USSSA Florida Pride Fall to the Chicago Bandits in the Final Game of the West Texas Duel on the Diamond.

The Pride finishes the series 2-3 against the Chicago team.


Orlando, Fla. – The USSSA Florida Pride and the Chicago Bandits faced off again today in the fifth and final game of the West Texas Duel on the Diamond. With a 2-2 tie for the series leading into the contest, each team had something to prove as they took to the field, looking to leave Lubbock with a series win.

The Bandits took the lead early, scoring two runs in the top of the first. A single from center fielder Vicky Galindo was followed by an RBI double from catcher Rachel Folden. An RBI single from designated player Jennie Finch drove in the second run from Folden. A single from Angela Findlay put Finch in scoring position on second but the pair was left stranded after Rachel Mitchell stepped to the plate and struck out swinging.

The Bandits saw homeruns in the next two consecutive innings from shortstop Christine Knauer and Folden, pushing the Bandits’ lead to four at the close of the top of the third.

The Pride saw their only runs of the contest in the bottom of the third. Leading off the inning was designated player Amber Flores, who made it to base after being hit by a pitch. A walk from Andrea Duran advanced Flores to second, where Kristin Schnake stepped in to pinch run for her. Natasha Watley came to the plate next, and reached base on an error from Emily Friedman at second,   leaving the bases loaded when Melissa Roth came to bat. A double from the rookie drove in both Schnake and Duran, but three strikeouts in the bottom of the inning held the Pride at two runs.

The Bandits secured their lead in the top of the sixth when four more runs were scored, giving the Bandits a six run lead.  A six hit inning, the top of the sixth saw singles from Finch, Mitchell, Friedman, Knauer, and Stacy May, as well as a two RBI triple from Galindo. Runs were scored by Finch, Mitchell, Knauer, and May.

The Pride attempted to rally back in both the sixth and seventh, with both innings showing runners threatening at third, but the Bandits were able to hold the score and close the game with an 8-2 victory and a win for the series.

The Pride take to the field next in an exhibition series against the Canadian National Team Tuesday, June 15 at 7:05 pm EST.

The Pride press release failed to name the pitchers.  SPY found the following on the NPF site:

Jennie Finch came in for Jessica Sallinger in the sixth inning for the Bandits to end another bases loaded threat by the Pride. She finished out the game, with a final score of 8-2. Sallinger earned the victory after three innings of two hit and four strikeouts. Her season ERA dropped to 10.39 after the victory.

Diamonds win 1-0 in 10th on bunt by JohnsonNASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 13, 2010) _ One bunt can make a difference in a game,

 That is exactly what happened for the Tennessee Diamonds as a bunt to the third base side by Loryn Johnson scored Aubree Brattin in the 10th for a 1-0 win Sunday afternoon to close out the first series for the franchise.

The heat index on the field at Draper Diamond on the campus of Lipscomb University was more than 100 degrees when the game began. By the time it ended the sky was threatening stormy weather. It was the first extra innings game in Diamonds history.

Abbott, 2-0 on the season, has thrown 27 shutout innings since joining the Diamonds. She struck out 14 and did not walk a batter.

The Racers threatened in the fifth with two outs as Courtney Bures hit a fly ball to deep center for a double. She advanced to third when Jessica Valis reached base on a bunt single. Abbott forced Lisa Modglin to ground out to third to get out of the jam.

The Diamonds had hits in the second, third, fourth, fifth and eighth innings, but could not force a run across a run until the 10th. Shannon Doepking paced the Diamonds with two singles. Valis led the Racers with two hits, both singles.

Right-hander Jamee Juarez went the distance for the Racers. She gave up seven hits, walked one and struck out six in 9.1 innings.

The Diamonds ended their first series of the season with a 2-3 record. The Racers are 3-2 after the first series.

The next series for the Diamonds begins Friday night when the Florida-based USSSA Pride, featuring eight former Olympic players, visits for four games.

