Pride Stay Hot; Down Racers 4-1August 3, 2012 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) USSSA Florida Pride
Once again, the Pride (22-11) jumped off to an early lead, scoring two runs in the first inning. Natasha Watley and Caitlin Lowe each singled to set up the runs, which were driven in by Kelly Kretschman, who delivered a 2-run single to put the Pride up 2-0.
Kristyn Sandberg scored another run in the third inning, stealing home plate after reaching base by being hit by a pitch. Andrea Duran furthered the lead with a one-run homerun to centerfield in the fourth inning.
The Racers (13-21) offense never really took off - they had only five hits in the loss, and their only score was a seventh-inning homerun by Sam Marder.
Defensively, the Pride brought their "A" game, particularly in the case of Watley. The Pride shortstop made several great throws to first, including a ball that bounced into her face. Watley fielded the ball without flinching and got the out at first.
Pride pitcher Sarah Pauly (6-2) pitched an excellent game, striking out seven batters and walking one in the win.
Racers pitcher Lisa Norris (4-7) allowed six hits, four runs and three walks and struck out three in the game.
The Pride and Racers finish their series with a double header Saturday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. Come cheer on the Pride in the final home games of the season, starting at 6 p.m.
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