SUGARLAND, Texas – August 3- The USSSA Pride defeated the Dallas Charge, 6-2, in front of 2,121 fans at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas.Cat Osterman earned the win, hurling a gem of a game, scattering five hits for 6.1 innings while striking out nine and allowing just one run.
The Pride broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly fromKelly Kretschman. The teams would exchange zeroes until the bottom of the sixth when the Pride exploded for five runs in the frame.
Kretschman’s lead-off single was followed by Megan Wiggins who reached safely on an error by the shortstop and then advanced to third allowing Kretschman to score. Andrea Duran replied with an RBI triple of her own before Madison Shipman‘s RBI single scored Courtney Ceo who entered to pinch run for Duran. Finally, a 2 out, 2 RBI single off the bat of Megan Willis scored Hallie Wilson & Brigette Del Ponte for the final two runs.
The Charge answered back with two runs of their own on an RBI double by Taylor Thom and an RBI single by Eri Yamada, but Kaitlyn Richardson’s line drive to first base would end the game after that.
Osterman threw 9 strikeouts while earning her twelfth win of the season, improving to 12-2 while Jolene Henderson (2-8) was tagged with the loss after pitching well, but trouble in the sixth inning hindered her performance.
The teams continue the series this evening at 7:05 p.m. at Constellation Field. Watch live on CBS Sports Network!
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.
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