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Sunday Night
Brakettes Drop Battle of the Sexes III to Bluefish

July 26 - The Stratford Brakettes and Bridgeport Bluefish clashed on Sunday in Battle of the Sexes III, with the teams' aces trading scoreless frames for most of the contest. The score was knotted up at 1-1 until the bottom of the eighth, when the Bluefish plated two runs to propel them to a 3-1 decision, earning Bridgeport its third consecutive win in the series.

The exhibition contest, held annually since 2014, pitted the most successful women's amateur fastpitch club team in America against their nearby Atlantic League (independent) minor league baseball rivals. The nine-inning game was played under fastpitch softball rules, with University of Georgia assistant coach Nick French once again joining the Bluefish to serve as starting pitcher.

While the Brakettes wore their traditional red and white uniforms, the Bluefish opted to wear shorts with their navy blue and teal jerseys. Both squads engaged in some good-natured fun throughout the matchup, with players heckling each other on the field at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport, CT) throughout the game.

Emily Lochten provided the Brakettes with all their offense in the top of the second inning, launching a monstrous home run to left field off French. The solo shot put Stratford up 1-0, but Bridgeport evened it up in the home third.

Anthony Aresco, a fastpitch player who was also picked up by the Bluefish for the game to catch for French, crushed a home run off Tatum Buckley with no outs in the bottom of the third. The run evened the score at 1-1, which would last into the eighth inning, as Brakette pitchers and French traded shutout innings over the next four frames.

Buckley went four innings and took a no-decision, despite the quality start. Megan Good came on in relief in the fifth inning and threw the last four stanzas.

The Bluefish scored the decisive runs in the home eighth, after Matt Iannazzo led off with a walk. Jesse Litsch reached on an infield single to put two on with no outs. Good struck out the next two batters, but a double steal moved runners into scoring position for the Bluefish. Rossmel Perez followed with a two-run single to right, breaking the tie and giving Bridgeport the lead for good.

Lochten singled with one out in the ninth, but the Brakettes could not muster another run. She had four hits on the night.

Patti Sciglimpaglia picked up two hits for Stratford, including a double. The Brakettes outhit the Bluefish 8-6 in the matchup.

The Brakettes return to action with a doubleheader on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. against the New York Swag, at DeLuca Hall of Fame Field in Stratford.

All 2016 Brakettes games are live video webcast at brakettes.com.

7:05 p.m. Sunday night, July 24th
vs. Bridgeport Bluefish (exhibition)
The Ballpark at Harbor Yard
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
BRAKETTES 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 1
BLUEFISH 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 x 3 6 2
Batteries: Brakettes- Tatum Buckley, Megan Good (5, L) and Hannah Cooper, Mary Sciglimpaglia (5); Bluefish- Nick French (W) and Anthony Aresco
Homerun: Brakettes- Emily Lochten; Bluefish- Anthony Aresco