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What To Watch For: USSSA Pride vs Texas Charge

What To Watch For: USSSA Pride vs Texas Charge
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For the first time on FloSoftball, National Pro Fastpitch teams USSSA Pride and Texas Charge will stream LIVE from Community America Ballpark in Kansas City, Missouri on July 11 at 7:05 CST.

NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf said, "The NPF is constantly working to build our brand and reach new fans with our product and content. We realize FloSoftball has a large following of young softball players, and we look forward to exposing those players to the extraordinarily talented athletes of the NPF. The aspirations of the next generation will be fed by seeing the very best athletes compete at the highest level."


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USSSA Pride (20-4)

Deemed the "Yankees" of the NPF, the USSSA Pride are stacked with talent from top to bottom and have the best record to back it up. The top hitter in the league, outfielder Kelly Kretschman is leading the NPF in four different offensive categories: runs, batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. Batting behind Kretschman is 2016 USA Player of the Year, Sierra Romero who is No. 1 in RBIs (21) and No. 2 in home runs (5). In the circle, the Pride boast a killer combo of southpaws and righties with No. 1 draft pick Jessica Burroughs, Angel Bunner, Keilani Ricketts, Jolene Henderson, Kelsey Nunley and closer Jordan Taylor. Don't be surprised to see the Pride work in some of their rookies Mo Mercado, Bianca Bell, Alex Powers, and Mandie Perez.

No. Name Position University
2 Shelby Pendley INF Oklahoma
3 GiOnna DiSalvatore INF UCLA
6 Courtney Ceo INF Oregon
10 Keilani Ricketts P Oklahoma
12 Kelly Kretschman OF Alabama
13 Hannah Rogers P Florida
15 Angel Bunner P Auburn
17 Jordan Taylor P Michigan
22 Hallie Wilson UT Arizona
24 Kirsti Merritt OF Florida
25 Megan Wiggins OF Georgia
27 Bianka Bell INF LSU
28 Andrea Duran INF UCLA
32 Sierra Romero INF Michigan
33 Kelsey Nunley P Kentucky
34 Erica Field C JMU
44 Lauren Chamberlain INF Oklahoma
54 Jolene Henderson P Cal Berkley
77 Chelsea Goodacre C Arizona



Texas Charge (13-15)

The Charge are looking for a resurgence in Kansas City after losing by one run on Sunday and winning the first game in the Kansas City series. Expect 2015 USA Player of the Year Lauren Haeger and former National Champion Dallas Escobedo to share the majority of innings. Escobedo is No. 2 in strikeouts (62) and Haeger is No. 3 (54). Their offense has relied heavily on Haeger and Nadia Taylor for most of their run production. Lefty slugger Alisa Goler was just acquired earlier this week in a trade deal for Amanda Kamekona and Katiyana Mauga. Be sure to watch for outfielders Bailey Landry and Taylor Gadbois making the highlight reel on defense or stealing bases on offense.

No. Name Position College
1 Brittany Gomez UTILITY Iowa State
7 Koral Costa OF Oregon
8 Haylie McCleney OF Alabama
9 Taylor Gadbois OF Missouri
20 Breja'e Washington OF University of Texas
26 Bailey Landry OF LSU
10 Haley Outon C University of Houston
15 Mandy Ogle C University of Texas
23 Kristyn Sandberg C Georgia
5 Renada Davis SS North Carolina State University
11 Kylee Lahners IF University of Washington
14 Mysha Sataraka 3B UCLA
33 Missy Taukeiaho IF Cal State Fullerton
42 Ruby Rivera IF Illinois
88 Nadia Taylor IF University of Texas
3 Ally Carda P UCLA
12 Dallas Escobedo P Arizona State
13 Delanie Gourley (Draftee) P University of Florida
16 Jill Compton P Fresno State
17 Lauren Haeger P University of Florida
18 Coley Ries P Minnesota State
27 Emily Vincent P McNeese
44 Brittany Mack-Oakes P LSU
35 Alisa Goler IF University of Georgia
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