Pride Earn Victory in Game 1 of the Championship Series

AKRON, Ohio - The USSSA Pride and Rockford Thunder met in Game 1 of the NPF Championship Finals at Firestone Stadium on Saturday night, and the Pride grabbed the game one victory 4-0 behind a strong pitching performance by Sarah Pauly and timely hitting throughout the Pride lineup. 
The Pride got the scoring going right away as Kristin Schnake singled with one out to right field.  Two batters later Amber Jackson drove the ball back up the middle to score Schnake.  That would be how the score would stay for the next three innings as Pauly and Thunder starter Allison Kime engaged in a pitcher's duel for the first half of the game.
Then in the top of the fourth the Pride broke through for a big inning, scoring three runs.  Jackson, Oli Keohohou and Courtney Bures all singled to load the bases.  Samantha Sheeley then came in to relieve Kime.  The Thunder reliever started by throwing a wild pitch in the dirt to bring home Jackson.  With runners on second and third Shannon doepking laid down a bunt that third baseman Shanna Diller fielded and then threw away to allow Doepking to reach safely and both Bures and Jessica Williams, who pinch ran for Keohohou, to score.  The play gave the Pride a 4-0 lead.
That would be more than enough room for Pauly to work with as she allowed no runs on only three hits, while striking out four Rockford batters in the complete game effort.  Pauly really controlled the game as she never allowed the Thunder to mount a serious threat to the Pride's lead  Kime picked up the loss for the Thunder throwing three innings and allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out a pair.
The Pride and Bandits will lock up in game two of the Championship Series Sunday afternoon at 1 PM with a deciding game three to follow if necessary.  For ticket information contact the Akron Racers' ticket office at 330-376-8188 or order your tickets online at

Tickets for the Championship series are available by calling the Akron Racers Box Office at 330-376-8188 or online at Fans who can't come to Akron can WATCH LIVE through NPF's partnership with

Friday, August 21st:

Playoff Game #1 - Bandits 1 vs. Pride 0
Playoff Game #2 - Racers 1 vs. Thunder 0
Playoff Game #3 - Bandits 1 vs. Pride 2
Playoff game #4 - Thunder 5 vs. Racers 1 
Saturday, August 22nd:

Playoff Game #5  - tie-breaker between the Chicago Bandits 0 and USSSA Pride 2
Playoff Game #6 - tie-breaker between the Akron Racers 2 and Rockford Thunder 7

Championship Game #1 - Pride 4 vs. Thunder 0

Sunday, August 23rd:  Gates will open at 9 am

Championship Game #2 - Thunder vs Pride
CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS - 4:00 pm (TIE-BREAKER if necessary)

Tickets for the Championship games will be priced as follows for EACH game:
$8 - Stadium Seating/Cambria Suites Bleachers/Terrace Seating
$9 - VIP Seating

A post-game trophy and championship MVP Award Presentation will follow upon conclusion of the championship game with the Cowles Cup being presented to the 2009 NPF Champion.
How to Watch
Fans unavailable to make the trip to Akron, Ohio to catch the Championship Series in person can tune in from home. All games will be streamed via thanks to NPF’s partnership with  Bernie Guenther will handle the play-by-play action. Live statistics will also be available via Gametracker. Go to the “Live-Games” page for Broadcast and Gametracker links and WATCH LIVE!

To purchase tickets, call the Akron Racers Box Office at 330-376-8188 or go Ticket

Search Archive »

Browse by Year »


Browse by Month »

November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007