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Pride Victory Forces Game 3 vs Bandits

August 21, 2009 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - Akron Racers News Release

AKRON, Ohio - After falling 1-0 to the top seeded Chicago Bandits in the first game of a double header, the USSSA Pride needed to win the night cap to keep their championship hopes alive. Pitcher Sarah Pauly and some timely power carried the Pride to that victory 2-1.

Through six innings Pauly had a three hit shutout going and a 2-0 lead to work with. That would be enough for Pauly to clinch a deciding game 3.

The Force got on the board when Shannon Doepking blasted a home run to left field to give the Pride a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning. Kristin Schnake followed Doepking's lead in the top of the seventh with a home run to centerfield to give the Pride a 2-0 lead.

The Bandits did attempt a bottom of the seventh inning comeback as Samantha Findlay hit a home run to right field on an outside corner pitch.

Pauly turned in the performance of the night throwing a complete game allowing only one run on four hits while striking out four Bandits on the night.

Eileen Canney picked up the loss for the Bandits allowing two runs on six hits and five walks on 6+ innings of work while striking out nine.

With the series tied 1-1, the Pride and Bandits will go head to head in the rubber match tomorrow afternoon at Firestone Stadium. Tickets for tomorrow can be purchased by calling the Racers' ticket office at 330-376-8188 or by going online at

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