USSSA Pride now 16-0 after shutting out Bandits
Best start to a season in Pride history
Megan Wiggins singled and scored the game's only run on a long sacrifice fly by Kelly Kretschman as the USSSA Pride defeated the Chicago Bandits 1-0 Wednesday night at Space Coast Stadium. The Pride are now 16-0 this season.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
The streak continues.
The USSSA Pride got a solid combined pitching effort from Kelsey Nunley, Jessica Burroughs and Jailyn Ford Wednesday night in a 1-0 victory at Space Coast Stadium over the Chicago Bandits.
With the victory, the Pride not only completed a three-game sweep of the previously unbeaten Bandits, but they ran their record to 16-0. it's the best start to a season in team history.
Megan Wiggins led off the bottom of the first inning with a single, went to second on a ball hit by Sierra Romero. and eventually scored a long sacrifice fly by Kelly Kretschman for the game’s only run.
Kretschman nearly had a home run on the play, but Chicago center fielder Sammy Marshall made an incredible leaping catch at the fence to pull the ball back in and get the out. Wiggins tagged up on the play and went to third and when the throw back to the infield was mishandled, she broke for home.
Wiggins' heads up play turned out to be the only run the Pride would need as Nunley, Burroughs and Ford shut the Bandits out on two hits while combining to striking out seven.
Nunley threw threw three innings, allowing one hit while striking out three. Burroughs came on and threw two innings, allowing one hit and striking out one. Ford then came on to finish things off with four strikeouts in two hitless innings.
The Pride will hit the road for three games against Chicago (18-3) beginning Friday at the Parkway Bank Sports Complex.
If this week’s series between the two teams is any indication, this is a must-see matchup between the National Pro Fastpitch rivals.
All three games were close, and all three featured great pitching, clutch hitting and outstanding defensive efforts – from Marshall’s catch to rob a Kretschman home run to Pride catcher Chelsea Goodacre picking off a Chicago runner at first base to complete a double play following a strike out by Pride pitcher Keilani Ricketts.
After playing three games in Chicago, the Pride will return home to Space Coast Stadium for six straight games against the Beijing Eagles. The first game will be played Monday at 7 p.m. and conclude with a doubleheader on Friday with games set for 5 and 7 p.m.