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USSSA Florida Pride Snags Game 1
Written By: Adam Gierhart
 
The National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Championship Series hosted in Sulphur, La. began tonight with Game 1 between the No. 2 USSSA Florida Pride (1-0) and No. 3 Akron Racers (0-1). Despite a first inning 1-0 lead, the Racers failed to hold on losing Game 1 3-2.

The Racers had 2010 NPF Pitcher of the Year, Lisa Norris (0-1), in the pitcher’s circle tonight. Norris pitched a complete game, allowing three runs on four hits in a losing effort. The Pride mixed things up in the pitcher’s circle, starting the game with Danielle Lawrie (1-0) recording the win, with help in relief from Sarah Pauly, and Cat Osterman (SV 1) who came in to record the three-out save.

The Racers saw early success with their bats with Jamee Juarez hitting in Lisa Modglin to take an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Taking the slim lead into the bottom of the third, with runners on the corners Florida’s Jessica Mendoza hit an opposite field three-run homerun to put the Pride up 3-1 after three innings of play.

On the Mendoza bomb, Akron’s Crystl Bustos gave it her all trying to track down the ball and rob Mendoza of the 3 RBI homerun, but barrelled through the outfield fence. Despite a leadoff homerun in the top of the fourth from Akron’s Courtney Bures to bring the Pride’s lead to only one, the Pride were able to hold on for the Game 1 win, behind outstanding pitching from Sarah Pauly and Cat Osterman.

The Pride look to sweep the three-game series and move onto the Championship round Friday afternoon against the Akron Racers.

The National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Championship Series hosted in Sulphur, La. began tonight with Game 1 between the No. 2 USSSA Florida Pride (1-0) and No. 3 Akron Racers (0-1). Despite a first inning 1-0 lead, the Racers failed to hold on losing Game 1 3-2.

The Racers had 2010 NPF Pitcher of the Year, Lisa Norris (0-1), in the pitcher’s circle tonight. Norris pitched a complete game, allowing three runs on four hits in a losing effort. The Pride mixed things up in the pitcher’s circle, starting the game with Danielle Lawrie (1-0) recording the win, with help in relief from Sarah Pauly, and Cat Osterman (SV 1) who came in to record the three-out save.

The Racers saw early success with their bats with Jamee Juarez hitting in Lisa Modglin to take an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Taking the slim lead into the bottom of the third, with runners on the corners Florida’s Jessica Mendoza hit an opposite field three-run homerun to put the Pride up 3-1 after three innings of play.

On the Mendoza bomb, Akron’s Crystl Bustos gave it her all trying to track down the ball and rob Mendoza of the 3 RBI homerun, but barrelled through the outfield fence. Despite a leadoff homerun in the top of the fourth from Akron’s Courtney Bures to bring the Pride’s lead to only one, the Pride were able to hold on for the Game 1 win, behind outstanding pitching from Sarah Pauly and Cat Osterman.

The Pride look to sweep the three-game series and move onto the Championship round Friday afternoon against the Akron Racers.