Kissimmee, FL – June 13, 2016 – The USSSA Pride remain in Texas as they begin their second series of the season against the Dallas Charge in McKinney, TX. The games will be played in a two-day, two-game series at The Ballfields At Craig Ranch, home of the Charge.
The Pride begin the series after completing their season-opening games, a four-game series against the Scrap Yard Dawgs that included a Monday double-header.
The Pride come off their previous series sitting at a 3-1 record. In games against the Charge last season, the Pride secured a winning record of 9-3. Of their nine wins, two were shutouts, and five were won by four or more runs.
Tuesday, June 14th, 8:30 (ET) (NPFTV)
Wednesday, June 15th, 8:30 (ET) (NPFTV)
Pride players to watch:
- Megan Wiggins: Despite a slow offensive start, Wiggins is leading her team in batting average (.455), OBP (.455), hits (5), and total bases (8).
- Kelly Kretschman: Kretschman continued her Player-of-the-Year behavior last series, leading the team in runs scored (3) and RBI (5)
- GiOnna Salvatore: A quiet leader for the Pride, Salvatore is third on her team in three categories: batting average, SLG and OBP. Consistently batting in the four and five spots in the lineup, look for her to start being a driving force for the Pride offense.
- Shelby Pendley: Another slow starter on the offensive side, Pendley seemed to show signs of her Rookie-of-the-Year self when she unleashed a two-run homer against the Scrap Yard Dawgs on Saturday. She is now second on the team in batting average (.400) and first in SLG (.800).
About the Charge
With a roster of 22 players, 16 of them are either playing as a rookie or have just one year of professional experience under their belts. The young team has posted a 4-3 record. So far, the Charge have yet to face just two teams in the 2016 season: the Scrap Yard Dawgs and the Pride. With their .571 record, they also have yet to lose two consecutive games. They have either tied or won all of their series, including a series taken from the defending NPF champions, the Chicago Bandits. The Charge look to pose a challenge to the Pride as they try to take both games and keep their winning record to start the season.
General admission tickets to the games are $10. See further pricing information on the Dallas Charge website. You can purchase tickets at the game or online. As a promotion for the 2016 home opener, the Charge are providing a special offer for teachers: teachers who show their badge at the box office will receive (1) free ticket.
Subscribers can view all four games of the Pride-Scrap Yard Dawgs series on NPFTV via profastpitch.com.
FOLLOW THE PRIDE
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.