Aussie Spirit on a roll with NPF shutouts

Shortstop Stacey McManus throws to first base.

Aussie Spirit on a roll with NPF shutouts

Three shutouts in a row! It doesn’t get much better than this if you’re an Aussie Spirit pitcher.

In their second-last game of their debut National Pro Fastpitch season, the Aussie Spirit beat the Cleveland Comets scoreless for the second consecutive game.

Add that to the last game against the USSA Pride, which the Spirit won 2-0, and it means the Spirit have won their past three games by a combined score of 13-0.

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Tamieka Whitefield.

That can only be good news as the pitching staff prepare for the XVI Women’s Softball World Championship in Chiba, Japan, from August 2-12.

The latest win means the Aussie Spirit now have a 16-31 win-loss record and are third in the NPF standings behind the USSSA Pride (29-2) and the Chicago Bandits (26-7).

NPF Game 47: Aussie Spirit 3, Cleveland Comets 0

On their last road trip of the season, the Aussie Spirit travelled to Oxford, Ohio to take on the Comets.

Tarni Stepto was handed the ball and did an outstanding job for three innings, not allowing a hit while walking one and striking out three.

Relievers Amelia Cudicio and Justine Smethurst each pitched two scoreless innings.

The Aussie Spirit offence was quiet for the first three innings against Comet starting pitcher Gretchen Aucoin, with Chelsea Forkin’s first-inning double the only hit.

Leigh Godfrey got things moving in the fourth inning as she singled, was sacrificed to second by Taylah Tsitsikronis, stole third and scored on a throwing error by the Comet catcher.

Godfrey was the catalyst again in the sixth inning, hitting safely and scoring, this time on a home run by Samantha Poole.

The only other hit for the Spirit came off the bat of Jade Wall, who was left stranded after leading off the fifth inning with a bunt single.