Lauren Haeger Photo by Allie Martinez Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
San Diego, CA (July 8, 2016) – Renada Davis and Kaylyn Castillo each homered and Lauren Haeger went 6.2 innings to lead the Dallas Charge to a 4-3 win over the USSSA Pride on Friday, July 8, at Fowler Park.
The Charge played with the lead all game against the league leaders as Castillo’s solo shot sailed deep over the left field wall in the top of the second. Dallas added another run in the third, and went up 4-1 on the two-run shot by Davis.
Haeger dominated, not allowing a hit until Kelly Kretschman hit a solo home run in the fourth. She finally ran into trouble in the sixth when the Pride loaded the bases with one out. Haeger walked one with the bases loaded and walked another, but escaped the jam by getting pinch hitter Amanda Kamekona to ground out to end the threat with the 4-3 lead.
Haeger finished the game with 6.2 innings pitched, allowing three hits, seven walks and three runs while striking out six. Jolene Henderson took the loss after being charged with all four runs in four innings of work. Morgan Melloh got the final out of the game to record the save.
Taylor Gadbois was 2-for-4 with two runs scored to lead the Charge. She was the only player to record a multi-hit game.
These teams will meet again on Saturday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Fowler Park to wrap-up their two-game series.
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USSSA Pride: 4
Chicago Bandits: 3
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About the Dallas Charge:
The Dallas Charge, headquartered in McKinney, TX, began competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2015. The Charge provide elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the Charge organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dallas Charge at www.dallascharge.com.
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About the 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.
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.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF):
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
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