NPF Radio Show Tonight - 8:00 ET, 7:00 CT......Click on Listen Live!.................NPF Radio Show Tonight - 8:00 ET, 7:00 CT......Click on Listen Live!.................NPF Radio Show Tonight - 8:00 ET, 7:00 CT......Click on Listen Live!.................NPF Radio Show Tonight - 8:00 ET, 7:00 CT......Click on Listen Live!.................
HomeAbout NPFNewsOwn a TeamSchedulePlayersStoreChampionship StatisticsInternships
 

Pride Shut Out Comets in Double Header, Ricketts Earns First Win

By:
Photo by David Saffran

KISSIMMEE, FL – July 10, 2013
- It was another great night of softball at Osceola County Stadium Saturday night as the USSSA Pride won both games of a double header against the NY/NJ Comets, sweeping the four-game series. Game one was an offensive explosion with USSSA scoring 11 runs on seven hits, including a grand slam from Kristyn Sandberg, and game two found rookie Keilani Ricketts earning her first ever NPF win.

Game 1

Pride: 11, Comets: 0  

The Pride came out swinging, quite literally, in the third inning against NY/NJ starter Lindsey Richardson (1-3), who would face off against USSSA’s Jordan Taylor (4-1). After RBIs from Caitlin Lowe and GiOnna DiSalvatore put USSSA up 2-0, Kristyn Sandberg, who’d gone hitless in the Pride’s previous six games, sent a grand slam sailing over the outfield fence, giving her team a six-run lead.
 
The runs kept coming in for the Pride when Taryne Mowatt replaced Richardson in the circle in the fourth. Jessica Shults and Natasha Watley both scored on back-to-back pass balls, then Mowatt walked four straight Pride batters: Lowe, Jenn Salling, DiSalvatore and Haruna Sakamoto, walking in a run. Comets head coach Jay Nelson put Richardson back in the game, but she was once again no match for Sandberg, who earned her sixth RBI of the night with a two-run double.
 
Taylor threw five shutout innings with three hits and three strikeouts, picking up her fourth win of the season. Rookie Blaire Luna came in in relief in the top of the sixth and ended the game by getting out of a two outs, bases loaded, seventh inning jam, securing the win for the Pride. 
 
The Comets’ only hits of the game came from Brittney Lindley (1-3), Angeline Quiocho (2-2) and Amanda Kamekona (1-3).

 
 
 
Game 2

Pride: 3, Comets: 0   

The Pride shut out the Comets for the second time of the night in game two. Pride starter Keilani Ricketts allowed only one hit, a single to Dorian Shaw in the second inning. 
 
The first run of the ballgame came in the third inning when DiSalvatore scored on a throwing error from NY/NJ shortstop Bianca Mejia, giving the Pride a 1-0 lead. The next inning, Lowe scored on an RBI from DiSalvatore off of Comets pitcher Angel Bunner (2-10), who threw a complete game. The final run of the night came when Francesca Enea scored on a single from Megan Willis. 
 
After allowing just one hit and striking out four Comets hitters, Ricketts was replaced by fellow NPF rookie Chelsea Thomas at the start of the fifth inning. Thomas also only gave up one hit, a single to Mejia in the sixth, and she finished the night with three Ks, helping Ricketts earn her first NPF win.
 
The Pride may have come away with the win, but they had plenty of missed opportunities; they stranded 12 runners on base throughout the game, including three bases-loaded innings.
 
Next, the Pride face off against the league-leading Chicago Bandits in Rosemont, Ill. for a four-game series starting Wednesday, Aug. 14.
 
 
 

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 NPF:
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.

About USSSA:
The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com. Also be sure to visit USSSAToday.com for the latest USSSA News!
 
 


Search Archive »





Browse by Month »

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
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
May 2004
April 2004
March 2004
February 2004
January 2004
December 2003
October 2003
September 2003
August 2003
July 2003
June 2003
May 2003
February 2003
November 2002
July 2002
December 2001