MANDY & TAMINA LEAD GIRL POWER TO BIG WIN IN 12 INNINGS

Mandy Rose drove in Naomi on a sacrifice fly to give Girl Power a walk-off win in 12 innings against Legendary 5-4.  For the second straight game Girl Power gave up an early lead but today they were able to come out on top.  Girl Power had a chance to take an early lead as Mandy reached on an error leading off the game and promptly stole second.  Carmella grounded out to move her to third but Charlotte Flair struck out.  After walks to Nia Jax and Sarah Logan, Ric Flair was able to get Ronda Rousey to fly out to left field.

After Stone Cold Steve Austin’s sacrifice fly in the second gave Legendary a 1-0 lead Lana took over the game.  She dominated Legendary and allowed her team to take the lead.  Nattie’s RBI double in the bottom of the 4th inning tied the game.  The next batter was Naomi who singled Nattie over to third but was caught trying to steal second base to end the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth God’s Greatest Creation, Mandy Rose hit a solo HR to start a rally for Girl Power.  Carmella followed with a double and Charlotte drove her in.  Three batters later Ronda drove in the 4th run giving Girl Power a 4-1 lead.

Lana got into trouble in the top of the 8th inning with a one-out walk to Hulk Hogan.  With the mighty Andre the Giant coming up next Lana pitched very carefully to him and walked him.  Next up was Hacksaw Jim Duggan who hit a three-run HR to tie the game up at four and knock Lana out of the game.  From that point on the Girl Power bullpen was dominant.

Ric Flair was removed after the 7th inning and Billy Gunn was brought into the game.  After Ronda hit a one-out double and Nattie reached on an error moving Ronda to third, Gunn retired both Naomi and “The Boss” Sasha Banks on pop-ups to short.  In the bottom of the tenth inning and Devon Dudley on the mound Girl Power let yet another chance to end the game slip by them as Mandy grounded out to second with the bases loaded to end the inning.  In the 11th inning once again another golden opportunity was wasted.  Charlotte and Nia singled with one out.  After a long fly out by Logan, Ronda walked to load the bases with two outs.  Kevin Nash who started the inning struck out Nattie to end the threat.

The 12th inning had lots of drama.  With Tamina in for her third inning of work, she gave up a leadoff hit to Batista.  Shawn Michaels then sacrificed him to second.  After getting Hogan to ground out it was decision time for Paige.  She opted to walk Andre to pitch to the Hacksaw.  Tamina made her look smart by striking out Hacksaw to end the inning.

In the bottom of the 12th inning, XPAC was brought into the game.  Naomi led off the inning with a single and stole second.  Sasha sacrificed her to third and Mandy hit a sacrifice fly to end the game.

The win was huge as Paige pointed out after the game.  “It’s good to win games like this.  Tomorrow is a huge game.  We need to start gaining momentum.”  When asked about Lana’s performance today.  “We feel really comfortable when she pitches.  Guys, it’s a really hard part of the lineup to get by.  The walk to Hogan really hurt.  But she pitched her heart out.  Tamina was savage out there too.  I felt we couldn’t let Andre beat us.  But both are great players.”  “We were not going to lose this game no matter what,” said Carmella.  “We are close to getting on a roll.  We can’t wait to get out there tomorrow,” said Mandy

“Girl Power plays with a lot of emotion.  So you know they won’t give up.”  Says Legendary coach Michael Hayes.”  “As a team, we are still looking for that right mix of consistency.  It seems like offensively it’s the same 3 or 4 players every game.”

The rubber match of the series has Bayley pitching for Girl Power against Brett Hart for Legendary.

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