Chelsea Thomas Photo by Jade Hewitt Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
The Woodlands, TX (June 10, 2016) – In their first home game in history, the Scrap Yard Dawgs faced the USSSA Pride with starting pitcher Monica Abbott. Abbott made NPF history with signing a six-year, one million dollar contract. The 6’3 Santa Cruz, California native was a stand out pitcher for the University of Tennessee, where she was a four time All-American and left her legacy in career strikeouts and shutouts.
Abbott started in the circle with some lefty juice. Two looking strike outs from Megan Wiggins and Kelly Kretschman and she finished the top of the first off with Shelby Pendley’s fly out to Emilee Koerner.
The Dawgs led the bottom of the first inning off with NPF rookie, Emily Crane. Crane walked and brought up Emilee Koerner, who has three home runs and eight RBIs on the season, struck out against Pride pitcher, Chelsea Thomas. For the second time in the inning, Thomas walked second baseman Nerissa Myers to have two Dawgs on base. An error by the Pride’s shortstop, Shelby Pendley, allowed Amanda Fama to reach base and score Crane for the Dawgs first run (0-1).
The Dawgs defense and Abbott’s pitching were solid through the third inning with three looking strike outs. Bats remained quite for the Pride, until Kretschman led the top of the fourth with a bunt single, which brought up Pendley, who singled to left to move Kretschman to second base. Pride first baseman GiOnna DiSalvatore also singled to left center to score Kretschman and put a run on the board for the Pride (1-1).
The Pride’s offense was steady through the fifth inning with a lead off single to left by Kelsey Stewart, followed by a bunt single between third and short from Stephanie Ceo to move Stewart to second, bringing up Kretschman, who doubled to center to bring in two runs (3-1).
Struggling with Thomas’s pitches, the Dawgs remaind hitless after the first inning, but in the bottom of the seventh, Thomas walked Stokes and Koerner to put Dawgs on base. Rookie Kelsey Nunley finished in the circle for the Pride and the Dawgs fell to the USSSA Pride after a fly ball to first base for the final out (3-1).
In her debut as a Scrap Yard Dawg, Abbott ended the game with eight strike outs through all seven innings.
The Scrap Yard Dawgs face the Pride tomorrow night for game two of the four game series at Scrap Yard Sports Complex.
Players of the Game: Chelsea Thomas and Kelsey Nunley
About USSSA Florida Pride:
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.
The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com. Also be sure to visit USSSAToday.com for the latest USSSA.
What’s New with the Scrap Yard Dawgs?
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About the Scrap Yard Dawgs:
The Scrap Yard Dawgs will begin competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2016. The Dawgs will provide elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Houston area, the Dawgs organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dawgs at www.scrapyarddawgs.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF):
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.
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