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Dawgs Fall to Pride in First Home Game of Season

June 11, 2016 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - Scrap Yard Dawgs News Release

The Woodlands, TX (June 10, 2016) - In their first home game in history, the Scrap Yard Dawgs faced the USSSA Pride with starting pitcher Monica Abbott. Abbott made NPF history with signing a six-year, one million dollar contract. The 6'3 Santa Cruz, California native was a stand out pitcher for the University of Tennessee, where she was a four time All-American and left her legacy in career strikeouts and shutouts.

Abbott started in the circle with some lefty juice. Two looking strike outs from Megan Wiggins and Kelly Kretschman and she finished the top of the first off with Shelby Pendley's fly out to Emilee Koerner.

The Dawgs led the bottom of the first inning off with NPF rookie, Emily Crane. Crane walked and brought up Emilee Koerner, who has three home runs and eight RBIs on the season, struck out against Pride pitcher, Chelsea Thomas. For the second time in the inning, Thomas walked second baseman Nerissa Myers to have two Dawgs on base. An error by the Pride's shortstop, Shelby Pendley, allowed Amanda Fama to reach base and score Crane for the Dawgs first run (0-1).

The Dawgs defense and Abbott's pitching were solid through the third inning with three looking strike outs. Bats remained quite for the Pride, until Kretschman led the top of the fourth with a bunt single, which brought up Pendley, who singled to left to move Kretschman to second base. Pride first baseman GiOnna DiSalvatore also singled to left center to score Kretschman and put a run on the board for the Pride (1-1).

The Pride's offense was steady through the fifth inning with a lead off single to left by Kelsey Stewart, followed by a bunt single between third and short from Stephanie Ceo to move Stewart to second, bringing up Kretschman, who doubled to center to bring in two runs (3-1).

Struggling with Thomas's pitches, the Dawgs remaind hitless after the first inning, but in the bottom of the seventh, Thomas walked Stokes and Koerner to put Dawgs on base. Rookie Kelsey Nunley finished in the circle for the Pride and the Dawgs fell to the USSSA Pride after a fly ball to first base for the final out (3-1).

In her debut as a Scrap Yard Dawg, Abbott ended the game with eight strike outs through all seven innings.

The Scrap Yard Dawgs face the Pride tomorrow night for game two of the four game series at Scrap Yard Sports Complex.

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