Jolene Henderson Photo by Sabrina Saunders Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Kissimmee, FL (July 23, 2016) – The USSSA Florida Pride took game one against the Akron Racers Saturday night with a series of long balls to secure the 4-1 Pride win.
In the first inning, Megan Wiggins started things off with a leadoff home run that put the Pride up 1-0.
The Racers tied the ballgame at one in the top of the third. Thomas led off the inning with an infield single, followed by AJ Andrews, who laid down the bunt with Thomas on first that got away from DiSalvatore at first to score the first and only run for the Racers on the night.
In the bottom of the fourth, Lauren Chamberlain gave the Pride a 2-1 lead with a solo shot over the center field fence. The second time in three nights Chamberlain has gone yard.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Pride scored two more off of a Kretschman homer to secure a 4-1 lead.
Starting pitcher Jolene Henderson tossed a full game for the Pride and struck out five to earn her sixth win of the season. Henderson kept the Racers to five hits, three of those belonging to Ashley Thomas, who went 3-for-3 on the night.
About the Akron Racers:
The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league, celebrating their 15th Season of Play in 2016. The Racers competed in the Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play.
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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