In the first game of a double header on Monday night, The USSSA Pride (2-0) and the NY/NJ Comets (0-2) traded the lead four times, but the USSSA Pride ended up on top with an 8-7 win over the NY/NJ Comets on a walk off two run home run by Ashley Charters.
The USSSA Pride were led by a flawless day at the dish by Natasha Watley, who went 3-3 against the Comets’ pitching. She singled in the first and third innings and hit a two run home run in the sixth inning.
Sarah Pauly got the call for the Pride in her first appearance of the season, pitching six innings before being relieved by Jordan Taylor to pitch the 7th inning. Pauly got the no decision in a game that saw her surrender seven runs on seven hits, walking six and striking out nine.
Amanada Kamekona racked up four RBIs on three hits for the NY/NJ Comets. She homered in the first inning, singled in the second inning, and doubled in the sixth inning.
Jordan Taylor got the win, running her season record to 1-0. She struck out two, walked two and surrendered no hits in an inning of work.
Olivia Galati ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss, giving up the walk off home run to Ashley Charters in the bottom of the seventh.
The NY/NJ Comets (1-2) outlasted the USSSA Pride (2-1) on Monday after five lead changes, squeaking out a 4-3 win at Osceola Co Stadium.
The Comets took the lead in the eighth inning after 2 bases loaded walks and held on for the victory.
The Comets held off the USSSA Pride, as the Pride was unable to overcome a two-run eighth inning deficit.
The Pride scored one run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Haruna Sakamoto. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to take the lead back.
Olivia Galati picked up the first win for the NY/NJ Comets in franchise history. Galati pitched eight innings and allowed two earned runs, five hits and no walks while striking out one.
Jordan Taylor (1-1) took the loss for the USSSA Pride. She lasted just eight innings, walked four, struck out 13, and allowed four runs.
You can watch the games on again archived on ESPN3.com:
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 – Game 1
National Pro Fastpitch : USSSA Pride vs. NY/NJ Comets http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/958092/usssa-pride-vs-ny-nj-comets
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 – Game 2
National Pro Fastpitch : USSSA Pride vs. NY/NJ Comets http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/958094/usssa-pride-vs-ny-nj-comets
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.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.
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