Natasha Watley of the USSSA Florida Pride Home Run Photo By Jade Hewitt Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
San Antonio, TX – August 7, 2015 – The USSSA Pride beat the Dallas Charge for the third consecutive game to wrap up their 2015 regular season campaign. Cat Osterman got the start and win for the Pride in her final regular game. The 7-3 victory over the Charge was the Pride’s 34th against 14 losses. Osterman improved to 14-2 in the circle. Andrea Williamson collected the save for the Pride, her first of the season. Morgan Melloh suffered the loss giving up four runs in just over one inning of work.
The Pride struck early. Melloh hit Natasha Watley, Walked Hallie Wilson. After a ground out to second base, Andrea Duran rolled a ground ball to shortstop to plate Watley and give the Pride a 1-0.
In the second inning the Pride opened the game up with two long balls. The first by Watley was a three bomb to right. Watley’s round tripper chased Melloh in favor of Lauren Haeger, who got ground out before Megan Wiggins homered extending the lead to 5-0.
Finally, in the fifth, the home team battled back. Nadia Taylor, who had been hit by a pitch in her first at bat, doubled to left center bringing home Taylor Thom and Kylee Lahners, narrowing the gap to 5-2.
The Pride got the two runs back in the top of the seventh when Wilson doubled down the left line driving in Breja’e Washington and GiOnna DiSalvatore.
Haeger hit a solo blast to left in the bottom of the seventh making the final score 7-3. Haeger went 5.2 innings in the circle, striking out eight, walking one and allowing just two earned runs.
Osterman pitched 5.1 innings, fanned four, walked one and also allowed two earned runs.
The Charge out hit the Pride eight to six in the loss.
With the loss and Rebellions two wins, the Charge lead over the PA Rebellion fell to just 1.5 games, two in the win column.
The Charge will be in action next against the Chicago Bandits on Sunday afternoon at 4pm at home in McKinney at the Ballfields at Craig Ranch.
The Dallas Charge will begin competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2015. The Charge will provide elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the Charge organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dallas Charge at http://www.dallascharge.com
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.