National Anthem USSSA Florida Pride vs Dallas Charge Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Charge starting pitcher reels off six straight shutout innings to close out game
COLUMBIA, MO, June 15 – Behind a stellar outing from Dallas starting pitcher Jolene Henderson, the visiting Charge defeated the USSSA Florida Pride 4-1 Monday evening at the University of Missouri. Henderson allowed a first inning run, but rebounded in fine fashion with six consecutive shutout innings to seal the win.
Pride centerfielder Megan Wiggins opened up the night’s scoring with an RBI single in the first inning. Two of Florida’s six hits Friday night came in the first inning, as they appeared to be primed for a strong showing at the plate.
In the top of the third, Charge rightfielder Eri Yamada ripped a single to right to drive in her team’s first run. Four batters later, third basemen Danielle Henderson put Dallas on top with an RBI double.
Following a leadoff triple by Charge’s Yamada, second basemen Taylor Thom recorded a sacrifice fly to push the Dallas lead to 3-1. The run also marked the end of Florida starting pitcher Chelsea Thomas’ night, as she surrendered three earned runs in 5.0 innings pitched.
Florida went to the bullpen in the sixth inning, and Dallas pinch hitter Nadia Taylor welcomed reliever Andrea Williamson with a towering home run to centerfield.
Henderson threw up another zero in the top of the seventh to close out her outstanding complete game victory in the circle. Monday night’s start was her first of the 2015 season.
The Pride and Charge conclude their two-game set Tuesday evening at University Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (CT). Fans can check-in to USSSAPride.com and DallasCharge.com for the latest information on the National Pro Fastpitch League franchises.
The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquarted in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport has operated since 1997 under the name of Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women's fastpitch softball since 2002.