USSSA Pride 15, Chicago Bandits 3
USSSA Pride 1, Chicago Bandits 0
Kissimmee, FL-- Danielle Lawrie had another great game earning her 7th victory of the 2011 NPF season with a 15-3 victory over the Chicago Bandits on Saturday afternoon. Lawrie would go on to strike out 10 batters, surrendering 3 runs on 6 hits in her solid outing. Danielle Bourgeois would suffer her first lost of the season, giving up eleven runs on seven hits, while walking four and striking out none. Jamee Juarez would come in in relief in the third inning, but it was too late as the runs kept coming, giving the USSSA Pride their 17th victory of the year.
The Pride came out swinging in the first inning, scoring 5 runs and continuing to lay it on throughout the course of the game. Natasha Watley continued to show why she is the NPF's leading hitter as she went 3-3 on the day with a walk and four runs scored. Kelly Kretschman added the to the damage, as she also went 3-3 with a run batted in.
Tammy Williams would be one of the few offensive threats for the Bandits, going 3-3 with an RBI. Danielle Zymkowitz would also have a solid showing at the plate going 2-4 with a run scored. The Bandits offense would put up three runs in the game but the Pride’s offense would never give them a chance as they would go on to win 15-3 in a lopsided victory.
In the second game of the night, the USSSA Pride sent Sarah Pauly to the mound to battle the Chicago Bandits ace, Monica Abbott. The contest would remained a pitchers duel for the entirety of the game.
In the top of the second the Bandits had an opportunity to score when Megan Wiggins was put into scoring position, on a single by Shannon Doepking. They wouldn't be able to capitalize as Sarah Pauly struck out Dorian Shaw to end the threat.
The Pride would end Monica Abbott's no hitter in the bottom of the sixth when Caitlin Lowe would drop a single over the head of Bandits third baseman Amber Patton. Melissa Roth would follow up with a perfectly placed sacrifice bunt, pushing Lowe to second. But Abbott would shut down the Pride's hopes of breaking the scoreless game, by getting Samantha Findlay and Natasha Watley to line out to finish the sixth.
The spectacular pitching by Monica Abbott and solid defense by the Pride would take the scoreless contest into extra innings. In the bottom of the eighth the Pride threatened again when Francesca Enea would be placed in scoring position after being hit by a pitch, followed closely by a bunt single by Caitlin Lowe. Once again, Abbott would stop the Pride by striking out Roth and Jenn Salling to end the eighth.
The Bandits led off the ninth inning with a single by Caitlin Lever, bringing coach Tim Walton to the pitchers circle calling Cat Osterman in relief. Osterman would strike out the side to end the inning. The Pride would once again fail to score sending the game to the tenth inning, where international tiebreak would be in effect.
The Pride and Bandits had a number of opportunities to score in extra innings, but the pitchers continued to be the heroes in this game. In the 12th inning the Pride would finally put a number on the board. With Watley on second, Ashley Charters sacrificed her over to third, bringing Jessica Mendoza to the plate. Mendoza would hit a hard line drive to centerfield and off the glove of a diving Caitlin Lever, scoring Watley. The Pride would enjoy their second walk off win in three games.
Abbott would receive the loss, but would pitch a brilliant game, throwing 11 1/3 innings, striking out thirteen, walking one, and of course giving up one run which would be the game winner. Sarah Pauly also pitched a spectacular game for the Pride, giving up 4 hits while striking out eight. Cat Osterman would come in in relief and like her teammate, hold the Bandits to no runs while striking out 6 batters in four innings of work.
The USSSA Pride will face off in the series final against the Chicago Bandits at ESPN Wide World of Sports on Sunday at 12PM. Come out and support your favorite NPF Team. For more information visit usssapride.com.