Mansfield, TX – June 24, 2014 – The Akron Racers didn't put up much of a fight on Tuesday, as the USSSA Pride cruised to a blowout 13-2 win in seven innings at Big League Dreams Park in Mansfield, TX.
The USSSA Pride scored four runs in the first on a two-run single by Andrea Duran, and a sacrifice fly by Kristyn Sandberg.
Natasha Watley reached base four times in the game for the USSSA Pride scoring three runs and picking up one RBI.
The Akron Racers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. A single by Kelley Montalvo plated Jill Barrett and Kailee Cuico.
However, the Akron Racers could not get anything going on the pitching staff of the USSSA Pride. Jordan Taylor held the Racers hitless over the next two innings, and Chelsea Thomas only allowed two runs over four innings of work. On her way to picking up the win, Thomas struck out six, walked five and gave up two hits.
Lisa Norris took the loss for the Akron Racers as she allowed six runs in three innings, walked four and struck out one.
The USSSA Pride increased its lead with two runs in the third by hits from Brejae Washington and Kelly Kretschman and never looked back on their way to a 13-2 defeat of the Akron Racers.
The Pride will take on the Chicago Bandits on June 26 – 28 at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, TX. First pitch is set for 8:00 pm ET, 7:00 pm CT.
Lead play-by-play commentator Bernie Guenther and analyst Barbara Jordan all four games from Dell Diamond will be televised live on ESPN3.com and WatchESPN. Cox Sports Television will also provide coverage of all four games.
On June 28, the Akron Racers will host the PA Rebellion. First pitch is set for 7:00 pm ET, 8:00 pm CT. All action can be viewed using LIVE STATS in GameChanger or listening to live radio on http://www.msasports.net.
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SITE: Big League Dreams, Mansfield, TX
SCORE: Racers 2, Pride 13
RECORDS: Racers (7-9), Pride (12-4)
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 the Akron Racers
The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play. The Racers kick-off their 13th season of play in 2014.
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. 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 and has been since 2002.