Mike Davenport Returns to Peoria, Illinois as Professional Coach

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Kissimmee, FL - For National Pro Fastpitch’s (NPF) USSSA Pride, it’s a trip to Peoria, Illinois to play softball, but for head coach Mike Davenport, it’s a trip back home. “…For me to go home and to be able to take a professional team back to Peoria, IL - it means a lot to me…it’s where my coaching profession started.” Davenport, a native of central Illinois, played basketball and baseball at Peoria’s Richwoods High School before graduating from Guthrie High School in Guthrie, Oklahoma. “The city of Peoria, IL has been a big part of my life. It’s where I grew up and where I got my start … [Read more...]

Series Preview: Pride vs. Rebellion at ESPN Wide World of Sports

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Kissimmee, FL – July 17th 2015- The USSSA Pride will host their second consecutive home series at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Kissimmee, Florida starting on Saturday, July 18th. This four game set against the Pennsylvania Rebellion is the second of three series’ the Pride will play on home turf here in Florida. First pitch is set for 8:00pm (ET) on Saturday and 7:00pm (ET) Sunday-Tuesday. After winning a four-game series against the Chicago Bandits 3-1, the Pride now lead the league at 22-8. The Rebellion, after winning their previous four-game series with the Dallas Charge 3-1, are headed … [Read more...]

Pride Beat Bandits in Florida Series Opener

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Kissimmee, FL- July 14, 2015-The USSSA Pride (20-7) moved into a tie atop the NPF standings with Chicago after its 5-2 victory over the Bandits (21-8) Monday evening at Champion Stadium. The Pride’s Cat Osterman turned in a strong performance in the circle and Megan Wiggins and Shelby Pendley went a combined 5-5 at the plate with two homers and four RBIs in the victory.  The Pride jumped out to an early on lead and never looked back.  Natasha Watley and Kelly Kretschman led off the bottom of the first inning with walks and Megan Wiggins followed with a double down the left field line, … [Read more...]

Pride take Rebellion DH With Back-to-Back Shutouts

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WASHINGTON, PA – July 11, 2015 - Fans got a double dose of NPF action Saturday at CONSOL Energy Park when the Pennsylvania Rebellion hosted the USSSA Pride in a double header.  The Pride wouldn’t allow a single Rebellion run through 14 innings and were victorious in both contests by a score of 5-0 and 2-0, respectively. The Pride jumped out to an early lead in game one, when a wild pitch brought in Natasha Watley (1-3, 1 run) to put the Pride on the board. A GiOnna DiSalvatore (2-3, 2 RBI, 1 run) two-run blast to right field extended the lead to 3-0 in the top of the second. The Pride … [Read more...]

Series Preview: Pride vs. Rebellion in Washington, PA

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Kissimmee, FL – For the third time this season, the USSSA Pride will see the Pennsylvania Rebellion in a four-game set at CONSOL Energy Park in Washington, PA Friday, July 10th through Sunday July 12th. On Saturday July 11th, the Pride and Rebellion are set to play a double header starting at 5:05pm (ET) due to a rescheduled contest during their first series together on June 27th. First pitch is set for 7:05pm (ET) on Friday, 5:05pm (ET) and 7:05pm (ET) on Saturday, and 2:35pm (ET) on Sunday. The Pride left Akron, OH 15-7 after winning the series against the Akron Racers 3-1. After losing … [Read more...]