Taylor Rosen

On a night controlled by pitching, Ashley Thomas and Sam Fischer supplied the late offense to lift the Racers to a 5-3 victory over the Pennsylvania Rebellion on Wednesday at Firestone Stadium.

With the Racers trailing 2-1 and down to their final out, Thomas hit her second home run of the season to force extra innings.

Then, after Whitney Arion put the Rebellion back on top with a solo home run in the eighth, Fischer blasted a three-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the inning.

The win was the second in a row for the Racers (11-8) after a three-game skid that dropped them into the middle of the pack of the NPF standings.

“You just have to tip your hat,” Racers manager Brian Levin said. “That was just a great softball game. Both pitchers were excellent.”

The Racers fell behind in the second inning when Lexie Elkins’ solo home run put the Rebellion in front 1-0.

The Racers appeared lifeless until Taylor Schlopy delivered a solo home run in the sixth inning to tie the game, but the Rebellion answered in the seventh with Mandy Ogle’s RBI double to reclaim the lead.

That lead stood until Thomas’ heroics in the seventh, putting the game in extra innings.

Even after they fell behind again in the eighth, the Racers simply would not be denied. In the bottom of the inning, Taylor Schlopy singled and Kelley Montalvo drew a walk to set the stage for Fischer’s game-winner.

“Honest to god I just wanted to put the bat on the ball,” Fischer said. “We had runners in scoring position so I knew if I put the ball in play something was going to happen and it did.”

Jailyn Ford (5-4) turned in a solid pitching performance for the Racers. Despite surrendering the three solo home runs, she allowed just three other hits en route to a complete game, striking out four.

“You had to kind of figure it was going to come down to something like that, and fortunately we were on the good side,” Levin said.

The Rebellion’s Miranda Kramer (3-2) was nearly unhittable through the first five innings, but the Racers got to her in the last three. She still finished with a complete game, allowing seven hits and striking out 10.

The Racers will use an off-day Thursday to prepare for a two-game series against the Chicago Bandits at the Ballpark at Rosemont beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

“If this type of game doesn’t give you momentum, there’s something wrong that’s for sure,” Levin said.