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...]

Kelly Kretschman and the USSSA Pride Shine at the 2016 NPF Awards Banquet

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Tuscaloosa, AL-August 19, 2016- It was a memorable night out in Tuscaloosa for the USSSA Pride who took home a total of fourteen awards Thursday night at the 2016 NPF Banquet. It was a night that recognized the league’s stand-out players in a setting fit for Alabama alumni Kelly Kretschman who stole the show with a whopping five awards in her former college town. Kelly Kretschman ended the night as 2016 NPF Player of the Year, a feat she accomplished last season giving her back-to-back titles as league MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, Home Run Champion and the first ever Triple Crown … [Read more...]

Pride end regular season with a win

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Kissimmee, FL—August 12, 2016—The USSSA Pride ended their regular season in the same way they started it: with a win. In their final game of the regular season, the Pride defeated the Akron Racers in a tight contest that ended in a score of 4-3.  The scoring started in the third inning. The Racers jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a double from Sami Fagan. That double scored leadoff batter Taylor Schlopy and AJ Andrews, who was hit by a pitch in the second plate appearance of the inning. The Pride showed fight in the fourth. The first two batters put themselves on base by way of an … [Read more...]

Goodacre leads Pride to 7-3 win

August-8-Pride

Kissimmee, FL—August 8, 2016—Chelsea Goodacre was unstoppable in the USSSA Pride’s final regular season series opener of 2016. Goodacre went 3-3 with three home runs off of three different Akron pitchers. Of her team’s seven runs, Goodacre scored three of them and brought in five. Things started off hot in the first inning. After putting herself on with a walk, Megan Wiggins was thrown out stealing during Kelly Kretschman’s at-bat. Kretschman then picked up a base hit in front of Shelby Pendley, who then hit a two-run home run to give the Pride a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The first … [Read more...]

USSSA Pride Reacts to Softball Getting the Vote for 2020 Olympics

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Kissimmee, FL- August 4, 2016- Yesterday the International Olympic Committee unanimously voted to add softball to the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo alongside baseball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing. It’s a decision that is long overdue in the minds of the softball community and it is once again a reality for young girls to dream of representing red, white and blue on the world's biggest softball stage. “This is a great day for our sport, getting back into the Olympics is huge. So many young girls can dream again of winning a gold medal, getting to wear “USA” across … [Read more...]