Kissimmee, FL (June 18, 2016) – The USSSA Pride looked like they would be shut out in their series finale against the Chicago Bandits. The Pride trailed all game until the sixth inning, when they scored four runs.
The Bandits hit two home runs in this series finale. Brittany Cervantes opened up the scoring in the first inning with a solo home run in the first inning. They scored again in the fourth when Taylor Edwards sent a hard hit over the left field fence. After giving up a three-run fifth inning, the Pride came back with a four-run sixth inning to bring the score within one at 5-4.
The scoring was started following an error, a hit-by-pitch and a walk for the Pride. Catcher Chelsea Goodacre came up with a clutch single to drive in two runs and bring the Pride within three runs. Two more runs came in after Courtney Ceo delivered a two-out, bases-loaded single that drove in Goodacre and Hallie Wilson.
The Bandits sat down in order, and the Pride looked like they might take the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Kelly Kretschman, Shelby Pendley and Wilson all delivered singles to load the bases. The two-out, bases-loaded situation provided another opportunity for Goodacre to save the day. However, after putting up a battle with a 10-pitch at bat, Goodacre struck out on a perfect rise ball to end the game. The Pride dropped the finale to the Bandits 5-4.
About the Chicago Bandits:
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson, Emily Allard and Tammy Williams. The three-time NPF Champions, who are owned by Bill Sokolis, play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women’s professional team. The 2016 season will be the Bandits’ 12th season in the NPF.
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 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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