KANSAS CITY, MO (July 11, 2017) — A two-out single in the bottom of the sixth by Renada Davis helped the Charge record their second win in a row against the league-leading USSSA Pride Tuesday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Missouri.
Davis’ clutch piece of hitting plated teammate Nadia Taylor from second and helped Texas (14-15) post a 4-3 victory in a back-and-forth affair.
The Charge vaulted ahead 3-1 in the contest, but USSSA tallied a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to knot the score.
But thanks to Davis and the steady pitching of Dallas Escobedo, Texas was able to become the first National Pro Fastpitch team this season to send the Pride (20-5) to consecutive defeats.
“They’re a very competitive team, and every hitter is a great hitter, so I know I can’t take a hitter off,” Escobedo said afterward. “Staying within ourselves is what’s getting us by — doing what we know we can do without trying to do too much.”
For the second straight outing, it was the offense of the Charge that drew first blood. Lauren Haeger put her team on the board with an RBI single in her first at-bat of the evening.
The Pride answered with a run in the top of the third, but Texas’ Bailey Landry provided an RBI triple in the bottom half of the frame.
Missy Taukeiaho increased the Charge’s lead to 3-1 one inning later by poking an RBI single through the right side.
And while USSSA eventually tied the game in the fifth, Escobedo and Davis ensured that their team didn’t let a golden opportunity slip through its fingers.
Escobedo tossed a complete game and allowed one earned run on eight hits.
The Pride’s Kelsey Nunley took the loss in relief of starter Hannah Rogers.
Taylor, Haeger and Taylor Gadbois each collected two hits to lead the Charge’s effort from the batter’s box.
Texas and USSSA are set to cap their series today with a 7:05 p.m CT/ 8:05 pm ET game in Kansas City.
Game Time: 1:56
Vaultz® Lock it Up!® Player of the Game: Dallas Escobedo (Texas Charge)
The Texas Charge are an affiliate professional fastpitch softball team competing in the National Pro Fastpitch league. The team, headquartered in New Braunfels, TX, began competition in the league in 2015. The Charge provides elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Austin area, the Charge organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Texas Charge at www.texascharge.net
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.