The Texas Charge have won their last four National Pro Fastpitch League contests after sweeping the weekend series against the Akron Racers, beating them 5-2 Saturday night and 12-9 Sunday afternoon at Texas State’s Bobcat Softball Stadium.
Eight different players got a hit Sunday as the Charge outhit the Racers 13-12.
“I think the hitters are finally starting to get in their groove,” Charge coach Chrystl Bustos said. “They were seeing the ball really well today. I think actually being tired helped calm them down a little bit more and they were able to relax.
“They are getting into that range of where they’re able to feel their swing a little bit better and they’re seeing the ball a little better.”
Texas Charge assistant coach Roman Foore was ejected in the third inning after an argument with the home plate umpire. Foore approached the umpire and yelled, “You are going to get somebody hurt.” He then looked at his watch and said, “It’s been an hour and a half, and it’s the third inning.”
Bustos backed up Foore after the game, saying the umpire wasn’t calling strikes correctly.
“He was squeezing both sides, and you can’t do that at this level,” Bustos said. “If you are making the pitcher throw the ball over the plate and down the middle, you’re going to get somebody killed at this level. We’ve got to be able to paint a corner; we’ve got to be able to hit half a plate instead. I mean, we were throwing balls right down the middle, and he was calling them a ball. What do you want our pitcher to do?
“You’re going to get somebody killed. You’re going to get a third baseman killed; you’re going to get a pitcher killed. Those people are only 40 feet away. Sometimes 60 feet away is the max. The pitcher, when she strikes, she’s at the edge of that circle, 38 feet away. If you’re making her put it right down the middle, somebody is going to get hurt.”
Catcher Kristyn Sandberg hit two of the three home runs by the Charge in her only two at-bats. The first one was a solo shot in the second inning, and the second was a two-run homer in fourth that gave the Charge a 10-4 lead.
“I felt good in the box after struggling a little bit to start the season,” Sandberg said. “I’ve just been trying to go out there and really be confident in my abilities and trusting the process. I knew at some point the hits would come. It’s been a rough start for me, but we’re a great hitting team; we have depth one through nine.”
Amanda Kamekona hit a two-run homer for the Charge in the fifth, extending the lead 12-4.
Akron scored five runs in the final two innings, with three RBI singles in the sixth and a two-run double by Sami Fagan in the seventh.
The Charge (7-4) will travel to Waco for a neutral-site game at 7:05 p.m. Monday against the USSSA Pride at the Baylor softball complex. It will be the first of a two-game series against the Pride; the second game will be at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at Bobcat Softball Stadium.