Sarah Pauly (Photo by Rachel Goosens)
KISSIMMEE, FL – It was a tale of two Sarahs Friday night at Osceola County Stadium as Sarah Pauly and the USSSA Pride faced off against Sarah Plourde and the NY/NJ Comets in a 4-2 Pride win.
The Comets jumped out to an early lead after a two-run homerun from Brittany McKinney in the first inning, but those would be the only NY/NJ runs for the rest of the night.
The Pride rallied back in the fifth inning, starting with a solo homerun from Ashley Charters. Natasha Watley scored on a sacrifice from Kristyn Sandberg, and then Caitlin Lowe scored on a single to left field from GiOnna DiSalvatore. The Pride scored their fourth run of the inning when Kelly Kretschman scored on a sacrifice fly from Francesca Enea.
NY/NJ came close in the seventh inning when Amanda Kamekona sent a ball to the center field fence, but Lowe was able to snag the ball before it went over.
Pauly finished the night with eight strikeouts and two walks, extending her record to 3-2 this season. Plourde pitched four innings before she was relieved by Lindsey Richardson in the fifth. Richardson allowed two runs on two hits and was replaced by Angel Bunner in the same inning. Bunner walked two Pride hitters and struck out one.
Friday’s win gave the Pride a 2-0 series lead against the Comets. The two teams face off in a double-header tomorrow at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Don’t miss live coverage on ESPN3.
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.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. 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 since 2002.
The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com. Also be sure to visit USSSAToday.com for the latest USSSA News!