McKinney, TX (July 28, 2016) – The Dallas Charge dropped both games of a double header Thursday losing 2-0 and 6-4 to the USSSA Pride. Jolene Henderson one-hit the Charge in game one and rookie Sierra Romero hit a two-run blast in the fourth inning, accounting for all the scoring. Game two was marked by much more offense. The two teams combine for 20 hits, including five home runs.
In game one, Australian National Team player Vanessa Stokes got her first start of the season for the Charge. She went four innings, allowing two runs on four hits. Stokes fanned four, walked one and took the loss. Jill Compton tossed the final three innings for the Charge, shutting out the Pride.
Henderson and the defense were masterful. The Cal alum struck out six and walked just one on her way to the complete game shutout. Henderson faced two hitters over the minimum, throwing just 89 pitches. She improved to 7-3 in the circle.
In the nightcap, the Pride jumped out to an early lead, homering twice in the first inning. Megan Wiggins led the game off with a long ball. After a walk to Kelly Kretschman, Chelsea Goodacre crushed one over the fence to give the Pride a 3-0 lead.
The Pride added another in the second on a trio of singles, pushing the lead to 4-0.
The Charge answered back with single runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Kylee Lahners hit a solo bomb in the third and Vickly Galasso repeated the feat in the fourth, making the score 4-3.
The Pride got a two run homer from Shelby Pendley in the top of seventh, making the score 6-3 as the Charge came to the plate for their last at bat. Even though a Chelsea Forkin long ball that cut the lead to 6-4, the Charge could not complete the comeback.
Hannah Rogers got the win, throwing innings three and four in relief of rookie Kelsey Nunley. Jordan Taylor got the save for the Pride.
Lauren Haeger took the loss, going four and one-third innings.
The Charge moved to 13-23 on the season. The league leading Pride improved to 27-10. The Charge will take on the Scrap Yard Dawgs on the road on Friday night.
LOCATION: The Ballfields at Craig Ranch, McKinney, TX
FINAL SCORE: GM1 Pride 2 Charge 0, GM2 Pride 6 Charge 4
RECORDS: Charge (13-23), Pride (27-10)
NEXT CHARGE GAME: Friday, July 29, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. & 7:30pm CT vs. USSSA Pride at The Ballfields at Craig Ranch
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.
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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