocho catch above the left field wall. This time, however, Marder made the left center field launch a no-doubter, bringing home three, and giving Akron a lead they would not surrender. Three more singles in the inning plated Jessica Garcia and gave Akron a 4-1 advantage.
NY/NJ's Quiocho did her best to rally the Comets with one out in the top of the seventh, hitting a towering blast to left centerfield. It would be a short-lived rally though, as Akron reliever Rachele Fico wrapped up her seventh win of the season, coaxing the final two outs of the inning following a Bianca Mejia walk. Fico came on in relief of Akron starter Lisa Norris in the top of the fifth inning.
All NPF team member, Olivia Galati took the loss for the Comets as they exited the Championship Series and wrapped up their inaugural season of professional competition.
Akron will take on the second-seeded USSSA Pride on Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT. The winner of that game will advance to the NPF Final Series best of three match-up against the #1 seeded Chicago Bandits that begins Friday night at 8:30 p.m. CT. Action continues Saturday at 4 p.m. CT with game two of the NPF Final Series, followed by an "if necessary" game at 7:00 p.m. CT.
All games are played at The Ballpark at Rosemont. Friday's action can be found via live stream at www.profastpitch.com. Saturday's 4 p.m. CT game will be live on ESPN2. The "if necessary" game three of the NPF Final Series will be carried live on ESPN3 and aired on ESPN2 Sunday at 4 p.m. CT.