Kelsey Nunley Photo by Ryan Breiding Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Washington, PA (June 20, 2016) - The Pennsylvania Rebellion and the USSSA Pride played in the first of three from CONSOL Energy Park Monday night. Led by a strong pitching performance in the circle, the Pride blanked the Rebellion by a score of 6-0.
The Pride scored lone runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings consecutively. RBI singles from First Baseman Hallie Wilson, Designated Player Gionna DiSalvatore, and Right Fielder Kelly Kretchsman had the Pride out to a 3-0 lead.
It would remain that way until the 7th when the Pride doubled their lead. A 2-run single from Catcher Chelsea Goodacre and base hit from Third Baseman Missy Taukeiaho pushed across three more and extended the lead to 6-0.
Two-out lightning was the story for the Pride as all six runs scored by USSSA came with two outs in the inning. The two Rebellion hits came off the bats of Shortstop Whitney Arion in the third and Third Baseman Stacey Porter in the sixth.
The Pride were led to victory by a solid start from Rookie Pitcher Kelsey Nunley. The Kentucky Wildcat product tossed a complete game, two-hit shutout and picked up her first win. The loss goes to Emma Johnson, who pitched into the 7th inning, but was relieved after allowing a leadoff base hit. In all, she surrendered 4 runs on 7 hits.
The Rebellion (6-10) and the Pride (7-2) continue a stretch of seven straight games against each other with game two of the three game series in Washington Tuesday night. First pitch from CONSOL Energy Park will be at 7:05pm.
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.
About the Pennsylvania Rebellion:
The Rebellion is a professional women’s softball team competing as part of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF). In their third season in the league, the Rebellion will play head-to-head against the most talented players in the sport. Games are broadcast nationally and draw local fans of all ages to experience the action live. NPF is an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball. For more information about the Pennsylvania Rebellion, please visit www.pennsylvaniarebellion.com or call 724-250-9555.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF):
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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