Kimmissee, Fla. – July 18, 2015 – A late rally lifted the Pennsylvania Rebellion (9-24) to a 6-3 win over the USSSA Pride (22-9) on Saturday night at Champion Stadium.
The Pride took an early lead as Lauren Chamberlain’s RBI single to left center, scored Madison Shipman from second base.
The next frame opened with a single from Natasha Watley, who came around to score on Kelly Kretschman’s double to center field. The Pride held a 2-0 lead after five complete innings.
The Rebellion comeback began in the sixth inning. A pair of runs early in the inning tied the game. Courtney Senas gave Pennsylvania its first lead of the game, as her double to left field allowed Brittney Lindley to score the go-ahead run.
Pennsylvania’s Kristyn Sandberg added to the lead with a two-run homer in the top of the seventh, extending the Rebellion lead to 6-2.
With two outs and a runner on second base, Megan Wiggins extended the game for the Pride. Her single to left field scored Courtney Ceo and pulled the Pride within 6-3. The Rebellion used a groundout to claim the series opening win.
Pennsylvania’s Haylie Wagner (W, 2-3) tossed 6.2 innings in the win. The Pride’s Keilani Ricketts (L, 5-2) allowed just four hits with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings in the circle.
The Pride and the Rebellion are back in action for the second game of the four game series on Sun., July 19 at Champion Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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 (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. 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 names 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 and has been since 2002.