AKRON, Ohio - After falling 1-0 to the top seeded Chicago Bandits in the first game of a double header, the USSSA Pride needed to win the night cap to keep their championship hopes alive. Pitcher Sarah Pauly and some timely power carried the Pride to that victory 2-1.
Through six innings Pauly had a three hit shutout going and a 2-0 lead to work with. That would be enough for Pauly to clinch a deciding game 3.
The Force got on the board when Shannon Doepking blasted a home run to left field to give the Pride a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning. Kristin Schnake followed Doepking's lead in the top of the seventh with a home run to centerfield to give the Pride a 2-0 lead.
The Bandits did attempt a bottom of the seventh inning comeback as Samantha Findlay hit a home run to right field on an outside corner pitch.
Pauly turned in the performance of the night throwing a complete game allowing only one run on four hits while striking out four Bandits on the night.
Eileen Canney picked up the loss for the Bandits allowing two runs on six hits and five walks on 6+ innings of work while striking out nine.
With the series tied 1-1, the Pride and Bandits will go head to head in the rubber match tomorrow afternoon at Firestone Stadium.
Tickets for the Championship series are available by calling the Akron Racers Box Office at 330-376-8188 or online at ticketreturn.com. Fans who can't come to Akron can WATCH LIVE through NPF's partnership with MLB.com.
Friday, August 21st: Gates open at 3:00 pm for the evening session
Playoff Game #1 - 10:00 am: Bandits 1 vs. Pride 0
Playoff Game #2 - approx. 12:45 pm: Racers 1 vs. Thunder 0
Playoff Game #3 - 6:00 pm: Bandits 1 vs. Pride 2
Playoff game #4 - approx. 8:45 pm: Thunder 5 vs. Racers 1
Ticket Prices for Friday:
- Stadium Seating: $13 for morning or evening session (includes 2 games/session)
- Cambria Suites Bleachers/Terrace Seating: $14 for morning or evening session (includes 2 games/session)
- VIP Seating: $15 for morning or evening session (includes 2 games/session)
Saturday, August 22nd:
Playoff Game #5 - 1 pm: tie-breaker between the #1 and #4 seeds (if necessary)
Playoff Game #6 - approx. 4 pm: tie-breaker between the #2 and #3 seeds (if necessary)
Tickets for ‘if necessary’ games will not go on sale until SATURDAY morning at 9:00 am with gates opening at 10:00 am.and will be priced accordingly:
$7/$13 - Stadium Seating/Cambria Suites Bleachers/Terrace Seating (one game/two games)
$8/$14 - VIP Seating (one game/two games)
Championship Game #1 - approx. 7:00 pm
Sunday, August 23rd: Gates will open at 9:00 am
Championship Game #2 - 1 pm
(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 profastpitch.com thanks to NPF’s partnership with MLB.com. 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 Return.com.