Lauren Haeger (Texas Charge) Photo by: Allie Martinez courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ERIE, CO(June 27, 2017) — Following some time off to practice with the USA Women’s National Team, Ally Carda was victorious Tuesday night in her return to the pitching circle for the Texas Charge.
Carda tossed six strong innings and struck out eight to help the Charge defeat the Houston Scrap Yard Dawgs 5-4 in the opener of a two-game series played in Colorado.
Carda exited in the sixth with Texas (9-8) holding a 5-1 edge. Florida alum Delanie Gourley made her first professional appearance in the seventh and managed to seal the deal despite giving up three runs on three hits.
Gourley struck out Houston’s Brianna Cherry to end the game.
The Charge’s offense struck early against Scrap Yard Dawgs starter Morgan Melloh. Lauren Haeger belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the first and Bailey Landry upped the ante by launching a three-run bomb in the next frame.
Haeger finished 2 for 3 on the night, raising her season average to .313.
Texas and Houston are slated to meet tonight at 7 p.m. at Westminster City Park in Westminster, Colorado.
Game Time: 2:19
Vaultz® Lock it Up! ® Player of the Game: Lauren Haeger (Texas Charge)
The Texas Charge are an affiliate professional fastpitch softball team competing in the National Pro Fastpitch league. The team, headquartered in New Braunfels, TX, began competition in the league in 2015. The Charge provides elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Austin area, the Charge organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Texas Charge at www.texascharge.net
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 NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang, 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.