The Pride opened the scoring in the first inning on a bases-loaded walk by Sierra Romero for a quick 1-0 lead. Walks to Megan Wiggins and Kelly Kretschman, along with a single by Lauren Chamberlain allowed USSSA to force home the game’s first run.
Kretschman made it 3-0 Pride in the second inning with a two-out, two-run home run to right field, scoring Wiggins who had reached on a fielder’s choice earlier in the inning.
That proved to be all the offense needed in the game as Ricketts and Jordan Taylor did not allow a Chicago runner to reach third base over the final five innings of the game.
The Bandits did threaten in the seventh inning, getting the first two batters on base via a hit-by-pitch, along with an infield single, to bring the tying run to the plate. Taylor battled back with a pair of looking strikeouts to Stacy May-Johnson and Alexa Peterson, and ended the game with a pop out to shortstop for her second save of 2017.
The Pride hit the road for their first true road series of the season, taking on the Scrapyard Dawgs on June 16-17. Both games will be broadcast on NPF-TV.com.
* Attendance: 183
* Game Time: 1:40
* Vaultz Lock It Up® Player of the Game: Keilani Ricketts (USSSA 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.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.