Rachel Fox Photo by Jade Hewitt Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Tallahassee, FL (August 2, 2016) —The Pride dropped their series finale in Tallahassee to the Scrap Yard Dawgs in a tight 1-0 ballgame. The Dawgs scored the only run of the game in the first inning, and offenses for both teams were quiet following the run.
The Pride offense was kept at bay for a majority of the game. The picked up only three hits over all seven innings and got just five runners on base. Rookie Haylie McCleney, Shelby Pendley and Hallie Wilson racked up the only Pride hits of the game.
Scrap Yard starting pitcher Rachel Fox (4.86 ERA) had a strong outing, allowing just two hits over four innings pitched. She struck out one and allowed no walks. Monica Abbott relieved Fox in the fifth inning. The million-dollar southpaw tossed three innings of one-hit ball, giving up one walk and striking out two. Abbott lowered her ERA to 0.76.
Despite getting the loss in tonight’s game, Keilani Ricketts was dominant in her ninth start of the season. She struck out four and scattered five hits while walking none over five innings pitched. Jordan Taylor came in as relief and continued her season-long dominance. Taylor lowered her ERA from 0.75 to 0.70 after allowing no runs in her two innings of no-hit ball.
The Pride return to action on Wednesday when they face the Chicago Bandits for the final time this regular-season in a three-game series in Rosemont, IL.
Scrap Yard Dawgs: 1
USSSA Pride: 0
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The Scrap Yard Dawgs will begin competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2016. The Dawgs will provide elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Houston area, the Dawgs organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dawgs at www.scrapyarddawgs.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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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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