The USSSA Pride pulled off an exciting 2-1 victory over the Chicago Bandits in the bottom of the seventh Friday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista.
The Pride (18-11) entered the bottom of the seventh inning with the game tied 1-1, after having not scored since the first inning. Catcher Lauren Lappin singled to start the inning off and was followed up by shortstop Natasha Watley, who reached first on a fielding error by the Bandits (16-14).
Outfielder Caitlin Lowe then singled to load the bases with no outs. Outfielder Jessica Mendoza stepped up to the plate and hit the game-winning RBI, bringing in Lauren Lappin on a sacrifice fly hit deep into left field.
The only other score from the Pride came in the first inning, when Kelly Kretschman hit a single with two outs to bring in Natasha Watley for a run.
Bandits pitcher Monica Abbott (9-2) shined in the loss allowing only eight hits and two runs and striking out eight batters.
Pride pitcher Sarah Pauly (5-2) performed well, despite being called for multiple illegal pitches in the game, one of which cost the Pride a run in
the third inning. Pauly pushed though her troubles, though, and finished out the game with four strikeouts.
The Pride now lead the NPF by 2.5 games and will face the Bandits in game three of the series tomorrow at 8 p.m. at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.
Visit USSSAPride.com for the live stream from the game.
Click here for the box score.
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