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THE USSSA PRIDE SWEEP THE TENNESSEE DIAMONDS AT HOME
Diamonds Suffer 2 to 0 Loss in Extra Innings
NASHVILLE, Tenn (June 20, 2010) - The final game of the series against the USSSA Pride was held today at Draper Diamond. The Diamonds were eager to get a win. The first three games were close, but the Diamonds were unable to put together enough hits to rally pass the Pride.
Defense was the key for both teams today. In the bottom of first, left-fielder, Jessica Mendoza made a leaping catch to prevent Chelsea Spencer from earning a base hit. The Pride tried to start a rally in the third inning by getting their first two batters aboard by a hit by pitch and a base hit from Alissa Haber. The Diamonds were able to bear down on defense. Natasha Watley hit a hard shot down third, but Diamonds’ third basemen, Loryn Johnson was able to get a glove on it causing a force at third base. Monica Abbott continued to battle her way out of innings, as the Pride threatened again in the fourth, but could not produce any runs.
In the fifth inning, the bottom half of the Diamonds line-up went to work. Catcher, Shannon Doepking led off the inning with a double to left-field. Second basemen, Chelsie Mesa was able to lay down the perfect sacrifice bunt to push pinch-runner, Aubree Brattin to third base. The Diamonds failed to score as the next three batters grounded out. In the sixth inning, the Diamonds had another scoring opportunity. Chelsea Spencer gapped a double down right field line. Megan Gibson was able to reach first on a fielding error by Natasha Watley. Pride’s pitcher, Desiree Serrano was able to retire the side and hold the Diamonds scoreless.
The game was still scoreless after seven innings. In the ninth, a couple of errors against the Diamonds allowed the Pride to get into scoring position. Runners were at first and third when Lauren Lappin laid down the squeeze bunt. Pinch-runner, Jessica Williams hustled towards home and was called safe on a very controversial call at the plate. The Pride was able to push one more run across on a sacrifice fly from Charlotte Morgan. The Diamonds had a chance in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, but the Pride defense held their ground and left the Diamonds scoreless.
Monica Abbott gets the loss for the Diamonds giving up two runs, five hits, one walk, and striking out nine. Desiree Serrano gets the win for the Pride giving up zero runs, five hits, two walks, and striking out four.
The Diamonds next home game is a double header July 6 against Team Venezuela at 6 pm and 8 pm. For tickets and more information on the Tennessee Diamonds, please visit www.tn-diamonds.com.