Danielle Henderson Photo by Allie Martinez Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
McKinney, TX (August 13, 2016) – The Dallas Charge split a doubleheader at home on Saturday afternoon with the PA Rebellion. Both games ended 3-2. The result cements each team’s place in the 2016 NPF regular season standings. The Charge will finish fifth, one place ahead of the Rebellion.
In game one, the Charge got out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to timely hitting from veteran catcher Kaylyn Castillo, but could not hold on. Kaylyn Castillo brought home Renada Davis in the bottom of the first and Caitlin Attfield in the bottom of the third with two-out singles.
The Rebellion erased that deficit and took the lead in the top of the fifth. Charge starter Morgan Melloh allowed two runs before being lifted for Jill Compton, who gave up a single up the middle that brought home the go-ahead and ultimately winning run for the Rebellion, giving them the 3-2 win.
Dallas Escobedo picked up the complete game victory for the Rebellion. She fanned nine and walked just two. Melloh got the loss, falling to 4-8 on the season.
In game two, the Charge overcame a 2-1 deficit via the home run to win 3-2. The Rebellion scored first in the top of the second without the ball leaving the infield. Dallas area native Chaley Brickey walked. A bunt single, sacrifice bunt and groundout to shortstop brought home Brickey and staked the Rebellion to a 1-0 advantage.
Lauren Haeger, who had two hits in the game, drilled a solo shot in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at one.
The Rebellion came right back in the third to take the lead. A Stacey Porter double in the right center gap brought home Victoria Hayward, who had singled.
Danielle Henderson put the Charge ahead for good in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run blast.
Starter Cheridan Hawkins earned the win, pitching five and one-third innings before giving way to Vanessa Stokes and Morgan Melloh in relief. Melloh picked up the save.
The Charge reached their highest win total ever, moving to 19-30, while the Rebellion are 17-32 overall. The Charge and Rebellion will both conclude their season Sunday at noon at the Ballfields at Craig Ranch in McKinney.
LOCATION: The Ballfields at Craig Ranch, McKinney, TX
FINAL SCORE: GM1 Rebellion 3 Charge 2, GM2 Charge 3 Rebellion 2
RECORDS: Charge (19-30), Rebellion (17-32)
NEXT CHARGE GAME: Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. CT vs. the PA Rebellion
GAME 1 BOX SCORE
GAME 1 PLAY BY PLAY
GAME 2 BOX SCORE
GAME 2 PLAY BY PLAY
About the Pennsylvania Rebellion:
The Rebellion is a professional women’s softball team competing as part of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF). In their third season in the league, the Rebellion will play head-to-head against the most talented players in the sport. Games are broadcast nationally and draw local fans of all ages to experience the action live. NPF is an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball. For more information about the Pennsylvania Rebellion, please visit www.pennsylvaniarebellion.com or call 724-250-9555.
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.
About National Pro Fastpitch:
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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