Renada Davis Photo by Allie Martinez Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
SAN DIEGO, CA (July 9, 2016) - Renada Davis poked an 0-2 pitch into right field in the top of the 9th and came in to score later in the inning on a foul out to spark the Dallas Charge to a 3-1 extra inning victory.
Dallas is now 9-15 on the season, while USSSA drops to 17-5. The Pride remain atop the NPF standings with a 4.5 game cushion over Scrap Yard (14-11).
Starting pitcher Morgan Melloh picked up the victory on the mound a day after earning the save. She pitched a complete game allowing seven hits, three walks and just one run while striking out seven.
USSSA's Keilani Ricketts nearly matched her pitch for pitch. She allowed three hits and three runs (one earned) with no walks and eight strikeouts over eight innings pitched. The only blemish on her record before the ninth was a solo home run to Kylee Lahners.
In the ninth, Ricketts got the ground ball she was looking for to lead off the inning from speedster Taylor Gadbois, but Ricketts rushed the throw as Gadbois reached second base. Davis fell behind in the count but got a good pitch out over the plate and lined it to right. The right fielder was caught in between and the ball ended up hitting grass, then the fielder, and kicking past her allowing Davis to speed around to third. She would add an insurance run on a foul out to the right fielder later in the inning.
The Pride came back to tie the game and force extra innings with a run in the 6th on a one-out single by Hallie Wilson. USSSA outhit Dallas 7-3 in the loss. Both Sierra Romero and Shelby Pendley reached multi-hit games.
USSSA will now travel to Kansas City, KS to take on the Scrap Yard Dogs in a two-game series starting Monday, July 11. Dallas and USSSA will meet in another series starting Wednesday, July 13 in Kansas City.
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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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