Kelly Kretschman Photo by Sabrina Saunders Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Kansas City, KS (July 13, 2016) - The USSSA Florida Pride finished with a 6-3 win over the Dallas Charge Wednesday night in Kansas City to end their four-game losing streak.
The Dallas Charge kicked things off in the first, following three back-to-back singles by Gadbois, Davis, and Lahners to load the bases. Haeger then brought in the first run of the ballgame with the fourth consecutive single down the right field line to score Gadbois and put the Charge up 1-0. Castillo then followed suit with a sacrifice fly to right that scored Davis to make it 2-0. Richardson extended the carnage with her own single that scored Lahners to give the Charge an early 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, Sweet earned first following a hit by pitch. Courtney Ceo then earned herself a single that put two runners on with one out. Wiggins then moved Sweet and Ceo over to second and third on a fielder’s choice. With two outs, Kretschman hit a 2-run RBI single to score both runners for a 3-2 score.
In the bottom of the fifth, Kretschman tied the ballgame at three with a lead-off solo home run over the right field fence.
The Pride took the lead in the bottom of the sixth after Shelby Pendley got hit by the pitch with bases loaded following singles from Sweet, Ceo and Kretschman. The Charge then decided on a pitching change that put Haeger in for Hawkins. Lauren Chamberlain then stepped up to the plate and scored two more for a 5-2 lead, following a hard hit single up the middle.
Jordan Taylor shut things down for the Pride in the 7th and earned the Pride the 6-3 win. Starting pitcher Kelsey Nunley was removed after two innings. Relief pitcher Hannah Rogers pitched four innings, struck out three and kept the Charge to one hit.
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 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.
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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