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Pride Beat Charge in Home Opener

Sierra Romero Photo Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch

 

 

McKinney, TX (June 14, 2016) – Despite outhitting the Pride Tuesday night in their home opener at The Ballfields at Craig Ranch, the Charge fell 4-1.  They collected their runs on five hits and one Charge error.  Dallas had seven hits. 


Hannah Rogers improved to 2-0 in the circle, going five and two-thirds strong innings.  She gave up six hits, no runs, walked two, and struck out four.  Jill Compton took her first loss of the season, tossing a complete game.  The Fresno St. grad gave up four earned runs, walked four and fanned two.  She fell to 3-1.


The Pride catcher, Jessica Garcia, opened the scoring with a solo home run that bounced off the top of the left field wall and into the lake beyond.  The score remained 1-0 until the top of the fifth.


A one out single to right by Shelby Pendley, wild pitch, and single up the middle by Gionna Disalvatore began a bizarre series of events.  Charge centerfielder Taylor Gadbois threw a bullet home to catcher Kaylyn Castillo.  Pendley trying to race home from second, avoided Castillo by running around behind home plate.  Castillo waited for her to try to score.  Instead Pendley began to return to third where after a short rundown she was tagged out.  When it was over, Disalvatore stood at third with two outs. 


Subsequently, Amanda Kamekona pinch ran for Lauren Chamberlain who reached via the walk.  Kamekona stole second and Sierra Romero tripled to left center scoring two more for the Pride, pushing their lead to 3-0.


The Pride added a run in the sixth with a Kelly Kretschman RBI double to left-center.


The Charge finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh, scoring one off Jordan Taylor who had relieved Rogers in the sixth.  Kylee Lahners grounded out, bringing Taylor Gadbois home from third, making the score 4-1 in favor of the Pride.


Dallas threatened in the first, second, third, and sixth innings failing each time to push a runner across the plate.


The Charge fell to 4-4 on the season, while the Pride improved to 4-1.  The two teams will face off again in the second game of the set Wednesday night at 730pm at Craig Ranch.

LOCATION: The Ballfields at Craig Ranch, McKinney, TX
FINAL SCORE: Pride 4, Charge 1
RECORDS: Charge (4-4), Pride (4-1)
NEXT CHARGE GAME: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. CT vs. USSSA Pride

 

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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. 

About USSSA:
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.

About the Dallas Charge:
The Dallas Charge, headquartered in McKinney, TX, began competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2015. The Charge 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 www.dallascharge.com.
 

About National Pro Fastpitch:
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success.  The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series.  The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
 
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