Kelly Kretschman Photo by FastpitchTV Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Kissimmee, FL- July 18, 2014 - In walk-off fashion, Kelly Kretschman hit two-outs, a two-run single up the middle to lead the USSSA Pride past the Chicago Bandits Saturday night at ESPN Wide World of Sport Complex. A packed house full of USSSA Fast Pitch World Series teams watched the pitchers’ duel turned dramatic walk-off win.
The Bandits took a 1-0 lead in the top half of the seventh thanks to a Kristen Butler a solo homerun to right center. The Bandit pitcher, Monica Abbott, had a no-hitter until center fielder Caitlin Lowe singled to lead off the seventh. Bridgette Del Ponte entered to pinch run for Kristyn Sandberg who was hit by a pitch with one out. After a long at bat, Andrea Duran hit into a fielder’s choice which moved Lowe to third and Del Ponte to second. That set the stage for
Kretschman’s game-winning, walk-off single as Del Ponte slid underneath Kaylyn Castillo’s tag at home.
Keilani Ricketts (3-3) picked up her third win of the season as she pitched a complete game allowing one run off of three hits. Ricketts and catcher Megan Willis kept the Bandit hitters off-balance all night forcing 10 groundball and 10 flyball outs. Abbott (5-3) suffered the loss giving up two earned runs on two hits while striking out nine.
The Pride and the Bandits will return to action for game two of the series Sunday, July 20 at 7:05 PM EDT. For tickets, visit www.usssapride.com or purchase tickets at the gate. For fans cheering from home, all of the action can be found online at www.usssalive.com.
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Site: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Kissimmee, FL
Score: Bandits 1, Pride 2
Records: Chicago (17-10), Pride (21-8)
Next Game: Sunday, July 20 at 7:05 PM EDT
About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson and Monica Abbott. The two-time NPF Champions play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women's professional team. The 2014 season will be the Bandits 10th season in the NPF.
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 National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. 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 and has been since 2002.