STERLING, Va. – The New England Riptide and Washington Glory squared off at the Westfield Softball Complex in Chantilly, Va. tonight, the Glory attempting to become the first team ever to successfully defend a NPF title and the Riptide trying to regain the title they lost last year. In the circle for the Glory was 2006 Pitcher of the Year Sarah Pauly and for the Riptide, Erica Beach.
Pauly was coming off an impressive pre-season outing against Team USA, keeping the National team scoreless for five innings during the exhibition game held in Bowie, Md on May 10th, and was again in top form tonight as she pitched six shutout innings scattering four hits as the Glory pulled out a 4-0 win. Rookie Lisa Ferguson made her professional debut relieving Pauly in the seventh to finish out the win.
One inning of scoring is all that it took for Washington, who scored all four runs in the second inning. Third baseman Sara Larquier led off the inning with a shot over the right-center field fence to put the Glory on the board. A pair of one-out singles by catcher Callie Piper and centerfielder LaDonia Hughes put two-runners on for right fielder Jessica Moore, and she made the Riptide pay with a three-run blast to left field.
Jocelyn Forest came on in relief of Beach in the third, shutting the Glory down on only one hit in four innings while striking out three. Meanwhile, the Riptide bats struggled, mustering five hits, same as the Glory, but all singles. Lisa Modglin had two hits to go with a walk. Carri Martin, Jackie Pasquerella and Alex Sutton (in a pinch hitting role) had the others.
The Riptide and Glory play the second game of the four-game series Friday night in Chantilly at 7:05 PM. Tickets can be purchased online at washingtonglory.com or at the box office.