DIAMOND GEMS: Abbott has struck out 29 batters in 27 innings. …Diamonds pinch-runner Jami Lobpries was caught stealing, as she fell to the ground with an injured leg only a few feet from first base. …Akron’s Micaela Minner had three hits against Abbott in two games.  …It was the second time that Juarez had given up one run in a game against the Diamonds and lost.






John Conway has resigned as head coach at St Louis University, and is now the head coach at Saint Leo’s (just north of Tampa, FL).  He is seeking players.



BLACKSBURG – Five current or former Virginia Tech softball players will suit up for the Virginia Renegades when they welcome the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro FastPitch League (NPF) for an exhibition softball game on Saturday, June 19. First! pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Moyer Softball Complex in Salem, Va.

Current players Bkaye Smith and Sarah Ashby, along with former Hokies Whitney Davis, Amber Walker and Beth Walker will take on the Bandits. Assistant coaches for the Renegades include former Tech players Jennifer McKibben and Beth (Drombetta) Mast.

The Renegades U-23 Summer Travel team roster features several local standouts from the Commonwealth, consisting of collegiate athletes from Radford University, Virginia Tech, Roanoke College, Elon, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Wingate.

Also competing for the Renegades are ACC players Michelle Snyder, Sarah Hamilton and Jen Lapicky from Florida State and Danielle Dike from Georgia Tech.

The Bandits, bolstered by world renowned U.S. gold medalist Jennie Finch, are the 2008 NPF Champions, and under the direction of Radford head coach Mickey Dean.

Pac-10 Player of the Year Danielle Lawrie of the University of Washington has been chosen as a repeat winner of the 2010 Honda Sports Award for collegiate softball. Lawrie finished her career with a school-record 1,860 strikeouts.

The Honda Sports Award is given annually to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports, along with automatic eligibility to become a “Top Three” finalist for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. The Honda Award field had four finalists, which also included Mississippi State’s Chelsea Bramlett, UCLA’s Megan Langenfeld and Georgia Tech’s Jen Yee.

A native of Langley, British Columbia, Lawrie led the Huskies this year to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women’s College World Series, concluding her college career with a 40-5 2 record for the 2010 season. The Huskies ended the 2009-2010 season with a 50 -9 record, with the team’s 50 wins ranking as the second-best ever for a single season. Lawrie finished the season with a 1.11 ERA, 495 strikeouts, and 46 walks in 302.1 innings. She pitched four no-hitters, including three perfect games and 27 starts with double-digit strikeouts this year. She is just one of four pitchers to ever surpass 1,800 career strikeouts. Adept at the plate as well as at the pitcher’s mound, she also led her team with 15 home runs, 57 RBI and a slugging percentage of .609. She was named 2010 ASA/USA Softball Player of the Year (only the second athlete ever to win the award more than once), First Team All-Pacific Region, All-Pac-10 and repeat winner of Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year. In 2008 Lawrie competed in the Olympic Games in Beijing with the Canadian National Team, where they came in fourth.




(Know I shouldn’t publish impolitic humor, but….)

You’re An EXTREME Redneck When…..  

1. You let your 14-year-old daughter smoke at the dinner table in front of her kids.  

2. The Blue Book value of your truck goes up and down depending on how much gas is in it.  

3. You’ve been married three times and still have the same in-laws.  

4. You think a woman who is out of your league bowls on a different night..  

5. You wonder how service stations keep their rest-rooms so clean.  

6. Someone in your family died right after saying ‘Hey, guys, watch this’.  

7. You think Dom Perignon is a Mafia leader.   

8. Your wife’s hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan.   

9. Your junior prom offered day care.  

10. You think the last words of the Star-Spangled Banner are ‘Gentlemen, start your engines’.  

11. You lit a match in the bathroom and your house exploded right off its wheels.  

12. The Halloween pumpkin on your porch has more teeth than your spouse. 

13. You have to go outside to get something from the fridge.  

14. One of your kids was born on a pool table.  

15. You need one more hole punched in your card to get a freebie at the House of Tattoos.  

16. You can’t get married to your sweetheart because there’s a law against it.  

17. You think loading the dishwasher means getting your wife drunk.


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