Pride Take Game One of Final Series

Pride Photo by Bill Diehm Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch

Tuscaloosa, AL-August 21, 2016 – The USSSA Pride's formula for success isn't fancy: a lot of pitching and some timely hitting. The regular-season champion Pride stuck to that model to defeat the Chicago Bandits 3-1 on Sunday night at Rhoads Stadium in the opening game of the best-of-three NPF Championship Series. A crowd of 1,618 for Sunday's session assured a new playoff attendance record, with 6,070 so far. The previous record of 5,592 for the entire event was set last year in Hoover. The Pride (40-13) has a chance to claim the Cowles Cup with a second win over defending champion … [Read more...]

Ricketts and Pride Shut Out Racers for 1-0 Series Lead

Pride Group

Tuscaloosa, AL-August 19, 2016 – Following a one-hour rain delay that postponed the start of tonight’s game at Rhoads Stadium between the top-seeded USSSA Pride and the Akron Racers, the two teams cruised through a pitchers’ duel with a three-run home run by Lauren Chamberlain accounting for the entire offensive output in a 3-0 shutout victory by the Pride. USSSA (38-13) starter Keilani Ricketts (7-5) battled out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first before former Oklahoma teammate Lauren Chamberlain added some run support in the bottom half of the inning with a three-run homer, her … [Read more...]

Team effort gets the win for the Pride


Kissimmee, FL—August 10—The USSSA Pride continued to display their seemingly insurmountable power on Wednesday night against the Akron Racers. Facing the Racers at the University of Notre Dame, the Pride won their 36th game of the regular season.  In the first inning cleanup hitter Lauren Chamberlain hit a two-run home run, giving the Pride a two-run lead and setting the mood for the game. Fast forward to the second inning, Pride veteran Kelly Kretschman hit a two-run homer of her own to make the score 4-0. It stayed that way until the sixth inning. Starting pitcher Chelsea Thomas seemed … [Read more...]

USSSA Pride Take Game Two Against the Akron Racers, 3-0

Keilani Ricketts Photo by Allie Martinez Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch

Kissimmee, FL- August 9th-The USSSA Florida took game two against the Akron Racers with a 3-0 final Tuesday night. The game was called after five official innings due to lightning and rain in the area before the sixth inning could be completed and the four runs the Pride added in the top of the sixth were not recorded. Hallie Wilson led the Pride offensive going 3-for-3 on the night with one run scored. The scoring started in the top of the second for the Pride. Lauren Chamberlain led off the offense drawing the walk, followed with a single by Hallie Wilson to put two on for Keilani who … [Read more...]

Pride lose series finale to Chicago Bandits in 12

Shelby Pendley drives the pitch against the Chicago Bandits

Kissimmee, FL—August 5, 2016—The USSSA Pride and the Chicago Bandits faced off in a game for the ages, going deep into extra innings in the Bandits’ final home game of the regular season. The Bandits finally won in the 12th inning when Megan Blank hit a walk-off home run to score two and win the game 4-3. After the Pride dropped an avalanche of 13 hits on the Bandits in game two, there were 15 combined hits in tonight’s contest. The first inning was as good an omen as any that the Pride’s final game against the Bandits would be a long one. The Bandits scored two runs in the first inning all … [Read more...]