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USSSA Pride Take Game Three of Series

Chelsea Thomas Photo by Ryan Breiding Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch

 

WASHINGTON, PA (JUNE 22, 2016) -  The Pennsylvania Rebellion and the USSSA Pride went head-to-head in the third game of a three-game series from CONSOL Energy Park in Washington, PA. The rubber match went the way of the USSSA Pride as another strong pitching performance and a few long balls helped the Pride prevail by a final score of 3-0.

After three scoreless frames, the Pride jumped ahead in the top of the 4th. A solo home run to straightaway center from Shortstop Shelby Pendley, her 3rd of the season, gave the Pride the 1-0 lead.

The Rebellion threatened in the bottom of the 4th after three consecutive singles by Alisa Goler, Kristyn Sandberg, and Lindsey Stephens loaded the bases. The Pride were able to get out of the jam when pinch hitter Lexie Elkins hit into an inning-ending 6-3 double play.

In the top of the 5th, Pride Catcher Chelsea Goodacre added to the lead with a solo blast of her own. It was her second of the season and made it 2-0. The Pride were not done in the inning, as the very next batter would keep things going. Left Fielder Kirsti Merritt thought she was hit by a pitch and started to head down to first, but was called back by home plate umpire Bill Gomoluch, saying the pitch hit her bat. On the very next pitch, she crushed the ball over the fence for her first home run of the season. The back-to-back jacks pushed the Pride advantage to 3-0.

The Pride were aided by a solid effort in the circle from second year Pitcher Chelsea Thomas, who was named Powerhandz Player of the Game. Thomas tossed a complete game, four-hit shutout, and struck out seven batters picking up her fourth win of the season.

The Rebellion also got a good pitching performance from starter Dallas Escobedo. The three solo homers were her only blemishes as she hurled a complete game in the loss allowing just three runs on five hits.

The PA Rebellion (7-11) and the USSSA Pride (8-3) now head to Eastern Pennsylvania for two games from the Lehigh Valley. Game 1 from Coca-Cola Park starts tomorrow at 7:05pm. You can catch all the action on NPFTV at profastpitch.com.

 

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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 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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