Scrap Yard Dawgs capture first NPF championship in program history

Megan Grams, Sports Editor

The National Pro Fast Pitch league held its 13 annual championship series at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana August 17-20.  The championship series consists of three games and the best out of three goes home with the Cowles Cup. Fan-favorite and regular-season champs, USSSA Pride and the first-year team, Scrap Yard Dawgs, went head to head in the three-game series, playing intense softball.

The Pride started off the series strong with a win, 5-0. The Pride only needed one more win to secure the title, but Dawgs pitcher, Monica Abbott, had other ideas.

Abbott who had given up four earned runs in the 5-0 loss, responded the second game, only giving up five hits and zero runs. She struck out 14 in the Pride’s lineup, leading to the Dawg’s 2-0 victory. The series now tied, 1-1, the two teams met again an hour later, determined.

In the bottom of the first inning, Abbott gave up a solo-home run to Pride’s Megan Wiggins on the second pitch. Settled down, Abbott then struck out the next two batters before getting out of the inning.

Abbott relaxes on the mound

Both teams went three-up, three-down in the second inning. In the top of the third, the Dawgs finally pushed a run across the plate, tying the game. The Pride responded in the bottom of the third with a run of their own taking the lead, 1-2.

It was not until the top of the sixth inning that, USA softball player and pro, Casey Cooper blasted a two-run home run to propel her team, 3-2. The newly-acquired lead gave Abbott even more confidence on the mound as she blew through the bottom of the inning.

The Dawgs added  insurance runs in the top of the seventh when, Megan May Whitley blasted a solo home run. Abbott then helped the Dawgs clinch the championship game in the bottom of the seventh by only allowing just one earned run in their 5-2 comeback victory.

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Abbott strikes out season-leading batting average holder, Kelly Kretschman


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