Chicago Bandits Re-Sign Emily Allard, Sara Moulton, Natalie Hernandez, and Alex Booker for the 2015 Season........................USSSA Pride Sign Hannah Rogers for the 2015 Season...................Chicago Bandits Re-Sign Emily Allard, Sara Moulton, Natalie Hernandez, and Alex Booker for the 2015 Season........................USSSA Pride Sign Hannah Rogers for the 2015 Season...................Chicago Bandits Re-Sign Emily Allard, Sara Moulton, Natalie Hernandez, and Alex Booker for the 2015 Season........................USSSA Pride Sign Hannah Rogers for the 2015 Season...................Chicago Bandits Re-Sign Emily Allard, Sara Moulton, Natalie Hernandez, and Alex Booker for the 2015 Season........................USSSA Pride Sign Hannah Rogers for the 2015 Season...................

NPF News

 

Pride Tie Exhibition Series

 For Immediate Release 
                                                                        Contact: Stephanie Hayes
         Assistant Director of Marketing
Stephanie.Hayes@USSSAPride.com
                                                                                                                            321-443-2823(cell)

                                                                                                                        321-697-3634 (office)

 

USSSA Florida Pride Tie Exhibition Series with a 10-6 Victory

Orlando, Fla. – After falling to the Canadian National Team in the seventh inning of last night’s game, The USSSA Florida Pride took to the field once again at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports for the second game of the three game series.

Katie Burkhart, in her first start in the circle for the Pride, allowed six runs on eleven hits but secured the win tonight pitching eight strike-outs and allowing only two walks.

Leading off the contest for the Canadian National Team was Melanie Matthews, who, after only two pitches, ripped the first home run of the game past the right field fence. Centerfielder Caitlin Lever followed with a lazy infield pop-fly which bounced into the glove of shortstop Kristin Schnake. A quick throw to Charlotte Morgan at first completed the put-out, which was followed by the first strikeout of the contest on Jennifer Yee. A single from Sheena Lawrick marked the second base hit for the visiting team, but Burkhart’s second strikeout of the inning on Jennifer Salling marked the third out and left Lawrick stranded at the conclusion of the first.

Back to back hits in the bottom of the first for the Pride allowed the team to tie with a single run scored. Leading off at the plate was Melissa Roth, who laced a triple to right field and scored on an RBI single from shortstop Kristin Schnake. A walk from Amber Flores put the Pride on base again, but a pop-out to short from Francesca Enea quickly marked the end of the inning.

Canada saw their second run of the game from Kaleigh Rafter, who led off the top of the second. A single from Corrine Doornberg put Rafter in scoring position on second when the scoring double was made by Matthews. A quick third out led to the top of the third.

The visiting team secured themselves a lead in the top of the fourth with three runs being scored off of two hits and an error from Charlotte Morgan at first, allowing Matthews to reach on a missed throw from Tonya Callahan at third.  Matthews advanced to scoring position on second with a stolen base during Lever’s at-bat, and Lever’s subsequent single drove her home. Up next at the plate was Yee, who came into the contest batting .400 for the series. A two RBI home run from the second base player drove in the final two runs of the inning and put Canada ahead by four in the middle of the fourth.

Leading off for the Pride in the bottom of the inning was rookie Amber Flores, who reached on a walk, her second of the night. A 5-4 fielder’s choice allowed Enea to reach, and she was advanced to scoring position on second on a walk from Callahan. Morgan came to the plate next and ripped a two RBI double on the first pitch of her at bat. Two consecutive walks off of pitcher Ashley Lanz, and a third from relief pitcher Tina Andreana left the bases loaded when designated player Stephanie Best stepped to the plate. A single from Best drove in both Roth and Enea, but a diving play from Lever to catch a line drive from Flores retired the inning with the Pride leading by one.

The tying run was scored by Canada in the top of the fifth by Evelyne Pare, pinch running for Rafter, whose single accounted for one of the three hits in the inning.

The Pride quickly stole ahead again however in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs on three hits. Two walks from Enea and Callahan led off the inning and a subsequent single from Morgan drove Enea to the plate, marking Morgan’s third RBI of the contest. A single from Williams, followed by a sacrifice fly from Schnake, allowed Callahan to score. Kretschman came to the plate next, driving the ball right on the inside of the third base line, recording a double and driving in two more runs from Morgan and Williams. The Pride concluded the fifth, up again with a four run lead.

Burkhart was able to hold the Canadian National Team at six runs throughout the sixth and seventh innings, facing only seven batters across the two, and securing the Pride’s 10-6 victory.

With the win tonight, The USSSA Florida Pride has tied the series. The two teams will take to the field tomorrow night at 7:05 pm EST for the third and deciding contest of the exhibition slate.

The USSSA Florida Pride joined the NPF as a franchise Team in November of 2009, operated by Florida Pride LLC. USSSA managed the Pride Team during 2009, culminating their inaugural season with a second place finish in the Championship Series. USSSA Florida Pride is sponsored by USSSA, the world’s largest amateur sports association, and is headquartered in Kissimmee, Florida.

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).

###
 
 
 
 






Search Archive »





Browse by Month »

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
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