USSSA Pride Photo by: Stephen Lew Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
BATON ROUGE, LA (August 19, 2017) – A five-run outburst in the fifth inning and a three-hit shutout from Jolene Henderson provided the USSSA Pride with a 5-0 win over the Scrap Yard Dawgs in Game 1 of the final series of the 2017 NPF Championship.
The Pride (43-9) moved within one win of claiming the title, which they can secure with a win in Game 2 on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Tiger Park on the LSU campus. If the Scrap Yard Dawgs (33-19) force a deciding third game, it will be played at 4 p.m.
Henderson did not allow a single runner to successfully move past second base the entire night in outlasting Scrap Yard Dawgs ace Monica Abbott who fanned nine in 4-1/3 innings.
The Pride were able to break Abbott’s stranglehold in the bottom of the fifth when Megan Wiggins launched a two-run homer to center field to snap the scoreless duel.
Back-to-back singles from Kelly Krestchman and pinch hitter Gionna DiSalvatore kept the pressure on the Scrap Yard Dawgs. In the next at bat, Shelby Pendley took the first offering from reliever Cheridan Hawkins over the center field wall for a three-run shot that stretched the lead to 5-0.
Henderson (9-2) fended off a pair of base runners in the sixth inning and an error in the seventh inning to keep her shutout intact. She struck out six and faced just six over the minimum.
Kretchshman led all players in hits finishing 3-for-4 at the plate. Pendley picked up her second home run of the championship series and increased her RBI total in the event to five.
Alexis Bennett was responsible for two of the three hits collected by the Scrap Yard Dawgs.
Game Time: 2:24
Vaultz® Lock It Up® Player of the Game: Jolene Henderson (USSSA Pride)
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