Rookie Tess Sito hit a three-run home run Friday and the Racers led the Chicago Bandits 6-4 through three complete innings when play was suspended due to rain.
The National Pro Fastpitch will be completed Aug. 8 when the Bandits return to Akron.
The Racers (6-7) and Bandits (10-3) are slated to play a day-night doubleheader today live on ESPN2 at Firestone Stadium. Game times are 1 and 8 p.m.
Racers catcher Jessica Garcia led off the bottom of the second with a double to left-center field. After shortstop Aja Paculba reached on an error, Sito belted her first professional homer to straightaway center.
“It felt awesome,” Sito said. “Being from Elyria, 45 minutes away, I have people I know and just people that have been following me when I went to [the University of] Georgia and Cleveland State, so, it’s cool to be here. I have a lot of great memories here and I’m just happy to be back.”
Sito led Elyria High to an OHSAA state title on the Firestone diamond in 2009. In two seasons at Cleveland State, she batted .386 with 23 home runs and posted a 28-18 mark in the circle (337 strikeouts). At Georgia, she hit .319 over two years, including 15 home runs.
Racers left fielder Brianna Turang legged out an infield single and scored on first baseman Charlotte Morgan’s double into the right-center gap to make it 1-0 after one inning.
A sensational play by Morgan limited the Bandits to two runs in the top of the second. After three consecutive Bandits reached to load the bases against Racers starter Erin Arevalo, Maggie Hull grounded out to drive home Tammy Williams. Nerissa Myers then scored on Danielle Zymkowitz’s infield single to make it 2-1.
The first pitch to leadoff hitter Megan Wiggins was wild, but Morgan rushing in from first base, took the flip from Garcia and tagged out Amber Patton.
The Bandits scored two runs in the third, bunching three walks and two hits.
Racers center fielder Taylor Schlopy led off the home half of the third with a solo home run to left. Morgan then singled and scored on Garcia’s RBI single to run the score to 6-4.
Former Michigan star pitcher Nikki Nemitz yielded the homers to Sito and Schlopy, and then gave way to Mel Dumezich.