Monica Abbott Photo by Jade Hewitt Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Kansas City, MO (July 11, 2016) – The Dawgs faced off against the USSSA Pride in Kansas City at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
The Dawgs scored early in the top of the first after shortstop Christian Stokes reached on a base hit. A sacrifice bunt by Lexi Overstreet moved Stokes into scoring position. The Dawgs took control at the plate against Pride pitcher Hannah Rogers with three hits in a row, starting with an RBI single by catcher Taylore Fuller (1-0). This was immediately followed up with a base hit from Mizzou Alum Emily Crane, then a shot to center field by leadoff hitter Kiki Stokes, making it an early 2-0 ball game.
Amanda Fama continued the Dawgs hot offense with a two-out, stand-up double to center field. The momentum remained as C. Stokes hit a shot into the 5-6 hole to score a speedy Fama heading home (3-0). Overstreet takes one for the team by getting hit by a pitch; a free pass to Fuller loaded the bases for Crane who, with a good effort, grounded out to second to retire the side.
Two hits in a row for the Pride by Hallie Wilson and Megan Wiggins, followed by an RBI single to right field by Kelly Kretschman, put the Pride on the board (3-1). Pride shortstop Shelby Pendley came in clutch with a hit up the middle to score Kretschman (3-2), but was later thrown out at second base by Fuller trying to advance.
Emilee Koerner kept the offense rolling after a walk by stealing second base. With an upward shift of momentum for the Dawgs, the Pride put former Dallas Charge player Jolene Henderson in for relief. The Scrap Yard Dawgs kept a solid defense in the fourth and fifth by going three up and three down both innings, silencing the bats of the Pride. Playing with her hometown crowd behind her, K. Stokes stroked a solo home run with two outs to extend the Dawgs lead in the top of the sixth (4-3).
A pinch hitter for Fama, Tennessee All-American Madison Shipman resulted in a base hit up the middle as she was quickly moved to second off of another blast up the middle by C. Stokes, who was 2-for-3 on the day. The Dawgs shut down the Pride in the final two innings of play, taking game one in a 4-3 game, outhitting the Pride 10 to 5.
The Dawgs will be back in action tomorrow night again in CommunityAmerica Ballpark for game two against the Pride. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00pm.
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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 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 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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