Calgary, Alberta – Down 2-0 after the first inning the NPF Tennessee Diamonds scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat the USSSA Florida Pride 3-2 at Foothills Stadium in Calgary, Alberta. After taking the lead the Diamonds held on by leaving the bases loaded in the final inning. Danielle Spaulding was terrific for the Diamonds throwing the complete seven inning game and allowing two runs while striking out seven.
The Pride opened the scoring in the top of the first inning when Alissa Haber was hit by a pitch during an 11 pitch at-bat, Jessica Mendoza singled, Kelley Kretschman walked to load the bases, and Melissa Roth knocked in two runs with a double for a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth the Diamonds broke through as Bianca Mejia singled, Loryn Johnson was hit by a pitch, Megan Gibson doubled in a run, Brianna Hesson collected a sacrifice fly to tie the game, and with two outs Brittany McKinney drove in a run with a base hit for a 3-2 lead.
In the top of the 7th inning, Ashley Charters led off the inning with a single for the Pride. Caitlin Lowe’s sacrifice bunt would move the tying run into scoring position, bringing up Haber who would hit a liner off of Danielle Spaulding, but Spaulding would still record the out at first but moving Charters to 3rd. After back to back walks by Mendoza and Kretschman, Charlotte Morgan would come on to pinch hit for Roth but would fail to hit in the tying run, grounding out to Biancca Mejia for the final out of the game, giving Danielle Spaulding her second win as a Diamond pitcher and her first win against her former team.
Danielle Spaulding would pitch a complete game, giving up 6 hits, 2 earned runs, while walking 7 and striking out 7. Sarah Pauly would pitch a very solid game but could not hold on, suffering her third loss of the season giving up 4 hits and 3 earned runs, walking none and striking out four.
The Pride return to action tomorrow night continuing their series with NPF Diamonds at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, TX. You can follow the action live on USSSAPride.com
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.
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.
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!