Allentown, PA (June 23, 2016) – After three games in Washington, PA, the Pennsylvania Rebellion and the USSSA Pride headed east for a two game series in Allentown, PA at Coca-Cola Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies AAA affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. The Pride rallied late to surpass the Rebellion and take the victory tonight, 6-3.
The Rebellion were the first team to hit the scoresheet. After three scoreless innings, Center Fielder Lindsey Stephens got things started with her RBI single that scored Catcher Kristyn Sandberg. A few batters later, Mandy Ogle came to the plate as a pinch hitter and promptly rocketed a two-run single to left and the Rebellion were out to a 3-0 lead.
The Pride started on the comeback trail in the 5th with a single run coming across to score on a double off the bat of Shortstop Shelby Pendley, and it was 3-1 PA.
The Pride rally would come to full fruition in the top of the 6th. A pair of runs scored on a single from Third Baseman Missy Taukeiaho to tie the game at 3-3. That was followed by the go-ahead base knock by the veteran Right Fielder Kelly Kretschman to make it 4-3. When Kretschman stole second, that allowed Center Fielder Megan Wiggins to sneak home from third and push another run across. A fifth run in the inning scored when Shelby Pendley hit her second RBI single of the game and made it 6-3 Pride.
Kelly Kretschman finished 2-for-3 with two singles, the game-winning RBI, and a stolen base. For that performance, Kretschman was awarded the honor of Powerhandz Player of the Game.
A bright spot for the Rebellion came with the strong effort from starting pitcher Miranda Kramer. Kramer tossed four scoreless frames and allowed just 3 hits.
Haylie Wagner came in the game in relief of Kramer and picked up the loss pitching 1.2 innings and giving up the lead in the 6th. Dallas Escobedo entered in the 6th and recorded the final four outs for the Rebellion.
The PA Rebellion (7-12) and the USSSA Pride (9-3) will conclude the series from the Lehigh Valley tomorrow evening. Game 2 from Coca-Cola Park starts at 7:05pm. You can catch all the action on NPFTV at profastpitch.com.
About 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 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 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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