The Racers belted three home runs and made it four wins in a row Saturday night with an 18-2 pasting of the Pennsylvania Rebellion in a National Pro Fastpitch game at Firestone Stadium.
Rookies Haley Outon, Ashley Thomas and Jill Barrett all hit homers as the Racers had one of their biggest scoring games in franchise history in support of first-year pitcher Hannah Campbell.
The Racers (6-5) pounded 13 hits and scored at least two runs in every inning except a scoreless first. In the meantime, the Rebellion (2-9) yielded seven unearned runs on four errors. The series finale is today at 2:05 p.m.
“Any time you are racking up that many hits, it’s just fun,” Racers manager Brian Levin said. “But you have to look in the circle and what Hannah Campbell did. I think she pitched a tremendous game.”
Outon, an Academic All-American at the University of Houston, hit .303 with 15 homer earlier this year for the Cougars. Her first homer as a pro — a three-run bomb in the third inning — made it 5-0 and brought home Taylor Schlopy and Nerissa Myers.
The Racers’ catcher added a two-run single in the fifth and finished with five RBI.
In the fourth, Thomas lined a solo home run to right and Barrett crushed a two-run homer to center to run the score to 8-1. The Racers added five unearned runs in the fifth and five more runs in the sixth.
Barrett, originally a decorated baseball player, was a standout at third and shortstop for the University of Tulsa. She is learning to play first base and uses her speed batting leadoff for the Racers.
“I’ll play anywhere on the field they need me to,” said Barrett, now 5-for-11 in the series.
Barrett competed for USA Baseball as a member of the 2012 U.S. Women’s National Team, which played a World Cup event in Canada.
Campbell (2-3), a left-hander, threw a complete game and gave up six hits, one walk and struck out two. She induced 11 groundouts and yielded a solo home run to Rebellion right fielder Many Ogle in the fourth, but otherwise kept the NPF’s newest franchise under control.
She did receive a stellar defensive play from right fielder Ayumi Karino when she took a home run away from Rebellion cleanup hitter Courtney Liddle.
“In past performances, I’ve been trying to do too much,” Campbell said.
Barrett finished with three hits; Outon and Thomas each had two.