UPDATE JUNE 19 2010
PRIDE SWEEPS DIAMONDS
Callahan’s four RBIs lead Pride to 6-3 win over Tennessee Diamonds
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 19, 2010) _ The USSSA Pride beat the Tennessee Diamonds 6-3 Saturday night, their third straight win in the series.
A crowd of 608, the largest of the season, jammed every seat for the National Pro Fastpitch game at Draper Diamond on the campus of Lipscomb University.
A three-run home run by Tonya Callahan that bounced off the glove of Diamonds center fielder Amanda Williams and over the fence was the big hit of the second inning. Jessica Mendoza, the hottest hitter in the series, drove in two runs with a single to left.
All nine Pride batters went to the plate in the second inning.
The Diamonds countered with three runs in the fourth inning. Amanda Williams dropped a fly into left field for a single that scored Chelsea Spencer who had also reached base on a single to left. DeDe Justice hit the ball to Pride third baseman Andrea Duran who made an errant throw to first allowing Megan Gibson, who had reached base on a fielder’s choice, and Williams to score.
The Pride added one run in the sixth when Callahan singled to right to score Amber Flores who had reached base on a single to open the inning. It was the fourth RBI of the game for Callahan.
After Kristin Schnake singled the Diamonds brought in right-hander Becca Heteniak in relief of right-hander Kristin Erb. In 5.1 innings Erb scattered 11 hits and gave up six runs, three earned. She struck out two and did not walk a batter. She falls to 0-2.
Heteniak pitched 1.2 innings of shutout softball. She gave up one hit, walked one and struck out one.
Sarah Pauley, 1-2, pitched a complete game for the Pride to get the win. She allowed three hits and three runs, none of them earned. She walked one and struck out five.
The Pride edged the Diamonds 1-0 in nine innings in the first game of the day.
The Pride will try to sweep the four-game series Sunday at 2.
DIAMOND GEMS: Megan Gibson’s double to lead off the second inning was nullified because her name was misspelled on the official line-up card. …Mendoza had three hits for the second time in three games and has multiple hits in each game in the series.
USSSA Pride hands Abbott first loss in 1-0 win
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 19, 2010) _ A home run by Andrea Duran over the right field fence gave the USSSA Pride a 1-0 win and ended a streak of 25 scoreless innings for Tennessee Diamonds pitcher Monica Abbott in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon.
It was the second loss in the series for the Diamonds in National Pro Fastpitch action at Draper Diamond on the campus of Lipscomb University.
Duran led off the ninth inning with the solo shot. It was the second extra inning game for the Diamonds, who beat the Akron Racers 1-0 in 10 innings in the first series of the season.
Chelsea Spencer singled up the middle with one out in the ninth inning. She was thrown out trying to steal second base to end the game.
Abbott, a right-hander, dueled USSSA Pride left-handed pitcher Cat Osterman. Osterman struck out 13 and Abbott struck out 10.
Loryn Johnson led the Diamonds with two hits, both singles.
Osterman allowed only four hits. She is 3-0 this season.
The series continues tonight at 7. The final game of the series is Sunday at 2.
DIAMOND GEMS: All three of Abbott’s appearances have been 1-0 games. She is 2-1 on the season for the Diamonds. …Mendoza had two hits in the game for the Pride. Her double to right field in the sixth was her third extra base hit of the series. …Abbott has recorded 39 strikeouts in 26 innings.
CHICAGO BANDITS HOME OPENER
After a five game series on the road, a non-league Battle of the Sexes game and an exhibition against the Virginia Renegades, the Chicago Bandits will finally return for their home opener. The Bandits will bash bats with the Akron Racers at Judson University in Elgin, Ill. on Sunday, June 20 at 5:05 p.m. in the first of a three game series at home.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Bandits, who play the Renegades, a traveling softball program out of Roanoke, Va., on Saturday, June 19.
“Traveling is always tiring and takes a bit of a toll,” said Emily Friedman, the Bandits’ second baseman. “But many of us are used to that lifestyle…and I think we’re all just really excited to play.”
The Bandit’s have a reason to be excited. Not only will this match-up be their first home game, but after winning their season opening series against the USSSA Pride 3-2, the Bandits are tied for first with Akron in the National Pro Fastpitch standings.
The Racers, who recently topped the Tennessee Diamonds 3-2 in a five game series, are worthy opponents, but Friedman is confident that the Bandits can come out on top.
“I think we just need to have the mentality of coming out one game at at time and focusing on the present,” said Friedman “All the teams have amazing athletes…our goal of course is to win every game in every series, but if we put our best foot forward I think we’re going to do well.”
Bandit’s catcher Rachel Folden, who currently leads the league in home runs, has a similar mentality. She says, however, that the specific key to the Bandit’s success will be their hitting. “We’re going to have to hit,” said Folden. “In the games we struggled against the Pride we didn’t hit. We have a good enough pitching staff to hold us down and if we can pitch against the Pride’s lineup, we can pitch against anybody’s line up.”
It’s still early in the season, but with a chance to pull ahead in the NPF standings the Bandits should come out firing.
For ticket information please call 1-877-7-BANDIT.
18 Gold Strike Force
~ Class of 2012 ~
Sarah Shadinger ~ Oregon State University ~ Corvallis, Oregon
~ Class of 2011 ~
Miranda Tamayo ~ Indiana University ~ Bloomington, Indiana
Bri Meyer ~ Indiana University ~ Bloomington, Indiana
Chloe Kaneko ~ University of San Diego ~ San Diego, California
Megan Blank ~ University of Iowa ~ Iowa City, Iowa
~ Class of 2010 ~
Brooke Shadinger ~ Grace College ~ Winona Lake, Indiana
Paige Berzak ~ Dominican College ~ Orangeburg, New York
Brianna Jensen ~ University of Mary ~ North Dakota
Results from this large tournament are now posted on tournament web site. On SPY home page, click on “links” then click on Pennsbury Tournament. (SPY can’t reproduce large Excel sheets.)
GOLD REGIONAL MARYLAND
Wagner’s is atop leader board, undefeated. Two others are competing for top of loser’s board. Two berths. (SPY attended three games on Saturday, but poor health terminated trip.)