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A long-ball and error night

August 10, 2012 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - Carolina Diamonds News Release

ZEBULON- Diamonds lose the second of a four game series to USSSA Pride 8-0. The Pride's Sarah Pauly (7-2) gets the win and a shut out over the Carolina Diamonds' Danielle Spaulding (0-3). It was a night where USSSA Pride (25-12) hit the long-ball with runners on base while the Carolina Diamonds (15-22) hurt themselves with key errors.

The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when Spaulding had walked both Charters and Morgan which brought up Enea. Enea scored Morgan on a single, but Spaulding came back to strand two Pride runners to end the inning at 1-0 Pride.

The top of the fifth brought both a costly error and a 3-run home run to increase the Pride's lead to 5-0. Lowe hit a short but high pop fly to shallow right. Right Fielder Folden was in position to field the fly ball and kept adjusting for the strong wind, but could not pull it in at the last second. Lowe advanced to third base on the play and scored on a single hit by Sandberg. Charters followed with a single of her own putting 2 on when Morgan comes to the plate. With a 3-1 count, Morgan hits a 3-run home run and her sixth home run on the year. Pride goes up 5-0.

The top of the seventh started with two walks by Spaulding and another 3-run home run but this time by Enea. Coach Navas replaced Spaulding with Plourde (1-2) who would get the Diamonds out of the inning without further damage and giving us the final score of 8-0. The Diamonds had 5 hits and stranded 5 runners on base.

For the Diamonds the highlight of the evening was a return of the battery of Spaulding and McKinney, both UNC graduates and softball players, to their college home territory in the Raleigh vicinity. The last two games of the series and the last two Diamonds home games for the Season will be played at CMC NorthEast Stadium - Home of the Kannapolis Intimidators. Games will be played Saturday start time of 7:15 and Sunday with a 5:05 start. Tickets can be purchased on-line at or day of the game at the Box Office.

Come see your Carolina Diamonds finish off the Season! About the Carolina Diamonds: The Carolina Diamonds is the newest franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) ranks, and is native to the Carolinas. The Carolina Diamonds team is competing in its first full season of NPF competition in 2012. Under the direction of majority owner Amelia Nemeth and director Alan Demaske, the Diamonds will host home games at various venues throughout the Carolinas including CMC NorthEast Stadium in Kannapolis. For more information, visit and connect to our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube sites.

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